Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.) Mike Del Ponte co-founded Soma, which raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter using virtual assistants and free apps. I first met Mike Del Ponte two years ago when he was running marketing at BranchOut, a startup I advise. Before joining BranchOut, Mike had explored a variety of career paths, including preparing for the priesthood at Yale Divinity School and serving as a peacemaker in the West Bank. ReadSocial - about Larry Page’s thesis idea: a tool to annotate webpages. He wound up just building Google instead. #socialannotationsarehardbutcool Wired, Feb 2013. The best way to combat piracy isn’t legislatively or criminally but by giving good options. — Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos - who claims that every time Netflix enters a new territory, its numbers go up while Torrent numbers go down.
Wired 14.06: The Rise of Crowdsourcing Remember outsourcing? Sending jobs to India and China is so 2003. The new pool of cheap labor: everyday people using their spare cycles to create content, solve problems, even do corporate R & D. 100 Exquisite Adjectives By Mark Nichol Adjectives — descriptive words that modify nouns — often come under fire for their cluttering quality, but often it’s quality, not quantity, that is the issue. Plenty of tired adjectives are available to spoil a good sentence, but when you find just the right word for the job, enrichment ensues.
MDMA The Movie Watch our First Short Film on MDMA Therapy A Dangerous Party Drug? Despite the drug war, the recreational use of MDMA has spread around the globe, and its use is only rising. Book Country - about Publishers, booksellers, and readers describe books by their literary categories, or genres. It's how books are placed in stores and sold online. We created the Genre Map to help you find the right genre for your book. Distributed Productino (Gutenberg project) Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) The Trustees of Distributed Proofreaders Foundation are concerned about a new international agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP will result in significant copyright term extensions in signatory countries, which will have the immediate impact of slowing or halting growth of the public domain in many parts of the world. The agreement was drafted in secret. Public scrutiny and consideration are now needed for copyright term extension, and many other aspects of the agreement.
Chinese edition of Hard Truths in stores today my paper Friday, Sep 16, 2011 The Chinese edition of bestseller Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going will hit bookshop shelves today. It is available at leading bookstores from 5pm, priced at $39.90. The book can also be bought from the Straits Times Press Online Bookstore at www.stpressbooks.com.sg Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew will launch the book at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel later today, coinciding with his 88th birthday. Hard Truths is based on 16 interviews with Mr Lee by Straits Times journalists. In the book, Mr Lee shares his views on issues like the future of Singapore's political system.
Careful, writers! 10 common words with opposite meanings The English language is full of words with uncommon properties. There are backronyms, metaplasms, and neologisms. My favorite words of unusual properties are contranyms, or words that are spelled the same, but have two opposite meanings. These words are also known as Janus words, named after the Roman god of gates and doorways and of beginnings and endings. Janus words teach us the importance of context and bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “use it in a sentence.”
Pubslush Is Like Kickstarter for Authors Name: Pubslush Big Idea: Pubslush is injecting Kickstarter-esque crowdfunding into the publishing process. Why It's Working: Traditional publishing has a lot of overhead costs and bureaucracy that make it hard for potentially popular books to get published; with it's pledging model, Pubslush guarantees an audience before putting ink to paper. Plus, one book is donated for each one that's purchased. Too often, good manuscripts end up in the slush pile — in fact, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter was slushed by 12 publishers when she first shopped it around. weRead - about What if you can leave your life and its problems behind and go places - to other countries, worlds, galaxies and back and forth in time? Books are that one medium that will grant you full access to anywhere and everywhere, allowing you to escape into your imagination with rich descriptions of everything you might not otherwise get to see in your lifetime. Reading books is a hobby that most of us do not devote time to specifically, but on a rainy day when nothing else seems interesting, a quick peek into your bookshelf will reveal hidden gems that will keep you enthralled for the next several hours. Books also improve your knowledge span, in small ways and big, and greatly broaden your vocabulary as well. Which is also why a bibliophile will always sound smarter without meaning to, than one who restricts the amount of literature that he absorbs from this world.
漢字大好き - I Love Kanji Learn → Beginner Brace yourself, folks, for this lesson will introduce to you your first set of Kanji evah. The chances are that you are going to be very confused, but we'll take it slowly and things will be explained thoroughly. I want to stress this right now, do not try to memorize the on'yomi and kun'yomi. They are merely given for reference. Instead, focus on remembering the meaning of the Kanji and some vocabulary with it.