19 May 2007

Receptionists, mall photos, and...

Little Toby has been miserably sick for the last few days; I imagine that with the amount of baby Tylenol he's on, the world must look quite Dali-esque through his eyes this weekend. Here are some things I've been poking at while he's been dreaming of flamingoes in a clock-factory:

From Seth Godin: "How to be a Great Receptionist"

Stocks? "Beating" the stock market by investing in companies with high customer satisfaction stores, an article that was mentioned on BoingBoing.net.

An un-conference? I am looking forward to the Nature / Google / O'Reilly "2007 Science Foo Camp" one weekend this summer, to which I was very surprised to receive an invitation. Never having been, I've been checking out Flickr photos to get the vibe -- it is an impromptu "un-conference" of 200 sci/techies who help keep O'Reilly's radar pointed at innovative stuff by having us sign up on-the-spot to give brief presentations on various topics... somewhere at the Googleplex.

History of Charts, Graphs and Diagrams: Check out M. Friendly and D. J. Denis's online gallery.

Completing Mario Bros. in 5 minutes!? Yes, here's the video [Wired].

Better Conference Badges: Hey, font-nerds, check out this article that proposes a better graphic design for conference badges.

Contemporary Photography: Nora Herting's "Free Sitting" is a rethinking (reappropriation?) of shopping-mall photography outlets. Nora's artist statement explains, "The studio portrait has a very structured set of parameters that form a stylistic equation. We are so familiar with it that we are blind to its constructs. I violate these codes in effort to bring them to the viewer's attention. By breaking the rules of the studio portrait, my portraits no longer fulfill their role as social symbols." (See i heart photograph for pointers to more artists.)

Solecism, I hardly know him! Okay wordies, here's an Economist article listing frequently misused words, or as Wikipedia calls them, "Grammatical mistakes and absurdities."

Woah, you know your blog post is over when you've quoted a wiki.


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