Monday’s Link Roundup.

So much good stuff to choose from and so little time! This Monday’s Link Roundup has me hard pressed to pick my favorites. But two sites that I find fresh and stimulating are Letters of Note and The Ghosts of World War II’s Past (20 photos).

  • Letters of Note. “… is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. Fakes will be sneered at. Updated every weekday.”
  • Embrace Life. “Several days ago, one of my co-workers sent out a link to a video entitled “Embrace Life”, a commercial promoting seat belt use. Apparently The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership decided that it was time for a seat belt awareness campaign that didn’t use the shock and awe approach…The video immediately arrested my attention…I couldn’t stop thinking about how quickly that video got inside my head. Why did it have such power over me? Was it luck, or was there a formula to charging something that fully with emotion? And how could I bring that same level of emotion to my own creations?”
  • The Ghosts of World War II’s Past (20 photos). “Taking old World War II photos, Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov carefully photoshops them over more recent shots to make the past come alive. Not only do we get to experience places like Berlin, Prague, and Vienna in ways we could have never imagined, more importantly, we are able to appreciate our shared history in a whole new and unbelievably meaningful way.”
  • Books in the age of the iPad. “As the publishing industry wobbles and Kindle sales jump, book romanticists cry themselves to sleep. But really, what are we shedding tears over?” [Thanks to cj madigan of Shoebox Stories for alerting me to this item.]
  • The Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University. “Narrative Medicine fortifies clinical practice with the narrative competence to recognize, absorb, metabolize, interpret, and be moved by the stories of illness. Through narrative training, the Program in Narrative Medicine helps doctors, nurses, social workers, and therapists to improve the effectiveness of care by developing the capacity for attention, reflection, representation, and affiliation with patients and colleagues.”
  • Dreaming of making history a passion. “Barbara Brockmann went back to school so she could help her pupils connect history to their own lives…Her first trick for engaging students is helping them make connections between historic events and their own lives. One way she does this is by asking students to collect oral history by interviewing family members about stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next.”
  • Flickr Rolls Out Photo Overhaul to All Users. “The redesign overhaul focuses three key aspects of the photo page: the navigation, the context behind photos and the size of photos themselves…, photos now carry the “who, what, when, where, and how” of each photo. The company uses this information to help create photostreams and to facilitate photosharing and storytelling via the website’s massive database of images.”

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