Amos Newcombe’s Weblog

2009 April 24 Friday

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In reviewing my Web Mastery bookmarks I came across this piece from Clay Shirky about how heirarchical categorization schemes are old and busted, and links and tags are the new hotness. Far be it from me to contradict such a net.legend as he on a point that in retrospect seems clear. Heirarchical categorization does have its weaknesses, and the new ways have spread rapidly and widely across the Internet.

On the other hand I’ve just come up with a heirarchical classification scheme for resources and concepts of Web Mastery, so I want to push back toward the heirarchy end of things a little bit, and away from the formless tags created by armies of amateurs.

Shirky acknowledges that heirarchies have their places, but he misses one of those places. I want my Web Mastery resources to be more than a passive collection of resources, waiting for their searcher to come and follow them. I want them to be more of a set of instructions: this is how you become a master of the web. For that, a mass of links is not good enough: it needs a story attached to it, and in the telling of that story, a heirarchical organization may have a valuable place.

So a heirarchy tells us more about the organizer than the data? Not a problem — I am trying to put my stamp on this. I am assuming the role not of God but of Teacher. I am not imposing this heirarchy but suggesting it. Here is my way of organizing this stuff. Do you like it? Or not? Talk to me. or ignore me. Your choice.


2008 July 25 Friday

Quote of the Day

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“When a man fights for the truth he should never wear his best pants.”
[hat tip to Cripple Creek Theatre Co.]

2008 July 23 Wednesday

Quote of the Day

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“If this continues, I may have to start a “Poisonous” category – something I never would have imagined needing on a cake blog.

2008 July 21 Monday

Waging a Bailout

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2008 July 18 Friday

Can You Improve this Mediocre Statistical Graphic?

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Why yes, I believe I can. Here is the original mediocre statistical graphic, and my re-do.

2008 June 10 Tuesday

Links 6/10/08 from Naked Capitalism, but this is really for the picture

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Dolphins die after mass stranding BBC

Is Google making us stupid? Nick Carr, CNet

Blogging–It’s Good for You Scientific American. The conclusions seem based on a flawed, indeed romanticized notion of what blogging (at least the most widely read forms, with political as #1, is about).

Is Steve Jobs … Gimli? Paul Kedrosky (hat tip reader Dwight)

Energy Hedge Funds Missing Oil Boom Wall Street Journal (hat tip Felix Salmon). So they don’t get it either.

The Conference Board Has a New Employment Index and It Sees More of the Same Common Sense Forecaster

Japan’s De-deindustrialization? Econospeak

Antidote du jour:

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2008 May 26 Monday


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Animation on public walls in Buenos Aires.

Via Jenn Lena.

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2008 April 22 Tuesday

Numbers Guy Probability Quiz

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Shameless self-promotion — I aced this quiz.

2008 April 20 Sunday


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Why a blog? I follow the news, sometimes I have thoughts about it, sometimes I just want to save something, and have all these somethings findable from one place. Sometimes I want to be educated about issues. Somehow a bookmarking service with tags just doesn’t seem like enough.

There are certain subjects that interest me:

Economic issues:

  • The financial markets generally
  • The series of credit crises we seem to be having since last August: how, and what next
  • Environmental questions — peak oil? global warming?
  • Capitalism and its discontents


  • I’m not so much interested in horse-race type coverage, but I want to know what the candidates’ positions are
  • Who can and cannot be trusted when they talk
  • Who’s policies are good, or evil

Web design, and programming generally

  • tools
  • best practices
  • exemplars

Other stuff as it comes up.

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2008 April 19 Saturday

Hello world!

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Stick around. I got this set up, but the shopping list calls. Back later.

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