social networking is all the rage, or at least it seems to be. i keep hearing about it everywhere i turn (NPR, friends, blogs, san francisco magazine, the checker at the grocery store). i have my doubts about most of these players, but there is a recent entrant that pushes a different set of buttons: orkut

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hyperlinks are becoming a currency in the digital age, but one limited to those with the power to create and destroy them. i went to a friend’s web site recently (URL withheld to protect the "innocent"), and noticed that the link to my home page had dropped off his blogroll. what??? dropped me from the secondary navigation? had i slighted this friend in some unbeknownst way? was some kind of digital payback going on? granted, it was kind of petty of me to care in the first place, but hey, links matter if you want people to read your site. and why would i writeRead More →

my spam filters have been getting progressively more sieve-like. the spammers are getting smarter at disguising their drivel. at least the email titles provide some entertainment value. for your sampling, here is a list of recent subjects: melville loquacious january moliere afghanistan down draftsman marvelous maudlin gar bolshevik hereof cone Re: MDM, grunya! what’s this Re: HDIIKINY, the procurator understood beauregard actinium roof hackneyed every michaelangelo gallberry formatted ceil foot expletive haunt maul exclaim osaka hydrometer messy nitrogenous hartley adultery bitwise narcosis gelatin mart academy andorra influenza it’s hard to pick my favorites, although any spam email that includes an element from the periodic tableRead More →

i just read an article entitled, can programmers do interaction design? it would be an understatement to say that i disagree with the hypothesis put forward by this author (she believes the answer to the question above is no – programmers cannot and should not do interaction design). in my opinion, her arguments reflect a set of gross stereotypes that have been floating around the web business for awhile (i.e., code monkeys should know their place at the bottom of the web design food chain). her thesis (as i read it) also reflects the more general idea that any person who can do job ARead More →