Friday Link Pack 06/06/14

Step inside Elon Musk's incredible new space machine
It’s time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Let me know!

Writing:

It’s Too Late. Exclamation Marks Are Unstoppable Now
New York Magazine observes the prevalence of the exclamation mark in modern communication and what it means going forward.

25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites
Mental Floss compiles a list of words that with a slight change in use can mean something completely different. (See, this sort of stuff is why people hate on the English language.)

Five Things I’ve Learned From Working Remotely
There’s not much of a separation between writing and working remotely. While this is tailored to the latter, these handy tips are great advice for a writer.

Tastefully Understated Nerdrage: Magic!
I am a huge fan of Mr. Btongue’s analysis into video games, movies, and culture in general and I have linked him before. In his recent episode he examines magic, what makes it interesting, and how the greats have used it in their writing. Some good food for thought.

Art:

Photographer Goes To Great Heights For Call To Arms On Sprawl
Some stunning aerial photography capturing the issues of sprawl in America in some beautiful and shocking images.

Redd Walitzki “When We Break” And Andy Kehoe “Inner Mystic”
I went to the opening Seattle Artist Redd Walitzki‘s “When We Break” last night and was really impressed. Her latest work is hauntingly beautiful and has a slightly dark twist. (Some of her work could be considering NSFW, so keep that in mind.) Andy Kehoe’s resin pieces are also pretty great, but really need to be seen in person to capture the depth. Worth checking out.

Random:

These 3,000-Year-Old Trousers Are The Oldest In The World
Pants. Really old pants.

40 Maps That Explain The Internet
Great collection from Vox explaining the internet, how it came to be, what it is, what it’s doing, and how it’s under attack.

Step Inside Elon Musk’s Incredible New Space Machine
The creator of the hugely successful Tesla takes a crack at sending people into space, and it’s awesome.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Horror at Martin’s Beach
Summer is here, so let’s celebrate by reading a beach story!

Farewell Gif of the Week:

everything needs googly eyes

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2 thoughts on “Friday Link Pack 06/06/14

  1. I LOVE the post on exclamation points. I am so guilty of this one. I overuse exclamation points constantly, especially on Twitter, and I realized it’s because I want to somehow let the person know that I’m smiling at them as I tweet at them, because I actually do smile a lot in real life but it’s impossible to bring this over in text. Of course, I also way overuse the smiley face. Same reason! (See, I’m smiling at you there)

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    1. :D I really liked that one as well.

      I think, if anything, it shows how language always evolves, especially when it’s influenced by changing technology. Often the rules should evolve along with it, like right now we’re seeing new intent being inserted in a punctuation mark. The ramifications of that are interesting.

      I’m reading Connie Willis’ “Doomsday Book” (which is great, btw) it explores how English changes so rapidly, the English of the Middle Ages isn’t an English we would recognize at all.

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