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A ‘writing playground‘ with the perfect soundtrack to match. (via Daring Fireball)

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December 9, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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Some humor to take the edge off…

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I’m still job hunting – going on 6 MONTHS this Sunday, Yikes! I can’t resist though, just have to laugh at this a little bit.  Relax people, it’s a joke.

Dilbert.com

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November 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm

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Spike Jonze sets the record straight on ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

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Jonze nails it:

It was a dangerous, daring book, the movie should reflect the emotions of the book.

Once you understand who this movie is really for, everything else about it makes sense.  For those (like me) who remember the book, Newsweek’s interview with Sendak puts everything in perspective.

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October 20, 2009 at 8:18 pm

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Recession-Proof Your Career

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To new graduates searching for their first jobs (myself included): You NEED to read this.  At the least it gave me some much needed perspective on how I approach the process.  That said, the job hunt rolls on…

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October 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm

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Nine Workspaces Where Famous Folks Get Stuff Done

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Really insightful look at where some well-known “knowledge workers” make things happen each day.  As someone who’s trying to embrace the Getting Things Done productivity method, the short interview with David Allen is especially intriguing.  Looking at all of the others that were chosen, their personal style is uniquely evident in each space.

(via Lifehacker)

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September 24, 2009 at 11:32 pm

More Employers Use Social Networks to Check Out Applicants

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I’m not surprised at all to find out that social media is being used this way.  But it is telling that employers acknowledge that they investigate the use of these kinds of sites when screening potential applicants.

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August 20, 2009 at 9:30 pm

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The Paper That Doesn’t Want to Be Free

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Financial Times CEO John Ridding:

It was pretty lonely out there for a while in paid land, but it has become pretty clear that advertising alone is not going to sustain online business models. Quality journalism has to be paid for.

Generally speaking, I HATE news organizations that do this (Wall Street Journal, I’m looking at you).  The reporting may be first class, but that doesn’t excuse an access model which is outdated and irrelevant.  A few suggestions as to how this could be fixed:

  1. Adopt an archive system like the New York Times whereby old content becomes “paid-only” or “members-only” after a certain date (weeks, months, etc).
  2. Keep ALL content on the site free up until this date.
  3. “Special” sections and multimedia are excluded from this rule and remain free.
  4. When people buy a copy of the paper, either through electronic delivery or otherwise, give them a code which allows FREE online access to that day’s paper (This code has no expiration date – They bought the paper, after all).

Charging for access to the paper and online versions separately may generate more revenue, but it isn’t done in the interest of readers, the most important audience that these publications have.  In a bid to make traditional news offerings more compelling, paid-only “niche-publishing” seems like a bad move.  What’s really needed is a way to eliminate the differentiation between paper and online versions, it’s the same news, only delivered in a different way.  I don’t buy the “perceived value” argument for the physical paper, the content is the important thing.  Asking people to pay for an additional subscription to a product they already bought is unnecessary.

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August 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm

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