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It was announced today that the stumbling Tumblr is being acquired by Automattic, maker of WordPress.  This deal, which should ensure the existence of Tumblr for a while, will hopefully have an effect on something more important than Tumblr itself, Tumblr-style content. I am going to generalize my definition of the content here: Tumblr-style content is usually short visual based posts that have a minor amount of commentary.  This sort of content thrived for…
Every day can feel like a never ending series of tasks.  When confronted with this unceasing tide of work, the compulsion is to rise up, face it head-on and defeat it.  Knocking down these tasks, labeling them as done and moving onto the next. This approach can grant that much sought after endorphin rush that one needs to move onto the next task.  Its a wonderful system, but it has issues.   I am not saying…
When we deal with our co-workers, we are often looking for way to compliment them. When searching for that perfect word to use, stay clear of the word tedious.  I don’t mean just avoid using it as a way to describe a person, which is something you should never do. Wow, I am impressed with how tedious you are! You should also avoid using it when describing what they do. Kudos to you!  I could…
Some time ago, I started talking with a podcasting network about adding my retro podcast to their lineup. It was not high on my priority list, but I thought it would make for an interesting discussion. The discussions was short and confirmed something that had been rolling around in my mind for a while.  Companies and people create inconvenient systems in order to monetize them by removing levels of inconvenience. You see this all the…
What does one mean when they say, “publish?”  If you do a search for the word on Google, the top result is: (of an author or company) prepare and issue (a book, journal, piece of music, or other work) for public sale. – Google It makes me smile that a company that makes its money off monetizing content presents the definition of publish, purely as preparing a work for public sale.  Google is not alone in…
The fast food cheeseburger is an interesting item.  To some, me included, it is a delicious treat.  But is also surprisingly fragile despite its reputation. Have you ever watched fast food burgers churned out? It is a race against time to get this amalgam of meat, cheese in bread into a customer’s hands before it starts to degrade. This food has an optimal serving temperature and restaurants consider “time” when deciding how long these foods…
I have been watching with interest as large publishers continue to leave Medium.  The reasons given vary, but ultimately it comes down to results.  People are just not seeing the same returns on their work there.  This forces them to take a closer look at Medium’s evolving model and they don’t like it. I like the logic of their reaction.  People move to platforms to build value for their effort.  When things aren’t…
Today I joined tens of thousands of people who attempted to get a can of the re-released New Coke.  For those not familiar, New Coke was Coke’s attempt to change their formula in the eighties.  Much like today’s attempt to sell this limited release soft drink on their website, it was a flop. This effort by Coke joins dozens of high-profile limited releases that have resulted in frustration for fans as they faced a…
Every month I see good blogs die.  The why and how varies, but one type of death bothers me more than all the others, death by technological negligence. This can take many shapes, from not keeping your blogging software updated to a poorly planned switching of platforms.  I have recently seen a spate of these platform switches.  Where an individual or organization decides that they will move their content to what they hope will be…
A few months ago I wrote about the use of the term Archive instead of Delete in a popular podcasting app.  I was concerned that this would become a trend. Unfortunately my concerns seems to becoming a reality. Perhaps this has been going on for a while and I am just noticing it now, but I just spotted this behavior in another app, the Dragon+ app from Wizards of the Coast. Dragon+ is a…