Monday, April 30, 2001
Banner ads, I think everyone will agree, are baleful little things that please nobody. My least favourite are the ones that tart themselves up to look like Windows 95/98/2K/Me error boxes, and seduce you into clicking 'OK'. But in the end, they've proven to be almost entirely ineffective, and sadly for the dotcommers, all too ignorable.

The solution is an ad that can't be ignored, that draws you in, that grabs you by the lapels and shouts at you across the ether. The answer, I hope, is a little less annoying than this.

Saturday, April 28, 2001
Need a super-fast wireless Internet connection? Move to...wait for it...The Isle of Man!?

Friday, April 27, 2001
Have you noticed that Babelfish translates into Asian languages? That's new (but entirely sensible).

Thursday, April 26, 2001
(Mea maxima culpa! I've been holed up in my little cabinet/bedroom for the past several days, studying in earnest for exams. They've finished now, and so it's more brio for you.)

The real irony here is that I spent the first six hours of yesterday in either the relative quiet of the morning or in utter and complete silence in the Oxford Examination Schools. Who knew I was taking part in a political action at the same time?

Saturday, April 21, 2001
'I hear a symphony...' or is that just the blood clots?

Thursday, April 19, 2001
I have to say that I expected more bones, more skulls, and a few more witty aphorisms. Was 'Run, neophyte, run' really the best they could do?

Wednesday, April 18, 2001
Jealousy factor=10. What an elegant and well-designed site (you'll need Flash to see all the good stuff).

Two questions:

1. I can't imagine that Anne Robinson (aka Bulldog) would harbor the slightest fear of an attack. After all, she shot down all Welsh people with one verbal cartridge a few months back. Is an American thug that much more dangerous?

2. Who possibly would have voted The Sun to be the UK's No.1 website? The Sun itself?

Tuesday, April 17, 2001
VOD= Video On Demand. Essentially, you'll be able to plug a television into an outlet and be able to watch literally any film or television show you want. Anything.

But for a good while, I'm betting this will be a huge virtual ball of string, just tangling itself into knots. You'll have to subscribe to a whole lot of services to get different sorts of content-- in other words: a real pain.

Friday, April 13, 2001
When I was about 5 years old, we lived near a family with a teenaged son who spent much of his spare time releasing helium balloons with 'If Found, Return to...' notes attached. I was so taken with this idea that I used to have dreams (literally) about finding one of these randomly floating balloons, peregrinating its way overhead and right into my arms.

This could be why I'm so excited by the 1000 Journals project...

Thursday, April 12, 2001
Yet more proof that eventually, we're going to see one omnibus e-tailer on the web.

Tuesday, April 10, 2001
The implications of this are massive-- you can install this tiny (150K) piece of software on a machine at home (or work), leave it connected to the Internet, and then access it from any web browser, anywhere.

Really, this man only did what every single little kid has wished he/she could do. I think the idea of using a car's tailpipe is a much classier way to go, though.

Monday, April 09, 2001
For your daily dose of humility, try the online spelling bee. (Mental note to self: must learn obscure dog breed names.)

Friday, April 06, 2001
One reason why the downed airplane in China is such a huge issue is that it represents what to Americans is a shocking bit of impertinence on the part of another country. W isn't helping the situation out a bit. Combined with the Kyoto debacle, it's easy to see why Europeans view the US as a country with its head firmly stuck in the sand.

Thursday, April 05, 2001
So in the final analysis, it's not the have and have-nots, it's more like the savvy and the savvy-nots. I certainly agree with the notion that people are intimidated by technology, many of them to such a degree that they exoticise it and fear contact with it. How much of this has to do with the historical discourse of machine fragility and intractibility?

Wednesday, April 04, 2001
Now, I would never buy this (I swear!), but some part of me imagines what it might look like on my desk, ironically juxtaposed with Bourdieu, Foucault, and Durkheim.

Evidently, more than 2 million people have cast their votes to choose the 'New 7 Wonders'. While the ultimate decision won't mean much in the long term, I'd be willing to bet that the results will be publicised with abandon. So quick! Before someone else chooses something erected just over 100 years ago, cast your own vote.

(My choices were: The Old City of Sana'a, The Great Wall of China, The Roman Colosseum, The Pyramids at Chitchén Itzá, The Statues at Easter Island, Machu Picchu, and Timbuktu.)

'Dear Tchr- Jhn is absnt 2day b/c he is sick. Hope U ndrstnd! xxMom'

Tuesday, April 03, 2001
One aspect of university-level teaching that I enjoy the most is the divergent aims it has: content delivery, transmission of process skills, welfare, real-world awareness, and career-readiness training. What is frequently overlooked is how instructors manage their legion stresses. This might give a bit of insight.

Monday, April 02, 2001
Apologies to regular readers-- was down for part of the weekend, making posting impossible. But we're back!

I empathise with busy people. Still, when someone with an office job says, "I'm a paralegal. When I go to work, I'm always running from here to there," and then uses this putative frantic pace as an excuse to eat macaroni and cheese in a push-up tube, there's something wrong.

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