I apologise if the tone of this week’s Roast is a little grumpier than usual in places. I just got back from grocery shopping where I got rained on for the fourth week in a row. Now, of course, it is glorious and sunny again. Grrrr. I’m off to make cheesecake in the hope that it will cheer me up. Enjoy these snippets 🙂
If, like me, you love reading you will probably have realised that new books are vastly over priced (especially, I noticed, in Canada – $20 or $30 for a paperback? Criminal!). So I bring you BookMooch, the free book trade and exchange community. It seems like a good idea. Register, list the books you have and the books you want, give and receive. It’s that easy. If I didn’t have a pathological hatred of getting rid of books once I own them (I willingly buy second hand books but am incapable of getting rid of any) I’d be using it.
I am not unaware of the pointing you towards an article about why people don’t comment and not commenting on the article myself… Liz has 10 reasons readers don’t leave comments (and I’d suggest taking the time to read the comment thread for the post as well). Now my main reasons for not commenting are 1) I am self-conscious about new groups and fitting in (I am working on it), and… pretty much everything on Liz’s list. What are your reasons, oh lurkers mine?
I do so love it when people can laugh at themselves – how many Christians does it take to change a light bulb?
I’ve always loved the London skyline, especially the way that the London Eye just fits. Yes, the Manhattan skyline is perhaps more iconic and imposing, but London seems more real to me, with the juxtaposition of old and new, the mundane and breathtaking. Have a look at these pictures to get an idea of what I mean.
I’ve always been interested in what makes ‘good’ writing, but it is something I am becoming more and more aware of the more I try and put my thoughts into words. A List Apart has this wonderful piece on how to write to keep your readers. Like Amber I love writing for the web as it can be so personal. I also agree you should write for a single reader rather than an audience. Well, I try.
I don’t care if it is true or not, it is just funny.
Calling something the world’s most photorealistic art is a big claim, but just this once I might be true. Some of these images are frelling awesome!
Clearly this is a ‘writing’ week. Can you tell the difference between content and copy?
Do you remember when the Web was young? The Internet, 1996 style.
Oliver Stone’s film ‘World Trade Centre’ was screened this week in NYC and the New York Times has a brief piece on differing reactions to the film. I’m firmly in the ‘I have no desire to see this film, ever’. My brother should have been there, but a friend went instead. Just my own memories of that day are bad enough – I don’t need a movie to tell me the history.
Then again, perhaps the American’s do need movies to help them remember, because almost a third of them can’t remember what year 9/11 was. 2001 you dumb f**ks.
Remember me saying the other week how pretty anime was? Well now you can have it on your desktop.
Ever pondered using your ‘power’ as a blogger to take revenge? I know I’ve had a few digs at services in my time (British Gas, grrrr…. *fume*) But perhaps you have more power than you think. The moral here? Think before you eviscerate.
And to finish on a lighter-hearted note, something else I don’t care if it is true or not – messages left by the royals…