For now, it only runs on Android, Linux, and OSX
‘Miguel Freitas’ alternative is called Twister. It’s a decentralized social network that, in theory, can’t be shut down by any one entity. What’s more, Twister is designed to prevent other users from knowing whether you’re online, what your IP address is, or who you follow. You can still post public messages a la Twitter, but when you send direct and private messages to others, they’re protected with the same encryption scheme used by LavaBit, the e-mail provider used by Edward Snowdan.
‘After spending a few months hacking on the project — including a stint coding and backpacking on Trindade Island — Freitas and his collaborator Lucas Leal have completed a test version of the app that runs on Android, Linux, and OSX. Freitas has no plan to create a Windows or iPhone version, but since the code is open source, others are free to port the app to additional operating systems…’
Readers follow publications, not journalists
Website owners who seek traffic must read this
‘With Google spurring 21% of the site’s traffic, a quick trend search shows the term “Washington Post” is searched for much more than “Ezra Klein.”
‘While it’s unrealistic to expect any journalist to outshine the publication they work for, the data illustrates how Klein has enough clout to take his brand elsewhere and how the Washington Post can let him do that without hurting its brand.
‘For years, Zimmerman worked in anonymity on The Daily What, building it into a site that was eventually sold. At Gawker, his byline began appearing and others took notice of the incredible traffic his posts generated…’
An Entire Book Without The Letter ‘E’
The letter “e” is the most commonly used letter in the English alphabet. Ernest Vincent Wright challenged himself to pen an entire 50,000 word novel without once using the letter “e.”
‘What’s more, he somehow managed to pull it off. The final product was Gadsby, which is about a man named, well, Gadsby, who tries to save his city with the help of a youth group. Yeah, Gadsby isn’t exactly, well, “Gatsby” but what do you expect from a self-published book with such insanely rigid writing constraints? It took Wright nearly six months to complete the work, and in his introduction pages he mentions how coming up with the numerous challenges that came up along the way.
‘One of the biggest challenges faced was replacing pronouns, since it’s tough to write a sentence, let alone a novel, without words like “he” or “she” or “her” and so forth. Additionally, he was forced to find ways to work around using past tense words that typically end in “-ed” which, as you might imagine, is more than a little tricky…’
Literary mood reflects the economic mood of past 10 years, study finds
‘The study, published today in PLOS ONE, found a strong correlation over most of the 20th century between a ‘literary misery index’ reflecting mood in English language books and a moving average of the previous decade of the annual US economic misery index (the sum of inflation and unemployment rates). The correlation increased when the researchers compared literary misery to an average of US and UK economy misery indices.
‘The researchers found that ‘literary misery’ correlates best with a moving average of the previous decade of ‘economic misery’ for the period 1929-2000…’
Most Plato on-line Follows in One Day
On Wednesday January 15, 2014 you surpassed your previous record of most follows in one day for your blog Plato on-line.
Current Record: 6