Monthly Archives: March 2009

Using the readymade web

My CCCC presentation is short enough to share here in slightly edited form; it’s a written-out-talk intended to precede a roundtable, so it may read a little breezily. Here’s a summary:

Readymades have re-emerged on the web, displacing the “web site” with the “web presence,” in the templates and skins of much web-based software, and also in the workaday of social networks. Three patterns dominate use: collection, juxtaposition, and combination. For theories of use and usability, there are four implications:

1. Finding a single, clearly defined, easily anticipated use, as suggested by many usability practicioners, becomes more challenging;
2. We can’t always assume users are interested and motivated;
3. The nuts and bolts of use need even more attention;
4. Readymades themselves are rare; the new readymade is designed for customization and individualized use (whether or not that is realized). Continue reading

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Open source SIG at CCCC 2009

CCCC Open Source SIG meets at CCCC 2009. We decide to merge with the IP caucus, and plan our agenda for the next year. Continue reading

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On the road

Lately I’ve been traveling a lot: to San Francisco for CCCC 2009 (Mar 11-14); to Florida to visit family (Mar 16-20); to Chicago for Educause Midwest 2009 (Mar 23-25). And I’ve got more travel to come: a trip to Southern … Continue reading

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Photo: Bradley and Madelyn walking toward the ocean, just after sunrise Continue reading

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Found poem

eat mud
he told the baby
near cat town
you won’t find
breakfast in the rain Continue reading

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Yay, the new Apple desktops are out! Nice speed bumps and more bang for the buck across the iMac product line. The MacPro gets the biggest upgrade, moving to shiny new Nehalem quad-core processors, substantially larger hard drives, and lots … Continue reading

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CCC online, sorta

For some time now, I’ve wanted to write about the problems with CCC and the CCC Online Archive. But I’ve waited, out of respect to its maintainers, Collin Brooke and Derek Mueller, and also in the hopes that some clarity … Continue reading

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