Links For December 21, 2013

The Golden Era Of Spam Comments Has Ended

So the black hat spam folks who spread these links across the Internet have reversed course. The Awl, and other websites like it, receive email after email each day from companies requesting that we help them clean up their presence in the comments, deleting links posted by fake accounts, the log-in information for which has long been lost or never recorded.

The blog is dead, long live the blog – Kottke on where blogging is now.

Sometime in the past few years, the blog died. In 2014, people will finally notice. Sure, blogs still exist, many of them are excellent, and they will go on existing and being excellent for many years to come. But the function of the blog, the nebulous informational task we all agreed the blog was fulfilling for the past decade, is increasingly being handled by a growing number of disparate media forms that are blog-like but also decidedly not blogs.

He gives more thoughts here: R.I.P. The Blog, 1997-2013

More fuel for my theory that England and Japan are secretly the same country: Language Log » Sorry!

Suicide, Abandonment, Terminal Illness: Happy Holidays From ALF’s Special Christmas!

Switched on Road Runner