Linky Goodness – 10/27/07

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Literary style by the numbers
Steven Johnson — author of Interface Culture, Mind Wide Open and other excellent books — does a quick analysis of sentence length and word complexity for several prominent authors. Interesting conclusions.

The Comcast fiasco
Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Passive voice is redeemed for web headings
Interesting! This is what happens when search-engine optimization comes up head to head with principles of good writing.

Programming lessons from Sales — sharpen the saw
I’m always trying to find new ways of looking at old problems. Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but it’s almost always worth the time investment.

I was a pre-teen Glicknick
Tales of Larry Glick with lots of links. (Via Universal Hub)

America’s most important issue for 2008 (with a little bit of salty language)

The lottery industry
BS is also prevalent in the business world, as you can see from this entirely content-free quote:

W. Bruce Turner, the chief executive of Gtech, puts it another way. “Gtech has played a key role in fostering the success enjoyed by lotteries today,” he says. “We have grown to be the world’s leading solutions provider to the lottery industry because we focus on creating the greatest value for our customers, which results in higher returns to the good causes they support.”

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