The Mundane

the designer super tuesday

images.jpegI’m not going to comment on this, but The Chronicle of Higher Education (typically a quality weekly) ran this light story on the morning after Super Tuesday, suggesting that the Clinton camp is less than design-worthy:

Mac vs. PC: Who Won Super Tuesday?
The two computers weren’t actually running in the couple of dozen presidential primaries and caucuses yesterday. But their Web surrogates were. is a Mac, while is a PC, according to Web-design experts quoted yesterday in an article on The comparison takes off from the Mac spots on TV, featuring a young, relaxed actor exuding laid-back confidence personifying the Mac, and an older, nervous character as the PC. Alice Twemlow, chairwoman of the master’s-in-fine-arts program in design criticism at the School of Visual Arts, in New York, says that “with Obama’s site, all the features and elements are seamlessly integrated, just like the experience of using a program on a Macintosh computer.” Twemlow is, of course, a Mac user. The Clinton site, in contrast, is repeatedly described as “hectic,” with messages IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS competing for attention. Web designers quoted in the article don’t like it very much. But when was the last time you met a Web designer who used a PC? –Josh Fischman

I met a web designer who used a PC just last week.  He was using tiny type on a web design.  When I pointed out I had to increase the font size to navigate, he reassured me that most of the users of the site would be using a PC and so wouldn’t be bothered.

It’s not the platform, it’s the attitude.

Read the manuscript.

Blogging The Mundane

remember: it’s supposed to be fun, too

anotherpicofme.jpgWeblogs and Wikis has started up for spring. About 15 new bloggers are finding their feet with WordPress. User-friendly documentation is thin, do I’m doing more daily technical introductions in class and calling on students to help. But I’m really glad to be shot of Blogger for a more rough-edged and forward-looking platform that is more appropriate to the kind of professional apprenticeship we’re doing at a university. WordPress is far more appropriate to professional use than Blogger.

But I also forgot that getting started in blogging and wiki use can be fun. Coming up those first few posts can be difficult, but that’s because you suddenly have an audience and aren’t sure what to say. As the new bloggers start up, it gets infectious – ‘specially since I have to actually do the assignments I give. If I ask students to spend an hour a day blogging, I’m obligated to the same. The challenge for me is to come up with something, but reading over some of the student blogs on The Daybook gets me pointed in a useful direction.

Then I have to break out all the tools: ecto for posting, a beta of Skitch for prepping images, and NetNewsWire for rss feeds.

Ok I’ll admit it. posting is really just an excuse to play with the tools. All I really need is a browser an an hour of American Idol spare time…. Gotta go. Anthony Bourdain is on the Travel Channel.

My life is so full.

Blogging General The Mundane

ecto 3 beta

This is a quick entry to test ecto 3. The changes (I haven’t cataloged them yet) are nice – helpful, but the interface has changed a little. The upload speed has really improved.


For the last few days I was looking for a good database/journal app that integrated blogging, but came up with little. MacJournal 5 was about all. SOHO Notes (which I use as an inbox) uses Atom Publishing Protocol. but the host I use runs php as a cgi, which doesn’t play nicely with WordPress.

But in the end, I realized that a dedicated blogging app is best to use. It allows better layout and posting management than a journal app with blogging added in. For instance,

  • images can be placed accurately
  • links can be refined
  • entries can take tags and categories

All these – and other features – are necessary valuable for serious blogging, both in managing the blog and in shaping workflow.

Blogging General The Mundane

yet another desktop blogging manager

macworldexpoheader2.gifMariner released MacJournal 5, so I’m looking at it again as a blogging manager / journal.

  1. this is a list item
  2. and another
  3. and another

This could be a block text.

And this could be outdented. Insert this: January 18, 2008 4:14 PM

There seems to be only limited layout possible in MacJournal – but maybe I’m missing something.