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Give 'em Enough Rope

‘The fakir drew from under his knee a ball of grey twine. Taking the loose end between his teeth, he, with a quick upward motion, tossed the ball into the air. Instead of coming back to him, it kept on going up and up until out of sight and there remained only the long swaying end… [A] boy about six-years-old… walked over to the twine and began climbing up it……

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The Return of the King (but only after 25 minutes of infernal movie trailers)

The Return of the King (but only after 25 minutes of infernal movie trailers)Jerz’s LIteracy Weblog) My parents came to visit for a few days, so Leigh and I skipped out to see The Return of the King at a matinee. (We saw The Two Towers separately last year.) (*Spoilers*) Of course any cuts are painful; and I was particularly sad not to see Christopher Lee and Brad Dourif in…

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Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2003

Sites are getting better at using minimalist design, maintaining archives, and offering comprehensive services. However, these advances entail their own usability problems, as several prominent mistakes from 2003 show. –Jakob Nielsen –Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2003 (Alertbox) Usually Nielsen’s blurbs are more informative… the “summary” on his site reads more like a marketing tease. To give you a sense of what the page is like, I’ll have to collect…

It's the Story, Stupid: Don't Let Presentation Software Keep You from Getting Your Story Across

His full-time job is to keep software-loving scientists and engineers from burying their “whats” in their “hows.” It’s not easy, because PowerPoint’s “hows” get more numerous and distracting with each new release. MORE, the original presentation software, was a 300k program that turned outlines into “bullet charts,” its two-word noun for slides. The latest versions of PowerPoint want 10 megs of RAM and come with 25 megs worth of files.…

Jackson Web Site Unites, Divides Legal Profession

Some legal experts said that posting documents detailing the criminal charges against the 45-year-old entertainer was a breakthrough for public access. Others countered that it would undermine the spirit of the law and court proceedings, creating even more of a circus-like atmosphere. –Sue Zeidler –Jackson Web Site Unites, Divides Legal Profession (Yahoo/Reuters) I’ve blogged about Jackson’s defense website, so it seems only fair to link to this article, which mentions the…