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Blog: sippey.com
One of my favorite exhibitions was MOCA's 1992 show Helter Skelter: LA Art in the 1990s. I was young(er) and impressionable, and it opened up my eyes to what contemporary art can be. The centerpiece of that show was Chris... Continue »
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Blog: oopsie daisy
Now that Google+ has made Twitter and Facebook totally obsolete, I figured I could finally post my list of Top 10 Things on Twitter that drive me absolutely bananas without actually offending anyone. Because, apparently, offending people is now something... Continue »
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Blog: bloom's blog
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Traditionally a brand identity is fixed because it encapsulates the core essence of the brand. While multi-channel campaigns may come and go, the identity should remain consistent, updated every few decades to reflect contemporary cultural trends or a change in... Continue »
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Blog: bloom's blog
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Severe cracks are showing in the High Street. Border’s is gone, JJB, HMV and Clinton Cards are all under threat and Jane Norman is entering administration. Consequently Habitat’s recent announcement shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Consumer confidence... Continue »
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Blog: sippey.com
Dave Winer's first "blog post" was October 13, 1994. He uses that fact as a springboard to remark on how the evolution of blogging to what it is today hasn't exactly been an unguided and autonomous process. "Designing software is... Continue »
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Blog: quid.pro
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So let’s all agree upfront that The New York Times has completely screwed up this paywall thing. Take your choice: it’s too complicated (“like the French tax system”) or it’s too easy to game (“simply pretend to be Googlebot”) or it’s really not a wall per se (“I call it a fence because it is climbable and purposely porous”) or it was doomed from the start (“I was going to hate this paywall no matter what the NYT did”). And as has also been noted, it’s cheaper to buy a paper subscription and get digital for free than to go... Continue »
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Blog: markpasc
Here are some things I've been working on lately. * [Convore for iPhone][]. Leah, Eric, and Eric at [Convore][] were kind enough to let me pitch in for their iPhone app so they could submit it in time for SXSW. It's definitely a 1.0 but people seem to like it... Continue »
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Whoa, that title's a mouthful. Interested in radio frequency identification (RFID) or near field communications (NFC)? Have no clue what either are? I hope the talk I'm giving at South by Southwest (SXSW) will be useful for both audiences, and I welcome your feedback. Slides are below, the short link is bit.ly/sxswnfc, and further resources appear at the end. Thanks to Dan Shust for having me as part of SXSW's Future 15 convergence series. Tweet... Continue »
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Blog: Say Daily
Thanks so much to everyone who joined us last week in New York for our big SAY 100 Launch Party!... Continue »
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Today was Malcolm's due date. We're glad he decided to show up early. Continue »
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We'll post a full report soon but here's a taste of what you missed if you couldn't make it to Charles North's reading and interview last week at the New School. Fantastic! Video by Stephanie Paterik. -- sdh Continue »
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Blog: quid.pro
It's been awhile since I've had a chance to write a corp dev centric post but I couldn't keep quiet after reading this TechCrunch tidbit: On his Diggnation web show this week, Digg founder Kevin Rose said that Yahoo contacted Digg to see if the company would be interested in taking over Delicious prior to when an internal slide leaked indicating Yahoo wanted to get rid if it and before the December layoffs (which would put the time period at early December/late November). Kevin, you know I love you but you won't get those calls anymore if you keep announcing... Continue »
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For the past three years, I've made a "Best Of..." mix, ending the year by looking back & reflecting on the songs that meant the most to me. I didn't subscribe to the rule that they had to be released... Continue »
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Blog: cnewmark
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Okay, the deal is that things get better for everyone when we pull together, and this is a really good day to remind each other of that. Check out the Facebook page for MLKday. I've been asked to mention what... Continue »
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Jeff Attwood: >Coding Horror: Trouble In the House of Google: If these dime-store scrapers were doing so well and generating so much traffic on the back of our content – how was the rest of the web faring? My enduring faith in the gravitational constant of Google had been shaken.... I can't help noticing that we're not the only site to have serious problems with Google search results in the last few months.... Anecdotally, my personal search results have also been noticeably worse lately. As part of Christmas shopping for my wife, I searched for "iPhone 4 case" in Google. I had to give up completely on the first two pages of search results as utterly useless, and searched Amazon instead. >People whose opinions I respect have all been echoing the same sentiment -- Google, the once essential tool, is somehow losing its edge. The spammers, scrapers, and SEO'ed-to-the-hilt content farms are winning. >Like any sane person, I'm rooting for Google in this battle, and I'd love nothing more than for Google to tweak a few algorithmic knobs and make this entire blog entry moot. Still, this is the first time since 2000 that I can recall Google search quality... Continue »
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I keep getting emails to "organize a call" -often from Europe- without even telling me their agenda for that call. Why not just email me what you have to tell me? -we won't lose time organizing the call in different... Continue »
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From Bryan Garner, ed, Garner's Modern American Usage (Oxford University Press): The spurious rule about not ending sentences with prepositions is a remnant of Latin grammar, in which a preposition was the one word that a writer could not end a sentence with. But Latin grammar should never straitjacket English grammar. If the superstition is a "rule" at all, it is a rule of rhetoric and not of grammar, the idea being to end sentences with strong words that drive a point home. That principle is sound, but not to the extent of meriting lockstep adherence or flouting established idiom.... Continue »
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