Archive for April, 2008

Treating links as if they were footnotes?

30th April 2008

From a usability standpoint, well any standpoint for that matter, treating links as if they were footnotes makes absolutely no sense. It defeats the whole point.

The website for the Chicago Recycling Coalition uses this approach in full force:

Dates and locations for collections in the Chicago area can be found on the IEPA website link, under “web resources,” below. –

It was hard enough finding that tiny bit of info on their website, let alone then having to sort through a list of links at the bottom of the page to find the collection dates. What could reasoning for not placing the link right there baffles me.

Making your website visitors work harder than they have to is moronic.

Dynamic Profiles for Mobile Phones

29th April 2008

I am pretty good at remembering to quiet my mobile whenever I go to a movie or any where else I need my phone silenced. What I am not good at is remembering to turn the ringer back on.

I’d love the profiles on my Blackberry to be more dynamic, so when I am switching between them, the BB could ask me how long I would like to stay on that profile for. Say, 2 hours for a movie. Then after those 2 hours are up, it switches back to the ‘Normal’ profile. Quiz

Bad Luck Syndrome

28th April 2008

Something we all feel we’re plagued with at times…

“If you focus on what’s going wrong in your life—especially if you see it as ‘bad luck’ you can do nothing about—it will seem blacker and more malevolent. In a short time, you’ll become so convinced that everything is against you that you’ll notice more and more instances where this appears to be true. As a result, you will almost certainly stop trying, convinced that nothing you can do will improve your prospects.”

Continued reading at Do you suffer from bad luck?


24th April 2008

Fantastic clip from Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares where chef Gordon Ramsay visits failing Indian restaurant, The Curry Lounge.

Why is it failing?

With 100+ pick-n-mix items on the menu, the owner is afraid he’ll not be able to please everyone. By offering something for everyone, even chips at an Indian restaurant, they end up with something mediocre.

They compromise their authenticity.

Just an FYI if you ever find yourself in Brighton, UK, my favorite Indian restaurant: Memories of India.

American Psycho: Business Card Scene

23rd April 2008

This has to be one of the greatest scenes in movie history…

Tremors in Chicago

18th April 2008

Tremors Movie Poster Um… Yeah… So early this morning, around 4-5am, I woke up feeling nausious, sick to my stomach, my hold body shaking. I thought it was me, symptoms of insomnia I’ve felt in the past.

Nope. Turns out an earthquake, 2nd largest in midwest history, struck downstate Illinois and the tremors spread up to Chicago. The tremors were even felt in southern Ontario, Canada.

Anyone else in the Chicagoland feel the tremors this morning?

Viewer Comments On Illinois Earthquake – Part 4

Quakes Strike Downstate, Tremors In Chicago

Google News: Illinois Earthquake

Some Random Photos from 1998 to 2000

18th April 2008

Wedged between books and other such things I found some old photos I had taken some time ago. Thought I’d scan and share.

Doyle jumping off our TV (1998)

View Camera test (similar to Toyo 45CX View Camera) (1998)
Skeleton 1998


Give up 1 of your 5 senses to broaden your horizon

18th April 2008

Seth Godin’s post, George Clooney is not normal, hits on the idea of expectations in relation to the people we chose to surrounds ourselves with.

You can’t hire that guy because he’s not as good looking as George. And you can’t believe that speaker because he doesn’t present as well as George. And that guy? He’s short. Short? Well, shorter than George. And you can’t trust him to make good decisions because his skin is much darker than George’s.

This extends to most everything we come into contact with, from where we chose to eat, the music we listen to, to what clothes we wear. We let the wrong sense commandeer our decision process.

Mr. Godin continues:

I was talking to someone at the Federal Reserve this week. He explained that in our electronic age, his relationships often start on the phone or by email. And they usually go extremely well, moving things quickly toward a happy conclusion.

The “electronic age” lets us lose our literal sight to focus on what is important.

Every Business Should Switch to Mac OS X

16th April 2008

I truly believe this. I cannot think of a single good reason not to. And the CEO’s obsession with Microsoft Outlook does not count!

I have helped a few business move to Apple’s Mac OS X and I repeatedly receive praise for the encouragement.

So it was fantastic to hear the IBM is testing such a migration: IBM launches internal pilot program to test migration to Macs

Hack an RFID-enabled Credit Card for $8

15th April 2008


I’ve never been scared of security or identity theft issues before, but this just seems way too easy.

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