Links: 8/30

30 Aug

1) The old way of working wasn’t working anymore: Hard times for the perennial favorite in the dictionary war.  Reports are that the Oxford English Dictionary will stop publishing a print version. Sales are down. Google also plans to launch a pay-per-view video watching system, according to The Financial Times.  The venture could use  YouTube and might be ready by the end of 2010.  This as movie rental giant Blockbuster considers filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September.

2) Wait, how did that even get published?: Talking Points Memo looks at how one article started a myth that Mexican police officers would be coming to New York City to protect citizens of that country. The article, by freelance writer Jeffrey Smith, appeared in American Free Press.

3) How many people came to Glenn Beck’s rally?: As mentioned before, the estimates vary wildly. CBS News hired “experts” to determine the crowd this. Their estimate was 87,000 people attended. Beck himself estimated that between 300,000 and 500,000 attended.  Infamous Minnesota representative Michele Bachmann said:

“We’re not going to let anyone get away with saying there were less than a million here today – because we were witnesses.”

That’s fine, but upon careful analysis, it seems the CBS estimate wasn’t that bad. Metro later released figures suggesting that traffic was high, more than 500,000 riders, but not nearly as high as inauguration day when more than 1,120,000 people rode the system.

4) Recycled Appliance: A really cool looking sink made from recycled tires. Thanks Boing Boing.

A new design for a recycled sink

5) Cool Experimental Film: Designed in conjunction with Google and the band Arcade Fire, this new project is visually stunning and innovative.  Worth a look.

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