Wednesday, June 02, 2010

High-Frequency Dog

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: Lou Reed's High-Frequency Dog Concert

Even for Lou Reed, this is pretty bizarre. This June, the former Velvet Underground frontman plans to perform a concert specifically for dogs. Most of the concert won't even be audible to humans ears. The "avant-garde" performance will be delivered at ultra-high, dog-friendly frequencies.

According to the BBC, Reed's wife, Laurie Anderson, got the inspiration for the show when she was backstage at a concert. She thought to herself: "Wouldn't it be great, if you were playing a concert and you look out and you see all dogs?"

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

A Bill of Privacy Rights for Social Network Users | Electronic Frontier Foundation

A Bill of Privacy Rights for Social Network Users

Commentary by Kurt Opsahl

Social network service providers today are in a unique position. They are intermediaries and hosts to our communications, conversations and connections with loved ones, family, friends and colleagues. They have access to extremely sensitive information, including data gathered over time and from many different individuals.

#1: The Right to Informed Decision-Making

Users should have the right to a clear user interface that allows them to make informed choices about who sees their data and how it is used.

#2: The Right to Control

Social network services must ensure that users retain control over the use and disclosure of their data. A social network service should take only a limited license to use data for the purpose for which it was originally given to the provider.

#3: The Right to Leave

[A] user should have the right to delete data or her entire account from a social network service. And we mean really delete. It is not enough for a service to disable access to data while continuing to store or use it. It should be permanently eliminated from the service's servers.

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Monday, May 31, 2010

What is your pet peeve about a poor website?

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  • Group: Albion College Alumni
  • Subject: New comment (15) on "What is your pet peeve about a poor website?"

The results are in! With over 30 respondents tallied, here is a collated version of the replies. If you'd like a doc version of this list to give to your company's web development team, just email me. (Note: there is some overlap in the Navigability/Information categories.)

A. Navigability
1. When I can't find the information that I NEED!!!
2. Navigation that takes me 10 clicks to find the information I need. 

3. Lack of a "Home" button on the menu.
4. Poor navigation
5. Landing pages where you have to click through to get to the home page
6. Lack of easy navigability
7. All comprehensive websites should have a USABLE search engine so I can find the content I'm looking for quickly and efficiently. Don't waste my time.
8. Useless search engines.
9. Sometimes you just need to send the company an email. Don't hide the contact information.
10. Corrupted or expired links to archival documents.
11. Like most, I want to grab and go. I hate it when the most obvious information is hidden or missing. Like store hours. 

12. There's no search engine or there's a search engine that can't find anything 

13. Vertical menu bars
14. Difficult to navigate
15. The inability to discover how to speak to someone ties in to poor navigability.
16. There is a flow that people are familiar with on websites telling us where to find contact information, where to look for job opportunities etc. Some site creators have the mentality that by moving things around they are creating a unique feel, but ultimately what this does is potentially prevent them from gaining business. Clients can miss important sections of the website, or become frustrated with the lack of ease and simply move on. 

17. Need to be BlackBerry friendly. 
18. Sites that lack consistent navigational tools. 

19. Poor navigability! I see more and more sites without a link back "home." 

20. It shouldn't take me 5 clicks to get to a phone number or address or other basic information!
21. Phone friendly is a must. 

22. Every website should have a link to Home, along with one to Contact Us and one to About Us. Those are almost standard features today. No website should leave you wondering about what to do next or where to go next. You should be able to tell where you are at all times and how to get to where you want to go. Navigation takes planning and testing and thinking like the user, not like the maker. 
23. Sites that show up in searches, but really have no way to find the information on the page.
Posted by Alan Headbloom

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R.I.P. Peter Orlovsky

Peter Orlovsky

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Peter Orlovsky (right) with Allen Ginsberg, 1978.

Peter Orlovsky (July 8, 1933 – May 30, 2010) was an American poet best known for his lifelong relationship with Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg.


Orlovsky was born to Russian parents Oleg and Katharina Orlovsky in the Lower East Side of New York City . Orlovsky was raised in poverty and was forced to drop out of high school in his senior year so he could support his impoverished family. After many odd jobs, he began working as an orderly at Creedmoor State Mental Hospital known today as Creedmoor Psychiatric Center.

Orlovsky was drafted into the Army for the Korean War in 1953 when he was 19 years old. Army psychiatrists ordered his transfer off the front to work as a medic in a San Francisco hospital.

He met Ginsberg while working as a model for the painter Robert La Vigne in San Francisco in December 1954. Prior to meeting Ginsberg, Orlovsky had made no deliberate attempts at becoming a poet.[1] With Ginsberg's encouragement, Orlovsky began writing in 1957 while the pair were living in Paris. Accompanied by other beat writers, Orlovsky traveled extensively for several years throughout the Middle East, Northern Africa, India, and Europe.

In 1974, Orlovsky joined the faculty of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, teaching poetry. In 1979 he received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue his creative endeavors.

In May 2010 friends reported that Orlovsky, who had been battling lung cancer for several months, was moved from his home in St. Johnsbury, Vermont to the Vermont Respite House in Williston. He died there on May 30, 2010.

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How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking - Peter Bregman

First, it was delightful. 

Second, I made significant progress on challenging projects, the kind that — like writing or strategizing — require thought and persistence.

Fourth, I lost all patience for things I felt were not a good use of my time. 

Fifth, I had tremendous patience for things I felt were useful and enjoyable. 

Sixth, there was no downside.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

David Lehman :: Bravo!

French Movie
by David Lehman

I was in a French movie 
and had only nine hours to live 
and I knew it 
not because I planned to take my life 
or swallowed a lethal but slow-working 
potion meant for a juror 
in a mob-related murder trial, 
nor did I expect to be assassinated 
like a chemical engineer mistaken 
for someone important in Milan 
or a Jew journalist kidnapped in Pakistan; 
no, none of that; no grounds for 
suspicion, no murderous plots 
centering on me with cryptic phone 
messages and clues like a scarf or 
lipstick left in the front seat of a car; 
and yet I knew I would die 
by the end of that day 
and I knew it with a dreadful certainty, 
and when I walked in the street 
and looked in the eyes of the woman 
walking toward me I knew that 
she knew it, too, 
and though I had never seen her before, 
I knew she would spend the rest of that day 
with me, those nine hours walking, 
searching, going into a bookstore in Rome, 
smoking a Gitane, and walking, 
walking in London, taking the train 
to Oxford from Paddington or Cambridge 
from Liverpool Street and walking 
along the river and across the bridges, 
walking, talking, until my nine hours 
were up and the black-and-white movie 
ended with the single word FIN 
in big white letters on a bare black screen.

Brought to you by Poem-a-Day: David Lehman

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