Month: March 2016

Episode 42: Thinking Out Loud 105: You’re Going to Be An Author, How Do You Feel About That? – Thinking.FM

  Are you stuck in the transitional phase where you can see yourself as an author? Elisabeth talks about the exciting news regarding her book and progress in the revision process. They also talk about the dangers that exist for people trying to publish in the form of vanity publishers and how to steer clear of scams. Mentioned: Vanity Publishers Recognizing Scams Camp Nano: Self Publisher Showcase Predictors and editors You have permission to suck Beverly …

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Digital Colonialism

“Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups, creating a totally free and clandestine file sharing network in a country where mobile internet data is extremely expensive…” Source: Angola’s Wikipedia Pirates Are Exposing the Problems With Digital Colonialism | Motherboard Fascinating article. If …

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Episode 41: Thinking Religion 71: Something About Easter? – Thinking.FM

Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the how apocalyptic religious movements become religions, insider and outsider language, the uniqueness of christianities, their ongoing personal revelations about privilege, and the intertextuality of Trump. Mentioned: David Koresh | Wikipedia Prof. Elizabeth A. Clarke | Amazon Microsoft learns a valuable lesson about the internet | MarketWatch Last Days in the Desert | SlashFilm Actors Who Played Jesus | CBS Cadbury Censoring Christianity | USA Today ESPN Tries to …

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Churches and Nonprofits, It’s Time To Start Thinking About Your Messaging App

“In case there was any doubt that messaging apps were the future of communication in the mobile-first era, a new study released this morning puts some solid numbers behind their traction – and their increasing dominance over email, among today’s youngest users. According to a report from App Annie, email is effectively dying among this crowd. Those aged 13 to 24 now spend more than 3.5 times overall usage time in messaging apps than those …

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Silent Movies as the Future of Video Advertising (Thanks, Facebook)

“Here’s a sure sign of spring, and that Facebook is changing the way marketers create ads… The whole idea is in keeping with the idea of silent movies becoming the future, or at least a future, of advertising. Folks who want to stick around and turn on the sound will get to see and hear steak sizzling. DDB San Francisco is the agency.” Source: Kingsford’s Facebook Ad Will Reward You With BBQ if You Keep …

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All these problems may just be inevitable teething…

“We haven’t had this kind of transformation since television came in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s,” says Marc Pritchard, the marketing boss at Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest advertiser. Grappling with these challenges, however, may spur a shift in the industry’s structure. There will always be startups, particularly because technology changes so quickly. But on the whole, power is likely to move to fewer, larger companies.” http://www.economist.com/news/business/21695388-worries-about-fraud-and-fragmentation-may-prompt-shake-out-crowded-online-ad?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/invisibleadsphantomreaders

DocStoc is now dead, which I knew was coming. What I didn’t realize is that I had linked to so many pages there (including a few of my own like a paper on Julian of Norwich that had around 3,500 views last time I checked a few months back. I’ve got a plugin configured here to alert me when something I’ve linked to either changes url’s or goes away. I’m getting more and more of …

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Developed by Microsoft’s research division Tay is a…

Developed by Microsoft’s research division, Tay is a virtual friend with behaviors informed by the web chatter of some 18–24-year-olds and the repartee of a handful of improvisational comedians (Microsoft declined to name them). Her purpose, unlike AI-powered virtual assistants like Facebook’s M, is almost entirely to amuse. And Tay does do that: She is simultaneously entertaining, infuriating, manic, and irreverent. http://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkantrowitz/microsoft-introduces-tay-an-ai-powered-chatbot-it-hopes-will#.ytYzABj6o

Why Some Services Cost More Than Others (Education)

“Holistic local SEO campaigns are the best for providing long-term value because the results won’t disappear immediately if you stop working with the agency. They also offer an element of education that you could argue is the most valuable of all. While these services can seem a bit costly, they’re worth their price in every aspect. They’re highly targeted campaigns run by thoughtful local SEO technicians who know how to focus on getting results. The …

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Granted these stories are all data driven and…

Granted, these stories are all data-driven and lack literary flair, so human journalists still own deep reporting and analysis—for now. Narrative Sciences predicts that work written by its program will earn a Pulitzer Prize any day now, and that computers will control 90 percent of journalism in roughly 15 years. If you’re dubious about robo-journalism, check out this quiz by the New York Times to see if you can distinguish between human and robot writing. …

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4+ BILLION VIDEO VIEWS EVERY DAY 100…

“4+ BILLION VIDEO VIEWS EVERY DAY 100 million daily active users About 9,000 photos sent per second Of all businesses using social media, only 2% have a dedicated Snapchat presence” Source: Ignite Social Media Interesting.

By eating less meat and more fruit and…

By eating less meat and more fruit and vegetables, the world could prevent several million deaths per year by 2050, cut planet-warming emissions substantially, and save billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs and climate damage, researchers said. http://www.nbcnews.com/health/diet-fitness/vegan-eating-would-slash-cut-food-s-global-warming-emissions-n542886

I’m here to manage a team not…

“I’m here to manage a team, not make rules,” Maddon said. “I learned my lesson from that.” http://m.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/168278928/cubs-joe-maddon-talks-policies-with-leaders

FBI Looking to Delay Tomorrow’s Hearing on Apple Encryption

“On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking [terrorist Syed] Farook’s iPhone,” federal prosecutors said in a filing Monday afternoon. “Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc. (“Apple”) set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this …

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The era of the fact is coming to…

The era of the fact is coming to an end: the place once held by “facts” is being taken over by “data.” http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/03/21/the-internet-of-us-and-the-end-of-facts

Episode 40: Thinking Out Loud 104: Yours, Mine, and Ours – Thinking.FM

  How many writing projects are you working on? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their joint writing project, individual projects, and ghost writing projects and how to keep them all going at the same time. They also ask the question, “Can you make it as a loner writer?” No! So, join Elisabeth and Merianna for the first ever Thinking Out Loud Writers’ Conference. Mentioned: Camp NanoWrimo Yours, Mine, and Ours What is Ghost Writing? NanoRhino …

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Episode 39: Thinking Religion 70: “And you never ask questions when God’s on your side” – Thinking.FM

  Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the religion of college football, Rip and Dip vs Common Cup vs Shot Glasses, Rubio’s odd theological farewell speech, the power of professing God’s Will, and why the Republican Party enabled Trump. Mentioned: “You’ve Got to Scalp ‘Em” | FSU Fight Song God Didn’t Want Marco Rubio to Be President | LA Times God’s Will? | Guy Sayles With God On Our Side | Bob Dylan The post …

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Waiting for the gift of sound and vision

“Because now you have designers, who instead of being encouraged to come up with their own, new, crazy ideas, are being encouraged to do the things that have been proven by the data to deliver results. A lot of times, in thriving marketplaces, a lot of ideas come from the bottom up. You see new consumer behaviors, and then you go, “Oh my gosh, look at what these kids are doing.” But as you end …

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Episode 38: Thinking Out Loud 103: Feast or Famine – Thinking.FM

  Will I be able to afford groceries this month? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the peaks and valleys of the publishing and writing world and how it’s hard to predict what each month or each day is going to look like. How exciting! Show Notes: Kiwi Bird George Martin Toni Morrison Banned Books Editorial Freelance Association Camp NaNoWriMo What are Elisabeth and Merianna reading? The post Thinking Out Loud 103: Feast or Famine appeared …

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