Tumblr Finds Sweet Spot in Fashion, Media Brands |... →
Interesting piece about how brands are using Tumblr to build awareness and connection to their products. I love the site, but it’s definitely still a work in progress in terms of how I might recommend it to clients for everyday use.
Here’s the solution: spin it off. Slate doesn’t deserve to be slowly whittled...– Paul Smalera, How to reboot Slate I concur. Which probably means it won’t happen, and Slate will instead die the death of a thousand cuts. (via stoweboyd)
FREE ALBUM: SPIN's Dance Mix for Electric Zoo! |... →
Spin.com giving away 15 dance tracks in honor of this weekend’s Electric Zoo festival in NYC
Don’t expect anybody to throw a tea party, but Big Government finally got one...– Dana Milbank, The Washington Post, “Hurricane Irene and the Benefits of Big Government” (via inothernews) Read Milbank - then read Decoder’s two part series on whether the US needs FEMA: part I, part II. (via dcdecoder)
D.C. Drama Has Been Very Good for Politico | The... →
And here’s a take on a very different news website model, for Politico, bolstered by a physical publication in the DC area. It’s thriving, in part because of the recent craziness on Capitol Hill. Nice to know SOMEONE is benefiting from all of that.
Slate's Layoffs Signal Flaws in Web Model -... →
“Economic head winds” hit Slate, lead to layoffs of Jack Shafer and some other writers. Slate still hasn’t figured out sustainable model for web-only news site, despite its consistent excellence. Hope they figure it out soon.
I think readers can find, already, a dozen pieces that couldn’t get past the...– Tom Lutz, editor-in-chief of the L.A. Review of Books, in an interview with LAist. (via latimes)
My YouTube Is Bigger Than Yours - Speakeasy - WSJ →
ComScore starts offering more granular information about which “channels” on YouTube are scoring the most viewers. This is a big and important shift for these subsites trying to attract advertisers and more viewers. Finally, they can point to a third-party measurement of their tremendous viewership. That Vevo is No. 1 with its music video feeds is no surprise. But the huge viewer base...
How To Trick an Online Scammer Into Carving a... →
Scamming the scammers: how online vigilantes bait and humiliate 419 fraudsters out of West Africa and beyond. Very entertaining tales from the Atlantic on this Darwinian battle of scam and counterscam
Conrad thought that when one wrote, even in a realistic way, about the world,...– That Conrad was a bright fellow. Love this quote. Jorge Luis Borges (via scipsy)
A Sleep Battle of the Sexes - WSJ.com →
Good piece on gender differences in sleep patterns: women sleep more deeply, complain more about bad sleep. Men are stoic, but less sleep may contribute to shorter lives. Plus, some ways to trick the body so you sleep better.
Down There by the Train: The Four Most Remarkable... →
Bill Bryson being brilliant about the importance of enjoying the heck out of that remarkable, evanescent thing known as life downtherebythetrain: Here are the four most remarkable facts I now know about nearly everything. First, you exist. You’re alive. That’s really quite a marvellous thing to be able to say, when you think about it. For you to be here now, trillions and trillions of drifting...