Did you know that genealogy ranks second only to porn as the most searched topic online ? I didn’t! In this Monday’s Link Roundup you can read more about this and other fascinating topics. A favorite of mine is Negative Space in Logo Designs. You’ll find some dazzling designs here that will make you want to create your own unique logo. And just for a lark, be sure to check out 25 (more) words that are fun to say.
- Why We Procrastinate, and How to Stop It. [Video} “We all procrastinate from time to time, but beating it isn’t as easy as recognizing that we do it. This video from the folks at ASAP Science does a great job of explaining the mental processes behind why we procrastinate (you may be procrastinating right now by reading about procrastination) and how you can use them to your advantage to get things done.”
- Telling Stories About the Stories We Tell. “On July 25, Philip Gourevitch gave the keynote address to the Human Rights Lecture Series at Stanford University…We met over drinks before his lecture to discuss the challenges of writing about the history that we are in the midst of making, the burdens of memory and the appeal of forgetting, the dangers of narrative simplification, the limits of humanitarianism, and the messiness of politics.”
- The War of the Words: How to Update a Dictionary. “David Skinner’s The Story of Ain’t is not the history of that word, but an exploration of the scandal over the publication of Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language. Like the crowdsourced Collins, Webster’s Third was premised on a new direction; one that struck many as giving in to new forces “blowing in the wind.” Its editor, Philip Gove, operated under a seemingly reasonable impression: that a dictionary for post-World War II America could dispense with lists of English kings, quotations from Tennyson, and the breezy disparagement of colloquial speech.”
- QR Codes Make Memories Come Alive. “The cool thing about QR codes on headstones is that you can scan the code and immediately learn more about the person than simply their date of birth and death. You can see a video of the person while they were alive, maybe dispensing words of wisdom. You can see photos, read or hear stories, and list the family tree. Just about anything you can put on a website can be incorporated into a site associated with a unique QR code. This is storytelling from beyond the grave.”
- 25 (more) words that are fun to say. “Writers, communicators, friends, Romans, countrymen, gather around as well as say ‘dirigible’—and other delightful words.”
- Negative Space In Logo Design. “Great logos do more than just say the name of the company—they capture the personality, tone of voice and style of the brand…But some of the best logos of all are remarkable because of the hidden details they contain through the clever use of negative space…We’ve brought together a collection of beautifully designed, ingeniously crafted logos that all use negative space to help fill out the image and add an extra level of depth, style and cleverness.”
- Ancestry.com’s Genealogical Juggernaut. “Today, genealogy ranks second only to porn as the most searched topic online. According to a January 2012 report by market research firm Global Industry Analysts, an estimated 84 million people around the world spend anywhere from $1,000 to $18,000 a year in search of their ancestors. Visitors to online genealogy sites are mostly white women, 55 and older, who browse the Internet from home—or, says Pate, “your Aunt Betsy, who’s got a real rabid appetite for digging into family roots.” It’s a demographic projected to grow 36 percent by 2020, three times as fast as any other group.”
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