Welcome to this week’s variety hour, where I corral all my favorite posts from the interwebz and put them all in one place, divided by topic, for your convenience. We’ve got 13 great posts this week; check ’em out.
Social Media Ethics
- Be Careful What You Tweet, Pin Or Check Into: Someone’s Watching. I’m totally cool with people knowing that U.S. Bank always makes my deposits mysteriously disappear (and won’t respond to phone calls), that Comcast gets my bill wrong every single month, and that I am happily giving up my foursquare mayorship at Oxendale’s because they refuse to take my check since it’s from a different zip code (even though my real address, as indicated on my driver’s license, tells a different story.) But apparently tweeting this or commenting about it publicly means I may get advertising tailored specifically to me. Read this Adwords piece about social retargeting for more deets.
- Is President Barack Obama Using Unethical Marketing Tactics? Clay Collins takes a look.
- The Trouble With Brain Scans. Are these studies legit, or not? Vaughan Bell takes a look.
- Worry Like a Jewish Mother. Marjorie Ingall, who you may remember from her Sassy magazine days, writes this brilliant parody with “simple guidelines for making moms neurotic, from Marge Simpson’s favorite magazine, Fretful Mother.”
Health and Wellness
- 25 Ways To Make Time For Fitness. Think you don’t have time to stay in shape? Here’s some strategies to consider.
- Let’s Be Less Productive. There’s an idea!
- Top 8 Most Common Reactions to Your Grain-Free Diet And How to Respond is a great post on Mark’s Daily Apple.
- Getting Older Can Make You Happier. Something to look forward to.
- Where’s All The Internet Money? Good question, huh?
- Neil Gaiman Gives Graduates 10 Essential Tips For Working In the Arts. Pretty interesting video, with some pertinent advice for freelancers. (Here’s a Venn diagram based on this speech posted on another site.) I would ignore the part about 2 out of 3, though!
- Fifteen Activities For Writers About To Give Up. I’ve done too many of these myself.
Song of the Month
- Y’all Motherfuckers Need Jesus: A brilliant rendition of the Goddamn Gallows tune. I actually prefer this to the original.