Google Hopes to Open a Trove of Little-Seen Books – NYTimes.com

January 8, 2009

Google’s book search may allow writers to make money from titles that have been out of commercial circulation for years.

www.nytimes.com, 5th Jan 2009

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Paul Buchheit: Overnight success takes a long time

January 8, 2009

This notion of overnight success is very misleading, and rather harmful. If you’re starting something new, expect a long journey. That’s no excuse to move slow though. To the contrary, you must move very fast, otherwise you will never arrive, because it’s a long journey! This is also why it’s important to be frugal — you don’t want to starve to death half the way up the mountain.

paulbuchheit.blogspot.com, 5th Jan 2009


The Hypermedia Scale – REST & WOA Wiki

January 8, 2009

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Could do with RDF properties to map edit links in Atom feeds

This article is a first attempt at categorizing hypermedia types according to their expressive power. The categorization is based on CRUD capabilities, or Create, Read, Update, and Delete.

restpatterns.org, 5th Jan 2009


As promised…

January 8, 2009

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What does this mean for HR departments? Should they take the Cowell approach?

Earlier I promised:

…Or it could have been a witty commentary on how the Dunning-Kruger Effect keeps Simon Cowell in a job…

Here's that post. I'd actually been meaning to write this for a while, but I only found the link again recently. OK, I'm madly oversimplifying here, but basically, the Dunning-Kruger effect basically says that if you're really bad at something, then you don't know, because you can't evaluate your performance properly. Probably the easiest way to look at this is that if you plot people's actual performance against their perceived performance, you don't get a straight line – you get a kind of U-shape.

So what does this mean? Basically, people who are utterly hopeless at something, are protected from realising how useless they are, by not really knowing what's going on. This is how most people (yes, those people that you have to share the roads with) think they're good drivers, when in actual fact – oh, you know.

Anyhow, this stuff keeps Simon Cowell in a job, because it's responsible for the squads of talentless losers who shuffle up for an audition. I mean, that's the best bit, isn't it? That's why they changed the format so there was five weeks of auditions. Because we all love watching Simon Cowell crush people's dreams don't we? I know I do. Oh yes.

Talisians – Talis People Past and Present, 5th Jan 2009


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January 8, 2009

Google Hopes to Open a Trove of Little-Seen Books – NYTimes.com

January 8, 2009

Google’s book search may allow writers to make money from titles that have been out of commercial circulation for years.

www.nytimes.com, 5th Jan 2009


Paul Buchheit: Overnight success takes a long time

January 8, 2009

This notion of overnight success is very misleading, and rather harmful. If you’re starting something new, expect a long journey. That’s no excuse to move slow though. To the contrary, you must move very fast, otherwise you will never arrive, because it’s a long journey! This is also why it’s important to be frugal — you don’t want to starve to death half the way up the mountain.

paulbuchheit.blogspot.com, 5th Jan 2009