Who says you can’t mix beats and rhymes with clean design and standards-based site construction — check out the video below from Design Coding, the Poetic Prophet and SEO Rapper. Has to be the most concise presentation on good site-building habits ever, plus a short dance solo at the end.
Word. Learn from the master — I dare you to walk into your next client meeting with a boombox and let the rhythm carry you along to a successful project. Thanks to Paula Brantner for the tip.
“Fun” and “Microsoft” are two words rarely found in the same sentence, but here we are: in an entirely unselfish attempt to help candidates afraid that they’ll join Sarah Palin in having their email accounts hacked, the software behemoth has issued the following open letter:
To the McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden campaigns: Switch parties!
Hey kids, September 22nd is One Web Day, and you know what that means! Well, not much yet, since the ‘net’s “Earth Day equivalent” is only hitting its third anniversary this year and hasn’t had time to pick up many traditions yet. But Monday’s events will focus attention on our particular little corner of the tubes:
The Internet has also become the means by which citizens around the world build movements to hold their elected leaders accountable and support those who represent their interests; it is also increasingly the medium through which citizens interact with their governments. The theme of this year’s OneWebDay is online participation in democracy, coinciding with the U.S. elections.
Want to find out more? Try the OneWebDay site and Twitter feed, and see also coverage by Tech Daily Dose and HuffPo. In D.C., there’ll be a time-capsule burial (bring a shovel!) in the morning and a happy hour after work at Tryst in Adams Morgan, both of which e.politics will miss because of a client meeting in NYC. Have fun celebrating the interwebs!
I just went into a live online database via PHPMyAdmin and deleted 22,000 spam comments from a client’s WordPress blog all at once. That’s the first actual database operation I’ve ever done! Scary, even with a backup. Not that I want to make a habit of it — too much potential for destruction. But I can now claim to have executed a command that looks like this:
SELECT *FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_approved =”0″
delete from wp_comments WHERE comment_approved =”0″
And lived to tell the tale. Thanks to this guy for the instructions.
Slate’s “Map the Candidates” has been around since the primaries, but it’s still a great example of a simple idea that’s nonetheless revealing — just a straightforward Google Maps interface that lets you see where the campaigns are sending their big guns and when. What makes it useful is that the display is multi-dimensional, in that you can easily and intuitively adjust sliders to look at different blocks of time. What pops out is where the campaigns think they should make a splash — the industrial/battleground states get the most attention, but note the Democrats’ focus on Virginia and slight spillover into North Carolina. The current Obama/Palin face-off in the West also stands out, along with Michelle Obama’s earlier trip to the desert.
If it’s possible, a great addition to the maps would be an overlay layer that shows what TV and web ads the campaigns are running, where and in what volume — that way you could REALLY see where resources are being spent. Of course you could get the same information from a simple list of places and dates, but the visual display makes the patterns much more obvious.
First my lawn and now the internets, the damn kids are everywhere nowadays I tell you what. A menace! With their hippity hop and their Facebooks and their constant use of the word “like” as a conjunction, I can’t hardly make sense of a thing they do. But fortunately, Alex Steed can — and he needs your help to make it happen.
The attempted viral angle isn’t subtle, since the subject line reads, “Forward this email.” With the conservative base apparently all fired up over Sarah Palin (for now at least), I suspect that every vote is looking more and more precious.
Oof, there is no joy at e.politics today — I just attempted to upgrade an innocent plugin, and BOOM! The site disappears. I’ve tracked down enough of the problem to restore the interior pages, but while I’m diagnosing why the site front page doesn’t want to show up, we’re gonna run with one of those nice default WordPress themes for a bit. So things will look a little different for a few minutes (at least) — exciting times.
It’s just an iPhone, they said. What could possibly go wrong? A great little pocket computer, and an always-on internet device, with a terrific user interface — it will surely change the way you live your life. Little did they know…
You see, the iPhone also contains a digital camera. Now, cameras can be used for all kinds of wonderful things: photos of pretty girls, and cute kids, and flowers and puppies, and…well, we’re getting into dangerous ground here. Because it was that camera that led me to certain ruin.
In today’s spirit of getting things done, let’s take a look next at how individual citizens can involve themselves in politics using the internet and do it effectively. So before we all stampede straight off to talking about specific tools like usual, let’s think instead for a minute about some basic guidelines — rules of thumb which can apply equally whether we’re working on behalf of a candidate or a cause, and that’ll stay relevant as technology evolves.