I have a lot to be thankful for. I’d like to add a clean inbox to the list, so time for a link smorgasbord.
Randy Pausch’s video lecture is old news, but I haven’t set aside 90 minutes to watch it. Everyone who has says it was worth it.
California is still the #1 state where people want to live, according to a Harris Poll published in early October. San Francisco trails NYC, San Diego, and Seattle as cities people want to live in. San Diego? It’s a neat place, but I wouldn’t have put it so high as a city.
Anil Dash provided some history on interactive platforms, reviewing everything from AOL’s RAINMAN to Microsoft’s Blackbird in the context of Facebook’s surge of applications. Since I started on AOL in 1993 and almost contributed to eWorld, happily missing Interchange and other doomed “online services,” this history is part of my history, too.
Scott Karp shared his thoughts on media consolidation in a world changed by online creation and consumption.
Nothing too new in this interview with the two leaders of Craigslist, but always helpful to be reminded that utility can win.
Seven rules of social media is from Chris Willis of Hypergene. There’s a PDF there I haven’t looked at, but the blog post is a useful abstract.
(My son just asked me what I’m doing. I told him I’m blogging. He said, “What’s blogging?” I told him it was writing a journal that’s shared online. He’s laughing as he watches me type this. Moving on…)
I’ve done some of these steps towards keeping track of all financial accounts, but not all.
Via Slashdot, this 40th anniversary remembrance of LOGO caught my eye several weeks ago. I had a similar experience in elementary school, and also learned BASIC, but never fully embraced programming. I’m still intrigued, though. Looks like Scratch is a similar introduction to combining logic and rules in an interactive manner. Not sure when it’s appropriate to try these things with the kids…they’ll spend plenty of time with computers no matter what.
Anil Dash (again) points to a tasty tidbit: Getting Real: Reflecting on the New Look of National Park Service Maps. Sure, it’s five years old, but I missed it the first time around.
Slashdot is 10 years old, and the same folks are involved, so they’ve shared a bit of the history. Here’s part 4.
I never do anything with image tools, but glad to see people are still creating new ones, and spending abnormal amounts of time reviewing them. (No, I didn’t read this whole thing. DrawIt was the recommended choice of the three reviewed here.)
Content management systems for publications that cross media (which is, by the way, almost all media now) still consider print first. Someone thinking about college newspapers discusses this problem, and some ideas. I’ve run into this in the past. Beyond workflow, the problem also lies in not atomizing your content enough to help translation to a new display be workable. Sure, the elusive separation of content from presentation rarely happens…but it helps when you think in the smallest elements possible. It takes more than a new CMS to do that; it takes a new kind of thinking about how you write and create. But a CMS can shape the outcome.
I don’t read the Dilbert Blog often, but there is an economic question here:
For some reason this reminds me of one of the great mysteries of life: Why do attractive women pay for massages? For most of us, there’s a good reason we pay another human to rub us for an hour. If we didnâ€™t offer money, or reciprocate with some rubbing of our own, no one would take the job. But if you are a hot woman, lots of people would volunteer to spend an hour rubbing your nearly naked body for free. So in a sense, an attractive woman isn’t paying for the same thing everyone else is. For her, the massage is always free, and sheâ€™s paying someone to pretend it isn’t.
I was linked to this from an economics blog. Really.
Enter this video in the category “I’ll never do, but fun to watch.”
Sure, it’s a tough time in the residential real estate market, but there’s still room for innovation: WalkScore.com. We almost hit the high end of the scale.
I didn’t know Steven Berlin Johnson was involved with Outside.in (which I’ve heard about, but not used). When I think to the fire on McAlister in January, his ruminations on The Pothole Paradox make a lot of sense. Not impressive, though, that when I load the site, I get told I’m in Oakland. Better not to guess than guess wrong, even when it’s easy to switch.
I’ve already bookmarked Frenzic as an iPhone game.
Neat infographics of baseball pitches will further your fan education.