Amuse-Bouches [Links I Love]: April 16 – April 25

Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, April 16 through April 25:

  • 25 Things Writers Should Know About Traveling
    When a writer extols the virtues of travel, not because he's a travel writer but because traveling makes any writing better, that makes me go all big-toothy-grin. When he does it in a delightfully sweary way, that makes me even happier. So, y'know, thank goodness for Chuck Wendig and all that.

    I really, really love this. I hope you do, too.

  • Venice imposes short Grand Canal boat ban
    So, authorities in Venice banned motorized boats from the Grand Canal for a few hours one Sunday in an effort to draw attention to the environmental problems such boats cause in the canal city.

    That's all well and good, but here's the thing… If you're the "authorities," can't you do something about it? Other than a temporary and symbolic gesture?

    (via @DreamOfVenice on Twitter)

  • Why grad schools should require students to blog
    Now, this is fascinating. The author says writing consistently on a blog is immensely helpful when it comes to writing a dissertation, and not just because practicing writing more often makes you a better writer (this we know). She also says the kind of interdisciplinary research bloggers do, not to mention the need to take complex concepts and make them more universally understood, are incredibly useful tools for academic writing – and should be encouraged.

    (via @MJManzanares on Twitter)

  • The future of online etiquette is already here — it’s just unevenly distributed
    Awhile ago there was a post on etiquette issues for modern communication, in which the author said he ignored his father's voicemails in (what he described as) an effort to encourage his father to get with the modern times and send a text message instead. I found that post to be more than a little irritating, so I was glad to read this response piece.

    Here, what I like is that the point of communication etiquette isn't solely about what works for YOU. Communication involves more than one person, after all, so the etiquette surrounding it has to include both your needs and the other person's. It should be common courtesy, but I think that's not so common anymore.

  • Petal Songs
    So, umm, in case any of you guys want to find out more about my band – the one I sang in back in, oh, 1996-1999ish & am singing with again now – here's the Facebook page. It's also where guitarist Ken promotes his solo stuff, & when we finally get around to playing anywhere you can be sure we'll post that information here.

And this week I’ve got a couple videos to share, too.

First, this is a clip of Prince with his current band, 3rd Eye Girl, while in rehearsal for their current tour. There are no visuals, but it’s still worth listening to the whole thing because it’s the new, slow, supremely funky version of “Let’s Go Crazy” with which they opened the show I just saw in Portland. It’s just so, so good.

LETSGOCRAZY from Madison Dubé on Vimeo.

And this? Well, this is a cat. In a shark costume. Riding a Roomba. Chasing a duckling. With a pit bull. Also in a shark costume. In short, it’s either precisely what the internet was designed for, or a sign of the End Times. I can’t decide.

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