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Linkdump for February 28th

by Rob Friesel

The Sun is Setting on Rails-style MVC Frameworks At caines.ca/blog. Still digesting this one (and its B- comment thread). Short version of immediate gut response: aspects of MVC are bogus (e.g., some of the "magic", implementation details that throw "wrong" HTTP responses [if you want to be that pedantic]), but it seems to me like […]

Program or Be Programmed

by Rob Friesel

Right from the first page, Douglas Rushkoff’s book Program or Be Programmed1 reminded me of Nicholas Carr‘s, The Shallows2 — only with a broader scope and more buzzwords and a less gloomy appraisal of the subject. Buy a copy on Amazon (affiliate link). [↩]My review is here on this blog. And/or: buy it on Amazon […]

on footnotes, links, and cognition

by Rob Friesel

Recently, Nicholas Zakas wrote a blog post about switching from “embedded links” to footnotes. His decision was largely in response to some data cited in Nicholas Carr’s book The Shallows1; of those data, Carr writes: The test subjects who read the pages linearly actually scored considerably higher on a subsequent comprehension test than those who […]

The Shallows

by Rob Friesel

Is this a book about the Internet? Or about neuroplasticity? Is this a gadget-lover’s dirge for “his old brain”? Or a sensationalist portrait of a technological and cultural paradigm shift that lists strongly toward the catastrophic? The Shallows is all of these things, and quite a few more—some of which marry well with Carr’s thesis, […]