brett’s morning blend (15mar11)

Those of you who read the blog regularly may have noticed that “morning blend” hasn’t been around for a while.  The last two months have been really busy, and I’ve not been on the computer as much as I used to be.  Even now we’re experiencing electricity rationing which has cut our daytime usage to 20-25 hours a week.  [We do, however, have electricity most nights while we’re sleeping — bad for enjoying the magical stuff, but good for keeping our frozen foods frozen.]  Anyway, I’m limiting computer time, because our battery will run for about 3 hours and that’s it.

But “morning blend” is back, and here are this week’s links:

Internet 2010 in Numbers

Exactly what the title suggests.  Did you know there are 152 million blogs on the internet?  How many of those would you guess are current and still in use?  Oh, and Lady Gaga has 7.7 million followers on Twitter.  How many of those would you guess would admit it if asked?

Two Spaces After a Period

I was taught to put two spaces after a period when at the end of a sentence.  I’ll admit that I did take “typewriting” in high school — and not “keyboarding” — but still?  Who would have known that placing two spaces after a period would be SO wrong when using a computer.  You guys may not have noticed, but here at aliens and strangers there are always two spaces at the end of every sentence.  This author (Farhad Manjoo) is apparently really upset with me (and others who refuse to use only one space.  [But if you ask me, someone should tell him that the letters in his name don’t actually spell anything….]

Society Masquerading as Community

One of my favorite bloggers (and a writer for The Economist), Andreas Kluth, shares his disappointment with the dangerous overuse of the word community. He also suggests it might not mean what you think it means.  [It’s kind of like inconceivable in that way.]

Oregon Trail

Yep, this link is about THE Oregon Trail.

(Not) Washing Jeans

Apparently, refraining from washing blue jeans for 15 months is not unhealthy in any way.

The Namib Desert Indoors

A photo album from a ghost town in Namibia.  It was once a diamond mining village, but now the houses have been taken over by the desert.  Some really beautiful photography.

Destroyed Apple Products

Not quite as nice as the Namib Desert album, but still, it’s pretty interesting to see a bunch of pictures of trashed Apple products.  And I’ve got nothing against Apple.  Just kind of liked the “art” of it all.



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4 responses to “brett’s morning blend (15mar11)

    • thanks for the welcome back. maybe i can keep up with this blog thing starting now…

      i hope you haven’t talked about too many exciting things over at your blog; i’ve probably missed a lot.

  1. I also took typewriting and I am also hooked on the whole two spaces after a period thing. I had no idea it was wrong until now! ha! I don’t know that knowing will change anything though. I think it makes paragraphs look neater. 🙂

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