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Geneticists Try to Figure Out When the Illiad Was Published

Geneticists Try to Figure Out When the Illiad Was Published | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
When was The Iliad actually written? To answer that question, you might turn to a historian or a literary scholar. But geneticists wanted a crack at it, too

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Isaac Sheynkman's curator insight, January 17, 6:03 PM

I've always been interested in the Trojan, thus I've always been interested in the Illiad because it was a story about the trojan war.  The geneticists were able to approximate that this book came out the year of 762BCE.  I'm surprised that they were able to use the same concepts they use to trace genes genes to trace the origin of when this book was published.  It's pretty awesome that we have the technology nowadays to trace when a very important ancient book like the Illiad was published.

Aaronee's curator insight, February 18, 3:57 PM

They traced the words on the lliad like you would do genes. They used a database of concepts and words. the word database is named Swadesh word list, and its has about 200 words that exist in everyone language and culture, like water and dog.

 

Gabriel Rodriguez's curator insight, February 21, 8:09 PM

Very different approach on trying to date something back to it's original creation.  Can genetics be used to date back other historical treasure's also?

Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
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The Future of Learning is Stuck in the Past: Why education is less about technology and more about behavior - Brian Solis

The Future of Learning is Stuck in the Past: Why education is less about technology and more about behavior - Brian Solis | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

What I learned reshaped how I assemble and present material, how I write, and how I visually communicate. Furthermore, it inspired me to restyle the UI, design and layout, and the flow to function and look less like a traditional printed book and instead perform with the familiarity of a digital medium in an analog package. For those who have read the book, this explains the square shape and four-color format as it mimics a screen. This work also represents why there’s a navigation bar throughout the book and graphical breaks that are presented with cadence.


In the end, this experience made me rethink everything. If I could take these learnings into a book, could it apply to conventional text books? Could it encourage a new way to teach rather than force students to conform to customary methods? What was clear though is that technology plays a part in all of this but the real story was influenced by behavior…behavior that’s different than the world I know. As tempted as I was to apply these resources to building a killer digital app for the book, it was a lesson to re-examine everything we take for granted today, everything we do simply because it’s the way things have always been done, and more importantly, a lesson in restraint. By restraint, I mean holding back from using technology for the sake of technology and instead take a few steps back to take something ordinary and make it matter in a digital society.

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The Legend of Vera Nabokov: Why Writers Pine for a Do-It-All Spouse

The Legend of Vera Nabokov: Why Writers Pine for a Do-It-All Spouse | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The rarity of spouses like Vladimir Nabokov's, who dedicated her life to supporting his career, may be hindering gender parity in literature.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, April 9, 4:05 AM
We all need a wife.
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Intelligent Content: Soon your media will know you better than you know yourself

Intelligent Content: Soon your media will know you better than you know yourself | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Though tablets and ebook readers are now mainstream, the revolution in the way they display content – and how that content will be generated dynamically – is yet to come.

Via Arabella Santiago, Hayden Richards, Mick D Kirkov
Deanna Dahlsad's insight:

One note from the article regarding content curation:


Curation will guide content

Some argue that readers no longer want curated content, however we believe people always have and always will look to trusted sources for guidance, and that’s where books and magazines will continue to add value.

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, April 10, 2013 7:45 AM

..the revolution in the way tablets and ebook readers display content ....

jspellos's curator insight, April 10, 2013 9:45 AM

The content curation movement keeps growing.

Cees Franke's curator insight, April 11, 2013 12:29 AM

Het algoritme wordt (en is het soms al enigszins)  de nieuwe curator ...

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4 Side Jobs to Pad Your Paycheck

4 Side Jobs to Pad Your Paycheck | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
These four side jobs can help provide supplemental income.

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I find it is odd that freelance writing is the first one listed... It is not easy to get paid for writing. ...Then again, this is to pad your paycheck, not to make a living. However, paid writing works is not plentiful; there are more writers than paying gigs.


This also goes for #4 on the list.

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Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, March 23, 2:50 PM

1st of the four is "Freelance Writing"

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Social media might replace résumés - Scranton Times-Tribune

Social media might replace résumés - Scranton Times-Tribune | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
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Social media might replace résumés
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DALLAS TWP. - Résumés may be obsolete in five to 10 years, and knowing how to use professional online networking sites such as LinkedIn could be the future.

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For many writers, this "future" has been here for quite awhile. ;) Even if we don't use LinkedIn, we, like many in the visual arts, have online portfolios or clips.

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Chart of the Day: Women write about family and gender, men cover literally everything else

Chart of the Day: Women write about family and gender, men cover literally everything else | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

"When we talk about gender imbalance in the media, it’s not just about women being generally underrepresented compared to men–it’s also about what topics they’re covering. Are women’s voices present in the media conversations around the full range of important issue areas of the day, or are they still siloed into certain traditionally feminine spheres? Welp, take a look at today’s depressing chart brought to you by Foreign Policy using data from The Op-Ed Project."


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Common point between BuzzFeed and Time magazine? Both started as a news clipping service.

Common point between BuzzFeed and Time magazine? Both started as a news clipping service. | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
BuzzFeed co-founder Jonah Peretti wrote a kind of open letter to his employees recently, in which he compared the rapidly growing viral-content empire to Time magazine.

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, March 11, 9:55 AM

Quoting from this letter: "Time began as a clipping service in a small office. A group of writers subscribed to a dozen newspapers and summarized the most important stories, rewriting the news in a more digestible format. BuzzFeed also started as a clipping service in a small office seven years ago. Instead of subscribing to newspapers, we surfed the web.”"


Interesting read showing how great content curation was the starting point in both stories.

Elliot Walker's curator insight, March 27, 3:17 AM

Interesting point made here about content curation, with BuzzFeed comparing itself to Time magazine as they both started as a news clipping service. Which leads to the question: is there any truly unique content in the online news space?

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Politician tries to censor ‘nude’ children’s book, booksellers strip in protest

Politician tries to censor ‘nude’ children’s book, booksellers strip in protest | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
You could say they laid bare their concerns.

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN FREELANCE PROJECT CONTRACT by Laura Seeber

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN FREELANCE PROJECT CONTRACT by Laura Seeber | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The first thing to consider when formulating a contract for a new freelance client is to make sure that the contract can be defended in a court of law. There are six criteria that the contract must meet according to the United States legal system.

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@PicPedant is obsessed with proper photo attribution on Twitter

@PicPedant is obsessed with proper photo attribution on Twitter | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Photographers know it. If you post your work on a website like Flickr or 500px, chances are that it will be shared on social networks. This is great, of course, unless sharers "forget" to  give credit where credit is due or try to claim ownership of the shots. 


Via Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com
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The Problem With Publishers And How To Fix Them - Forbes

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The Problem With Publishers And How To Fix Them
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For years, publishers have made lots of money churning out one-size-fits-all textbooks.

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Finding the Courage to Cover Sexual Violence - Committee to Protect Journalists

Finding the Courage to Cover Sexual Violence - Committee to Protect Journalists | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Coverage of rape can bring journalists swift and unpredictable repercussions, but it can also change attitudes. By Frank Smyth... (Finding the Courage to Cover Sexual Violence | a must-read analysis. #AttacksOnPress.

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Do We Really Need Negative Book Reviews?

Do We Really Need Negative Book Reviews? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Francine Prose and Zoë Heller discuss whether bad books should be written about or ignored. (RT @nytimesbooks: In new Bookends, Francine Prose and Zoë Heller discuss: Do we really need negative book reviews?

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OK, So Here's The Thing... #sexwork #erotica

OK, So Here's The Thing... #sexwork #erotica | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

When I began writing erotica and non-fiction articles on sexuality I took a pen name for privacy. But it might surprise those of you who do not write to know that one of the biggest reasons was to separate one writing career from another.

Anyone who writes, as a profession or a hobby, knows that over-all perception of erotica authors is poor and no where is this belief held more firmly than within the writing community. "They're not real writers," other they say (or type). It's not just that we dare to write about sex (or even profit from it) but if we write about it, it must be because we "can't really write" and this is our last resort.

Anyone who writes erotica (dirty stories, erotic literature, porn -- whatever you choose to call it) will tell you that writing smut takes extra skill. For not only must you obey all the rules of writing but you must make it arousing too. Just trying to find synonyms for "cock" (without sounding cliched) and "orgasm" (virtually non-existent) is a challenge. But 'the real writers' will giggle and sneer. I've seen the cruelty in writer's groups and online forums firsthand.

Even mainstream editors and publications may reject your work on these very notions, or just from the fear of any association. Even for non-fiction works this happens. Mention you write 'about sex' in any fashion (or have them discover you do so) and you're blackballed. So in order to preserve my professional mainstream writing reputation, I created a pen name upon joining the ranks of smut writers.

You'd think that a group which has experienced such persecution and unfair devaluation would be wiser. But they are not.


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A Lot of Top Journalists Don't Look at Traffic Numbers. Here's Why.

A Lot of Top Journalists Don't Look at Traffic Numbers. Here's Why. | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Most journalists don't like chasing traffic -- or at least, they won't admit to it. Is that snobbery, arrogance, or a smart business decision?

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Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com's curator insight, March 31, 3:47 PM


"There's another reason that some journalists don't get obsessed with traffic, and it has nothing to do with snobbery and everything to do with business. It's that they've learned that chasing traffic for the sake of traffic can be a fool's errand." - Dan Lyons


Traffic numbers are only valuable if you use them to make your content as valuable and relevant to your audience as possible. 


A great article!

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What’s Next for Native Ads?

What’s Next for Native Ads? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Native advertising is flourishing across social media, content portals, news properties, video-sharing sites and streaming services. Increased mobile use of these venues has fueled much of the growth, since native ads work best in the content streams that people tend to access on smartphones and tablets, according to a new eMarketer report, “Native Advertising: Difficult to Define, but Definitely Growing.”

Perceptions about what constitutes native advertising are as varied as the ads themselves and the places where they appear. There’s still disagreement over basic terminology such as “native advertising,” “sponsored content” and “branded content.” Some make distinctions among those terms, while others use them interchangeably.

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I find properly crediting as "sponsored content" the most ethical, but many advertisers do not like that for fear that readers will see it for what it is, advertising.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 23, 4:32 PM

I find properly crediting as "sponsored content" the most ethical, but many advertisers do not like that for fear that readers will see it for what it is, advertising.

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 23, 4:34 PM

I find properly crediting as "sponsored content" the most ethical, but many advertisers do not like that for fear that readers will see it for what it is, advertising.

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The Old Advertising Mantra

The Old Advertising Mantra | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Magazine Advertising
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Desegregating Our Bookshelves Is A Good Start. Now What? - Role Reboot

Desegregating Our Bookshelves Is A Good Start. Now What? - Role Reboot | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
If boys won’t read books with girl protagonists, the solution is not to create more explicitly “boy” books, the solution is to delve deeply into “why,” says Soraya Chemaly. Last week, The Independent announced it would no longer review books that were specifically marketed to either boys or girls. As they put it, “Gender-specific books demean all …

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U.S. news readers less engaged when referred by Facebook - study | Reuters

U.S. news readers less engaged when referred by Facebook - study | Reuters | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Readers of some of the top U.S. news sites are more engaged when they go directly to the website rather than throughFacebook, according to a study from the Pew Research Center released on Monday.


The research found that users who come directly to a news site spend about three times as long per visit, or almost five minutes on average. Those who find the news by searching or throughFacebook spend about two minutes.

 

Direct visitors also view about five times as many pages per month as those coming through Facebook referrals or through search engines such as Google Inc.

 

The study is revealing because increasingly news organizations are relying on social media platforms to distribute content especially to reach younger readers.

 


Via Russ Merz, Ph.D.
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This is not surprising to anyone who watches their own stats. Social media sites like Facebook consist of members who are more inclined to look at photos and "click" like without even reading text, let alone clicking a link and really reading the article.

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Russ Merz, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 13, 2:01 PM

Readership quality (time on site and number of page views = #engagement) varies by source attribution, is this surprising? Somewhat akin to the readership differences of subscribers versus browsers at a news stand.

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George Packer: Is Amazon Bad for Books?

George Packer: Is Amazon Bad for Books? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
To many book professionals, Amazon is a ruthless predator; recently, the company has even started publishing books. A monopoly is dangerous because it concentrates so much economic power, but in the book business the prospect is especially worrisome: it would give Amazon more control over the exchange of ideas than any company in U.S. history.
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A must read.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 8, 7:18 PM

Required reading.

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The original work-from-home...

The original work-from-home... | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Before blogging… The original work-from-home writer.
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“ A girl surrounded by bed luring gadgets, 1947 © Bernard Hoffman
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Strand Books

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Oh, how I remember stories like this from working in book stores!


Direct link: http://strandbooks.tumblr.com/post/77296196832/props-to-blue-willow-bookstore-in-houston-for-this

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6 Tips From Former Vogue Editor DIANA VREELAND For Content Marketers

6 Tips From Former Vogue Editor DIANA VREELAND For Content Marketers | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Diana Vreeland - The Eye Must Travel Movie
This movie about former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland is fascinating. Stay with it as it begins slow, but it picks up momentum and ends up sharing some secrets only a Vogue editor of Vreeland's statue could ever know such as:

* When Truth & Legend Conflict, Print the Legend.
* Don't depend on others to create "legends", create epics yourself.
* Editing means creating something readers "can't get at home".
* Travel shifts your paradigm, so travel far and wide.
* Visuals must STOP and shout LOOK AT ME (never boring).
* KEEP GOING, never slow down or stop.


That last bullet speaks to Vreeland's firing from Vogue and ending up at MET as a Special Fashion Consultant for the Met's "Costume Institute" at 70.


Via Martin (Marty) Smith
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These tips, of course, depend a lot on the industry you are in, whether you need to be trusted (esp. that legend thing), but a good read.

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Ebook subscription service Oyster teams up with Disney and rolls out kids' vertical

Ebook subscription service Oyster teams up with Disney and rolls out kids' vertical | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Ebook subscription service Oyster has added about 100 titles from Disney and is breaking out a separate children’s section with around 10,000 ebooks. But most of those books are text-based, not illustrated.

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Does Website Speed Affect Your Ranking? (infographic)

Does Website Speed Affect Your Ranking? (infographic) | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Have you ever been to a slow site and it felt like it took hours to load? You look down at your computer clock and really only 30 seconds have gone by. That's just the user experience on a slow site- the real question is “Does your website speed effect your ranking?”
Will your slightly slower site be penalized by Google and other search engines when you clients are even looking for you?
In this easy to understand graphic, we see that 1 second makes all the difference in the world. And after just 6 short weeks of poor load times, your site can lose 75% of it’s traffic to that page.
If you have a low ranking you might want to follow some of the Google Guidelines to pre-load your most popular pages to increase your site’s overall performance.

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Does Website Speed Affect Your Ranking? (infographic)

Carlos Polaino Jiménez's curator insight, March 8, 3:12 AM

SEO SEO, al final todo es KPI's y posicionamiento. 

outofseo's curator insight, April 4, 2:27 AM

Website speed affects ranking and conversions. Pages load time is an important issue to be fixed if load time is over 3 sec.