Interesting Links for 12-07-2011

This week has been a good one for discoveries, and so I bring you a broad range of areas, including a beautiful short story. I hope you enjoy them.


A glimpse into the death practices of an ancient city:


Bullying can take many forms, but when those in authority who are supposed to protect people fail to recognize the problem, the victims have been known to have severe reactions, acting out being the mildest one. Here’s a study that looks at why bullying isn’t always treated as the serious issue that it is:

A look at the economy and health growth worldwide from the early 1800s to 2009 shows a positive trend that overcomes serious collapses with ease. Here’s for an optimistic view of the future:

Online Reading

A beautiful tale of anthropology and cultural differences for you to enjoy. Let the Word Take Me by Juliette Wade:


This article is dated 1999 so newer cases may have made some changes, but the general guidelines and the explanation of the Fair Use section of Copyright Law should be useful:

Understanding how a picture book is likely to be formatted can help you in editing your story even if you’re never asked to provide that layout. Here’s a quick look at how it works:


As someone who has experienced panic attacks, this article caught my attention and kept it by being yet another way in which we’re rethinking what was a well-established truth, in this case the appropriate guidance to help stop the attack:

A look at why science fiction, through science fiction movies, is so important. The science doesn’t have to be right. It just has to be awe-inspiring.


Kathryn Craft analyzes why she thinks the Twilight series works so well for readers. Whatever you think of the series, learning from what catches the readers is wise.

For those struggling with the desk aspects of writing, here’s an alternative approach:

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2 Responses to Interesting Links for 12-07-2011

  1. Deirdre says:

    Regarding the panic attack article – how is CART different from having someone hold their hands in front of their face or breath into a paper bag (allowing extra carbon dioxide to build up and therefore get back into the body.)

    I’ve honestly never heard of someone in a true panic attack being told to “take a deep breath”, that’s what you tell someone is who is panicking…which is quite different.

    Maybe I’ve just avoided the “bad” advice since I’ve had the training to know what the good advice is…

    • MarFisk says:

      Yep. Honestly, you don’t count as general populous cause of your EMT years. However, I seem to remember that’s what I was told with my lovely bouts in the ER. I found lamaze more effective. No one ever handed me a bag or told me to put my hands in front of my face though they all told me to stop hyperventilating. So maybe you do count…as the exception even in the medical arena :).

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