links for 18 April 2006

Today is all about interactive timelines. Here’s a few you might want to look at if you’re ever after some precedents/benchmarks etc. (And a few accidentally found cool interactive maps).

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chicks & conferences downunder – the conversation continues

So, Ben Barren revved up the Downunder Conference conversation again this weekend. More conversation ensues at the Women of 2.0 post earlier on this site.

We’re talking about unconferences (what are they?), should a chick blogging conference be included as a stream in a larger Downunder Web Conference? (If so, which one). And, is Ben Barren the appropriate champion for Aussie women who blog?

Come, join the fun :)

Storytelling requirements (and why most focus groups are a waste of time)

So, Malcolm Gladwell got me thinking about focus groups the other day. Actually, he got me thinking about the characteristics of groups and the way that people perform when in front of their peers, as well as perfect strangers.Malcolm was kind of talking about his recent article in the New Yorker, and gave this overview of a ‘taxonomy of reason-giving’:

[Tilly says] … We employ four kinds of explanations, he says: conventions (social formulae), stories (common sense narratives), codes (legal formulae) and technical accounts (specialized stories). And we get into trouble when we use one kind of reason in a context where another is necessary….

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chinese spam?

is it just me or have the spammers in China gone crazy lately?

Looking at my spam folder in gmail, not only have I been getting a whole lot more spam than usual (all beautifully captured in the spam folder thankfully), but it all seems to be in Chinese.

Bizarre. You too?