Links for 13th October 2008

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. The rise and fall of postmodernism

    "I'm giving a talk called "The Ideology of the Iconic", but it might be better titled "The Rise and Fall of Postmodernism". Here, just so I can have all my notes for the talk in one place, are my notes." Lordy – bumper pomo critical linkfest ahoy.

    Tagged with: postmodernismculturelinksresource

  2. The Places We Live

    Lush photojourno/documentary site about urban slums. Beautifully presented, and well worth a look, especially for fictioneers – this is where stories will happen. Hell, it's where stories already happen.

    Tagged with: photojournalismslumspovertymultimediafavelaghetto

  3. How to Write a Story That Sells

    "… if done well, a story will prompt prospects to convince themselves to take the action you want. This is because compared with more direct attempts at persuasion, well-crafted stories allow readers to draw the conclusion you want on their own, and people rarely second-guess their own conclusions."

    Tagged with: writingmarketingcopywritingsalespsychologynarrative

  4. The vanishing point theory of bad economic news

    "What's most scary about financial markets is how much we don't know about risks and consequences. But as we map the turmoil back to our own industries, we get better at calculating those risks, and this looks less like the Great Depression and more like a cycle, albeit a nasty one, and we actually know how to steer through those. Thus, the "Vanishing Point Theory of Economic Predictions": in a downturn, the further away an object is, the worse it looks."

    Tagged with: economicspredictionspsychologyrisk

  5. The Best $20 You’ll Ever Spend

    "If you want to start a business, the best $20 you’ll ever spend is to find successful entrepreneurs and take them out to lunch." Hmmm.

    Tagged with: businessnetworkingentrepreneurship

  6. Hawking: If we survive the next 200 years, we should be OK

    "It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next 100 years, let alone next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet. Let's hope we can avoid dropping the basket until we have spread the load." No kidding, Steve.

    Tagged with: Hawkingextropianismspaceforesightexistentialrisk

  7. An Easy Way To Get the Contents of a Custom Field

    OMG, this post is a gem if you mess with WordPress a lot. SRSLY. Bookmark now.

    Tagged with: webdevwordpresscodetutorialcustom-fieldfunction

  8. Terrorism and security: government forced to drop 42 days plan

    "Gordon Brown tonight abandoned his parliamentary battle to allow police to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days, after the Lords overwhelmingly rejected the proposal by 191 votes." Slide into fascism (temporarily) halted.

    Tagged with: UKgovernmentfascismdetentionterrorismparanoia

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