A pound of guilt

Needless to say, portions of the internet are abuzz, discussing the ins, outs and possible impact of the way Radiohead have handled their recent album sales (they are allowing the buyer to set the price when downloading the MP3s, and yes, you can set the price to zero – more on that here). Having heard on the radio that the band won’t be releasing (at least not in the short term) the sales figures, I am starting to wonder why they did it. Aside from the obvious “all the money goes to us and not a record label” reason of course. Protecting their artistic investment is fairly valid, rather than having earlier versions and whatnot floating around the internet, and …

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Explosions: keeping ahead of the blast

Is it just me, or are we seeing a notable growth in the tools and voices linked to our profession? Are we, the technical communicators (writers, authors, designers, whatever..) finally clued in to the internet and making the best use of the global space? Are the tools we use starting to touch other areas of our organisations, thus raising our profile, which raises the bar for the tools, which expands the reach, which raises the profile… It’s just me, isn’t it? I’ll happily admit that, a couple of years ago, I was growing apathetic with this industry. I dreamt of working in a zoo, tending to cute fluffy animals and having nary a worry in the world (and likely not …

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How much for free?

Tomorrow, in case you hadn’t heard, Radiohead release their new album. You can purchase it to download from their website as they don’t currently have a record deal. You can also purchase a £40 box set with additional tracks, artwork, vinyl and so on, and I believe the band are in talks with a record label with a view to releasing the album on CD sometime next year. The big news is, of course, that the band are letting you choose how much you want to buy the tracks for.. and you CAN choose £0.00 (although you still have to pay 45p for processing the payment, bloody banks). I’m a fan so I’ll be getting the tracks but the question …

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wacom

New logo for Wacom – yes, that trumpety thing floating about on the page – from the same people who created the London Olympic logo. If you ever get a proposal from Wolff Olins, RUN FOR THE HILLS!! (via)

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tattoo

Why do normal people get tattoos? – asks the BBC News Magazine. To which my response would be “define normal”. Anyway, I’ve discussed mine here before and the last line of the post is still right: “My tattoos say, I’m not what you think I am.”

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Mailing Lists

I’m a member of a few mailing lists, TechWR, IAI, ISTC, Framers, WebWorks, to name but a few. Add in several high volume internal mailing lists and my email count easily tops out at a couple of hundred a day. Naturally I filter all of these into folders, and not all are read, but it still takes a large portion of my time to manage my email. As such, I’m constantly looking for better ways to handle my email load (I’ve managed ‘inbox zero’ at home but not at work, yet) and recently I’ve found myself tempted to follow a recent suggestion by Merlin Mann, namely the “Trusted (and lazy) email filter”: For a very noisy, high-volume list, filter all …

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