• As Eric points out, the increase in the number of seminars, workshops and conferences, as well as the excellent attendance, is testimony to the recovery of the industry.
  • Some might argue that the existence of Web 2.0 Bingo serves the same purpose 😉
  • Anders highlights a fairly weird Flickr policy and has a great discussion of why he thinks it’s a bit crap. I agree — the lines are pretty blurry and excluding people from the community aspects of the app just because they post art as well as photos seems rather counter-intuitive
  • Xooglers looks really interesting. Mainly bookmarking so I go back and check it out

Zeldman’s article about the difference in coverage of the London bombings and bombings in Baghdad, made me think about to Aaron’s thoughts on the intentionality of evil. I think Aaron is right — very few people do evil things intentionally : most believe they are working towards the Greater Good, even if they have to do some unsavoury things.

There are a smaller minority who quite happily do bad/evil things and somehow manage to downplay the effect on others. Examples here would include the Enron executives. I suppose there are also murderers and rapists and so on, but if there’s one thing Law & Order has taught us is that there’s usually a reason…

What IS done intentionally, however, is exactly what Zeldman describes: the framing of “Them” to show that they are worse than “Us”. Coverage of terrorist attacks and wars is the most obvious, but this also extends in a more subtle way to the lack of coverage Terrance describes. If a particular victim isn’t seen as important, then there will be no coverage.

  • I like Kottke’s thoughts on pinging/sweethearting. In South Africa, the equivalent was to give someone “3 rings”. You’d call, let the phone ring three times and then hang up, to let them know that you were leaving now/home safely/needed calling back. I suppose it doesn’t mesh so well with cellphones tho.
  • Ten Reasons Gay Marriage Should Be Illegal. Worth spreading around
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a GREAT framework for explaining the microformats principles. I’ll definitely use it when next trying to explain the concept!
  • Although I desperately want to attend the London Web Frameworks night (and indeed I’m even near London that day), I’m flying out from Gatwick at 2030 so I don’t think my chances of manipulating the British transport system are quite good enough :-\
  • Chess is a lovely and heartwarming little anecdote. Libraries shouldn’t just be storage places for books, but centres of the community. This kind of thing makes the reality closer to the ideal.

Tara Sporting This Seasons Hogwarts Fashion
Originally uploaded by meriwilliams.

We are so sad. Last night, we not only attended the 10 minutes past midnight first possible showing of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but also bought the scammy kiddie pack of popcorn, sweets, drink and Hogwarts colours novelty scarf!!

Doesn’t Tara look fetching in it?

  • This article about the PC Conectado programme in Brazil is really interesting, both in what it actually says and the warnings it holds for other similar programmes.
  • I find this whole concept quite disturbing. That said, I can see their point of view and I suppose the particular “armed” element is in some ways peculiar to America. In Britain it might just be a message that taking self defence courses and carrying yourself with confidence would be a good idea.
  • The UnZen of Python is brilliant.
  • Dana’s written a little list of what you have to do to be a big-time 21st century brand. I think he’s right in a number of regards — I think what a lot of people don’t realise is that many of the perceived benefit of, say, blogging, is personal.
Fugitive Rat Sets Distance Record: A rat swims across 400m of open sea as it evades capture by chasing New Zealand scientists

BBC Rat Ambiguity
Originally uploaded by meriwilliams.

I love when during simplification we actually complicate matters. I also love the image of a rat chasing scientists to avoid capture. They do say the best form of defence is offence!

  • Ian has a great metaphor for DRM which also pulls out how ridiculous some of the ideas are. Well said, mate!
  • MJ talks about Childhood Truths. I remember having a similar experience because as a child I didn’t realise that the various languages being spoken around me weren’t all the same. I learnt some Afrikaans at school and assumed that now I’d be able to communicate with everyone who wasn’t speaking English. Ah naivete!
  • This amazing map shows where those displaced by Katrina have gone. Amazing way to turn data into information
  • CSS Vista looks very cool — not that I do a lot of proper web development these days, but I’ll bear it in mind for the next site I need to test
  • Sometimes Dilbert cartoons are just too close to the bone. Too funny!
  • This reminds me of a software engineering textbook we used at uni, where the diagrams always made simple concepts seem much more complicated. Talk about killing your message with bollocks
  • Simon writes about Orange calling him and asking him for his password. Another example here. I must say that I’ve had the same experience with various companies and they would all do well think about what behaviour they’re encouraging!
  • Ian makes a point about how consistency is important too. Being able to customize the look and feel isn’t always a great thing