Monday, November 26, 2012

Net Notes

Five days off work means a lot more time to surf... and a holiday weekend means less news. So it's a meta-post today.

A really good piece on the nature of creativity, especially in the web context, from of all places The Oatmeal

Cleared out my spam folder and it's interesting which women spammers think will entice me, or the male species in general, into clicking through on their malware-rotten links for, um, enhancement.

Pam Anderson, Katy Perry, Jessica Alba, Britney Spears and the Kardashians? Least common denominator, to be expected. Madonna? Maybe in the Truth or Dare era...

Then we have a batch that are a bit classier, but still mainstream: the musicians Christina Aguilera and Beyonce, who unlike Spears can actually sing. And a whole slew of actresses: Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie, along with  Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek and Kate Hudson?

And finally it's daytime TV: Rachael Ray... Oprah?? Ellen DeGeneres?!?!

The spam folder is a minor annoyance. I grew up on Casey Kasem so I'm a sucker for anything in countdown or list format. But I hate, hate, HATE it when that list is in slideshow format, with one item per click. Also hate articles artificially chunked up into parts 1, 2, and 3 - some publications will brek an article into as many as ten parts. Give me that View As Single Page link every time, and preferably up top.

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