Links for 13th December 2008

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Dewey defeats Truman

    "The great direct mail copywriter Joe Sugarman taught me this. Every ad had a headline, and so did every paragraph. If the paragraph didn't warrant a headline, it didn't go in the ad."

    Tagged with: writingmarketingcopywritingcommunicationheadlinessignalling

  2. Magic/Replace – Data Cleanup for Everyone from Dabble DB

    "Magic/Replace is a tool to make changes to all of the rows of a data table at once." Ooooh…

    Tagged with: onlinedataspreadsheetformateditorconvertertables

  3. Nanopolitics

    "This combination shatters the Right-Left stereotype that dominate American politics. Religiosity is typically seen as conservative, while worries about economic inequality fall into the liberal bucket. Yet both map to strong concerns about nanotechnology."

    Tagged with: politicsculturereligionnanotechnology

  4. Cheap Truth

    "In the early 1980's SF author Bruce Sterling, under the pseudonym "Vincent Omniaveritas", edited a series of one-page newsletters titled Cheap Truth. (It's usually referred to as a samizdat, after the mimeographed newsletters dissidents circulated among themselves in Communist Eastern Europe.) In them, Bruce Sterling, Lewis Shiner, Rudy Rucker, and other members of a loose-knit group of SF writers (called by themselves "the Movement") attacked what they considered the stagnant state of the time's popular science fiction and hyped their own works. As such, they document the development of the literary consciousness of many of the writers of works later dubbed "cyberpunk"." OMG complete Cheap Truth archive!

    Tagged with: sciencefictionsfscifiliteraturecyberpunkBruce-SterlingCheap-Truthsamizdatnewsletter

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