links for 16-26 November 2008

links for 2008-11-26

  • It should be a minor show, a spin-off from a series (JAG) that was never particularly impressive. Instead, last week in the US it notched up a record-high 18.8 million viewers—”more than any other show on television for the week” according to the NYT. And I was in HMV the other day watching bemused as two teenage girls squealed over finding the NCIS boxsets. What IS the secret of its apparently universal appeal?
    (tags: television)
  • How’s this for rank stupidity: a juror in a sex abuse case was kicked off the case after using Facebook to ask her mates whether the suspect was guilty or not.
  • Any hopes that the online sector may be safe from the recession – and may even benefit from the woes of the offline stores – are sashed with this news. Online shopping is in decline for the first time since US net measurement firm comScore began measuring it in 2001.
  • A fascinating site taking compex data sets and finding visual representations to them to make it easier for people to understand them: or, as the About page puts it in a little overblown hyperbole: “Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Our goal is to ‘democratize’ visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis.”
  • NowPublic lists Rory Cellan-Jones, Stephen Fry, Nick Robinson, Ian Betteridge, Jack Schofield and of course Robert Peston among the top 20, using channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube to guage online visbility, presence on SMS/UGC sites, interactivity etc.
  • As part of the new brand identity of the Dutch government Peter Verheul designed a custom typeface for all forms of visual communications. Cool idea, wish all governments would do it – after all, Apple has had its own Garamond for over 20 years now …

links for 2008-11-25

links for 2008-11-21

links for 2008-11-20

  • I don’t know whether to be impressed or appalled at this mash-up of leaked confidential details. Or the results I get when I put in my own postcode …
  • An insight into what goes into managing a discussion forum when the mother of all tsunamis crashes through the front door
    (tags: moderation bbc)
  • Adds an entirely new dimension to the phrase “pound store”. I’d be sad to see it go – it’s been part of my world since I was a kid, and I still pick up useful things there. But it’s ended up being a badly focussed mishmash of a store with no USP these days, sadly.
    (tags: retail)
  • When it comes to mobiles and TV, the Brits seem to lead the way. It’s ncie to know that – if it intersects with our personal priorities – that Brits can be quite this cutting edge.
  • Disturbing tendency from the ‘listening’ government to run expert reviews, get the findings – and decide to ignore it. First recatgorisation of drugs, now making organ donation ‘opt-out’ rather than opt-in. As a long-time organ donor card carrier I’m very much in favour of doing some good after I die, but I don’t like the presumption that your body belongs to the state after you die which this infers.

links for 2008-11-19

links for 2008-11-17

links for 2008-11-16


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