links for 2011-09-10

  • Slate's headline read "Even Evangelicals Teens Do it." Not surprisingly, World magazine didn't paraphrase Cole Porter, opting for the straightforward:, "Sex and the Evangelical Teen," instead.

    The occasion of the headlines was a recent book, Forbidden Fruit: Sex & Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers by Mark Regnerus, a professor of sociology at the University of Texas. Drawing upon the results of three national surveys of teenagers and 250 interviews he conducted, Regnerus found that self-identified "evangelical" teenagers are no less likely than their non-Evangelical peers to have sex. If anything, they're slightly more likely.

    According to Regnerus' findings, whereas non-evangelical teens have sex for the first time at age 16.7, the average age for evangelical teens is 16.3. Even worse, evangelical teens are more likely to have had three or more sexual partners (13.7 percent) than their non-evangelical peers (8.9 percent).

  • The Force on blu-ray. Own every moment
  • Books to Read

    The World's classic literature at your fingertips. Over 1,000,000 free ebook titles available.

  • Create websites as easily as you create layouts for print. You can design and publish original HTML pages to the latest web standards without writing code. Now in beta, Muse makes it a snap to produce unique, professional websites.
  • You remember the first time you saw Back to the Future II, don't you? We all dreamed of a world filled with hoverboards and self-lacing shoes, and now Nike's made the latter a reality… sort of. Marty McFly's favorite high tops are now called the 2011 Nike MAGs and look just like the kicks in the movie, though it appears that you'll have to lace 'em up the old-fashioned way. They'll only be on sale during a ten-day period starting tonight at 8:30 PM Pacific Standard Time, and no amount of flux-capacitation can score you a pair if you miss that window. 150 sets of shoes will be auctioned on eBay's Fashion Vault each day, and all the net proceeds will go to The Michael J. Fox Foundation to further Parkinson's research. Not only that, all the money made will be doubled through matching contributions. Nice job, Nike, now about those hoverboards…
  • When we started Smashing Magazine, we didn’t expect anything. We didn’t have a grand master plan for a successful online magazine for designers and developers. We created something that we found useful and that we thought others would find useful, too. We did not lose focus, we relied on instinct more than once, we stayed patient, and we pulled the occasional night shift. That was 2006.

    And then you came along.

    You have passed the word along, left comments, dropped us emails. You let us know that we matter. You let us know that we are doing something meaningful. And you let us know that our humble work deserved your attention. And we listened?—?carefully.

    Five years have passed, and the magazine has changed. That small, obscure blog of list posts and round-ups has evolved into a professional publication with a publishing policy, editorial structures and a house style guide.

  • It’s no secret that George Lucas is once again altering all of his Star Wars movies for their release on blu-ray. And of course this has plenty of fans upset. I understand the anger, but I’m over it. At this point, I really don’t care any more. He’s been doing this for well over ten years now and it’s just something that I’ve come to expect. The truth of the matter is I’m going to be buying these blu-rays anyway, if only because I’ve never owned any of them in any incarnation and I’ve decided it’s time that I do.

    Travis “I have a bad feeling about this” Kennedy.

  • "Five Stages of Star Wars Revisionism Fan Grief" by Benjamin R. Freed
  • John Graham-Cumming wrote an article today complaining about how a computer system he was working with described his last name as having invalid characters. It of course does not, because anything someone tells you is their name is — by definition — an appropriate identifier for them. John was understandably vexed about this situation, and he has every right to be, because names are central to our identities, virtually by definition.

    I have lived in Japan for several years, programming in a professional capacity, and I have broken many systems by the simple expedient of being introduced into them. (Most people call me Patrick McKenzie, but I’ll acknowledge as correct any of six different “full” names, any many systems I deal with will accept precisely none of them.) Similarly, I’ve worked with Big Freaking Enterprises which, by dint of doing business globally, have theoretically designed their systems to allow all names to work in them.

  • Yogi Berra once said, “If people don’t want to come to the ballpark, how are you gonna stop them?”

    I love that quote, and I think about it often as I work with clients on their marketing campaigns. In his charming, convoluted way, Yogi presented a very basic but essential marketing principle: It’s far easier to tap someone’s desire than to create desire in someone who doesn’t have it. If you want to fill the ballpark, identify and market to the baseball fans rather than trying to “stop” nonfans from choosing another option.

    Email marketers often forget this principle. Email is inexpensive, easy to create and quick to deliver. That’s the problem. Because email is so easy, e-marketers often send everything to everybody. In other words, they send baseball promotions to people who don’t want to come to the ballpark.

  • I recently met a small business owner who proudly described his marketing strategy to me: “I’m focusing entirely on social media because it’s free.”

    “What do you mean by free?” I asked.

    “Well…” he said, “I don’t have to pay for postage or advertising or email software or anything like that. I just set up accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and go from there.”

    “How are you updating those accounts? Who’s posting the updates? Who’s devising the strategy?” I asked.

  • No longer must your rainbow dividers be images slowing down your computer! Make them hardware accelerated!

    What if you want to party like it is 1997 but you don't feel like creating your own rainbow dividers of awesome in Photoshop? Simple, just link this style sheet of awesome and you have animated rainbow dividers like the ones surrounding this paragraph!

  • Apps & Oranges helps people find and recommend the best apps for getting stuff done. It's social Q&A: Question & Apps. For example:

    What are the best gps apps for iPhone?
    What are the best time tracking apps for the web?
    What are the best news apps for iPad?

    Help make the site great: Add apps you’ve used and love. Write comments and reviews you’d be glad you read if someone else wrote it.

  • Netflix users who've been sharing their account with family members (or others) can no longer stream movies at the same time unless they're on a higher level plan that allows for two or more DVDs at a time.

    Stop the Cap! reported its readers noticing the streaming error messsage above starting this Labor Day weekend, timed, apparently, to coincide with Netflix's price hikes and service changes.

  • Get your bills, statements and balances instantly organized in one secure place online. Finally, one easy way to manage all of your accounts, subscriptions and loyalty programs.
  • HTML 4's fieldset, legend, and label tags took longer to find their way into my toolbox than I'd care to admit. In fact, it took Dreamweaver's use of them for form design a few years back to bring them to my attention. Since then I've combined several useful tips from experts to create my own standard form layout style sheet. I'll share my thoughts behind my form style sheet, basic usage examples, and the HTML and CSS source for you to download and try.

    Forms fall into two layout types, expanded and compact. Each type has its strengths, weaknesses, and optimal use cases.

  • Once your latest project is finished, you are very likely to forget the structure of the project’s layout, with all its numerous classes, color schemes and type setting. To understand your code years after you’ve written it you need to make use of sensible code structuring. The latter can dramatically reduce complexity, improve code management and consequently simplify maintainability. However, how can you achieve sensible structuring? Well, there are a number of options. For instance, you can make use of comments — after all, there is always some area for useful hints, notes and, well, comments you can use afterwards, after the project has been deployed.

    Indeed, developers came up with quite creative ways to use comments and text formatting to improve the maintainability of CSS-code. Such creative ways are usually combined into CSS styleguides — pieces of CSS-code which are supposed to provide developers with useful insights into the structure of the code and background

  • In 1997, George Lucas refilmed, re-edited and redid many scenes for the Star Wars trilogy in a "Special Edition." Since then, Lucas has refused to have the original versions of the films be seen in high quality. All 35mm prints of the original versions have been recalled from circulation and confiscated, and the originals are no longer aired on television nor screened for special events. Lucas has stated that he would like the original versions to disappear, and that once the existing VHS and Laserdisc releases deteriorate he hopes no one will even remember the originals existed, except as "rough drafts" of the Special Editions. Not only is this robbing the world of a very important part of its cinematic and cultural heritage, but it is engaging in the re-writing of history. The original theatrical versions of these films deserve to be continued to be released and preserved in as high a quality as possible.
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  • Launch Effect is a brand new free WordPress theme on the scene. It’s a one-page theme that lets you create a viral campaign for a soon-to-be launching website. This is no ordinary “Coming Soon” page. Launch Effect packs some powerful sharing features into the theme:
  • At Kenrick's, we know that there are nights when you just don't feel like rushing home from work to cook a big dinner. That's where we come in, with our roast beef available for pick up, or our outstanding heatable trays. We have even added a few of our special recipes for you to enjoy. The K Cafe offers just about anything you want, including our famous BBQ. We also offer a spectrum of catering services for you to choose from. Order a gift certificate online to be used for any of our services including catering, meat packages and our hot deli.
  • Computer science is an interesting field to go into. There are a number of opportunities in computer science that you can take advantage of. With computers increasingly becoming a regular part of life, those who can work with computers have good opportunities. You can find a good salary with a program in computer science, and as long as you are careful to keep up your skills. Here are 50 free opencourseware classes that can help you learn more about computer science:
  • Nowadays–especially with the upcoming, unnecessarily-updated release of Star Wars on a new format–George Lucas is rightfully seen as the ultimate money-grubbing revisionist, a man able to add CGI Ewok eyelids with the push of a button and willing to wield that power all too liberally, tossing around "NOOOO!!!"s with the cavalier attitude of bored retiree perpetually watering his yard.

    But it wasn't always so. Back in 1988, Lucas delivered a speech to Congress–as dug up and recounted by Peter Lopez and SaveStarWars (via)–declaring the need to federally protect films from being altered, because, as he saw it, "People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians." Ut oh, George, I think you might have altered art at some point! In the statement–spoken before any of his Special Edition revisions, back when Lucas could still comfortably button his shirts–

  • I received a letter from a reader the other day. It was handwritten in crabbed penmanship so that it was very difficult to read. Nevertheless, I tried to make it out just in case it might prove to be important.

    In the first sentence, he told me he was majoring in English Literature, but felt he needed to teach me science. (I sighed a bit, for I knew very few English Lit majors who are equipped to teach me science, but I am very aware of the vast state of my ignorance and I am prepared to learn as much as I can from anyone, however low on the social scale, so I read on.)

    It seemed that in one of my innumerable essays, here and elsewhere, I had expressed a certain gladness at living in a century in which we finally got the basis of the Universe straight.

    I didn't go into detail in the matter, but what I meant was that we now know the basic rules governing the Universe, together with the gravitational interrelationships of its gross components, as shown in the

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