News of William Safire’s death does make it feel like the end of an era. Here’s a great line from The New York Times’ story about his death:
There were columns on blogosphere blargon, tarnation-heck euphemisms, dastardly subjunctives and even Barack and Michelle Obama’s fist bumps. And there were Safire “rules for writers”: Remember to never split an infinitive. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors. Proofread carefully to see if you words out. Avoid clichés like the plague. And don’t overuse exclamation marks!!
Check out this amazingly beautiful New York Times blog by Maira Kalman. If you scroll down to her bio at the bottom of the post, you’ll see that she did the illustrations for a revised version of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. It’s exciting to see talented artists of all stripes take their work online and apply them to the different online forms, in this case a blog.
Google is trying to give newspaper readers that browsing experience online with their new Google Fast Flip feature. Here’s a Christian Science Monitor story about it. Can Google Fast Flip bring print readers online?
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Caster Semenya, the athlete at the center of the athletics gender debate, has posed on the front cover of a South African magazine called You. As if to answer her critics, who say she is too masculine to compete in women’s events, she has been glammed up in sequins and stilettos in shots that appear inside the magazine. Here’s a story about her makeover.
This is what Facebook looked like when it started out in 2004. Check out the Telegraph’s list of a few websites in their early days HERE There’s hope for us all!