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Submission + - OPML Tool Aggregates the Literary Blogosphere ->

An anonymous reader writes: Over the years, the blogroll on Ron Silliman’s Blog has grown to such an extent that it is now its own blog, with more than 1,300 links to literary blogs. Even without Google Reader, you can still subscribe to a huge number of blogs and join the conversation. I’ve created a tool to help make it easy to do this, so you can get back to reading and posting.
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Submission + - Manuscript Tracking Software: Is Any of it Good Enough?->

dylan_k writes: "One of the most important business skills a writer needs is the ability to track the submission process....What’s interesting to me is that none of the software available for tracking this stuff seems to be able to track every bit of the items that you might want to track."

Here are one writer's thoughts on what might be the ideal feature set for software like this, along with an overview of what's available now.

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Submission + - The Future Will Be Modular: Tinkertoy-Like Blocks Will Build Bridges, Planes

cartechboy writes: Does that sketchy bridge on your commute to work freak you out? How about that budget airplane seat your boss puts you in once a month? If you're nervous about that, then you'll probably freak out about this: Future airplanes, bridges, boats, even spacecraft may be built from modular blocks that snap together like Tinkertoys. While the idea seems strange, the parts are claimed to be up to 10 times stiffer than existing ultralight materials and the construction work will be done by tiny robots crawling along the structure as it's built. It would even be possible to disassemble one structure, say, a bridge, and repurpose it into a new building. Imagine taking apart one wing of your office building and turning it into a boat--just be sure to bring your life jacket.

Submission + - Is HTML5 the future of book authorship?->

occidental writes: Sanders Kleinfeld writes: In the past six years, the rise of the ebook has ushered in three successive revolutions that have roiled and reshaped the traditional publishing industry. Revolution #3 isn’t really defined by a new piece of hardware, software product, or platform. Instead, it’s really marked by a dramatic paradigm change among authors and publishers, who are shifting their toolsets away from legacy word processing and desktop publishing suites, and toward HTML5 and tools built on the Open Web Platform.
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Submission + - Version Control for Writers?->

dylan_k writes: I'm interested in using version control software to help writers, editors, publishers, scholars and archivists. In my efforts to figure this out, I've been introduced to Git, and to Flashbake, and to Git-Annex Assistant. These powerful tools are great! Because I'm a web developer in my day job, I'm sure I'll be able to learn them quickly enough and put them to work. The trouble is, most of the people I work on writing with are not so skilled with computers. They may not want to use the command line, and they probably prefer a word processor over a text editor. Since most of this stuff is open source, I'm looking for ways to make these tools a little more user friendly, for the average writer, editor, etc.

Here is a link to a blog post where I detailed some of my early thoughts on the subject.

I would be grateful for any thoughts, comments, advice, etc. that any of you might be able to provide.

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Microsoft

Submission + - Why Aren't There Many Apps for Xbox360?->

dylan_k writes: I can think of some apps that would be great to have on my TV, via the Xbox, such as Flickr or Instagram, YouTube.. and who knows how many others there could be, if only it were more encouraged for people to build them. Somehow, I get the impression that it isn't so easy, fun or encouraged to build these apps, which is probably why they don't exist.
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Submission + - Demonoid Domains name for sale->

Pax681 writes: PC World and other sites are reporting of the death of Demonoid "Bad news for those expecting the BitTorrent site Demonoid to somehow spring up from the ashes after last week's alleged bust. The Demonoid domain names are now officially for sale via Sedo, the final nail in the coffin for the popular site that was taken down via a combined assault from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and Interpol. "
Would it be fair to assume that the week long DDOS was part of the operation to take the site down? and if so does thing signal that the *IAA's now see it as ok to break the law witha DDOS to enforce their copyright? http://torrentfreak.com/demonoid-domains-go-up-for-sale-120812/ http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57491730-93/domains-seized-from-demonoid-bittorrent-site-up-for-sale/

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Businesses

Submission + - Facebook faces high-level staff exodus->

angry tapir writes: "It has been troubled times for Facebook since the social network's IPO in May. There has been speculation that Facebook could suffer a talent drain in the wake of the IPO, and now the organisation has lost four of its high-level managers the space of a week: Ethan Beard, director of platform partnerships; Kate Mitic, platform marketing director; Jonathan Matus, mobile platform marketing manager; and Ben Blumenfeld, design manager, have all resigned from the company."
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Businesses

Submission + - How Will Amazon, Barnes & Noble Survive The iPad Mini?-> 3

redletterdave writes: "For about a year, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble were almost completely alone in the 7-inch tablet market. It was nice while it lasted. The past few months have seen Google and Microsoft unveil their 7-inch tablet offerings — the Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface, respectively — and it looks like Apple is about ready to get into the mini tablet game, too. If Apple releases its first "iPad Mini" next month, what can Amazon and Barnes & Noble do to keep the Cupertino colossus at bay, as well as the other new competitors in the 7-inch tablet game?"
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Submission + - Art Museum Uses Photocracy to Plan Exhibition->

dylan_k writes: The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland is using the Photocracy application in an interesting way: to let the public decide which artworks to put in its exhibition. The results are likely to be remarkably different from a traditional, more academic sort of exhibition.
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Comment Re:Hypertext fiction needs multiple authors (Score 1) 208

I found one. It looks like the developers built their own software to help them write the story, program for contingencies, etc. It's called "radiant story". http://www.gameinformer.com/games/the_elder_scrolls_v_skyrim/b/xbox360/archive/2011/01/17/the-technology-behind-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim.aspx A tool like that exists for making video games, but I wonder if something similar might work for text, or for other artforms (installation art?).

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