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Random Tuesday Links

Some Tuesday links:

Josh Clark (globalmoxie) has written a wonderful post about the power of mystery. I highly, highly recommend it.

We love Jeff Atwood at Coding Horror, and thanks to Ryan Fox for pointing out this post on friendlier 404 pages. Ryan was kind enough to refer to our 404 page here as "not great" as opposed to what he was actually thinking. [We've added that to the list of things to fix.]

Jacqueline Nagel translated one of our posts into German. You'll have to guess which post this was from. Thanks Jacky!

There's a very short video clip the SXSW folks put together, edited from my opening remarks there. It's not exactly the way it happened in the talk -- they cut things and rearranged things -- but it does show a couple of the slides about The Suck Threshold.

My good friends at Stikkit wrote to say they have integrated a version of the WTF button into an upcoming beta. (You'll see a WTF button in the video clip from SXSW). I'm sure Asha Dornfest will let us know when we can actually see it in action.

Pamela Slim, our favorite motivator for (as her tagline says) "how to go from corporate prisoner to thriving entrepreneur" has a new podcast show about the themes from Escape from Cubicle Nation.

Marty Baker has some good stuff on creativity at Creativity Central

Richard Sauerman started a new blog, Wake Up Tiger with a tagline and premise that sounds disturbingly a bit too self-helpish for me, but it isn't. It's funny, it's creative and sassy (manages to stay above the "cheesy/sappy" threshold), and it's really making me smile!
(Warning: it is only 98% safe for work).

Longtime reader here Thierry Koehrien has a new publishing project, and the English version is here.

Alright, Nathan and Max have a passion for... ink. Yes, ink. Like the kind you put in your printer and pay too much for. They even have a show, and against my will, I find myself enjoying this. If these guys can make a passion-site out of ink, you can do it with frickin' anything.

If you're interested in humanizing the user's experience (and I know you are), don't forget to check out Humanized.

Those of you at my SXSW opening know why The Daily Puppy is important. As for the mystery behind the not-always-subliminal gratuitous puppy photos in my talk, I'm leaving that for an exercise for the reader, although those of you who've been to my older "Creating Passionate Users" talk have a pretty good idea. The fun/silly thing was that throughout the week, a few other panelists threw random puppy photos into their slides, regardless of the topic. I loved it.

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I'd love to see a video of that entire talk. I'd even consider buying the DVD if there was one.

Posted by: J. Thurman | Mar 20, 2007 9:57:40 PM

I recently finished building a comedy 'batman' inspired 404 error page for my blog;

Posted by: Matt | Mar 21, 2007 6:52:26 AM

Can I suggest a link?
talks about how the Mini people do stuff just for Mini owners. The bottom line is that by making Mini owners passionate they will enthuse others - they must have been reading your blog. (Of course it's not a *real* Mini anymore...)

Posted by: Paul Morriss | Mar 21, 2007 9:05:03 AM

If you enjoyed Jeff's post about 404s - you might enjoy one of my favorite 404s from a fellow librarian...


Posted by: Catherine | Mar 21, 2007 6:22:32 PM

I've been pondering it for a couple of days now hoping that I could figure it out myself but haven't come up with anything....

So please excuse my lack of imagination.....

Why is The Daily Puppy important? :-)

Posted by: DailyPuppyGuy | Mar 22, 2007 8:52:13 AM

Hi Kathy, just want to share with you. I wrote something about 404Error messages too.

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Posted by: Uta | Mar 24, 2007 1:01:22 AM


I was just shocked and sad for you when I read your post and the one from Hugh. It took me a few minutes to actually believe this. I am not sure what else to say than I am like so many other people with you in this horrific situation.

Yes, you will probably not be the same again. Take some time off to think about all this.
I am convinced that you will demonstrate some great resilience and that you will bounce back from these hard times.

Posted by: tk | Mar 27, 2007 10:31:38 AM

Thought you might find this link/video cool and fun for you to share. It's about second life and it's culture. these guys are making some sort of nerd episode every week and this one goes into the second life world. i thought it was pretty cool.


Posted by: Tracy | Mar 28, 2007 10:40:51 AM

ummm, the inkisit site isn't a fan site, its by Kodak

Posted by: jnnx | Apr 1, 2007 6:26:44 PM

thank's .

Posted by: ceza | May 1, 2007 3:03:37 PM

thank you

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thank you

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