Memes and movies…

It seems that memes (pronounced meems) themselves have become memetic.

The October 2000 issue of Scientific American has an article about memes, called, “The Power of Memes,” arguing that our proclivity for handling memes was major influence in human evolution.

I only read about half of it while I was waiting for the plane yesterday, but I liked what I read. Unfortunately, the article is not online, but the
synopsis is
. I’m going to buy the issue this evening.

Dave Anolik, a fellow Intel employee, and Don Brown have produced a documentary about do-it-yourself film making called digital american dream.

I’m going to the premiere! It’s tomorrow, 09/28, at 8:00 PM at The Roxie, which is at Valencia and 16th, here in San Fran…come with me!

Go with the flow…

You know, I’ve been meaning to read Csikszentmihalyi’s book, “Flow : The Psychology of Optimal Experience.”

I just haven’t gotten around to it. The topic seems interesting enough, though I’m aware that some people think Csikszentmihalyi is an idiot. See: The Flow Experience: The Summa Cum Lousy of Bad Psychology.

Still, I’m curious…and today I found an interesting set of papers written by Thomas Novak and Donna Hoffman, of Vanderbilt University, concerned with providing a conceptual model of how flow works on the Web. You can get the lot of them at their Research on Flow page.

I recommend taking a look at all the papers available there (not just the final draft). The beginning of the first abstract, for example, is a great two minute introduction to the concept of flow.

OS X on Intel & Simpsons Toys

They’ve got it and we want it.
If you do only one thing today, please sign the OS X on Intel petition to get Apple to port their (now in beta) new operating system to Intel hardware…highly unlikely, but we can dream, can’t we?

Oh yeah, I’ve given a name to the group of links I promised to post when I link to a site who’s link I found on someone else’s page. Partially as a throwback to that wonderful UNIX tool, traceroute (tracert if you’re on Windows), I’ve named it tracelink. So, here’s the tracelink:

bradlauster.comSlashdotMacSlashOS X on Intel

My friend, Jerry (sorry, no web site), turned me onto the Simpsons Intelli-Tronic Figures & Playsets, and now, I MUST OWN THEM ALL!


(Note from Dec. 2001: The links in this post were no longer valid, so I removed them and italicized the words that used to be linked, for reference.)

Well, I’m back to the beginning of my job search.

I’ve decided to take a little time to reevaluate what I want to do with my life, what I love and the things I hate. I’ll begin by looking at my start page. You sure can learn a lot about a person by looking at their bookmarks!

Taking a look at mine, it’s immediately obvious that I’m interested in design and more specifically, interactive design. It’s also apparent that I’m peripherally interested in the outdoors, ecological building, the environment and transportation.

Hmmmm. So, I should get a job doing interaction design for ecologically sound methods of transportation? I never though of doing that before! Maybe I need to think about this some more (and make sure the things I’m interested in are accurately represented in my bookmarks)…but, at least, I think we’re getting to the crux of it all.

Perhaps you saw something else when you looked at my start page? If so, let me know, I need your help.

Shot down…

Update – 2:30 PM
One of my old college roommates, Matt, wrote me this afternoon to cheer me up. Thanks Dood!

Original post:
You know, I never thought, after getting a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems, with a concentration in Technical Communications, and working in industry for over three years, doing usability and quality evaluations, programming and interaction design, that I’d be in a position where I can’t get the job I want because I don’t have enough experience and I can’t get experience because I can’t get the job I want.

This is so foreign to me. I’ve never tried so hard for something and not gotten it.

E-mail me. I need some inspiration.

The big day…

Well, a couple months of work all comes down to today.

You see, I’ve been interviewing for this job that I REALLY want and today I should find out whether or not I actually get it.

Wish me luck!

Minor site updates…

(Note from Dec. 2001: Some of the links in this post were no longer valid, so I removed them and italicized the words that used to be linked, for reference.)

Added a couple things to the site today:
I put together some of my bookmarks and created, what I call, my start page.

I’ve also created an ad, because I’m selling my car.

Check this out! Selena (my girlfriend), registered a couple domain names last week. You can check out her site at either or By the way, her dream set is the Phillips Flat TV.

Pressing on: web log standards

So, my search for web log standards turned up nothing! Plus, no one e-mailed me either…most likely because no one reads my site.

I’ve thought it over and I hate the idea of doing something that’s been done before, so I will press on with the search.

In the meantime, consider this:
Web logs are a dime a dozen these days. On any given day, you can usually find the same or similar post on loads of sites. So why do we continue to visit these sites day after day? It’s because we crave the humanity, the personality…and what better a way to learn about someone’s personality than to have some unique insight into the path they took to find the thing they found interesting. Sort of like their mental model for that information.

For example:

In my search for web log standards today, I read Weblogs: A History and Perspective, written by Rebecca Blood. Here’s how I found it:

bradlauster.competerme.comScripting NewsRebecca’s Pocket

Like I said before, I’m not big on doing things that have been done before, so I’m going to try to resist the temptation to post things that I’ve pilfered from other web logs, but if I do, I’m going to post the path I took to find it. Now I need a good name for the path…got any ideas?

Still a bit green…

(Note from Dec. 2001: The links in this post were no longer valid, so I removed them and italicized the words that used to be linked, for reference.)

I am woefully green when it comes to writing my web log.

I’ve noticed that most people never seem to change what they’ve written – despite sometimes glaring inaccuracies. I follow a few ‘blogs pretty closely, but probably wouldn’t notice if someone changed a previous post.

My question is this: Are there generally accepted standards of practice for personal web logs?

Since web logs are about publication without rules, I doubt that such a thing exists. I also doubt anyone would follow them if they did exist.

The only mention of web log standards I’ve found so far, is from Array: 02/11/2000. If my search turns up nothing else, maybe I’ll just write my own.