Going on Sabbatical

I like the two-tiered set of goals described by my colleague Cynthia, a professor of psychology. “I approached my sabbatical with two sets of expectations: the must-do project and the wish-I-could-do projects,” she said. “I accomplished the former, but didn’t get to the latter, unfortunately.” I happen to know that, if I set low goals, that’s all I will achieve. So I’m aiming high, but trying to find balance between…

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Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes

Some weblogs are really just private diaries intended only for a handful of family members and close friends. Usability guidelines generally don’t apply to such sites, because the readers’ prior knowledge and motivation are incomparably greater than those of third-party users. When you want to reach new readers who aren’t your mother, however, usability becomes important. –Jakob Nielsen –Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes (Alertbox) I would only add that,…

[Google and Splogs]

Links are now devalued. Page-rank is under attack and the attackers are winning. It won’t be long before Google itself is infested. Tim Bray is right, below, it’s time for Google to get on top of this. They’re both the victimizer and the victim. The spammers found a huge hole in Page-rank. You could drive a truck through it. I was the early warning system on this, the canary in…

How Bob Iger Saved Network TV

So for instance, shows like Law and Order, CSI, and all their different versions can fetch more than 1mm dollars per episode. Most other shows fall in mid six figure price ranges and can go as low as 50k to 75k for hit reality shows like Survivor. The reality shows go for far less because everyone knows the winner already. But what if CBS sold Survivor episodes the day after…

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Labyrinth

One of the key characters in this film is Toby (played by Toby Froud). Froud is a midget who has been given a Muppet head to wear. And although the head is a good special-effects construction, I kept wanting to see real eyes and real expressions. The effects didn’t add anything. –Roger Ebert –Labyrinth (rogerebert.com) Er, no. I just saw this last night, for the first time in almost 20 years.…