FishbowlNY: Anthony Bourdain Follows Website Investment with Content Curation.
Roads & Kingdoms seems another Medium knockoff, with shades of Exposure.co, pointed at a specific niche. I have to say it, I see many of these around.
PDN: “SuicideGirls” Deliver Clever Response to Richard Prince’s Instagram Grab.
WaPo/APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000.
“The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called ‘Get Transcript.’ In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address.”
Solved by Flexbox — Cleaner, hack-free CSS.
Meat! - Git for Web Developers.
Another Git service to take note of.
A meeting this morning, then links.
Thanks for your patience.
Medium/Cameron Barrett: I wish, more than anything else, for Medium to have an API.
Yes. Wholeheartedly agreed.
Medium: The End of Global CSS.
“A static markdown CMS built on top of Amazon S3.” Keeping an eye on this.
A List Apart: Meta-Moments - Thoughtfulness by Design.
Funny; Inbox by Google encouraged my signup. Once allowed in, I looked at the page, and realized it was unsuitable for my general use, so I went back to plain Gmail. I didn’t even notice the ‘friction’ - it was another new service that I thought I should be familiar with, in order to give my clients better recommendations.
ALA will, hopefully, forgive my using this article as a lever for a larger beef.
There are a subset of triggers that generate predictable behaviors - psychological stimuli, perhaps - that we all share. Just about every sales and marketing professional uses them.
Example: Give a person an unsolicited gift, they’ll feel obligated to the gift-giver. The gift-giver can then ask for outrageous payback and it will very often elicit amazing results. Note that the gift-giver has all the control over that transaction. This works consistently even with total strangers.
Another: Realty companies keep a couple of overpriced horrors on their listing services. When you come in to purchase a house, they run you through the horrors in your price-range first, setting up a psychological state of desperation, and then take you to the inventory they actually want to move. Generally a couple will seek to purchase the first non-horror they encounter, priced strategically just above what they should be able to afford.
There are thousands upon thousands of books on these techniques. Carrot and stick. Pig in a poke (cat in a bag). More. You can put new names to them if you want; the same old psych manipulation. Seeing websites resort to these timeworn tactics just means the internet has matured to parity with ‘reality’. Pull the Mad Men era salesmen out of retirement - they’re relevant again, online.
Google Cloud Platform Blog: Pay Less, Compute Moore.
Hyperallergic: Woman Found Guilty of Criminal Harassment for Instagramming Street Art.
Shouldn’t they go after the street artist instead?
Guardian.UK: After 350 years of academic journals it’s time to shake things up.
“The panellists agreed that the goal should be to move away from scientific publishing — towards scientific communication.” One might suggest the ‘lowly’ blog as the form of communication.
ReadWrite: The Walled Gardens Of The Web Are Growing.
“AOL Version 2.0.” Yeah, we know. You just noticed?
Slack vs. HipChat.
How to Center in CSS.
SERoundtable: Google Issues Mass Manual Actions For Thin Content Over Weekend.
“Thin content?” Really? Good grief. Beware whom we give power to.
FishbowlNY: NY Times Relaunches Free, New Look NYT Now.
Trying it out again. Verdict shortly.
SELand: It’s Official - Google Says More Searches Now On Mobile Than On Desktop.
“Google groups tablets with desktops. So this is just smartphones and does not include tablets.” I wonder; I suspect ‘bicoastalism’ effect again (better cellphone coverage than our rural areas). I have yet to see any of my client sites (responsive or otherwise) rise above 25% mobile use; Google search results are single digits within that 25%.
SERoundtable: SEOs Prepare For Twitter Integration Into Google’s Search Results.
Globe and Mail.CA: Movie-fan bloggers the new Hollywood influencers.
“While the fan connection has long been cultivated at conventions such as Comic-Con or Disney’s Star Wars Celebration, young writers such as Jones – whose posts have been read nearly 11 million times – are increasingly being courted at events once reserved for traditional media outlets.” 11 million times! I should just shut up shop and retire to the back of my sock drawer. But that’s a good example of the popularity a niche blog can stumble upon.
Yow, the home page for Atlantic ...
The Atlantic went full-on responsive, I suppose, sometime in past months. I’m SO GLAD I read it through RSS. My fingers would die of scrolling. The cacophany of images and text may be great for smartphones, but on desktop I can’t parse it to find linkable stories. I find it overloads my brainpan.
DWB: Tweet from Command Line with t.
Thought I’d posted something like this before, but a quick search shows I haven’t. Perhaps I shoved it in Evernote.
Medium/Burton: Modern minimalism in web design is the right choice.
Weblog comment moderation example.
Here’s a good example of something I run into occasionally. Read it through.
The commenter is accusing me of stealing other people’s “ideas”. You can click on the link, and see that he is posting others’ work, insinuating it is my own. I did a check on the site, the author may be one of those mentioned in the original PetaPixel article.
So, what are my choices? I could answer him back in the comments. I could email him privately. I could leave the comment as is, with no response. Or I could just erase the comment and ban him.
What are the ramifications of each?
If I comment or email him, he may continue to escalate the situation with more crazy accusations, or start harvesting my own photography (which he seems ignorant of) out of spite. I’m not in the business of educating folks on the differences between theft and creative license. Nor do I have the time, really. The fact that he made such an ill-conceived comment to begin with convinces me he will not be reasonable. Morocco (his originating country) is a member of the WIPO and Berne treaties, and respects US IP and patents. He risks more than a reasoning person should.
If I leave the comment in place, the link will eventually die, and a person entering my archives will not be able to judge the validity of the comment, meaning a percentage of readers will believe I’m an ‘idea-stealer’ or at least a person of dubious character. Comments turn off after a period of time, so noone could comment in query ... and, in practice, only a handful email to simply ask a question to clarify a point.
At this point, I feel my best choice is to simply erase the comment. I will not ban his IP unless he gets abusive.
In the more innocent past, I would have engaged at great length. I’ve since learned the blog-commenting law of diminishing returns ...
Later: The funnier thing is that I’ve given up on ‘conceptual photography’. I look at what people do, and most of it is of a quality that simply shrieks, “HEY, LOOK ... I’M LEARNING PHOTOSHOP!!!!!” The internet-photography equivalent of inspirational quotes. I feel that if I see another ‘levitation’ shot, or another photo with badly PS’d birds, I’ll simply explode.