Awesome links of the week

What I Learned From Having a Literary Agent

If you could only get an agent! Apparently it’s not the be-all and end-all. The grass is always greener.

Rejection - Curious Rat

Even more powerful than rejection, however, is an emotion most of us aren’t willing to admit we experience. It’s the one that makes us feel like jerks for giving it any thought and can do even more damage than someone telling us “no.” I’m talking about envy.

I’m really enjoying a lot of what Harry Marks has written recently.

The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding

“the idea that colors…are able to invoke…hyper-specific emotion is…as accurate as your standard Tarot card reading”

The Zimmerman Verdict

Here’s the three things I read on the recent exoneration of George Zimmerman which struck me as worthwhile. Some differing viewpoints.

Questlove: Trayvon Martin and I Ain’t Shit — Daily Intelligencer

Martin v. Zimmerman: The media at its worst

The Real Lessons of the Zimmerman Verdict — Daily Intelligencer

I don’t know enough about the case to have an informed opinion either way (sadly most people that fall into this category aren’t aware of it) but as usual the themes surrounding the case are just as interesting.

Regex crossword puzzles

Finally! Something that might take me from being a Regex hacker to someone who can actually put together some from scratch. This is a great way to learn Regex.

Why Web Reviewers Make Up Bad Things

A fascinating new academic study sheds light on the fake negative review, finding not only that the source is totally unexpected but also that the problem is much bigger than a few malicious operators.

Building a Business Around Who You Are: An Interview with Patrick Rhone

The difficulty is that it takes a tremendous amount of commitment, passion, and courage. Our current American society is not structured with independents in mind. In fact, in too many ways it is built to work against this idea. So many of the things we take for granted in a lot of jobs – paid time off, group health insurance, retirement fund matching, etc. – you wont get as a freelancer. Yet, all of this is a false sense of security and a small trade from the company for the labor you provide to help them build their goals and dreams (not to mention profits and disproportionate compensation for those at the top).

Why mobile web apps are slow | Sealed Abstract

What you always guessed but never knew conclusively until now.