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SOPA and PIPA Protests: The Government Pokes the Sleeping Lion

20 Jan

Wired online protests

The government is dealing with a whole new breed of opposition this month as it attempts to pass the house bills called SOPA(Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA(Protect IP Act). The Internet community has been known to be a group largely apathetic towards activism, but as major Internet hubs like Imgur, Wikipedia, and reddit go down , Internet junkies everywhere are realizing how these bills are greatly affecting their everyday lives.

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Web-Based Applications: Formspring.me

24 Mar

Social media. Social media. Social media. Nine times out of ten I want to scream, Enough already! Every day new apps are coming out . . . and while most of them are at least moderately interesting, who has the time (or energy) to incorporate all these applications springing up like mushrooms? Between blogging, Facebook, and Twitter alone (plus the concomitant bit.ly, Statcounter, Feedburner, Flickr, Twitpic, and more), it’s not exactly the best return on investment to spend even more time gathering, sending, and responding to content flying around the Internet. I mean, unless you’re a social media manager who’s paid to develop carpal tunnel syndrome and have eyes as watery and red as a hamster’s, we really all do have our regular jobs to do!

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Print On Demand: Heartbreaking Effort on a Staggering Scale

24 Sep

One of the features added recently by WordPress—they’re the free blogging provider that we use—at the bottom of most posts is a section that says: Possibly related posts: (automatically generated). Some of the links that follow will come from our blog but most come from other blogs. The interesting thing, though, is looking at our stats page in the admin section of our blog where it lists “referrers”—that is, those pages where somebody clicked a link to come to our blog—and seeing an out of the ordinary Web address and then backtracking to find that we were one of the Possibly related posts: (automatically generated) at someone else’s blog.

This happened the other day when I found a link that led back to The Lulu Book Review but from there led me to the POD Diary, another page at that site that has the absolutely epic saga—equally fascinating and heartwrenching—of Shannon Yarbrough self publishing his novel Stealing Wishes through an online POD publisher.

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