All this week: I’m blogging at the Improv. Thank you! I have another show at 9 and 11, be sure to tip your waitress!
Denise (I hate do the cross blog talk thing, but feel I should clarify something I said earlier), I know that the “those that get it and those that don’t” may sound exclusionary and “us vs. them” but I think there’s a slight misunderstanding. Anyone writing anything for the fun of it has all my respect and admiration. Yeah, that includes everything from Athens to Zeldman. I’m trying to think of an accurate analogy here, and I guess one would be driving. I’m saying some people “get it” and drive for the fun of it, and I’m constrasting that against people that get paid to drive, or only drive to get to work. So think of a person in a porsche boxster driving along a mountain road for the sheer thrill of feeling the g-forces, and constrast that with someone who is a chauffeur that drives people around for a living and doesn’t even think about driving while doing it.
Maybe that’s not the perfect analogy, but meeting someone that works for USWeb/CKS or iXL, and hearing that they don’t have a personal site, and haven’t touched one since their days in college back in ’96 makes me think that they don’t get the web. They build commerce sites because their employer tells them to, and they don’t understand the greater scheme of things, how wonderful it is that someone in Australia, Africa, and India may be reading something you wrote and might email you their opinion. The internet is a significant technological invention, on par with the Gutenburg press. Anyone can write an email to anyone else on earth, anyone can put up a page and share their knowledge, and if everyone did this, the collective information would be an accomplishment that would have far reaching benefits.
Just thinking about it completely blows my mind, and many other people I know feel the same way. But then, I’m meeting people that don’t share that feeling. They’re working for a web company, but they’re not participating in the “global conversation” (if you’ll allow me to use cluetrain marketing-speak), they’re just following orders and hope their stock splits soon before they vest.
I guess that’s what I mean by “getting” the web. I hope everyone someday understands what we could be doing with this thing, the Internet, and doesn’t dwell on the immediate financial benefits from the recent explosion in internet development. The “getting it” crowd isn’t exclusive. Anyone is invited, everyone is welcome, and I know more people are “getting it” everyday.
Ack. It’s becoming clear that this page’s design is at the mercy of MetaFilter’s posts. I don’t know of any way to force word wrap in a table cell, so I’ll probably have to do some funky scripting to force line breaks every 50 characters or so.
My favorite geek rock band is doing one more. Too bad I have to wait 6 months to a year to hear it though.
“I’ll try to paraphrase something that Chuck D said a while back when an interview asked if it bothered him that his music was being freely distributed on the web, earning him no money– The music that I create will always be mine, and making a copy or giving it away wont change that. If my creations aren’t getting my message across, or they aren’t earning me enough to make a living, then I’ve just got to work 2 or 3 or 10 times harder to create more. You can’t download me.“
Chuck D is the greatest…
Great work Nikolai, the new design is magnificent! (except for the goofy pointer on mouseover, don’t mess with the UI!
The good news: the web-based TurboTax app/site is incredible. It’s easy to use, the help system is great, and there was never a problem going forward or backward in the application. I finished my somewhat-complex taxes in about an hour.
The bad news: I owe over 3 grand in taxes. By Monday. And I’m still waiting for over 8 thousand in consulting fees to be paid to me. Hellllooooooo late fees!
Man oh man. I’ve been sitting at my computer for basically the last 48 hours straight, working on new designs for a project, and I forgot how mentally exhausting it is. I’m throwing paint at a canvas, trying to get it looking like something I want, but it’s not coming close to my vision, so I keep trying, and eventually start over with a new canvas. There’s a pile of discarded canvases, and even the ones I’m keeping need a lot of work.
Over the past few months, I’ve done design when I wanted to, and basically worked in photoshop only when I felt the inspiration to do so, I had forgot what it was like to design with a deadline in mind. Of course, on every project I’ve done in the past, the first 90% of my work is a wash, and only in the last 12 hours before a due date do I get some amazing idea that I end up going with. I guess I should calm down and ride it out until that last day…