Flower Myth

today’s cultural event: went to see the exhibition, Blumenmythos, at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen (along with hundreds of other visitors). The show is a “must see”.


Some of my favorites:

David Hockney, Mount Fuji and Flowers, 1972

Andy Warhol, Flowers, series, 10 sheets, 1970

I’ll probably go back on a quieter day to see the show again at a more leisurely pace (at no extra cost cos I have a Museum Pass for one year).

Blogger Meetup in Basel

Just got back from the Swiss Bloggers meetup in downtown Basel. It was fun sharing experiences and talking about tools and seeing the blogger “in person”. As bamboozled had announced a couple of journalists came by asking questions about blogs, star bloggers… and the future development of blogs.

usability and rich web apps

Worries about rich web applications:

I know I’m just one quiet voice in a storm, but if you are thinking of developing any kind of “rich” web application, please, please, embrace all the aspects of the web experience we all love so much rather than rejecting them for your own preferences and assumptions. Don’t make your application an irritating, restricted and unfamiliar alternative to the web browser experience, make it a comfortable extension to the web browser experience. If you don’t allow your customers the control they are used to on the web, you will alienate your users and risk being out-evolved by a more compatible product.

If you’re in marketing…

Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career

  1. You have to get noticed to get promoted.
  2. You have to get noticed to get hired.
  3. It really impresses people when you say “Oh, I’ve written about that, just google for XXX and I’m on the top page” or “Oh, just google my name.”
  4. No matter how great you are, your career depends on communicating. The way to get better at anything, including communication, is by practicing. Blogging is good practice.
  5. Bloggers are better-informed than non-bloggers. Knowing more is a career advantage.
  6. Knowing more also means you’re more likely to hear about interesting jobs coming open.
  7. Networking is good for your career. Blogging is a good way to meet people.
  8. If you’re an engineer, blogging puts you in intimate contact with a worse-is-better 80/20 success story. Understanding this mode of technology adoption can only help you.
  9. If you’re in marketing, you’ll need to understand how its rules are changing as a result of the current whirlwind, which nobody does, but bloggers are at least somewhat less baffled.
  10. It’s a lot harder to fire someone who has a public voice, because it will be noticed.

From Ongoing (via Haslo.ch)

Homesite 4.5.1 and Windows XP

If you’re still using HomeSite 4.5.1 on XP and you’ve activated automatic updates, you can start looking for an alternative HTML editor. I am.

Couple of days ago my HomeSite kept crashing, everytime I clicked the Design tab. Displaying the following error message:
No such interface supported.

A DHTML patch in one of the recent XP updates is causing the problem.

You can of course de-install the new DHTML patch that is causing HomeSite to hang up. But if at a later date you manually update your XP installation (e.g. to patch security holes that are being targeted by viruses), you’re back at square one.

My temporary workaround: I’ve disabled the Design mode.

But I guess it’s time to look around for a sturdy versatile HTML editor. For some coding, I’m already using UltraEdit. At a previous company I’ve used Dreamweaver 4 (can’t remember the exact version). I’m comfortable with writing HTML, but would like some visualization features for layout purposes.

Any recommendations? What are you using?

[Update April 16 2005]
I’m thinking of switching to Nvu. Offers both a Windows and Linux version.