Links, 11/9/11

I know. It’s been a while since one of these. But these links are very good:

  • Felicia Day, “RSS Rant” – this requires extended comment, as it has me thinking of the user experience of this site. She details how she uses RSS: RSS is a way to consume a LOT of information very quickly, and STORE it in nice categories if you miss it. So I can catch up with a small blog’s output at the end of the week and, if I so choose, read EVERY article easily in one sitting. You think on Friday I’m gonna go browse that same site’s Twitter feed on their page (digging through all the messy @ replies) and see what they did that week?! Or go to their Facebook page that is littered with contests? No way dude, I’m too busy for that!
  • Megan McArdle, “Capitol Gains” – about whether Congress can plausibly be accused of insider trading. The data is inconclusive, and it doesn’t help the definition of “insider trading” is itself problematic. McArdle’s conclusion shows a concern for the fundamental issue.
  • Diana Damrau sings Mozart’s “Queen of the Night” Aria from “The Magic Flute” – if you haven’t liked the Rethink fan page, you’re missing out. This has been up there a while.
  • “Second Interview with Ashok Karra” – from the article: The best thing you can give our students is freedom.


  1. I’ve been a following Felicia for quite a few years. She’s a talented lady, and I enjoy her work; The Guild and Dragon Age are two of her latest pieces.

    I agree with her about RSS, although I’ve been quiet on the personal blogging front, RSS along with various other forms of social media have been active on my professional sites.

    I’m a firm believer in giving the user choices, to make their experience in my virtual corner, a bit easier to navigate.

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