2010-05-13

Brain Management

Scott Adams – Brain Management:

"I have a theory that music appreciation resides in the same part of your brain where you think about yourself. That might be why it's good to listen to music while doing boring tasks, such as going for a long run, because music interferes with your mind's ability to think about yourself."

Thu, 13 May 2010 21:40:52 +0000
2010-05-10

Heroes or idiots?

Gojko Adzic – Heroes or idiots?:

"Ninety minutes and several confusing messages on the PA system later, the aeroplane was firmly on the ground. The passengers found themselves about 500 miles away from where they were supposed to land and their luggage was now touching the ocean floor. They were however all alive, which was the most important thing anyway. The air traffic control issued a statement praising the pilot and the rest of the crew and their handling of the situation.

Now think about this: Were the pilot and the crew heroes – or were they a bunch of incompetent idiots? How does your answer change if the same thing happened again next week and the week after?"

Mon, 10 May 2010 10:28:35 +0000
2010-05-06

Why Is Business Writing So Awful?

Jason Fried at Inc. – Why Is Business Writing So Awful?:

"Remember: It's not about telling a story. It's about telling a true story well."

Thu, 06 May 2010 21:05:31 +0000

HTML5 and the Web

Tim Bray – HTML5 and the Web:

"HTML-based software has historically provided a better user experience compared to what went before. Everyone in our profession knows that building a good user interface is maddeningly difficult. The discovery, in the early Web browsers, that reasonably-typeset text which embedded simple forms and hyperlinks, and came equipped with a “Back” button, hit the biggest 80/20 point ever in the history of User Interfaces, couldn’t have been predicted by anybody; but it’s as true today as ever."

Thu, 06 May 2010 20:57:13 +0000
2010-05-03

Understand The Web

Ben Ward – Understand The Web:

"Want to know if your ‘HTML application’ is part of the web? Link me into it. Not just link me to it; link me into it. Not just to the black-box frontpage. Link me to a piece of content. Show me that it can be crawled, show me that we can draw strands of silk between the resources presented in your app. That is the web: The beautiful interconnection of navigable content. If your website locks content away in a container, outside the reach of hyperlinks, you’re not building any kind of ‘web’ app. You’re doing something else.

[…] Personally, aside from all of this almost ideological disagreement over what the web is for, and what you can reasonably expect it to be good at, I honestly think that ‘Desktop-class Web Applications’ are a fools folly."

(Via Tim Bray.)

Mon, 03 May 2010 08:33:05 +0000