We have lived in this world where little things are done for love and big things for money. Now we have Wikipedia. Suddenly big things can be done for love.

Clay Shirky

Who Are You?

According to a new ComScore survey you are: wealthy, young, and using broadband. You also spend far more time online, visit more web sites, and much more likely to buy online than those who don’t read blogs. So, is this great news for aspiring blog networks who...

The Present Future

Kottke is getting lots of nifty responses to his “Present Future” post. The responses are about as wide and varied as you might expect… we are all of us amateur futurists. I’m richly amused by folks in the discussion who offer views like:...

Puck’s Can o’ Caffeine, Hacked

For those of you who want your cup of joe to go in a self-heating can (anybody? anybody? Bueller?) here’s Make’s deconstruction of the Wolfgang Puck espresso beverage thing. Or, here’s one muggle’s view of how Harry Potter’s world might...

The Semiotics of Ordering Coffee?

It’s not every day you get to thread together semiotic approximation, Starbucks, and Umberto Eco’s Kant and the Platypus in a single post… especially one about...

Another giant leap for mankind?

Today marks the first flight of a privately-built craft into space… and the dawn of an entirely new kind of space race. “This is a warm-up for the Ansari X Prize, but it’s a historic moment for all Americans,” he said. “[I’ve...

And more on Doctorow.

I pre-ordered Cory’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom from Amazon. Round about the time I got it, Cory announced that the novel would be freely available for download in its entirety. [His publisher must love him.] When it comes to reading a novel, I still...

All the news that’s fit to blog…

Cory Doctorow wonders out loud whether Reuters’ decision to cut 3,000 jobs is in any way a result of the disintermediation effect of the blogosphere. I’m inspired to wonder a little further out… The evolution of the modern journalist [don’t...

Building Block

Back to the subject of the user experience… I’ve had the extreme fortune to, once again, find myself playing my favorite role – practicing a mix of usability and information architecture, and being something of a customer experience gadfly. When the...

Putting the X in X-Mas

Filled with the Christmas spirit, I arrive at Hallmark.com. My mission: find the ideal card to send to my coworkers and other business folk who’ve made my work a delightful experience this year. My objective: a card that 1) conveys a warm and joyful, yet not...

Sometimes you need a better hammer…

The current crop of web authoring tools don’t build standards-compliant pages. That is, unless you tweak them. And, there’s some hope for next-generation tools. Both brought to you by the fine folks at A List...

The Web is not Walden Pond

The Web is not Walden Pond… and attempts to make it so through increasingly stark simplicity are well-intentioned, but badly aimed. Simplicity often belies the truth. The truth if the web is that it is the most mind-boggling array of unstructured information...

A children’s riddle…

Q: What has four eyes but can’t see? A: The Mississippi river. There’s another four-eyed monster that’s puzzled by that whole “vision” thing… the collective of Information Designers, Interaction Designers, Interface Designers and...

Bad Analog

In Chapter 31 of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy the author recounts the tragic story of a freak wormhole, an accidental insult, and the consequences of gross miscalculation of scale — in which the joint battle fleet of the...

Coffee Maker Usability

Mark Hurst of Creative Good has found his voice again. Among his first new blog entries is a shot at coffee makers… “I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but one morning last week I was interested to see a friend of mine struggling with a new coffee...

Usable Reviews on Amazon

Last fall Amazon inked a deal with Target in which Amazon takes over much of Target.com’s distribution, customer service and eBiz infrastructure, while Target.com will sell books and music from Amazon. Recent visits to Amazon suggest that at least part of the...
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