Miscellaneous Cool Stuff to Read

Here are some interesting items that I’ve been meaning to blog. However, since I’m tight on time today (I’m working on a big e-learning project, more on that later) I’ll just list them quickly here. Please check them out, they’re all great…

  • Blind Get Earful of Spam Daily, Wired News, by Amit Asaravala. Excerpt: “For the millions of blind and visually impaired Internet users around the world, using text-to-speech software is often the only way to check e-mail. But as the spam problem gets worse, more and more of those users are finding that having their e-mail read aloud can be a minefield. Listening to the next message in the inbox may reveal an important letter from an old friend or, more often, an embarrassing ad for penis-enhancement therapy.”

  • Conference on Origami in Education and Therapy, June 29, New York. What’s this got to do with content and communication? Well, speaking as a longtime origami enthusiast, I know that the art of paper folding shows you that there are infinite ways to creatively connect Point A to Point B. This conference will focus on using origami in education and therapy to enhance thinking, learning, language skills, perception, communication, problem solving, mathematics, science, self-esteem, and social skills.

  • Everything I know about community I learnt tending bar, by Jeff Sandquist, June 22. “A good bartender knows when to be a part of the conversation and when not to…”

  • Wikis: The Next Frontier for Spammers? (June 4, Netcraft). Sad, but worth reading. Spammers, please stay in your own sandbox. On a related note, here’s a great primer: Wikis Described in Plain English (April 30, CommonCraft)

  • To Structure or Not to Structure? by Tim Duckett (June 5, Cutting Through). Commenting on this Blogwalk discussion about the general strengths and deficiencies of weblogs, Duckett disputes the consensus that weblogs generally contain poorly structured content. He writes, “Perhaps the issue here is not about the codification and classification of the knowledge in the first place, and more about the ease of search and retrieval afterwards. One of the frustrations I encounter daily is knowing how to phrase searches so that they will bring back the hits that I’m after – there are broad similarities in the way that problems are referred to and explained, but ultimately every description is personal. Formal codification would solve this problem, but it would be at the cost of much of the knowledge not being expressed in the first place.”

  • iTunes and WebFeed Aggregators, from NewMediaJournalism.com. Excerpt: “Imagine for a moment, iTunes and a WebFeed aggregator meeting in a bar, having a few too many drinks, and too few inhibitions…”