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Thursday, October 17, 2002

Mark Twain. "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter." [Quotes of the Day]
What do you think? []  links to this post    7:40:30 AM  
Simplicity versus power?

An Apology For Simple Software. There is a trend among armchair commentators to criticize software for perceived oversimplicity or lack of features. I would like to propose an analogy with carpentry which I hope will foster greater understanding of the merits of simple software. []

The best pieces of software I have used provided an easy interface for beginners. However, as I got more experience and dug a little, I progressively uncovered more complicated and powerful interfaces. Good games are just like that. Simple enough at first that you are drawn in; then, as you get addicted, more features come in.

I guess my point is that simplicity doesn't preclude power, so long as the issue of user learning is well understood. However it's probably easier to design separate pieces of software, each for a specific range of uses.

What do you think? []  links to this post    7:39:10 AM  

What he said.... Sainteros has written a fabulous sentence, at the end of an inspiring entry:

Those who treat self-knowledge as though it were self-indulgence not only walk in darkness, they spread their own darkness against the light.

I wish I'd written that, but since I don't have the presence of mind for it, I'm very glad he did. [both2and: beyond binary]

What do you think? []  links to this post    7:23:37 AM  
Harnessing the power of feedback on the Web

Exploring Trackback and Pingback In A Larger Context.

The Value of Trackback and Pingback to News Sites

  • Realtime feedback; [...]
  • Judge community interest and experts; [...]
  • Bring awareness of Web community inside the newsroom

These ideas go beyond just news sites. They're really applicable to businesses, organizations, and (if I can pull off the implementation of blogging + RSS software at Illinois Library Systems) even libraries.

[The Shifted Librarian]

What do you think? []  links to this post    7:19:55 AM  

Relative risks and snipers, or, how I learned to stop worrying and live my life.

"... don't trust your instincts about risk and be careful how you change your behaviour in response. It's entirely possible that you could be increasing your risk by being too worried." [David Harris' Science News]

What do you think? []  links to this post    7:10:44 AM  

Misconduct: the aftermath. A series of articles in this week's New York Science Times looks at how recent findings of misconduct are affecting science. [David Harris' Science News]

Also see "Should you trust your collaborators?".

What do you think? []  links to this post    7:07:17 AM  
Kuro5hin community gets Science section

New Section: Science. imrdkl suggested it, and you voted on it, so in accordance with the majority vote, I've added a section for Science. [...] The science section is now available for articles, so if you were waiting to post something, wait no longer! Enjoy. []

What do you think? []  links to this post    6:47:11 AM  
A special interest group on knowledge management research

[This is a follow-up of KM Summer School]

Hard work and a lot of e-mails of last two weeks had paid off: Special Interest Group on KM Research - Quaerere was created at Knowledge Board.

From Quaerere: goals and objectives

«Quaerere - Research and Action on the Learning Society - constructing meaning and knowledge through interaction»

"Quaerere" - from Latin (pronounced Kuerere), means to inquire, to search, to investigate and also to want.

Motto: "Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion" (Originally from Francis Bacon, Novum Organum)

Purpose: to promote the building blocks of the Learning Society

Goal: Theory building and practice improvement on knowledge management and organisational learning through reflexive interaction


  • To work on-line and to meet regularly face-to-face
  • To develop peer support and personal commitment to research goals
  • To report on the process while we go through our work and interaction
  • To work in an interdisciplinary way
  • To invite other researchers in Knowledge Management related areas

What do you think? []  links to this post    6:42:25 AM  

Moby Launches Book Club

"Moby has started a book club as part of his current World tour.

He wants fans to bring along second-hand books to swap....

He told The Sun: 'When someone finishes a book they put it in a little box and when someone else wants a new book they look into the box and find one.'

'Ozzy Osbourne used to snort ants. Led Zeppelin had sex with hookers on private planes. And I start a book club. Because one can only snort so many ants and have so much sex before one starts to long for the comfort and companionship of a book.' " [Ananova, via, via The Shifted Librarian]

In case you're interested, the musician also keeps an online diary.

What do you think? []  links to this post    6:38:23 AM  

More on post-9/11 censorship....The removal of sensitive information from web sites is undermining scientific research in many fields. Quoting Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists' project on government secrecy: web censorship "either creates unnecessary labor to identify and track down a copy of the missing document or it yields an inferior or incomplete product." [FOS News]

What do you think? []  links to this post    6:32:49 AM  

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