Archive for November, 2007

"Structuration" by any other name …

“In order to get maximum value from this ever-growing collection of ideas and information, in a real sense you have to un-manage it. It’s by un-managing it, by allowing everybody who touches it to add to the connections, to add their own links, ideas, reviews, bad ideas, good ideas, insights—that’s how the collection grows. Just as with the Web itself, it cannot scale sufficiently if it’s too centrally managed.”
–David Weinberger; interview with KMWorld: “Everything is Miscellaneous”

this thanks to FastForward Blog: “Let’s Start ‘Un-Managing’ Our Information”

Hale-freakin'luja! Crowd-sourcing revealed | unmasked!

Can ‘crowdsourcing’ be slave labor?” (Nawwwwwww … and the pope doesn’t poop in the woods.)

“These initiatives typically tout the importance of companies creating new interactive relationships with their consumers in the digital age. But as Paul Boutin wrote in a recent BusinessWeek column, this concept of “crowdsourcing” is not necessarily utopian in all forms. The main reason is compensation–or, more accurately, the lack thereof.”
thanks for this to the heads up at

If I was ram-rodding some cheapskate chiselling VC firm, I’d find some way of having a buncha bliss-ninnies brain-storm like some derainged ADHD-stricken focus group, keeping them happy by passing out balloons and offering free refills on the helium.

Gadzooks … in the name of all that’s holy, I really am not advocating cynicism, but something approaching self-esteem with an eye to realism and pragmatism!

Yes I am blowing off steam. I’ve been drop-kicking “on spec” work for years nae decades, so the “Oooh peachy keen lets cuddle-puddle our social capital and make out like lemmings” more than triggers my gag reflex.

On the other hand, to return to … don’t just think about it, do it!

Grab this here logo!

various logos

Pop into that site and read … it’ll do all of us a bit of good

On the third hand, following a link from one of my circles: on heh sanity in an insane world. Two must must must read posts by him:

*Automated SEO Reciprocal Link Requests” … not the stuff of humour, normally, but Matt huh huh had me cackling out loud.

*Nightmare Web-Design Clients” … nowhere near the haa-has, but a real fine start on something like a “best practices” list.

On that second subject, something I keyboarded elsewhere today:

practically all my substantial exchanges with clients (in a consulting capacity) have their impact recorded on the Work To Be Done document. (This is a variation on “Every action item must be accompanied by initials of whoever is responsible / has signed off / will act as anchor.”)

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