Links for 20th September 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Young Muslims use punk to loosen their religion

    "With a rebellious attitude and unabashed criticism of both East and West, Muslim punk highlights the breadth of Islamic practice and piety. For this colorful crew, donning patchwork jackets and taking slow drags from hookah pipes, religion is more personal than institutional or dogmatic.

    For the most part, the bands drink and smoke, in excess, despite Islam's prohibition of both. When driving from coast to coast on tour, they're not stopping to break out prayer mats for the obligatory five-times-a-day salat.

    But just because they aren't practicing Islam in the traditional way doesn't mean they don't still consider themselves religious Muslims."

    Tagged with: religionIslamtaqwacorepunkmusicsubculture

  2. How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress Without Losing Google Traffic

    "You can quickly and safely migrate any blog from Blogger to WordPress without losing RSS Subscribers or human visitors and there’s also a way to pass all that Google Juice from the old blogspot.com address to your new WordPress blog." Needs testing for certainty, and Blogger/Google may find a way to squelch it eventually, but looks promising.

    Tagged with: blogmigrationtutorialBloggerWordPresswebdevredirecthack

  3. Post-Medium Publishing

    "Publishers of all types, from news to music, are unhappy that consumers won't pay for content anymore. At least, that's how they see it.

    In fact consumers never really were paying for content, and publishers weren't really selling it either. If the content was what they were selling, why has the price of books or music or movies always depended mostly on the format? Why didn't better content cost more?"

    Tagged with: businesspublishingeconomicsinternetcontentmarketingnewspapersjournalism

  4. Rethinking the Long Tail Theory: How to Define ‘Hits’ and ‘Niches’

    "The Wharton researchers find that the Long Tail effect holds true in some cases, but when factoring in expanding product variety and consumer demand, mass appeal products retain their importance. The researchers argue that new movies appear so fast that consumers do not have time to discover them, and that niche movies are not any more well-liked than hits.

    According to Netessine, the Long Tail effect may be present in some cases, but few companies operate in a pure digital distribution system. Instead, they must weigh supply chain costs of physical products against the potential gain of capturing single customers of obscure offerings in a rapidly expanding marketplace. Companies, they add, must also consider the time it takes for consumers to locate off-beat items they may want."

    Tagged with: businesseconomicsinternetlong-tailresearch

  5. Things to ask before you redo your website

    Smart questions (as always) from Seth Godin.

    Tagged with: webdevbusinesswebsitestrategydesignplanningquestions

  6. A cross-browser dropdown menu (<ul>-based) with no hacks

    Sweet. Tricky, but sweet.

    Tagged with: webdevcssmenudropdowndesigncodeexample

  7. Convert PDF to Word (DOC)

    If it works as advertised (ie better than the many previous equivalents I've tried) this will be incredibly useful.

    Tagged with: onlineweb2.0toolpdfdocumentconverterpdf2word

  8. Lovely Charts | Free online diagram software

    Does what it says on the tin.

    Tagged with: onlineweb2.0graphicschartsdiagramsflowchartswireframesvisualizationtool

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