By Alice Northover
People gradually returned to the office this week, but this year in linking goes off with a bang. We have strong showing from Berfrois and Inside Higher Ed to begin. I’m finally getting sick of the 2012 listicles (and I really like those year-end lists). And videos! But first, here’s a picture of some of the books OUPblog received last year despite the fact that we don’t review books on the blog.
Jordan Fraade points out what ‘useful’ degrees advocates of STEM degrees have. (h/t Jessica Pellien)
Physicists explore the rise and fall of words.
Trojan-horse therapy ‘completely eliminates’ cancer in mice.
Art Basel Miami Beach exhibit “Moving the Still” has some awesome GIFs.
What books do international writers recommend?
How to organize all the books for 2013.
Christian Dior was the first to name the early evening frock a “cocktail” dress in the late 1940s.
*Update 07 Jan 2013: An OED editor points out ‘cocktail dress’ has a citation from 1935.
Boilerplate contracts undermine rights people are entitled to by requiring that one party to an agreement give up its legal remedies.
Will Self wrote the ODNB entry for J.G. Ballard.
We had a blog post about alcohol and few people read it. Hmmm.
How to make librarians extremely happy: cat tote bags.
The category of video games known as ‘dating sims’.
Library Journal listicles: Top Academic Posts of 2012, Year in Review: Top Articles of 2012 (Plus a Free Ebook), Top Digital Shift Posts of 2012, Top 10 LJ infoDOCKET Posts of 2012, and Top LJ Reviews Posts of 2012.
Poetry + Paris = instant addition to this list.
Academics and communication with the outside world.
Why I can’t copyedit my way out of a paper bag.
And check out the Twitter stream of the American Dialect Society from their Word of the Year nominations last night. I’ll leave someone else to do the storifying.
Alice Northover joined Oxford University Press as Social Media Manager in January 2012. She is editor of the OUPblog, constant tweeter @OUPAcademic, daily Facebooker at Oxford Academic, and Google Plus updater of Oxford Academic, amongst other things. You can learn more about her bizarre habits on the blog.