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Sunday is my day for sharing interesting and fun things I have read, heard or seen through the week. This evening is the Grammys and tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. There were many fascinating stories but I had to pick and choose.

Image courtesy of Sophie Blackall

Missed Connections: NPR had this interview with illustrator Sophie Blackall about her illustrations based on those Missed Connections entries seen in the back pages of weeklies, newspapers and now, of course, Craigslist. People send a note out into the world at large to try and see if they can re-connect with someone with whom they felt a connection, but they didn’t get around to sharing contact information. I like the hopefulness of the idea! Each of Blackall’s illustrations is a a story in a nut-shell. The New York Transit Museum is observing Valentine’s Day by having an exhibition of art inspired by these Missed Connections. It seems fitting as many of these missed connections do happen on the subway!

Bieber Best New Artist?: The Meltwater Group has released an infographic predicting Grammy winners based on social media buzz. The software company has been tracking social media conversations since Dec 1st when the nominees were announced and according to the numbers right now Bieber is going to win the Best New Artist hands down! While the Academy has a long and established history of ignoring public expectations, this kind of parallel tracking in social media allows for some interesting analysis. It also provokes thought about who exactly is contributing to the social media buzz???

Interactive Grammy’s: The New York Times has an interesting article about how the Grammys have been quick to embrace the digital media. This year there is an interactive map in which fans can engage by marking their location and adding a video, photo or message. The geolocation trend in new media is being given a great event focus! The audience for Grammys has gone up thanks to social media and this in turn has helped record sales – not bad for an industry that was dealt the first assault of the digital media. The music industry has adapted well!