Link Log for August 24

It’s been a long hard day in the content mill. A first: this Link Log contains some links discovered in the course of hack writing. Categories: Animals, Books, Business, Health News, Poems, Politics, Pretty Things, Writing.

Animals 

Beastly weirdness in 1995…between 1995 and 1996 I seem to recall Montgomery County also being terrorized by geese.

https://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article31994121.html#emlnl=Dave_Barry_Newsletter

Weird online scam:

https://blogjob.com/thoughtsfromaveyarrum/2015/08/22/buyer-beware/

Books 

Elizabeth Barrette passed along this link to a Washington Post article that opened in an annoying “new” format; I had to move the barely visible slider bar down the pinstripe in the middle of the page to get to a link to the “Read this article in classic format” page. Attention web sites: if your audience are illiterate TV addicts, just post videos, and don’t advertise to people who read; if your audience are literate people and not afraid of words, how many graphics can you replace with words? (Answer: the more the better. Never replace a button usefully labelled with a word, like “scroll down” or “next page” or “photo link,” with a graphic.) Anyway, the book sounds interesting:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/rweb/life/best-boy-is-an-unforgettable-novel-narrated-by-an-adult-with-autism/2015/08/19/9f4dca0a-42a6-11e5-8e7d-9c033e6745d8_story.html

Peggy Frezon has written a new collection of pet stories:

https://www.mochasmysteriesmeows.com/2015/08/faithfully-yours-book-trailer-premiere.html

Business 

Megan Marrs’ article about landing pages is a good example of one, and a good read. I expect it’s as full of cookies as it is of (unnecessary, but appealing) graphics…but online businesses that learn to build good “landing pages” won’t need cookies. Good “landing pages” make cookies, spam, and spyware obsolete.

https://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2014/02/12/great-landing-pages

Health News 

Some people approach anything in an idiotic way. Because some people are idiots? Possibly; another reason is that some people desperately want something to work, even though it won’t. Parents, teachers, and doctors used to ignore textbook cases of food intolerance because only people of African descent were ever lactose-intolerant and only people of undiluted Irish descent were ever gluten-intolerant…so people were tested and treated for all sorts of weird conditions they didn’t have, while they continued to suffer from the dirt-common conditions they did have. Now it’s the other way round; fad eaters imagine they’re gluten-intolerant (and obese) when in fact they’re skinny, flabby, and if anything a bit dyspeptic due to lack of exercise…Thanks to Junk Science’s John1282, who wrote another annoying twelve-or-maybe-eight-or-even-two-year-old-type rant and linked to this report:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9612872/why-clean-eating-is-worse-than-just-a-silly-fad/

John1282 also linked to a wail printed in the Washington Post, accusing lettuce, cucumbers, and radishes of using up too much resources for their nutrient value because they’re juicy and full of water. Bah. The writer didn’t even distinguish between iceberg lettuce (which is low in nutrients) and the darker green, leafy kinds of lettuce (which are high in water but contain respectable amounts of fibre, vitamins, and minerals when they’re fresh). As for cucumbers…I suppose the writer discourages Assateague Island mosquitoes with tobacco? Not to mention that, on a hot day, cool juicy vegetables are a lifesaver. This web site will entertain no efforts to guilt-trip people who appreciate fresh healthy salad veg.

Poems 

A traditional verse-form poem for the video game generation:

https://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/3759758.html

Verse form engages a part of the brain that free verse just doesn’t. Alice Walker’s latest poem (about a Palestinian refugee, but for some strange reason I keep thinking it ought to be about those Syrian Christian refugees) makes a good point…in what feels like well written prose.

https://alicewalkersgarden.com/2015/08/the-future-captured-in-a-heartless-fist/

Politics 

Would a national Balanced Budget Amendment, which some fiscal conservatives support, be a Trojan Horse to sneak a value-added tax into these United States? Publius Huldah sees that risk. (I think she’s right. One can never be too paranoid about proposed legislation. If a national Balanced Budget Amendment is to be viable, it has to be written in such a way as to rule out tax increases and mandate spending cuts.)

https://noisyroom.net/blog/2015/08/23/the-plot-to-impose-a-national-sales-tax-or-value-added-tax/

(Three more political posts, from two U.S. Representatives about two issues, at the Blogspot.)

Pretty Things 

Shell necklace and the flowers that inspired it:

https://blogjob.com/forgetmenotflowergifts/2015/07/22/the-most-beautiful-forget-me-not-flower-necklace/

Writing 

Really.

https://blogjob.com/rusty2rustyschatter/2015/08/23/stop-abusing-groups-to-get-points/

Strange rules of Word Press:

https://blogjob.com/writingsitesthatpay/2015/08/16/tips-for-making-more-money-using-wordpress/

The Graphic: 

More forget-me-nots, from Gracey at Morguefile: www.morguefile.com/archive/display/64107

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