Irrational Weight Loss

After years of wielding a stopwatch as a weapon in the battle to streamline client web sites, I’ve noted an alarming trend to shed page weight at any cost — a good heuristic gone bad. The latest web page diet fad includes dropping wayfinding hints, icons...

All the news that’s fit to..

well, fit around its new ad format. The New York Times has hopped on the bulging bandwagon of sites that plop large, obtrusive ads smack in the middle of its pages’ content space. Also noteworthy [if not newsworthy] is the fact that they’re using the meta...

Thumbing its nose at the Goliath

Thumbing its nose at the Goliath, Black Bear Micro Roastery, a mom and pop roaster in New Hampshire, has decided to continue to sell its Charbucks blend of particularly dark-roasted coffee, despite a lawsuit brought against them by the specialty coffee giant,...

Cupping Fair Trade Coffees

While I’ve cupped one Fair Trade coffee [and I have a few more in the wings] Ken Davids has just posted reviews of thirty-one coffees. The results? A mixed bag, due in part to the current scope of the Fair Trade program — and in part to some coffees that...

Cave Artist Analogy Sighting

Richard Larson, MIT’s Director of Advanced Educational Services relates cave drawings to asynchronous learning… “The blackboard is basically an adaptation of cave drawings. In thirty thousand years there has been the invention of the eraser. A lot of...

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