First, things happen when Zoe Archer shops Etsy. I don’t know if these are GOOD things but things definitely happen. Like Purssy clutches. Archer thinks this is a great place to store tampons. (SNRK.)
From Billie, this absolutely hilarious report on Microsoft’s latest patent application for a virtual page turn gesture.
I honestly don’t get page turn animations, and think they are a waste of time, but patenting the gesture?
BIllie points out that the bootnote is the very best part (a close second is my opportunity to use the word ‘bootnote’):
We would be remiss if we didn’t credit Microsoft with one intriguing detail in the 11-page patent application. In discussing input methods, the filing notes that “sources other than fingers may be used to execute a page-turning gesture.” We’ll simply leave the implications of that capability to your imagination.
This is, for the record, the second most bizarre gesture I’ve seen. The most bizarre? The Pepsi Summer Chillout Gesture.
Diana sent me this strangely compelling and yet depressing link: Handsome Men Who Are Now Dead. Langston Hughes? Oh, rwor.
And finally, an article that is worth pondering from Salon: an interview with Clay Shirky, whose book was part of the foundation for my keynote speech on the reader’s place in the publishing process today.
Shirky’s new book, Cognitive Surplus, is a truly fascinating (no really, my brain was fizzing for hours) examination of how the way we consume entertainment has changed, and why we want to collaborate and create online – and how to harness that passionate creative energy. The interview examines the roles we are so familiar with in publishing and discusses how they’ll change, and how literacy and publishing are changing. Well worth reading – and I hope you’ll tell me what you think.