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March 3, 2012

How do you cite a tweet in an academic paper?


No doubt this question has been keeping you up at night for the past year or two: now you'll be able to sleep the untroubled slumber of babes.

Wrote Alexis Madrigal on The Atlantic: "The Modern Language Association likes to keep up with the times. As we all know, some information breaks first or only on Twitter and a good academic needs to be able to cite those sources. So, the MLA has devised a standard format that you should keep in mind. Its form is [above]."

"It's simple. Also, I just love the 'Tweet' at the end. However, it's curious that no URL is required, especially given the difficulty of Twitter search for anything not said in the past day or two."

A deeper look at the [MLA] instructions:

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[via Thomas, Matt. (mattthomas). "This. RT @JenHoward How do you cite a tweet? The MLA is glad you asked. (You did ask, didn't you?) bit.ly/ykLfcQ." 2 March 2012, 2:21pm. Tweet.; @TimHarford and @stevesilberman]

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Magnetic Stickers


"Stickers with built-in super-strong magnets to hold small metal items."


3.5cm Ø.


Set of three: $10.

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Beautifully simple infographic on the deep sea

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From the BBC: "Icy cold, pitch black and with crushing pressures — the deepest part of the ocean is one of the most hostile places on the planet. Only two explorers have made the epic journey there: 11km (seven miles) down to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. As a new wave of explorers is gearing up to repeat this remarkable dive, take a look at the mysterious world that they will be plunging into."

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"Scroll to see the ocean's deepest depths."

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[via Jodi Ettenberg, grand panjandrum (panjandra?) of LegalNomads.com]

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100% cotton jersey with 3-snap closure at crotch.

Sizes: 6, 12, 18, or 24 mo. 



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A nanosecond is 11.8 inches long

Watch the video, it will all become clear.

[via High Scalability and Clive Thompson]

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Color Wheel Umbrella


Forty-inch diameter, made up of 24 individual panels as opposed to the usual eight.



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Experts' Expert: The proper utensil to stir and cook rice

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Seamus Mullen, chef and owner of the highly-acclaimed New York City restaurant Tertulia, requires all chefs in his kitchen to use a small rubber spatula to prepare rice.

He told Jane Lear, in a story that appeared in the February 29 New York Times Dining section, that a rubber spatula "won't smash the delicate grains."

Mullen sends his new hires to J.B. Prince in New York City with a list of implements — among them the aforementioned rubber spatula ($6.50; pictured above) — to buy for their personal cook's kit.

March 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tech support details all in one place

Pete Forde reviewed SupportDetails.com in the latest version of Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools, edited by Oliver Hulland, as follows:

SupportDetails.com is a simple site with an easy-to-remember URL and a singular purpose: it allows you to see all of the tech support information you might need to pass along to a customer service technician or impatient family whiz kid.

It's great because it works equally well for helping customers as it does for troubleshooting the remote machines of those who don't have the tech experience to understand where to start. It's only "feature" is that it allows the visitor to send these details along to you via email.

It's got one ad and costs nothing to use. There's nothing to log into, and the results aren't impacted by security settings in most typical scenarios. I also think that unlike a lot of sites that will tell you your IP address, the designer of SupportDetails.com clearly wanted to help people that aren't tech savvy (and not make your eyes bleed out at the same time).

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Vinolia — "Official soap of the Titanic"


"Vinolia Toilet Soap was provided in first classs cabins on the legendary Titanic."


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