An Argument Against Free?

Jason once again reminds me why it’s worth checking his site every day. Today’s post is an interview with G. Beato containing this thought-provoking idea:

I think an important point has largely been overlooked — and that is that an environment where the majority of content is free or sponsored by advertisers ultimately favors corporate-created content.

I highly recommend you read the entire interview.

Happy Dinah

So, I began my task of making sure all old content is contained in my happy new Moveable Type content management system by opening up Dreamweaver and using its site tool to browse my files on the server (hosted by those fine folks at Hurricane Electric).

First directory: .status. Oh, hey, I haven’t checked my referral logs for ages. I’ll just take a look.
Surf. Surf. Surf.
Hi TecGirl!
Surf. Surf.
Hey! Cool! My Musee Mechanique information is listed in the Librarians’ Index to the Internet (and they referred to me as librarian Dinah Sanders, which I think is awful cool bein’ as how I don’t even have a library job. I’m chuffed; chuffed, I say!)
Y’know, I think those Blogdex referrers are more special now that I’ve actually met the charming, talented and rather cute Mr. Cameron Marlowe.
Oo, pictures from SXSW and weblogs I haven’t checked in on in a while and new friends and and and

oh. Heh. Elapsed time: approx. 1 hour, 45 minutes. Progress towards goal: zippity do dah zippity ay…

Modern Times

I just had a wonderful technology-enabled moment: my friend Jay just instant messaged me from the airport in Austin where he’s enjoying free wireless internet access. He said “I’m about to board” and I got to wave a virtual handkerchief farewell and see him off as he sets out for half a year in Europe. Keen!

Learning by imitation

Edmond is a cleaning whirlwind! Whoooshh!

I’m working on the computer. I guess I can virtually clean out this backlog of links for all y’all (insert clever backlog/weblog pun here).

Dave McKean is as cool on the web as in print – just wait for those purty images to download. The Dreamline site is very well designed by Scotch [comments pertain to no longer extant site at] and is the most beautiful piece of web work I’ve seen in a long time. I am shamelessly stealing some of the techniques used there beginning with the elegant use of the status bar to indicate the destination of a link. This is a much less intrusive way for me to tell you if a link goes off the MetaGrrrl site than using this icon: leavemg.gif. It’s a cute icon, but I’ll be phasing it out now; just look down at the status bar in the bottom of your browser window as you mouse over a link and I’ll tell you where I’m sending you. [Except I since (sometime between May 1999 and now, August 2003) learned that that means you can’t see the real URL the link goes to and that’s even worse. The advent of the title attribute for links makes this all obsolete.]

I have so many books I want to buy. *sigh*

MetaGrrrl’s Bigass Book List

The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design edited by Brenda Laurel

more Donald Norman

Building Dynamic HTML GUIs by Steve Champeon
(and check out his bibliography)

A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander

Death & Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand

The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding

[Of course, this list seems like nothing now in comparison to my Amazon wish list]

Ok, time for me to jump on the cleaning bandwagon with Edmond.

Online home life

Happy black cat appreciation day! (Special message to Oban: brrrraaah?)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
monkey with wrench
You need Webmonkey!
(ok, now do you recognize the icon up there in the navigation buttons that isn’t the ball or the spot? Yes, yes, I’m gonna redraw it). [That old navigation was retired long before I migrated this post into Typepad]

I was not exactly motivated at work today, but managed to actually accomplish a surprising amount anyhow.

I did leave an hour and a half early so I could deal with the chaos caused by my bank getting bought by another bank with an uglier logo. It was a pain in the ass.

I was disappointed the other day not to have been able to add a brush with fame to my sixdegrees profile: “ICQ’d Peter Merholz while he did dishes in his underwear. No, I don’t understand how he does that.”

I followed links from Peterme and ICQ’d the brand himself while doing so. Seems like there oughta be a word for that.

Now I will do dishes, but my apartment is too cold for me to strip down to my underwear. You’ll have to go back to imagining me writing my thesis in the bathtub if you’re looking for titillation.