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Grammargasm on This Week’s Triple Dub

27 Feb

On this week’s very much late Weekly Web Wrap-up, we go back to last weeks posts which for one reason or another all centered around grammar, writing, and other word-related gems. So many of my friends liked the term “grammargasm” to describe these posts that I had to put it in the title; give the people what they want, as they say.

HEY. Woah, wait. Didn’t this blog used to be called something else?

Yep. It did used to have another title. A wordy, slightly generic title (see, it was so generic, you don’t even remember what it was called) which slightly misrepresented this blog’s content, and made me feel like every post had to be about writing and only writing. So, now that it’s officially been re-imagined as Presto Writes, I’m going to post and write about a wider range of topics. Social media, music, writing, culture (web culture mostly), blogging, etc.

Things We Say Wrong

This video will make you very self conscious about how you speak, unless you have very firm footing with your grammar. Also, I want this man as an add-on in Microsoft Office instead of that little paper clip.

My BFF just told me “TTYL” is in the dictionary. LMAO.

OMG kids these days and their crazy texting slang. It is good that new, relevant words are being added to the dictionary, but I  like don’t encourage kids (namely my 15 year old brother) to get into the habit of abbreviating everything. Although, I did witness my friend ROFL once. True story.

http://blog.oup.com/2010/09/noad3/

Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor — Doozy

Oh, Merriam-Webster, you make me miss my OED subscription I had during college!

Krista Vernoff “Commit to Thrive”

Inspiring, true, and very well stated. Watch and digest.

And a little bonus nugget for you literature-minded lover of words,
Howl the Movie with James Franco as Allen Ginsberg.

HOWL

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This Week on the Triple Dub

10 Sep

The Triple Dub is short and sweet this week folks. But don’t panic, they’ll be more coming your way next week. Promise.

Warning: 20% coffee remaining

Clever, yet frighteningly accurate.

I posted this on Facebook around 2:00pm on Monday, and all my fellow office-working, caffeine addict friends liked and reposted it. This may be a very accurate depiction of my personal energy after a full week, or at 2pm on a busy Monday.

Museum of Modern Art Acquires the @ Symbol

http://artnews.com/issues/article.asp?art_id=3017

This was an article shared with me by the always artistic JenBrown. I read an article earlier this year about the MOMA trying to acquire it, but I much prefer this one because it offers some more explanation of why the museum is getting the symbol, the thinking behind it, and the implications of  the whole endeavor. But I won’t spoil it with lengthy, wordy sentences; just read the article for yourself @ artnews.com.

Velociraptor-free Workplace

I can’t tell you how tempted I am to hang this by my desk at work. I probably will. I mean, our workplace has been Velociraptor-free for at least 24 days, and that deserves some signage.

That’s all for this week folks. There was some buzz about the new Google Instant search this week, some clever fictional business cards, and even more cleverly designed 404 pages that are worth mentioning. You can also check out a new post at The Social Media Chef on how Twitter was super useful in the hands of Monmouth County locals during a blackout.

This Week’s Triple Dub – Weekly Web Wrap-up

3 Sep

Music, memes, HTML5, and social media mayhem this week on the Weekly Web Wrap-up. But before we get into all that, let’s start out nice and easy with a minimalistic site around a simple idea:

RainyMood.com

For those like me who like a good rainy day, there’s RainyMood.com. The site plays a high quality 30 minute loop of rain and a little thunder, and that’s it. Clean layout, options to share, simple, and no umbrella required.

The Wilderness Downtown

The band Arcade Fire and the folks at Google have whipped up what many are calling the first example of what HTML5 can really do. I just call it awesome. Type in the address of where you grew up, and Google maps incorporates your childhood right into the video in a surprisingly smooth way. A very cool experiment, but make sure you run the site in Google Chrome to make sure it works properly.
http://thewildernessdowntown.com/

Fictionaut


Fictionaut is a new social network for writers and readers of short fiction. Which just so happens to be my cup of tea. The site is still closed to the public, but I managed to snag 1 of 100 invites from Mashable (thanks Mashable!). I have to be honest, I haven’t gotten to really explore the site as much as I’d like to yet. But this being a writing blog, expect a full review of the site after I wonder around it thoroughly.
http://www.fictionaut.com

Ping

So, this week we’ve seen music, we’ve seen social networks, and now we see a new music social network from Apple. As a new part of iTunes 10, Ping lives right along your music library and purchases and allows you to share what your listening to, as well as follow your friends and favorite artists (or so Apple says). Does it do all that? Not really. You can’t actually share what your listening to, searching for your friends is hit or miss (along with the ability to add Facebook friends being removed), and the number of artists you can follow is still only around 12, as far as I can see. Most people using the feature are echoing the same disappointed buzz, but we’ll give it more than a few days before we shoot it down. I think the feature has a lot of potential, and I can only hope it ends up functioning as smoothly as Rdio.com, only without the subscription fee.
http://www.apple.com/itunes/ping/

A Guide to Internet Memes

Last but not least, a brief infographic-style guide to internet memes. A great initial explanation to someone unfamiliar with the term, but a bit basic for you seasoned interweb junkies (protip: get your un-ending meme fix at  KnowYourMeme.com). My favorite meme of the moment: Inception memes.
http://www.onlineuniversity.org/a-guide-to-internet-memes

And speaking of Inception

BONUS: hitREcord.org

From the mind of Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt who recently starred in Inception also has what he calls a “fully professional, open, collaborative production company.” I call it awesome, and a great thing for a big time actor to be doing.

What’s your favorite internet meme of all time?

The Weekly Web Wrap-up (aka, the Triple Dub)

27 Aug

So here’s the deal.

I work, play, and basically live on the internet. And in my day-to-day, I come across a lot of things that I think my social network will like. So, I post these videos/pictures/articles/little-bundles-of-win on Facebook, and typically get a very positive reaction. After a few months of frequent posting, someone suggested that I keep a list of all the tid-bits I post so people can browse them at their leisure. And so, a weekly post is born. Every Friday, I’m going to post the best/most popular items that I come across and a little blurb with my 2 cents, just in case you missed it the first time. I’ll also probably come up with a catchier tag-line for these weekly posts, but for now it’s just the

WWW (Weekly Web Wrap-up, aka, the Triple Dub)

But Preston, this is new and different! I thought this was a blog about writing, and only writing?

Well that’s a good point, anonymous, italicized commenter. This is a good time to mention that this blog will be changing gears a little bit, and will have a new name and feel fairly soon. The blog as you’ve known it so far, Writings of a Writer that has featured mostly writing pieces will be morphing into the new blog, tentatively called Presto Writes! Presto Writes! will still have all the writing you’ve come to know and love, but will also have a little more variety in the posts, which means more frequent posts. So stay tuned for that.

Without any further ado, (what is ado, anyway?) I bring you the best web nuggets I dug up this week:

Scott Pilgrim Vs The Matrix

Ah, one of my old favorite movies meets one of my new favorite movies. One of the most masterful mash-ups I’ve seen.

College Curriculum Requires Undergrads to Play Video Game “Portal”

Hello and welcome to the Education Enrichment Cent- I mean college. For anyone who has played portal, you know you wish you went to this college. For those who haven’t played, I can only describe the game as well written, delightfully challenging, witty, and relatively short. A perfect requirement before sending tomorrow’s minds out into the real world.

Deadmau5 Crashes Japanese Ham Site via Facebook

Yeah, you read that right. Most of my tid-bits are things that are posted on sites like Mashable, Neatorama, Buzzfeed, etc. But this next little bit of awesome is something I witnessed first hand. Musical artist Deadmau5 posted a link to what appears to be a Japanese ham site on his Facebook page…
Minutes later, his status was flooded with comments saying the site was down. Well, could it have been from tens of thousands of his fans clicking the link? Later that day, the plot (and the lols) thickened…

Kudos to you Joel, and congrats on scoring the spot as the house artist at the MTV VMAs this year.

Speaking of Awesome Music:

(you like that silky-smooth segway) You should head over to my little music Tumblr, The Antifreeze. I just posted a little piano remix of Faxing Berlin, and you’ll probably like it.

A Meeting of Creative Minds

on Red Bank Green

This article was posted on Red Bank Green, covering a meeting of the newly formed group, Red Bank Creative. I attended this event, so trust me when I tell you that the group is filled with a more than a handful of creative minds and talented artists. If you live in the Red Bank area, check it out!

Until Next Week, Folks. Happy Friday.

What’s the most interesting thing you found on the web this week? Leave a comment, and it could end up in next week’s Triple Dub.