Lunch Break Links

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

This blog probably only appeals to grammar nerds, but as a small-scale punctuation freak, I can't get enough of its snark. The "Blog" of "Unneccesary" Quotation Marks is as simple as it sounds. Readers send in photos of quote marks popping up in wholly inappropriate places, and the blogger ridicules the anonymous nincompoops responsible for such illiterate activity. Whether it's a death metal band seeking a "bass player" or a gyro shop that serves up the "best" in town, there's plenty here for grammarians to poke fun at. (And yes, I just ended a sentence with a preposition.)

I haven't quite figured out how to use Cool Iris yet, but it still leaves me slackjawed. The site hooks you up with a plug-in for Firefox that turns web browsing into "a lightning fast, cinematic way to discover the web." Basically, it allows you to search Google, YouTube and other databases and, rather than getting a static list of links, you're presented with a moveable wall of images and video links. It's reminiscent of the way you navigate an iPhone interface, with lots of dragging content on and off your screen. I'm not sure I prefer it over more conventional browsing, but I like that I can surf the web this way if I want.

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