Geeking out

Just found out about a new gizmo with android called Bloglovin. There are a few compilation blogs that I follow – like Pikaland, Swiss-Miss, and Parcel Post – so it was easy to pool my favorites into Bloglovin so I could pull them up on my phone. There have been a few instances I have wanted to share something I’d seen in one of the blogs I follow. The app is free from the android market and the file size is fairly small. Check it out and follow my blog with Bloglovin!

I’m drooling…

They finally did it. They, in this case, being Paper Source and they have an at-home, tabletop Letterpress Machine!paper source letterpress machine

I have several projects that I have been researching printers for, all Letterpress, and there was no way I could afford it, so they have sat collecting dust instead of bolstering sales. Having a machine I can use at-home opens so many doors. :::dreamy sigh::: Not to mention all the fabulous stuff we could do with Art for Cures.

My 40th birthday is Friday O_O so I think that is a little short notice, but this one is definitely going on my Christmas Wish List!!

Zooomr vs Flickr

I’ve been a hardcore Flickr fan for quite some time but am hearing a lot of hype about Zooomr, Flickr’s newest competitor…

Decided to check it out and posted a test photo there. Say hi. :)

coloringbookworm

The only real difference between Flickr and Zoomr that I can see is that:

a) Zooomr’s interface is not as intuitive as Flickr’s.

b) Flickr is more visually appealing. Zooomr feels a bit ‘claustrophobic’ to me for some reason.

c) Zooomr has Geotagging. Flickr doesn’t yet but rest assured they will keep up with the competition. I’m sure it is just a matter of time before they incorporate that as well.

Looking at it a little more closely but, though they are giving bloggers a free Pro account as incentive, I think I will stick with paying for a Pro account on Flickr.

Zooomr vs Flickr

I’ve been a hardcore Flickr fan for quite some time but am hearing a lot of hype about Zooomr, Flickr’s newest competitor…

Decided to check it out and posted a test photo there. Say hi. :)

coloringbookworm

The only real difference between Flickr and Zoomr that I can see is that:

a) Zooomr’s interface is not as intuitive as Flickr’s.

b) Flickr is more visually appealing. Zooomr feels a bit ‘claustrophobic’ to me for some reason.

c) Zooomr has Geotagging. Flickr doesn’t yet but rest assured they will keep up with the competition. I’m sure it is just a matter of time before they incorporate that as well.

Looking at it a little more closely but, though they are giving bloggers a free Pro account as incentive, I think I will stick with paying for a Pro account on Flickr.

The US is taking over the world

Wired News posted a very interesting article. Though I am a US citizen, I have always tried to keep a somewhat non-ecocentric view of things. I admittedly find this article very disturbing.

An experiment in frustration

Recently found this through another blog. A designer’s exit project from a University in Germany; it is not a research company and states as such in the imprint at bottom right.

[ http://www.dontclick.it/ ]

The site is VERY well done; well thought out and accurately executed. I wouldn’t even attempt to try to code something like that for several reasons; my main two reasons being that I found the site to be stressful and not aesthetically pleasing.

Being an artist I like interactivity on a different level, my senses. I like a site that I can sink all of my senses into like a good story. I like being able to visualize what the author is trying to tell me. I like being comfortable or inspired by the graphic elements. I am drawn to use of color, typography and content.

Personal Opinion: Dontclickit … an amazing concept and thorough content but it makes me never want to go back to it.

I went through the whole site with a conscious stream of “DON’T CLICK!” running in my head which didn’t allow me to fully enjoy the site. I got through the whole site without clicking, like most people I’m sure, until you were asked in a section called “Crowdshout” to enter your name, email and a message that gets displayed on the site. I clicked to edit a portion of my message, a mispelled word, and an annoying static screen scolded me for a full 10 seconds about my clicking. I went through the rest of the site after posting my little note.

Before leaving the site I composed an email to the author of the site with kudos and feedback. I went to edit again, mistakenly clicked, got scolded and was returned to find my whole message gone. Disregarding my first instinct to close out the site, I sent him a short note with kudos, and recommended that he fix the erasure problem. I also let him know I wouldn’t be back.

So the question is … why am I linking to his site if I found it so annoying?

Answer.

An amazing concept that shouldn’t be missed.

If nothing else it will make you realize just how much you like to click and how easy we have it. I think the clicking, almost a Pavlovian response, is similar to a book collector’s addiction symptoms. As an avid collector of antique books, it is the feel of the paper, the smell of the book, the look of the fonts .. the aesthetics … that are the draw.

Oh, and as a society if we find something that really irritates us or grosses us out we always have the urge to share it with those we love. Can’t fight human nature.

Forums vs the Blog

This was actually my first posting but I am still getting use to this. I think I will follow the advice in Rebecca’s Pocket … don’t post anything you have to edit.

Forums were the rage for the longest time, now to be replaced by blogs. Well, replaced may not be the approriate word but blogs are making a HUGE impact on how we communicate. I am not an expert by any means but I would define blogs, the slang term for web logs, as a mixture of venting to your peer group, sharing helpful information and the thrill of being published.

Do you have a blog? How do you use your blog? Do you have a blog AND forums for your site? How do you utilize both without being redundant?