Several books from O'Reilly that I'm going to buy.Information Architecture for the World Wide Web 2ed. "We've updated the chapters on organization, labeling, navigation, and searching, and illustrated the interconnectedness of these systems in a new chapter on thesauri, controlled vocabularies, and metadata. And we've expanded the methodology chapters to include a more interdisciplinary collection of tools and techniques. We've complemented the top-down strategies of the first edition with bottom-up approaches that enable distributed, emergent solutions."
Blunt Force Trauma: In the Same Room Does Not Mean on the Same Page. "I can tell you that when 27 people walk out that door to go their 27 separate ways, they hold 27 different ideas about what they heard, what it means, and what they should do about it." And even if they agree that they ARE on the same page, it doesn't really mean that they ARE on the same page, because the real understanding of what "the same page" means is different for all of them. Sometimes completely different. Jumping communications gaps. Excellent article based on Agile Software Development by Alistair Cockburn.
Looking forward reading Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation.
Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
What's New with Regular Expressions. "Whether you program in Perl or Java or VB.NET or Python or PHP or C# or Ruby or any language with regular-expression support, I hope and believe that the second edition will provide you with a wealth of practical information and helpful examples."
The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
From his recent interview: Be Creative Or Die. "My theory uses the three T's: technology, talent and tolerance. You need to have a strong technology base, such as a research university and investment in technology. That alone is a necessary but not in itself sufficient condition. Second, you need to be a place that attracts and retains talent, that has the lifestyle options, the excitement, the energy, the stimulation, that talented, creative people need. And thirdly, you need to be tolerant of diversity so you can attract all sorts of people -- foreign-born people, immigrants, woman as well as men, gays as well as straights, people who look different and have different appearances." [Gurteen Knowledge-Log]
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BUGS in writing
The solidus is the forward slash (/). Used in English terms, it means and or. Most publishers in the United States forbid any (even correct) use of the solidus with English words, perhaps because people so often use the solidus incorrectly.
You should generally avoid using and/or, for several reasons. First, the term is redundant: It means and and or or. Second, most publishers don't allow its use, presumably because of that redundancy. Third, you can usually write simply and without loosing any meaning; if it is important to indicate that only one option may be operative, you can assume an inclusive or and simply write or. Fourth, there are other (less problematic) ways to express the same thought. You may find it difficult to break the and/or habit, but why use a confusing, erdundant term when you can avoid doing so?
Ear is one of the characteristics that good writers are develop; ear allows writers to hear what is correct. Another such characteristic is nose, which allows writers to identify their audiences accurately. Eye allows writers to lay out their work pleasingly, to combine graphics and text intelligently, and to use the design elements most suited to the exposition. Mouth is the means by which an author speaks; the amount of mouth that an author has is the degree to which she permits herself to be visible to her audience.