The Thursday Three #8

  1. I finished reading Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide last week (an overview of the NSA information leaks in 2013 — very interesting), and I noticed something odd: the book had no end notes or index, just a couple of sentences saying that both of those items could be found online at the author’s website. I have never seen that done before, and to me, it was a bit of an inconvenience because I didn’t want to haul myself out of my comfy chair and go online at just that moment. I wonder if more nonfiction books will do this in the future.
  2. RescueTime is an online tool that can help you manage your productivity and stop you from being distracted on the Internet. It tells you how much time you spend on certain websites, so you can create a kind of “time budget.” You can also block distracting websites, but only if you purchase a monthly subscription. I haven’t tried it, mostly because I already know where I tend to be distracted, but I imagine that it would be good for the self-employed or those who are thinking of becoming such.
  3. Now for something completely useless — three love songs: “Stand Inside Your Love” by the Smashing Pumpkins (the only true love song Billy Corgan ever wrote), “Ghost Love Score” by Nightwish (10 minutes of the most beautiful sound imaginable [well, if you like opera vocals]), and “Angel” by Aerosmith (embarrassingly cheesy, but sometimes I randomly get obsessed with 80s power ballads).

Hope everyone is having a good week!

2 thoughts on “The Thursday Three #8

  1. I exopect that having notes and index online may become more popular. For the reader, there is the inconvenience of having to go online, but it does mean that the references can include actual links to the materials cited (and can be updated if needed). However, I imagine the bigger factor is the plus for the writer — it drives more people to the writer’s website.

    If you’re wanting to hear a power ballad, Aerosmith can be a very good choice. 🙂


    1. That’s right — I hate going to an online source cited in a book only to find that the page was moved or no longer available.


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