20: Leaving The Past Behind

January 25, 2013

1. Stop The Presses! Amanda Seyfried Nude

Amanda Seyfried is a beautiful actress, and news of her dropping her top should pull at the heart strings of any straight male movie geek.

Screen Crush:

Seyfried’s nude scenes weren’t a problem for her when she signed on to star in the film. “[Appearing nude] didn’t scare me at all. I wanted to jump right into all that kind of stuff,” she told MTV. And while “Amanda Seyfried nude!” might be a selling point for the movie, the actress hopes audiences get more out of the film than that:

Honestly, good for her. Lovelace — the upcoming movie where she takes it all off — is a biopic of an adult film star, so nudity is a given. Considering how much I respect Seyfried, I’d wager that her nude scenes are tasteful and handled with class. She doesn’t strike me as a person who would be filmed just to attract a demographic, and her attitude here is great.

via FlipBoard for iOS

2. Embedded Tweets And Copyright Issues

David Holmes, Pando Daily:

You could say, “Well if you don’t want your photos shared on the Web without credit or compensation, don’t upload them to Twitter.” The trouble is, now that embedded Tweets include not only photos uploaded directly to Twitter, but also Flickr photos, images from Tumblr, article previews, videos, audio, and even some apps, the copyright implications of Tweets are thornier than ever.

It sounds to me like Twitter has some work to do.

via @SpionKopRed on Twitter

3. Twitter Has To Give Up Identities Of Racist Tweeters In France

I’ve written about this before while it was still developing, but it’s now official; Twitter must hand police the names of racist tweeters, so says a court in France which has laws against hate speech.

I remain indifferent, but the court has spoken.

via FlipBoard for iOS

4. Speechless: New Mexican Lawmaker Hates Rape Victims

Representative Cathrynn Brown in New Mexico has introduced a bill to the NM House that would make rape victims who receive abortions felons. The argument is that terminating a pregnancy caused by rape would be tampering with evidence. There are few words to describe how messed up this is, and we should hope that the NM legislature has the sense to shut this down.

via @NFLion on Twitter

5. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys To The Power Of The Written Word

I don’t particularly consider myself a writer despite publishing a solid amount of words every day, because I’m always learning and still finding my voice. Tips like the ones pasted into this article help me identify my own flaws, and helps me know what I need to work on.

My favorite of the eight keys:

4.Have the Guts to Cut
It may be that you, too, are capable of making necklaces for Cleopatra, so to speak. But your eloquence should be the servant of the ideas in your head. Your rule might be this: If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out.

It, along with the preceding tip which is to “Keep It Simple” are probably what I need to work at the most.

Thank you Kurt Vonnegut.

via a friend on Facebook

6. “Pop Star Pouts”

Man, I love Capital FM; it honestly isn’t a bad radio station (although I’d question their claim of being the UK’s “#1 hit music station”) and they happen to publish some funny stuff too. Today I’m delighted to present to you… Ten celebrities pictured pouting.

(I think that this blog has reached a new low.)

via @capitalofficial on Twitter

7. Congratulations, Netflix. Take That, Pundits

Kit Eaton, Fast Company:

Netflix announced on Wednesday that it had increased its subscription numbers by 2.05 million in the fourth quarter and is now in 27.15 million American households. This figure, according to the company, led to a net income of $7.9 million.

I really like Netflix and I’m very happy to see it do well. Back when I first started writing I was doing movie reviews, and I had a weekly feature dedicated exclusively to movies on Netflix (streaming). Netflix deserves every ounce of success it receives, and I hope that it continues since it pushes digital media forward.

via FlipBoard for iOS

8. What Success Looks Like For Path

Kevin Rose interviewed the founder of Path, Dave Morin, and in “defining success” for Path, Morin included “maintaining trust” and having an “honest relationship” with users. I stopped using Path a long time ago simply because it didn’t fit into my life, but it’s nice to see a social networking company get it.

9. The Women In Horror Month Movement

The aptly titled Tumblr page WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH has a few tips by Hannah Neurotica on how to drive awareness for Women In Horror Month (February). If you’re a Horror fan you should read through the list and do what you’re able; chances are there is something for you to do. I’ll be using this blog to advance the cause, and might figure out some other things to do.

via Thirst for iOS (Which has been temporarily removed from the App Store, meaning I have no download link, sorry)

10. Idea: Abandoning The (Traditional) Web Browser

Note: When I use the term “web browser” below, I’m referring to traditional ones like Safari, Chrome, IE, Firefox, etc. Technically every app that access the web and loads information is a web browser, but if it doesn’t have a URL and search bar, in my mind it’s too different to qualify.

Since I’ve taken this blog in a more news/magazine direction, I’ve noticed that my web usage habits have changed dramatically. I went from using the Safari web browser on my iPhone and iPads to frequent sites, to discovering news using 3rd party apps/services like FlipBoard, Thirst, Tweetbot, Facebook, and Pocket.

This new way of discovering news has been a boon for this blog and even for myself. The news sites I source are so varied that it’s introduced me to so many more writers and writing styles, whom and which I hope that I’m introducing to you. It’s a departure from reading stuff from the exact same writers on the exact same sites every day.

Browsing the web using a web browser like Safari kind of slows me down. Apps like FlipBoard load information fast since the only thing being loaded is article text. Web browsers are egregiously slow comparably because they end up loading text, images, ads, comments, and outright unrelevant information.

My reasons for using Safari (or any web browser) have been dwindling, and it’s made me a happier person. I’ve known for a long time that “apps are the future”, but before now I wasn’t aware how soon that future would come.

Given everything, I feel that by the end of the year I can be in a position to dump web browsers. My new goal is to not use a web browser for an entire year, starting anytime before 2014. I think that I can do it, and I think that I should do it. Obviously there must be exceptions — for example, if I need to use Safari for work or school — but casually browsing as I know it should be dead.

I’ll draft the rules and more specifics of my plan later, and I’ll publish them here. My hope is that other people will do this with me. I’m actually kind of scared and simultaneously excited… This will be fun.

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