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Kottke says a tumblelog is a quick and dirty stream of consciousness… with more than just links. Anarchaia was the first, but there are many copies. And they have a plan.

  1. Three people are working on [Google] Reader’s backend, and three plus one intern are working on the frontend.

    from a leaked Google video

  2. Does anyone actually understand SWiK? So far as I can tell, its only purpose is to clog up Google search results with bizarre, useless pages.

  3. Car inspections and repairs take a small fraction of our total spending on cars, gas, roads, and parking. But imagine that we were so terrified of accidents due to faulty cars that we spent most of our automotive budget having our cars inspected and adjusted every week by Ph.D. car experts. Obsessed by the fear of not finding a defect that might cause an accident, imagine we made sure inspections were heavily regulated and subsidized by government. To feed this obsession, imagine we skimped on spending to make safer roads, cars, and driving patterns, and our constant disassembling and reassembling of cars introduced nearly as many defects as it eliminated.

    This is something like our relation to medicine today.

    Robin Hanson

  4. Laurel is so sneaky.

  5. Via mwolson, Canonical’s David Allouche gives us a VCS comparison to laugh about:

    CVS: Atomic commit? What do you mean?
    Subversion: Branches? What do you mean?
    Git: User friendly? What do you mean?
    Bazaar[-NG]: You mean this, don't you?

    This is a bit glib, but I think it captures what bzr’s about really well.

    Please ignore: I’m claiming my Technorati Profile.

  6. Positive Energy Vibe Zone

    Are you living in the Positive Energy Vibe Zone? Nice work, Jed. ()

  7. Vox asks, What is (or would be) your DJ name? My first two middle initials are MC, so I think I'm obligated to use all of them: MCDL. This is 1450 in Roman numerals, so maybe MC1450 would be better. Hmm.

  8. PicoCool is dedicated to bringing you tiny and obscure content from the world of peer media, social networks and subcultures. Cool content from real people.

  9. Oh, John James went on to London, goin’ on to London town
    He want to be a member if him can
    But I know what I know, he never wore them nice shirt before
    
    Sitting in that mansion, smoking big cigar, yes sir, yeah
    Sitting in that mansion smoking big cigar, yes sir
    ’Cause I know what I know, he never wore them nice shirt before
    
    See all I want sir just, put me among some girls, yes sir, yes
    He said, all I want sir just, put me among some girls, yes sir
    But I know what I know, he never wore them tight shirt before
    
    Johnny is-a the coolest one
    Johnny is-a the coolest one
    Johnny is-a the coolest one
    
    But he is bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad

    — “John & James” by The Maytals

  10. The design idea behind A Brief Messagethe notion that online publications[…] can be art directed, [that we can] design online in such a way that the page responds to the content—immediately brought to mind Garrett Dimon’s Designing for Content, in which he makes substantially the same point.

    Both Khoi and Garrett inspire me to continuously improve the quality of this site, both of its content and its design.

  11. [I was talking] with someone who lamented the fact that feed readers/aggregators didn’t help them “find new feeds,” predicting that that would be a “killer feature” for a client.

    But for me, and—I’d bet—a lot of other high volume feed consumers, the killer feature wouldn’t be finding and adding new feeds, but pruning old ones. I’m constantly adding a feed here and a feed there, for a variety of reasons…

    None of the readers I’ve used, including my current choice, provide me with anything in the way of abstracted metrics on my feeds. The task of cutting back my blogroll to some sort of manageable level is thus left to me, and when you have as many as I have (400+) it’s difficult to know where to begin.

    Stephen O’Grady

  12. The controversy over Apple’s “photocast” extensions, and the strangeness of their iTunes RSS enhancements, is illustrative of the transition that software companies need to make as they become web-enabled. It’s no longer enough to make your applications and hardware pretty and functional, but the guts that other people get to see must look good too.

    This is one reason that people prefer RELAX NG over XML Schema, for instance. Where markup is concerned, it turns out that the excuse “only computers will read it, and we’ll provide tools to generate it” doesn’t cut it. The web’s had a view-source mentality since it started, and the aesthetics of markup matter a great deal.

    Edd Dumbill (emphasis mine)

  13. Web Worker Daily quotes The Tipping Point: “the more email we get, the shorter and more selective and more delayed our responses become. These are the symptoms of immunity.” See Tantek’s notes on communication protocols for lots more on the changing cognitive landscape of online communication.

  14. Interoperability is basically the only reason to have a spec.

    We can’t use the carrot of new HTML5 features to attract users, since authors won’t use them widely until they are widely supported in the install base, and users won’t upgrade if the new browser has a worse experience with existing pages than their old browsers. …

    We only have as much power as the browser vendors and the Web designers grant us by deigning to listen to us. If we say something they don’t like, they ignore us, and we become powerless. In some areas, we have a lot of leeway, because browser vendors may not care about the exact details of a solution. But if we stray outside their constraints—e.g. if we require something that would change the rendering of many existing pages—then they’ll ignore us.

    Ian Hickson (emphasis mine)

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