A Saturday-morning farrago . . .
–There are plenty of creative endeavors that are worth getting right before you release them to the world. For instance, if you want to publish an elegant book, you had better get the words and the design right the first time, because you can’t recall a print run to make changes. But in the online world, you often do better to gin something up, run it through a few iterations in private with no more than a small group to massage it, and then . . . you release it. You know it’s an imperfect, provisional effort, but you go ahead anyway, because perfectionism is a great way to diminish your impact (and your profitability etc.) online.
Here’s an article that reinforces this viewpoint, using the specific example of Netflix:
The Freedom of Fast Iterations: How Netflix Designs a Winning Web Site
–International tourism often throws issues of wealth and poverty into high relief. People from the wealthy world want to travel to exotic locales, but often these places are beset by poverty — poverty that often is walled off from any influx of tourist money. This item from Fast Company offers some intelligent points in this vein:
Go Ahead Stick Your Head in the Sand, Just Don’t Do it in Haiti
If poverty in Haiti concerns you, lay hands on Mountains beyond Mountains posthaste.
–A basic law of the Internet: There are a lot of cool bands out there that you’ve never heard of. My example du jour: The High Dials. (Thanks to Belle.)
–Writing coach Lisa Gates asks a pertinent question in this post:
Friday Coaching Question: What are you committed to?
Her basic premise: You say you’re committed to doing X, but you spend your time doing W, Y, and Z. That means that you’re actually committed to . . . W, Y, and Z. That’s okay. No need to beat yourself up about it. But you do need to get honest with yourself about where your commitments do lie versus where you think they should lie.
–Worldchanging Austin has more analysis of Austin’s Climate Protection Plan, which I talked about last week.
–Like RG4N in my own neighborhood, Austin, Draw the Line! is using the Internet as a key tool in its grassroots effort to steer the future of Austin’s downtown.
–It never ceases to amaze me how the Internet enables specialists with a very specific passion to share their zeal and expertise with the world. Exhibit 1,453,763: John Wood’s Functional Hand Strength. (Thanks to Seth.)
–Thank you, Doc Searls, for pointing me to Joel Johnson’s column on not buying crap.