Sarah Reeves sat on her couch in Eugene, Oregon, staring at her laptop screen in furious disbelief. She was reading the website of a government agency, where her mother appeared to have posted a comment weighing in on a bitter policy battle for control of the internet. Something was very wrong.
Boris Johnson, Shady SEO Master?
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be strategically using particular words and phrases in speeches and appearances as SEO bait to bury unfavorable news about himself in Google’s search results. My pal Matt Webb has collected three examples of this devious practice over the past month.
I’ve been visiting lots of blogs in the past few months, some of them repeatedly. It’s fascinating to see the conventions emerging in the different genres. The major genre might be called the introvert blog–it’s all about the author’s personal life.
Chris Ware It’s pretty simple, I sit down and I draw
Can you talk us a bit through the process of creating and how that itself changed over the duration of the novel?
It’s pretty simple: I sit down and I draw. More often than not, though, I get up and wander around and do anything I can to avoid sitting down and drawing. But once I do, again, the drawings tell me what to do, and I try to listen to them, in the same way that a writer tries to get caught up in the flow of his or her words on a page. Drawing comics is a little less like carpentry and a little more like gardening; it takes patience and a lot of time and self-doubt and trust. I spend about a week drawing two pages, after which I enjoy a brief (+/- 15 minutes) of relief before the anxiety sets in knowing I have to start all over again.Via WePresent
A very simple rule
I have a very simple rule that serves me well: Don’t think too much about your life after dinnertime. Thinking too much at the end of the day is a recipe for despair. Everything looks better in the light of the morning. Cliché, maybe, but it works.
Great rule. I met a veteran who lost both legs in Iraq, struggled with depression, and instituted the same rule. Deal with problems in daylight. I apply that lesson at least once a month, for years now. P.S. The guy ended up getting a dual degree from Harvard, is married now
— Joe Ringenberg (@jringenberg) August 26, 2018
“Deal with problems in daylight.” That’s one to remember.
I got a “First strike! Three strikes and you’re out!” copyright notice from Tumblr yesterday morning, and my first thought was, “Oh good, maybe I can totally forget about my Tumblr now.
The Whistle-Blower Knows How to Write
His complaint offers lessons on how to make a point. Ms. Rosenzweig is the director of the Writing Center at Harvard.
Mishearing as a creative act
“I like turning on two radios at the same time and listening to them. I like hearing things incorrectly. I think that’s how I get a lot of ideas is by mishearing something.
Are we living at the most influential time in history?
I don’t claim originality for any content here; people who’ve been influential on this include Nick Beckstead, Phil Trammell, Toby Ord, Aron Vallinder, Allan Dafoe, Matt Wage, and, especially, Holden Karnofsky and Carl Shulman. Everything tentative; errors all my own.