Information Architecture for Dummies

Yeah yeah I know some of you think I wear my jammies all day, goof off and blog constantly, but every now and then I do have to do some work. Information Architecture is one of those things I have to understand. For those of you who just zoned out like did high school chemistry class, wake up. Here’s a … [Continue reading Information Architecture for Dummies]

Mini Skirts and Home Pages

Over at HighRankings.com there is a forum thread about much copy there should be on your homepage and whether there is an ideal length or word count. One of the moderators reply was priceless, so I’ll share it with you: “Copy should be like a woman’s skirt, long enough to cover the essentials, short enough to be interesting.”

Rot-13 and Google

You know one of the things that really gets my feathers all ruffled is people only giving half of the story. For example take this line from google’s latest blog entry The answers are in an old computer-geek code called ROT-13. Umm … sorry you left out the really interesting stuff that came thousands of years before Usenet and computer … [Continue reading Rot-13 and Google]

Danny Elfman, Serenada Schizophrana Carnegie Hall World premiere

Last night I attended the world premier of Danny Elfman’s Serenada Schizophrana at Carnegie Hall. The event was commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra. I’ve been a big fan of Danny Elfman ever since he I heard the soundtrack to Batman. He’s done a lot of other movies like Spiderman, Men in Black, Planet of the Apes, and Beetle Juice. … [Continue reading Danny Elfman, Serenada Schizophrana Carnegie Hall World premiere]

Google is a Bully

The more and more I look at what Google is doing lately, the more they remind of Microsoft. Their insidious actions are actually pretty scary. Lets look at the latest toolbar. If you install the newest Google toolbar for IE (link) it has a new “feature” called automap which will automatically rewrite any address on a webpage to link to … [Continue reading Google is a Bully]

Mr Ploppy and Other Tools

That rapscallion of SEO Mr. Ploppy is at again with a list cool tools. My favorite is the Class C Backlinks Analyzer from the guys at WeBuildPages. Now I’d never suggest that you use it with Hub Finder or Google Touch Graph Browser, especially on your competitors … While I’m thinking about it, I’m really looking for a tool to … [Continue reading Mr Ploppy and Other Tools]

Don’t Make Me Think

Want to learn something about building a website? There are lots of places that can help you learn the different aspects. Want to learn about coding, visit the recently resurrected Webmonkey. Want to learn about php visit Sitepoint. Want to learn how to make money on the web visit WebmasterWorld. Want to learn how to design a website that works … [Continue reading Don’t Make Me Think]

Web Tools: Color palates

Back when the web was new responsible designers were only supposed to use the websafe color palette. This consisted of 256 colors that 16 bit computers were capable of rendering with a reasonable degree of accuracy. This became known as the browser safe color palette. When print designers came on the scene they were used to working with PMS colors … [Continue reading Web Tools: Color palates]

Google Sandbox, Stop the Insanity

For those of you in the industry you’ve now doubt heard of the infamous “sandbox”. For those of you not in the trade, here’s the cliff notes version: The sandbox is an alleged penalty or filter that is applied to new websites to prevent them from ranking for “money” or other popular search terms. If you want to read more … [Continue reading Google Sandbox, Stop the Insanity]

Google Sandbox Patent?

I picked this up from Rustybrick who got it from SearchEngineWatch. Looks interesting the whole thing is here. [0077] The dates that links appear can also be used to detect “spam,” where owners of documents or their colleagues create links to their own document for the purpose of boosting the score assigned by a search engine. A typical, “legitimate” document … [Continue reading Google Sandbox Patent?]

Google Hypocrisy

Seems the guys at Googleplex may need to reload if they keep shooting themselves in the foot like this. Check out a thread from Search Engine Watch: Those of you who know me, know that I am the last person to find intrinsic fault with cloaking, but I’ve come across a particularly obnoxious practice of it, and I’m basically looking … [Continue reading Google Hypocrisy]