“Accessibility, Section 508, the whole nine yards….”

Multiple gay Bloggie winner Ernie of Little Yellow Different has restored all his wonderful archive posts, which means you can read about the two types of web developers (borderline NSFW, I suppose. Also, do not read while drinking anything.)


The 19th Floor –

– is BBOC’s Cool Geekblog Of The Day.

For sale: one Love Canal, owned by Hooker

My new favourite website is Damn Interesting, a site which will appeal to the random Wikipedia-surfer in all of us. In particular, I like the article about the Love Canal, a toxic waste dump near Niagara Falls where it appears the evil chemical corporation may not be to blame.

I wasn’t sure it was his real name, either

Lev Grossman in Time:

I want to be clear: I don’t think Ed Champion is an idiot. I’ve read some of the other, non–Lev Grossman-related posts on his blog (which is mostly about books), and have found them to be highly opinionated but otherwise cogent and well-informed, and sometimes even charming. Ed Champion is not insane. He’s just unswervingly committed to the position that I am a complete tool.

Elsewhere, asked how he would like to see book pages change, he says

At the risk — nay, certainty — of sounding kind of snobbish, I wish book sections in general would leave book-reviewing to the pros. There’s a pervasive notion that anybody who can read can write a book review. Not so. Good god, there is nothing so boring, so dank and unappealing on the page, as a bad book review.

With predictable results. (Particularly given the flurry of reactions in the sf community to Gabe Chouinard’s recent broadside about the quality of online sf reviews.)

A Curious Singularity

No, not that kind of singularity, but another group blog:

This is a group blog dedicated to exploring the short story form. The title is taken from an article by William Boyd. In it, in distinguishing the short story from the novel, he writes of “the short story’s curious singularity of effect.” This phrase seemed to me to nicely encapsulate the power and the mystery of the short story.

We propose to discuss one short story by a different author each month on this site. By collectively working our way through a series of classic stories in this fashion, we hope to deepen our understanding and enhance our appreciation of the short story form. We begin tomorrow with Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady With the Dog.”

The members include some very smart folks whose blogs you should be reading already. So what are you waiting for?