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Happy Blue Beanie Day

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 11/26/07 (3:46pm)

I support web standards and accessibility -- and so can you!

Kindle Swindle

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/21/07 (12:34pm)

Please stop talking about the demise of the traditional book! To do so in the same breath as the Amazon Kindle gives this contraption way more credibility than it’s due.

The defenders of this device say we shouldn’t rush to judgment while at the same time they make such extraordinary associations.

It’s marketing. That’s all.

UPDATE: Ultimately, we're going to describe all the hype surrounding the Amazon Kindle as "The Little Bandwagon Effect That Couldn't".

I mean, Amazon said to the media, 'jump', and the media responded, 'how high'? (Here's a particularly embarrassing example from Businessweek.)

But the public won't have any of this. The level of resistance is due in large part to how far the claims for this device simply defy common sense.

Kindle Schmindle

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 11/18/07 (9:15pm)

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So every time some new 'ebook' device is announced, we're 'sposed to drop everything and proclaim it a paradigm shift? At least that's the routine.

This week's candidate is the Amazon Kindle -- at least as presented in an article in Newsweek extolling its virtues titled "The Future of Reading" by Steven Levy.

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TECH cocktail 6 (Chicago)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 11/16/07 (4:09pm)

Thursday (11/15) was Tech cocktail 6. It's always great to see so many geeks located in one place. This like earlier Tech cocktails was at John Barleycorn in Wrigleyville.

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LISNews Now All Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/15/07 (5:22pm)

lisNewsLogo_200x50.pngBlake Carter completed the (momentous) transfer of LISNews from Slashcode to Drupal a while back but I just noticed that he was kind enough to put in a special thank-you to me.

Um, Welcome to Chicago?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/7/07 (12:27am)
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I know the Metra Station at Roosevelt is under construction but can't we do better than this ramshackle shack? You literally have to walk through this structure, hoping it won't tumble over, in order to get from the train platform to Downtown Chicago.

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Three Days Till Doomsday (Mass Transit in Chicago)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 11/2/07 (2:15am)

CTA Bus with Doomsday HeadlineLove the subtle messaging of the Chicago Sun-Times. This graphic greeted communters somewhere halfway in Thursday's paper. The headline read, "3 Days Until Another 'Doomsday'".

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Frank Rich and John Calloway at the Chicago Public Library

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 10/29/07 (9:26pm)
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Not exactly the best shot of Frank Rich (left) being interviewed by John Galloway but I figured if I used my flash, they'd hussle me out of there.

Anyway the interview took place at the Harold Washington Center and was the final event in the city-wide "One Book, One Chicago Event" Program.

The book this year was The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Rich talked about the play (he never saw a great production), about his personal encounters with Arthur Miller (two interviews) and how this related to our post 9-11 world.

Needless to say, it was standing room only.

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The Cost of Complexity

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/20/07 (2:57pm)
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A while back, I mentioned in response to a post by Don Norman on "Simplicity Is Highly Overrated" that the washing machines where I lived are so complex that someone had lost all patience and crowbarred one of them open.

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