Earlier today, I was reading the Tools and Toys weekly roundup and thought it was a really good idea. In addition, I realized that I often have time to tweet about articles, but I don’t always have time to sit and write a blog post about them. Those two things came together like a shock and I decided to gather my thoughts about various articles/books/etc. that I have read and each week post a postmortem, commenting where necessary and letting a block quote or title stand on its own elsewhere. I think this will also allow me a twofold path toward accountability for continuing to read and for consistent frequency of posts on this site. All in all, the variety that will present itself will be natural and organic, connected to what I read and do, which one week may be mainly book reading and another week may be recipes. Consider this Week One of an ongoing series of what I am calling Eloquent Roundups.1
This week, I read a great article about the worldwide use of coal as a power source and its future with carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Wired (originally read in print, April 2014 edition); about a Icelander brilliantly fundraising out of his kitchen window with coffee; a discussion of practices—or lack thereof—in long term SSD storage; how the US is practically an undeveloped country in terms of parental leave at the birth of a child; and the fact that the importance of reading is higher than ever, as our brains atrophy, looking at screens.
One other thing of note for this week, the Dane County prosecutor announced that he will not be prosecuting the police officer who shot and killed Tony Robinson earlier this year, so I also read a number of articles prior to the announcement and reactions after the fact; one of the reactions was particularly poignant.
Being that this is the first week and I literally came up with this idea a few hours ago, I will only be listing the articles I read. Future posts within this series will come with block quotes and my personal thoughts and comments.↩
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.