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January, 2006

Sunday, Tired Sunday

I'm not sure where to begin tonight, so I'll just begin:

  • Apparently there's a library consultant who teaches librarians about blogs who is using NoahBrier.com as an example for a good blog that has been around for some time. I really am flattered by the complement and would love to know who you are. If you wouldn't mind leaving a comment or dropping me an email I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
  • I'm really sick of seeing all these people with RAZRs. Yeah, it's the best-looking phone on the market, but the interface sucks and David Pogue took it to task in the New York Times. Even concluding the article with this poignant comment: "In phones, as in people, looks are important — in getting your attention. But for a happy long-term relationship, it's the software design that counts." Preach on Pogue!
  • Alex Barnett took offense to some of my attention comments and I think he makes a good point. Just to clear things up, I don't think only geeks have an attention problem, I just think only geeks are fully cognizant of it. It wasn't until I started using RSS that I felt at all overwhelmed by the amount of information on the net. Maybe that's just me. But anyway, my bigger point, which I may not have explained well the first time, is that it's easy to convince people that some kind of recommendation engine will suggest great articles to them. They'll probably think the whole thing sounds great, in fact. But when it comes down to actually using it, will they? I'm not sure.
  • With all that said, I keep running into the word clickstream all over the place. Very interesting . . .
  • I wish I understood everything Umair Haque is talking about.
  • I'm really tired. I've been really tired for the last week. Hopefully I will not be really tired for the next week.
January 30, 2006
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