April 20, 2004

Tag Humor

Chris Brown recently pointed out that he found a "hidden" message on the French washing directions tag of a computer sleeve stating that, "We are sorry that our President is an idiot. We didn't vote for him."

His blog has been overrun with comments of all flavors, ranging from "I love it! I need one of those" to "why be a coward and hide your thoughts in another language" to "you pinkos make me sick". Somehow I sense that many of these people seem to forget that this tag was probably meant, above anything else, to be just plain funny. And it is funny!

Despite my distaste over the seriousness with which people took this "tag joke", I did enjoy reading through the entry's comments. Most of the commentary was predictably one-sided and inflammatory, but there are a few thoughtful and thought-provoking bits sprinkled throughout. Here's a thought-provoking find from one of the entry's comments:

Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in any country.

-Hermann Goering (1893 - 1946)

Posted by Andrew at 06:35 PM

April 07, 2004

It's baseball season

Once again, it's baseball season. I have a distinct feeling that I'm going to be spending less time surfing the web over the next few months. :)

Go Tribe!!.

Posted by Andrew at 08:59 PM

April 03, 2004

McNealy's "best of"

A recent CNET story, He said what? McNealy's war of words, collects some of Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy's best Microsoft bashes.

Posted by Andrew at 12:56 AM

April 02, 2004

Thoughts on the organization of weblogs

Recently Eric Meyer wrote a little rant on the counter-intuitive manner in which most weblogs are organized; posts in reverse-chronological order on the main page and chronological order on archive pages. Eric later brainsormed possible solutions for the poor organization of weblogs. The solution that he proposed centered on the creation of a threaded-list UI for blogs that, along with cookies used to record a visitors reading history, would help separate read and unread posts from each other.

While something like what Eric proposes could be a helpful change from the way weblogs are typically formatted, I think that this might be a case of using a chain saw to slice a tomato. I say this because at the center of Eric's grip with how weblogs are currently organized stems from his experience of frequently needing to skip to older posts to see the context of a weblog's current post:

It's frequently the case that I'll drop by a weblog and the most recent post will refer back to a two-days-ago post, or maybe to three posts scattered over the previous week. In some cases, the most recent post makes no sense without having read the older stuff. So I have to skip to the older material, read it all (making sure I get it in correct order), and then come back to the newest post.

I believe that a good bit of the frustration that Eric expresses here could be avoided if weblog authors provided links to related posts in a clear manner. For example, providing a simple table of contents listing related entries could work wonders here. I'm envisioning something like:

-date- : older entry #1
-date- : entry on another blog related to entry #1
-date- : older entry #2
-date- : this entry
-date- : more recent entry

Posted by Andrew at 11:56 PM | Comments (0)