“TV news, in particular, he says, “doesn’t have an interest in rocking the status quo because it’s entrenched with the status quo. We think all of these [networks] are really, really bad at what they do. My opinion is they suck at their jobs.”—It’s Funny How Funny Just the Facts Can Be (washingtonpost.com) I’m surprised Daily Show’s researcher didn’t acknowledge the passive subtext underlying “23rd paragraph” nuggets on the part of the poor journalists who have to cover politics. That’s always been my favorite part of assigned coverage; it’s pretty reliable for a sarcastic fix to bring your outrage back under control.
My brother first tipped me off to Santogold, based on from the fact he’s a scour-the-internet fanboy for Spank Rock. He knew I liked M.I.A., and thought (not unexpectedly) that Santi was MIA under some…
The boys behind BeerMenus had the same idea I did—online beer selection updates. Cool; now I won’t have to build it. However, should the branch out to Seattle and our somewhat daunting beer culture, I’m happy to contribute my expertise.
It seems we’re finally starting to figure out what collectively indicates credibility on the web. I appreciate that Mr. Fields explained his own deductive process in visiting a site, and clarified what each metric means to his thinking.
Now this is the kind of housing market changes I’m glad to see passed during a housing crisis. Well done; let the fraudulent reporting begin!
(Best part of the article? Instructions for reading the bill on wa.gov: ‘Read the bill: The requirement that condominium associations conduct reserve studies passed the Legislature as Senate Bill 6215. To see it, go to www.leg.wa.gov/legislatureand click on “Bill Search” and type “6215” in the Search window; click on it, then scroll down and click on “Bill as Passed Legislature.”’)
"We all make mistakes, even if our names are Buffett or Soros. But when great investors such as Warren Buffett and George Soros make a mistake, the lessons for the rest of us are so much more interesting."
I’m just as excited as you about Peru! Just PLEASE don’t fall in love with an Inca Indian. It’s hard enough planning a NYC wedding, never mind a different continent! Good idea to check with Health Services re Hep A.
“Full report tomorrow, but to satiate you musicologists, here are the highlights of Prince’s epic, way-past-curfew set: a poignant version of “Little Red Corvette” with an awesome, rubber-shredding guitar solo; a swingin’ version of “Glamorous Life” with Sheila E and Morris Day; a couple of Morris Day and The Time songs, including “The Bird” and a double encore with insane purple lights. Oh, and let’s not forget the covers: Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You,” Radiohead’s “Creep” and the Beatles’ “Come Together.” The final encore? The fastest version of “Let’s Go Crazy” that the law would allow.”—Soundboard (Los Angeles Times)
I dislike election debate critiques almost as much as I dislike election debates themselves. But I like this one for getting into the warped pschology of campaigns on all sides: voter, candidate, press, spin-doctor…everybody.
“[Ad-hoc projects are] productive, but only in hindsight. Until now, this seemed acceptable to me only because I wasn’t doing “real work”; when the stakes are higher, productivity is supposed to produce results in the future. Actions are taken step-by-step, their results measured, assessed, and iterated through. While iteration is a built-in to the process, I think that there is still the stench of Waterfall embedded into it: we seek to optimize for minimum production time for maximum quality. This is a challenge, a burden, and a source of stress.”—David Seah - The Art of Not Finishing
Tonight I attended Google Kirkland’s TechTalk, “Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing” (based around an excellent book). To get past the obvious, yes, I wanted to see their offices; yes, they were comfy; yes, the Googleites were great hosts and I picked up some cool schwag. But beyond the geek novelty, I geniuinely wanted to hear the talk. And even more than that, I wanted to see who showed up.
Here’s the thing: I’m a decent geek; not a rockstar prodigy but also not a myopic procedural adherent. After years, I’m finding contentment with my limitations, or, rather, my personal sanity limit on the hours I can spend in front of a computer. But that has been extremely hard won, for many reasons. Without subjecting anyone (most of all me) to a play-by-play, my first six or seven years in the industry, well, sucked. Not the whole time, but it has been decently heartbreaking, even compared to horror stories over beers. My somatic therapist and I talk a lot about the industry, women, femininity, expectations, disappointment, competency, exceptionalism, etc. Ad nauseum, sometimes, with some interesting conclusions-in-progress.
The women (and a few men) at the talk came from all walks: age, tech involvement, interest, background and interest in the topic. The professors—authors of the book of the same name—covered their research at Carnegie Mellon and observations since. At the end, the Q&A opened up into near-confessions about assumptions, confidence and inequality, as well as the even more daunting issues of race and class inequality. What wasn’t really discussed is the current shape of computer science undergraduate/graduate programs (v. web programs) and the massive opportunity (wasted?) in introducing basic web coding with the rise of online social networking. (Thought to occupy the restless night: What if MySpace had debuted with a short, easy, accessible HTML+CSS lesson for profile customization?)
Let me end—early, and on the concise side—with a warning: expect a lot more from me on this topic. I think about it every day at work and there is *endless* room for more discussion.
“Searching for a product or service? Here’s a link to information on that product or service. The value proposition to consumers is so perfect, so pure, that it took years for Madison Avenue to realize that Google had created billions of dollars in advertising value right under their noses. It’s hard work winning Clio awards — who has time to think about at these silly little text ads?”—The Future Of Online Advertising: Entertainment vs. Information - Publishing 2.0