links for 2009-03-04

  • "The point is that workers need sacrifice nothing. The last 'boom' of the economy was based not only on fantasy prices for homes, but the cheap price of labor. During the boom the working class resorted to ever-more debt to maintain their standard of living, while the rich got richer than anyone had ever dreamed possible."
  • "Instead of delivering what viewers want, they're trying to force them to change their habits to suit the networks' obsolete business model. That never works unless you have a monopoly or cartel to enforce it, and even then it only works temporarily."
  • "Coder and music technologist Paul Lamere developed a program that plots the deviations of a drumbeat from its own overall tempo, which tells us who brings a metronome to the studio, and who just lets fly.

    That wild blue line is, of course, John Bonham."

    (tags: music articles)
  • "Here are 23 mp3 files of pieces of the late great John Bonham's drum tracks that were floating around the internet not too long ago. They are bits of the drum tracks, JUST the drum tracks from the album 'In Through the Out Door' that was released back in 1979."
    (tags: music)
  • "I consider Twitter a tool for social omniscience, in which the identification of natural laws of patterns can lead to the possibility of prediction."
  • "Am I wrong that just a little self-policing against narcissism would increase the value of the Twitterverse immensely? I think all of us fans of this technology would do well to keep in mind Voltaire’s insight that 'The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.'"
  • ""In an era where anything and everything is acceptable and all rules governing dress have been hopelessly dashed aside, Duchess strives to provide the stylish man with whatever suit styles he fancies from whichever eras he fancies."
  • "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has created this Surveillance Self-Defense site to educate the American public about the law and technology of government surveillance in the United States, providing the information and tools necessary to evaluate the threat of surveillance and take appropriate steps to defend against it.

    Surveillance Self-Defense (SSD) exists to answer two main questions: What can the government legally do to spy on your computer data and communications? And what can you legally do to protect yourself against such spying?"

  • "How do you choose the best visualisation format when people need to work together for assessments, planning, decision making or design? PowerPoint presentations are good for some kinds of meeting, while scribbling on a whiteboard is best for others. But there are many possibilities in between. Each has some advantages and disadvantages, depending on what you want to achieve. None is perfect for all situations. This short guide provides a summary of the different factors that you should take into account when making a choice. The factors have been carefully designed as independent and (hopefully) comprehensive dimensions, based on years of psychological and organisational research."
  • "This paper provides an overview of the ways that
    sketches function as informal representation tools,
    especially when used in design contexts. We then
    consider the tension between this essentially informal
    practical function of sketches, and two different factors
    that drive toward formalization. These are 1) the need
    for a computational interpretation, and 2) the desire to
    specify visual formalisms as scientific, critical or
    technical tools."
  • "Dialogue allows us to co-create with others the vision and possibility of transforming our work, lives & worlds. New design approaches require new tools of participation, for engaging with people whose lives are touched by our (designed) decisions.

    How can design do better by doing good? How might we innovate a better future? Innovation is always turning toward what's next, and what's next is the move toward social and sustainable processes. Dialogue creates common ground for collaborative sensemaking, for organizational and cultural change."

  • "Redesign Research leads innovation by helping clients achieve a successful total lifecycle for products and services. We adapt research to locate & harvest opportunities, with customers and in your organization.

    We specialize in depth research for understanding human information behavior. We coordinate and co-create the design of market leading interactive information services. And we coordinate strategy for new product innovation.

    Research leads to informed design & decision making, fitting the user, practice, and context. Delivering innovation, insight, for experiences that work, for people."

  • "If it sounds like I'm leaving out a primary actor in this transformation, you're right. During our courtship, my wife Wendy challenged me again and again, with firmness and understanding, to engage with her honestly and completely, no matter what it meant. She led me to the promised land where we could be ourselves fully while delighting in and being committed to each other– all those things that people wisely recite as their wedding vows."