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The New Look of the Web

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I’ve been really getting into the “web 2.0” style lately. I never really got it until I started this blog and doing more random surfing. The new look, when done right, actually has a more current, or cutting edge feel to it.

A good example of this is the interland.com website from a year ago.

interlandpast.jpg

With a rebranding and a face lift, the site now has that distinctive web 2.0 look.

interlandnowsmall.jpg

Which one do you find more appealing?

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Written by oban89

March 15, 2007 at 20:25

Posted in blog, design, Web2.0

Flagrant grammar mistakes that make you look stupid

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I came across this all to common list of grammar mistakes.. I’d bet that everyone has at least one of these that they’re secretly afraid they’ll misuse. I know I have to double check any time I use effect or affect. My worst thought is where and were. I mean, they don’t even sound the same!

I’m always disagreeing with people on the use of i.e. and e.g. I just looked it up and it turns out that I had it right and everyone else was wrong.

clipped from news.zdnet.co.uk

In general, we can slip up in a verbal conversation and get away with it. A colleague may be thinking, “Did she just say ‘irregardless’?”, but the words flow on, and our worst transgressions are carried away and with luck, forgotten.

That’s not the case with written communications. When we commit a grammatical crime in emails, discussion posts, reports, memos, and other professional documents, there’s no going back
#1: Loose for lose
#2: It’s for its (or god forbid, its’)
#3: They’re for their for there
#4: i.e. for e.g.
#5: Effect for affect
#6: You’re for your
#7: Different than for different from
#8 Lay for lie
#9: Then for than
#10: Could of, would of for could have, would have
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Written by oban89

March 15, 2007 at 18:39

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Content-O-Rama

I have spent way too much tim over the last couple of days obsessing over this blog. I have read and researched and bookmarked and clipped everything I could get my hands on related to the technical and design aspects of blogging. That parts fun to learn, but it distracts from the key, which is content. There is so much information about what makes a “good” blog – one that will be compelling and draw readers – that I pretty much lost sight of the reason I wanted to do this in the first place. So, yes, I’d like to have something that looks nice and is organized well, and maybe even has some sort of cohesive content that people will want to read, but that should be the long game. Right now I’ve got to go back to my original plan; that is to write about anything and everything I feel like for a while. After I’ve gotten over the writers block hurdle and once I’ve figured out what aspects of blogging I enjoy, I can decide on what direction I want to go.

I guess what I’m trying to say is caveat lector1. For now, this blog is going to resemble my desktop – a bunch of crap that may appear random, incomplete, or undeveloped, but that makes perfect sense to me.


1Am I the only one who gets discouraged when a rare bit of whit comes to mind to find out that there’s already a wikipedia article on it?

Written by oban89

March 3, 2007 at 12:25

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Blogging Just Got Easier with Clip The Web

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I just stumbled upon this plug-in for Firefox that allows you to quickly clip images, text, video and almost everything else you can think of.  There’s a basic editor included so you can post to your blog without having to navigate there through your browser.  The convenience does come with some limitations.  The clipping is posted in a full width box, even though just the logo was selected for clipping.

Still, this is so easy to use I think it will end up being my main source method of posting interesting things I find when I’m not actually on the hunt for a topic.

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Written by oban89

March 1, 2007 at 1:30

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