- Firefox Add-Ons: Addictive Browsing Enhancers -
- Unbuntu Unleashed: Announcing GNOME Do 0.8. With 20 new plugins, faster search, better results, animated themes! -
- Helping Newbies Learn to Love Linux -
- Free Ubuntu book tops 150,000 downloads -
- Torvalds Rejects One-Size-Fits-All Linux – Flamebait?
- Shakesville: Bale the Remix -
- Incertus: More Gov’t Jobs – “I’m actually starting to get offended by the rhetoric about how we need private-sector, not public-sector, jobs from whatever stimulus plan we hatch.First of all, jobs are jobs and we need them, so let’s get them all “stimulated” and into action. But secondly, can I just say that the only people I know who are secure in their jobs are people with government jobs?” I wanted to quote this whole post.
- More on protectionism (wonkish) – Paul Krugman Blog – NYTimes.com -
- Social Security hysteria lives – Paul Krugman Blog – NYTimes.com – “A while back Jon Chait wrote a great piece about the peculiar insistence of many people in DC that Social Security is a looming crisis, despite the fact that the numbers say it ain’t so. I can’t find a link to the original, but there’s a good summary here.”
- Paradox of thrift – Paul Krugman Blog – NYTimes.com – “I don’t know who else has made this point, but it’s quite clear that we’re in serious paradox of thrift territory here. Or perhaps more accurately, we’re in a paradox of debt.”Consumers are pulling back because they’ve realized that they’re too far in debt. The economy is shrinking in large part because consumers are pulling back. And the result, almost surely, is to leave household balance sheets worse than ever. I can’t do this accurately until the Federal Reserve’s flow of funds data have been updated, but almost without question the ratio of household debt to personal income has been rising, not falling, as consumers try to save more.”
The thing is, even if you could get every adult in the country to read this blog post, I don’t think we could change it, because people *don’t have the reserves* to increase spending to get the economy going again. That’s exactly why the government has to pass a stimulus package.
- Paul Krugman: Depressing economics -
- “The Rational Thing Is to Try Both”: Depression Economics -
- Feministe: My pets be teh kyoootest! – “Anyway, I am totally with Cara, dogs drool, cats rule.” CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?
- Wordpress Plugin Template -
- Starting Your First Blog? 29 Tips, Tutorials and Resources for New Bloggers -
- Web Site and Social Media Metrics You Should Monitor -
- How to Guest Post to Promote Your Blog – “In December, I wrote a guest post here at Problogger about how you need a blog strategy. Darren got a piece of unique content without having to write it (not to mention a post that now hovers between the #1 and #2 rank in Google for “blog strategy”), and I got the authority of having shared my insights, high quality links to my blog, and 200 new subscribers in a day. My earlier guest post about Digg had a similar effect.” Between this and the article on social networking, it should be clear that growing a blog is a LOT of work.
- 7 Ways to Turn a Blog Post Upside Down and Get More Comments -
- Will The WordPress Dashboard Ever Be Expanded? – “Should the WordPress dashboard be expanded with more sites, or has it become nearly useless to everyone? If you could add or remove a site from the WordPress dashboard, which one would it be and why? There is a lot of traffic that flows through the dashboard to member sites, and with traffic comes revenue, so I’ll be interested to see what you guys think.”Well, how about letting us design our own dashboards? I’d love to embed my Greader “Blogging” folder into my WordPress dashboard.
- How to Stand Out as a Blogger [VIDEO INTERVIEW] -
- Use Niche Social Networking Sites to Gain Readers -
- FiveThirtyEight: Obama: More Political Capital Than Reagan? – “Although Barack Obama defied our prediction of starting his term with a higher initial approval rating than John F. Kennedy, his 68 percent approval score (versus 12 percent disapproval) is nevertheless noteworthy in comparison with his recent predecessors…”
- Jill Filipovic: Is Barack Obama what a feminist looks like? | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk – “For feminists, the time is now.”
- Annalee Newitz: Even Moto-Cyborgs Like to Talk to Kittens [Concept Art] – io9 – “I love the apocalyptic sweetness of Goro Fujita’s art, which often combines elements of high technology with nature.”
- Annalee Newitz: UC Riverside Solidifies Its Reputation As Haven for Science Fiction Studies [Academic Scifi] – io9 – “The University of California at Riverside has always had a vast, impressive collection of science fiction books and related ephemera in its library. This year the university is solidifying its reputation as the school to go to for serious scholarship related to scifi. They’re holding a series of distinguished lectures this spring…”
- Meredith Woerner: McKay Gives A Glimpse Of Stargate’s Backstage Raunchiness [Starcrossed] – io9 – “Starcrossed, a comedy that takes you behind the scenes at the making of a science-fiction soap, may actually get its day on the small screen. Stargate’s David Hewlett has some good news for fans. [...] Hooray, we wish you the best of luck. We’ve been feeling the lack of genuinely funny science fiction-themed comedy, so please make this one special.”
- Graeme McMillan: Shyamalan’s Avatar Cast Gets Colorful, Finally [Avatar Casting] – io9 – “Stop the (internet) press! A non-white actor has been cast in M. Night Shyamalan’s adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender! Have the internet protests been having an effect on the embattled production after all?”
- I Can Has Cheezburger: food bowl….ran out… – I feel your pain, kitteh. I really do.
- Jesse Taylor: Wally World Is The Best World (Pandagon) – “It’s the exact kind of sociological observation that’s at work with Platt, where he attempts to prove that working at Wal-Mart while being a reporter with, likely, a large amount of savings, a safe job to go back to, the ability to quit whenever he’d like, the option to end the job and a journalist hat that lets him step back and hear whatever suits his preconceived notions and then declare it the gospel truth.”There’s nothing like being lectured about how to live life by someone who came very close to almost doing it…sort of.”
- The Pursuit of Harpyness: There is no “Outside the Patriarchy.” -
- Cara: Female Heart Patients Experience More Emergency Room Delays (Feministe) – “It’s suggested that the delays could be due to a lower rate of professionals recognizing the signs of heart trouble in female patients. This seems plausible to me, as the symptoms commonly described for heart attacks largely don’t apply to women.”
- Cara: Why Overturning the Global Gag Rule is Not Enough (Feministe) – “This AlterNet article reminds us that overturning the Global Gag Rule is not only the first in many steps that the U.S. needs to take to do our part in creating safe reproductive health care access around the world — it’s also only the first step in in ending the ban on U.S. funds going towards necessary care.”
- Pam Spaulding: Tammy Baldwin calls on Sec. Clinton to change State Department LGBT policies (Pam’s House Blend) – “Tonight I have the release and full letter to Clinton from Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who also calls for the elimination of discriminatory practices against partners of foreign service workers, many of whom place themselves in harm’s way serving the U.S. abroad, without many of the rights that opposite-sex partners take for granted.”
"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."
Anatole France, novelist (1844 - 1924) - 1894, The Red Lily, chapter 7
By Lee on Sat 21 Feb 2009