— Better Beginnings: how to start a presentation, book, article... This seemed like the kind of business blogging link I usually pass over, but out of curiosity I checked my own answer to that question against the list and found the perspective interesting. The lessons I've learned about creative writing have recommended beginning before the beginning of the story you're telling. By the time you get to your story, your narrative is richer and your sense of the story and writing momentum are improved. I've also heard of actors being instructed to improvise a scene that would take place a few minutes before the scene they're scripted to act. This link advises beginning after the beginning, which is to say, chop off your beginning because it's probably boring. Similar advice, a little different angle. News people use the expression, "Don't bury the lead."
Speaking of burying, item number three was also a familiar lesson. In listening through past interviews I've done, I found that I would often review history with the guest in the beginning, which makes chronological sense, but buries the good part that would make anyone listen past the first minute or two. If the history is so relevant, circle back to it later.
Scott Adams the Dilbert guy lost his voice permanently to something called Spasmodic Dysphonia and then retrained his brain to enable speech with a simple nursery rhyme. It's an amazing story. It reminds me a little of the stories of people using biofeedback to overcome paralysis (a credible report of which I'm presently unable to find to link here, so maybe that's urban legend). I know I've heard of people correcting stuttering problems with rhymes, though obviously that's nothing to do with throat muscle spasms. Using the Google on combinations of "rhyme," "therapy" and "brain" turn up a lot of interesting results.
My friend Matt offers this fun time sucker. I managed a score of 21.209 seconds before I decided I'd wasted enough company time. I did it with my eyes closed, guided solely by The Force.
Showing up at two different links, the photo of the news anchor reporting on a rape suspect is hard not to laugh at. The source isn't mentioned, so it may be fictional. UPDATE: I've seen a few sources (including Tucker Carlson on today's show) say that the anchor is from the L.A. affiliate of ABC and it's real. See comments for a link to his bio.
The Dog Who Loved to Suck on Toads - A short story of a dog who becomes hooked on hallucinogenic toads. The fact that the dog's name is Lady makes me think there's a funny sequel to Lady and the Tramp to be written.
Fantasy art by Jacek Yerka. Mostly rooms and landscapes, no naked ladies that I saw, so SFW.
Handbags that look like movie monsters - I expected this to be stupid, but they really do look like the monsters, and I don't think it's on purpose.
How to build a hidden bookshelf door - If you click through the link in the P.S. at the bottom you see that the whole thing rolls on castors so the hinges don't hold any weight. I'd expect castors to make a mess of the floor, but the basic idea makes sense.
A Look at the Numbers: How the Rich Get Richer - It doesn't actually explain "how," it just lists a lot of stats to demonstrate that the rich are richer. I recognize that for a lot of people, the whole point of America is for the chance to make as much money as possible, so these stats don't get me too upset. They're still pretty impressive though.
MediaFire - Free unlimited uploads and downloads and bandwidth. What else is interesting is that when you search for it in Technorati you also get links to files people have uploaded so it works like a blunt filesharing service. NOTE: Of course, it's a bad idea to download anything when you don't know the source, so be careful if you use this Technorati trick.
Speaking of file sharing with warnings, "Now, given that AllOfMP3 is of questionable legality in the first place, using MusicForMe is undoubtedly all kinds of illegal, not to mention of entirely unknown origin and infested with who knows what, so under no circumstances do I recommend that you download it from this link."
Robert Scoble meets with a representative from Zune to give us an extensive look at the new portable media player. (I'm doing research for a possible purchase as the upcoming winter commute season approaches.)