Monday’s Link Roundup.

Happy Valentine’s Day! No chocolates I’m afraid but there are some treats for you in this Monday’s Link Roundup. For something unique take a look at Reel Wisdom: Lessons From 40 Films in 7 Minutes. And for all of us who spend hours in front a computer I highly recommend How to Ergonomically Optimize Your Workspace.

  • How To Mourn. “The day after his mother Henriette died in 1977 the French semiotician Roland Barthes began jotting down notes about his grief on slips of paper. “I know now that my mourning will be chaotic,” he wrote eight days after her death. Thirty years after the author’s own death—Barthes was struck by a laundry van in 1980—and more than 40 after the publication of his seminal essay “The Death of the Author,” these notes have been collected and translated, by Richard Howard, and published in the United States as Mourning Diary.”
  • Organize Photos Like an Archivist: Level of Description. “Every year around the “Gotta Get Organized!” time of year, I give away one free information product that helps folks just like you organize photo collections. This year, I asked my email list subscribers and readers to tell me about their greatest information need. We narrowed it down to two choices, and “How to Organize Photos Like An Archivist” was the winner. The final product will be a downloadable PDF file, but I’m getting this party started by publishing Part 1 right here on the blog.” [Thanks to cj madigan founder of ShoeboxStories for alerting me to this item.]
  • How to Ergonomically Optimize Your Workspace. “We spend a lot of time sitting at our desks every day, and while it may not look like it, it can wreak havoc with our bodies. Here’s how to set up a healthy, ergonomic workspace to keep you comfortable and injury-free.”
  • Learn the Basics of Photoshop in Under 25 Minutes. “Photoshop is an incredibly powerful but also intimidating application. If you’ve wanted to start using Photoshop but didn’t know where to start, we’ll be teaching you the basics all week long.”
  • Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology. “Stories accompany us through life from birth to death. But they do not merely entertain, inform, or distress us—they show us what counts as right or wrong and teach us who we are and who we can imagine being. Stories connect people, but they can also disconnect, creating boundaries between people and justifying violence. In Letting Stories Breathe, Arthur W. Frank grapples with this fundamental aspect of our lives, offering both a theory of how stories shape us and a useful method for analyzing them. Along the way he also tells stories: from folktales to research interviews to remembrances.” [Thanks to Elisabeth Pozzi-Thanner of Oral History Productions for alerting me to this item.]

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