Monday’s Link Roundup.

For my grammarian friends, this Monday’s Link Roundup has an article you’ll love: Colonoscopy: It’s Time to Check Your Colons. Also, I was particularly moved by Hanishar, or What Remains, photographer Yuri Dojic’s poignant exhibition of Jewish books that survived the holocaust.

  • A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials. “AdViews is a digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. These commercials were created or collected by the ad agency Benton & Bowles or its successor, D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B).”
  • Through the Middle: Barber vs. Impermanence. “Last year, we featured 7 short films about near-obsolete occupations, which went on to become one of our most enjoyed pickings all year. Today, we add to that collection Through the Middle — a beautiful observational documentary about an aging barber named Mr. S and the slow decline of his business. The film follows his profound reflections as he confronts his retirement, the loss of his patrons, and the ever-changing face of the city.”
  • 109 Ways to Make Your Business Irresistible to the Media. “Getting a mainstream media outlet to pay attention to your business seems like an impossible-to-solve mystery…After 10 years as a journalist, I’ve seen just about every bad pitch you can imagine. And I’ve also come up with 109 foolproof ways to entice the media in your city to highlight your business — approaches that make the mainstream media unable to resist you.”
  • Hanishar, or What Remains. “For the past fourteen years, the photographer Yuri Dojc, who was born in what is now Slovakia, has been scouring his homeland for Jewish books that survived the Holocaust. When he recently showed one of the photographs to the Israeli scholar Moshe Halbertal, though, Halbertal assumed it had been digitally altered. In this particular photo, just one Hebrew word, Hanishar, was legible, written on a page in a prayer book. Dojc doesn’t speak Hebrew, and so it was up to Halbertal to translate. Hanishar, he told Dojc, means “what remains.” [To see the video What Remains click here.]
  • The Art of Handling Criticism Gracefully. “If you’re going to do anything interesting in the world, criticism is an unavoidable fact…The trick to navigating the icebergs of criticism is to figure out which are helpful, and steer clear of those that aren’t.”
  • WhatWasThere: See How Cities and Towns Looked In The Past. “One web site should interest any genealogist or historian. WhatWasThere.com has a simple purpose: provide a platform where anyone can easily upload a photograph with two straightforward tags to provide context: Location and Year. If enough people upload enough photographs in enough places, together we will weave together a photographic history of the world.”

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