- The New Atlantis » The Myth of Multitasking
Maybe continuous partial attention isn’t as good for us as we … wait! There’s something shiny!
(categories: attentionstream attention productivity gtd psychology )
- Rail Spikes: Testing is overrated
Quote: …the truth is, no single technique is effective at detecting all defects. We need manual testing, peer reviews, usability testing and developer testing (and that’s just the start) if we want to produce high-quality software.
- Managing Product Development » Is Your Product Development Half-Actions?
All of you who are separating your developers from your testers? You are doing half-actions. Separating the writers from the developers and testers? Half actions there, too. Even when you define architecture and implement across the architecture, instead of by feature, that’s a half-action. A half-action means you have technical debt and will have to get back to that area of the product.
Silos encourage half-actions (or third-actions or sixth-actions). Defining the architecture and implementing across it encourages half-actions. Create a cross-functional product development team. Have them finish one feature at a time. That’s a full action.
(categories: process productmanagement development design )
- Hypertext Bazaar – 08.23.08 & 08.24.08 – Memeticians
Awesome list of Radiohead videos.
(categories: radiohead music videos )
My new favorite blog.
(categories: blogs infoviz random )
- Graphicacy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Graphicacy is concerned with the capacities people require in order to interpret and generate information in the form of graphics
(categories: word language graph graphing visualization infoviz )
I’ve been on vacation for the last week out on the Oregon coast in a little town with no stop lights, one restaurant and a lot of sand. On the drive back home today I saw a number of tractors harvesting hay (actually baling hay, but work with me) which, as far as I can tell, is a process where a machine goes back and forth through the entire field of already cut hay and binds up big chunks of the hay into either round or rectangular shapes wrapped in twine (Wikipedia has a really in-depth article about the whole process if you’re curious). Anyway, at work I’ve been referring to the process of winnowing down the large amounts of data that we all cope with as ‘harvesting data’, but then tonight I read this great article about Jon Stewart in the NY Times and I’m convinced that it would be better to say ‘distilling data’. Here’s the quote (which is actually attributed Stephen Colbert) that made me think that:
“You have an enormous amount of material, and you have to distill it to a syrup by the end of the day. So much of it is a hewing process, chipping away at things that arenâ€™t the point or arenâ€™t the story or arenâ€™t the intention. Really itâ€™s that last couple of drops youâ€™re distilling that makes all the difference. It isnâ€™t that hard to get a ton of corn into a gallon of sour mash, but to get that gallon of sour mash down to that one shot of pure whiskey takes patience” as well as “discipline and focus.”
In the article, Stephen Colbert is referring to the process that The Daily Show team goes through, well, daily, to get to a point where everyone can get on the air and talk about truthiness. There’s a million things going on in the world, but they only have 30 minutes a night. Same thing with us: there’s more than a trillion pages on the internet (literally) but we’ve only got 24 hours in a day. We need better distilleries, not better harvesters.
Maybe it seems like I’m splitting hairs, but I think having using the correct analogy is a helpful framing device: harvesting is the process where you collect all the data. I think we’re all doing pretty well with our aggregators and personalized portals and social networks that grab RSS feeds and status updates and pictures all into one place. But after a week off, I think that harvesting isn’t my problem: it’s distillation, the process by which we separate the the useful from the useless, the required from the optional, the interesting from the boring.
Getting my email is going to suck.
- Bill de hÓra: Non-Newtonian Reading
Bill’s wrapup of the xmpp pubsub discussions that came out of the OSCON presentation.
(categories: rss xmpp pubsub messaging )
- joshua’s blog: beyond rest
Interesting discussion about xmpp / pubsub vs. http callbacks.
(categories: xmpp webservices syndication scaling rss rest webhooks )
- Aza’s Thoughts » What If… It Was Easy To Write Firefox Extensions
Quote (from the comments): I think a low tolerance for pain is critical when designing systems for other people.
(categories: extensions ui programming plugins ux )