Staff this.

I have a word to all you staffing and recruiting agencies out there. I’m going to say this once and that’s it, so listen:
When you sit down to interview me, do not ask me if I have any friends looking for work. Don’t talk to me about how much commission I get per person I find for you.
The focus of my interview is me. I am looking for work, not my friends. Make me feel special (even though I might not be). Stroke my ego for the 15 minutes I’m talking with you. I’m not just a number went I sit down with you, I am your golden ticket. I am your moneymaker.
I promise you, that if you do indeed find me work, I will refer people to you, otherwise, why would I send anyone your way?
Who am I talking about? TTS Personnel, Inc., Gainor, Update Graphics, Artisan Talent, Aquent, Janou Pakter, Randstad … all you clowns, learn some manners.

It will set itself free

It’s absurd to think that the iPhone would stay ‘locked’ with AT&T service.
If we’ve learned anything from copy-protecting on music and DVD’s, its that technology wants to be free. It’s an inherent part of the medium.
If something can be encrypted, then it can be decrypted. Knowledge is always flowing 2 directions (or more).
Apple knew this with iTunes and they knew it just as well with iPhone. Lock-in schemes like this were insisted upon by Apple’s partners – not by Apple itself. Apple could give 2 shits if their music has DRM encoded on it, or if their phones only work on AT&T’s networks.
The mobile phone industry in the United States is absurd and their business models have to be taken down and Apple has made the first moves in making this a reality by working the iPhone into their iTunes ecosystem.
This is echoed in this statement by RIM’s CEO (via MacNN):
“It’s a dangerous strategy. It’s a tremendous amount of control,” he says. “And the more control of the platform that goes out of the carrier, the more they shift into a commodity pipe.”
I want to see Blackberry and Palm step up to the plate and offer up some serious competition to the iPhone. In order to do this, though, they have to heed to design. They have to build an experience and not worry so much about features.


I logged into my LinkedIn account this morning and had this invitation.
I laughed and thought LinkedIn was getting funny with their tone of voice.
Then I realized that abbreviating doesn’t work with peoples’ names – especially on buttons. See below.

Links For Today 8.21.2007

Dear Palm: It’s time for an intervention – my sentiments exactly. I love my Treo. I also love my Nintendo – but that doesn’t mean it can compete with a PS3.
Migrating from AS2 to AS3 – a great breakdown of the differences in syntax between AS2 & AS3. After reading this entry, it’s not as bad as I thought but I still have a A LOT of catching up to do.
On a contrary note, here’s a great post by Joshua Davis on using Actionscript 1.0. Yes, I said Actionscript 1.0!


In the grand George Carlinian tradition of Things That Are Pissing me Off:
I live in New York City.
My friend lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
My friend wants me to come and visit him, so as we’re talking on the phone he says, “Hey, you really have to come down and visit one of these days…”
Has this happened to you?
Why don’t people understand their locations in relation to other places?

My cylinders aren’t all firing

By the way my site was down this week, you would have thought I was hosting it in my backyard on a 10-year-old Windows 3.x machine, mounted on cinder blocks and piping through a 28.8 modem.
Unfortunately, I’m actually paying for hosting my site as well as some clients.
I apologize for the downtime.
I should have new hosting by next month.

comedy I didn’t see coming

Maurice Saatchi, executive director of M&C Saatchi has had a revelation on saving advertising (He doesn’t say that in the article but someone is going to have to show companies ‘the way’ and why not Saatchi). Why is advertising dying? Oh this stupid thing we have called technology. Yeah, technology is making things difficult for the Saachi brains. His solution? See below:

What I am describing here is a new business model for marketing, appropriate to the digital age. In this model, companies compete for global ownership of one word in the public mind.


For example, the word “search” is now owned by Google. For 20 years, “favourite” was owned by British Airways. Sony used to own “innovation”, but that word has probably now been taken by Apple. Royal Bank of Scotland, in its US marketing, will soon own “action”. The same applies to political parties or countries – Britain’s Labour party won three elections with the word “new”. America’s one-word equity is “freedom”.

More woah. Innovation has ‘probably’ been taken by Apple? I never knew Sony had it? It must be great to be at the top of the company and can afford to just make shit up.
Oh and Maurice has made a really nasty, bloated Flash site for his new paradigm. Ooof that is nasty! Why not carry over the simplicity of one word equity and make a simple, clear site?
Truly Amazing. Great rhetoric there, mister Saachi guy.

Trim the fat

I went to Seth Godin‘s blog this morning. I liked what I read so I decided to add his RSS feed to my NewsFire application. When I clicked on the RSS feed icon in Firefox I got this:
screengrab: RSS feed icon in Firefox
I don’t care which type of RSS feed I get. Good design is not only visual, but technical as well. Design involves removing unnecessary complexity.
Don’t show me 3 options when 1 is sufficient.
XML is XML. Just give me a feed.