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I'll Link to Whoever He's Linking To

One only needs to have had a weblog for about five minutes to see the relevance to blogging of Cialdini‘s ideas about how we are persuaded and how we reach decisions — particularly concerning whom one links to or adds to one‘s blogroll. If you’re honest, you’ll recognize that at least some of Cialdini‘s principles have determined your linking/blogrolling preferences: Reciprocity (If I put you on my blogroll, you’ll feel…

Iraq behind the cameras: a different reality

“We want to find out what your working conditions are, anything that we can do to help you,” Otwell tells the young women at the factory. He speaks in English slowly, for the benefit of an Arabic translator, who then turns to an Arabic-speaking sign-language translator to sign Otwell’s questions to the seamstresses. | The girls’ hands start flying as they tell Otwell about their hated boss. –Tara Copp –Iraq…

Word 2004 to Pioneer AutoUnsummarize Feature

“The technology is simple,” said Microsoft Office Research Division Head, Richard Greenwood, “students have been doing it for years. Thanks to the power of Microsoft Word 2004, anybody can turn a five-hundred-word report into a ten-thousand-word masterpiece.” –Word 2004 to Pioneer AutoUnsummarize Feature (BB Spot) Not the best spoof news site, but this article isn’t bad.

Student Blogging Gems

I’m marking blogging portfolios for my Writing for the Internet course. Here are a few gems: “I don’t get any leftovers at school, and I miss that twice-heated home cooked goodness.” — Amy Slade “I’m willing to wager that writing for an online medium is letting me take the easy way out.” — Julie Young “The clothes are donated to the YWCA. The owners help dress you from head to…

Reverse Dictionary

OneLook’s reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word. Just type it into the box above and hit the “Find words” button. (Keep it short to get the best results.) In most cases you’ll get back a list of related terms…

Michael Jackson Bombshell: Police, Child Welfare Probers Concluded Sex Charges 'Unfounded'

Citing the prior week’s ABC broadcast of “Living with Michael Jackson,” the controversial Martin Bashir documentary, the school official lodged allegations of “general neglect by mother and sexual abuse by ‘an entertainer,’” according to the summary memo…. [P]ublished reports have indicated that the older boy was taunted by classmates after the documentary aired on ABC’s “20/20″ newsmagazine. During the February 6 program, the child was seen holding hands with Jackson…

Humans 'could survive Mars visit'

Scientists say measurements taken by the US space agency’s Mars Odyssey craft prove that a human mission could survive on the Martian surface. | Instrument data show radiation around the Red Planet might cause some health problems but is unlikely to be fatal. –Richard Black –Humans ‘could survive Mars visit’ (BBC) Also interesting in this article: Mars seems to have too much surface water to be sustained in equilibrium. It may…

A Writing Assignment

I hear of and see teachers who write comments on student drafts, sniffily, ?You have reached the maximum number of errors. Rewrite? or ?You don’t have a conclusion here. You need to add one.? The message here is clear as a bell: Your ideas don’t matter. To Hell with your ideas. Your obedience matters, or it should if you want recognition that you?re educable, that you?re part of society, that…