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A funny writer teaches us how to write well (and funny)

This was a great and easy advice-interview on how to write, from a corporate blog of all places. The advice comes from Scott Dikkers, The Onion’s longest serving editor in chief. If you don’t know The Onion, please read this piece of genius.

8 bits of Kevin Kelly’s 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice
Thursday April 30, 2020

Source: Syfy.com A great list from a great writer and thinker. His book What Technology Wants permanently re-framed how I understood the internet and tech innovation. Original article here. Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points. A worthy goal for a year is to learn enough about a subject so that you can’t believe how […]

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Below are some verbatim nuggets of gold:

Turkey. The 2019 Best Selling Car Ranking with Top 100 models
Wednesday June 10, 2020

Turkey best selling cars ranking in the 2019 dominated for the fourth year in a row by the Fiat Egea, able to over perform in a declining market. In second place Renault Clio conquers the second place overtaking the Renault Megane. Top 100 models listed.The 2019 has been an awful year for the Turkish new vehicles […]

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1. Concept is king

“Your concept — and I would equate that with your headline or title — is the flag you’re raising, it’s the shingle on your door. And if it’s not a good concept or the right concept, then you’re sunk before you’ve even written a word.”

2. The key to quality is quantity

Highlights from Albert Wenger’s World After Capital
Saturday June 20, 2020

Capital is becoming abundant. So we should be able to provide everyone with enough capital to lead a decent life. Attention is replacing capital as the key finite resource. So we must learn how to better save and spend our attention. Knowledge is humanity’s most valuable collective asset. So we should do everything we can […]

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“This is how professionals work,” said Dikkers, “because they understand that most of what they write is dreck.”

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4. Ruffle some feathers

“Thing is, Horatian satire isn’t really remembered because it’s toothless,” said Dikkers. “It might get a lot of laughs today but it’s not going to live in our cultural memory. Only satire that angers or offends people will be remembered.”

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10. Know your joke and make sure the reader knows your joke

“Readers want to know they’re in the hands of a master who is going to manipulate them,” he said, “the way Spielberg does in his movies. He takes you on a ride, through the highs and lows.

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