April 10, 1999
for anyone who's lived in New York.
York Times piece on researchers archiving and studying the Web brings
up notions related to the cognitive model question I posed last week.
April 9, 1999
Just found this pretty
interesting weblog. Elsewhere he writes that he no longer reads fiction,
just non-fiction. I'm the same.
If you read only one thing today, read this New York Times article on Kosovo.... from 12 years ago. It's
a fascinating look into some of the history of what is happening--and paints the ethnic Albanians as violent, separatist
April 8, 1999
And there was much rejoicing! My favorite band to see live, The Asylum Street Spankers, have a new web site.
To get a taste, listen to their song
of the week.
Abbott and Costello
Meet Windows 95.
More Web comics! The Star Wars site features two of the better Web comics I've seen. Prelude to Rebellion is notable for the nifty
panel transitions and the good, but spare, use of sound and animation. Mara Jade is more of the same, but its fourth
page utilizes an extension of comics that could only happen on a screen--three panels showing different perspectives
on simultaneous action while the "voiceover" narrative proceeds linearly. Very clever.
Ahoy metaphorphiles! [Thanks, jjg.]
Speaking of which, jjg, one of my fave-rave webloggers (and most adamant link-checkers), has recently updated
It even features a portal! And pictures of him! Hey Ladies!
April 7, 1999
< > = "The airplane is badly damaged." They've got symbols for everything!
I don't know why, but I have a strong fondness for personality tests. I find their accuracy spooky. I'd love to
know how others did with these.
Personality Test - Lower left-hand
- I'm an ENTP. To my knowledge, all my information architect-type friends end with NTP.
iMac are You? - Either Tangerine or Lime.
Y'all probably know this site by now, but I just found it. Funny stuff. Even features a Palm Pilot parody ad!
Gratuitous Web art! We here at peterme
have a soft spot for the art with no graphics. Works best with Navigator 4.
Last night I did both my federal and state taxes with WebTurboTax. It's a tad pricy ($19.95 for each),
but the ease with which it automates filing is great.
It's particularly interesting for a couple of reasons. First off, I don't have to mail anyone anything. The IRS
realizes that money is just flowing electrons, so I simply had to enter my checking account information for automatic
debit. Nor do I have to mail in the W-2s and 1099s (though I did have to type in the information they held, a bit
of a pain). You know we're moving towards a paperless society if even the IRS doesn't need processed
The other point of interest is how good a Web application Intuit has built. I accessed WebTurboTax using Internet
Explorer 4 on a PC and had a fairly seamless experience (the site uses Java extensively, which might affect how
it works in other browsers). Intuit understands the importance of clear copy (so necessary when dealing with the
obfuscatory nature of income tax), and their step-by-step-by-step handholding through the filing process serves
to both reassure you that you're not missing anything important and maintains context so you always know
where you are. There's a certain solidity to WebTurboTax that is typically missing from other Web applications.
If you're designing highly interactive Web content, make sure to give it a whirl.
April 6, 1999
Stephen Hawking humor!
First, about Stephen Hawking.
Second, by Stephen Hawking. [Scroll down a bit to read his email to The Onion.]
Though I'm not quoted, I was briefly interviewed for this article on Simply Palm for the SJ Mercury News.
And by happy coincidence, the journalist was my T.A. for Mass Communications 10 nine years ago at Cal.
April 5, 1999
Harrelson's take on the L.A. Times article I mentioned April 3.
Jason and I are quoted
in Salon about Simply
April 3, 1999
According to my dad, this frank L.A. Times article about a reporter's
experience in Cuba (including a cab ride with Woody Harrelson) is the talk of Los Angeles. Readers' responses are also worth perusing.
April 2, 1999
Appropos of nothing, my favorite
I'm reading The
Macintosh Reader, which is a mildly compelling collection of stories about
the computer I no longer use. (It's a Windows world, get used to it.) Exploring the Web for early Macintosh info
has turned up Susan Kare's web site (she designed all the icons and the early fonts; seeing San Francisco floods back memories) and the official dogcow website (moof! ).
For more good links, head
Eww, eww, EWW! Icanbuy.com is a website whose mission
is to enable kids, teens, and parents to manage money wisely. We do this
by empowering them to save, shop, create a wishlist and donate to charity from a secure online account - with a
unique parental permissions system to promote learning and safety.
So, not only do we have an ethically questionable "get them while they're
young" product, we have proof that the words "enable" and "empower" need to be struck
from our language. And if this wasn't bad enough, these guys have competition.
Cool cartoony illustration day here at peterme!
A most brilliant and sexy reader passed along this
site devoted to the work of hepcat Jim Flora. His style is definitely
a precursor to Rocky and Bullwinkle, and also reminded me of the more contemporary artist J. Otto Seibold (a friend owns this Mr Lunch t-shirt, which is even cuter in real life.) And whenever I talk cool cartoony illustrations, I
inevitably think of Rodney Greenblat. Make sure to visit his Bump Country on Shockrave.