It’s another installment of the Reactionary Hurl, the series that makes useless comments about things you may or may not care one lick about. You are
encouraged implored to take part by commenting, sending us tips, and spreading the word. I let the topics pile up like crazy, and now I must edit and dump. Sparks gets a whacking today, along with Google haters, anonymity, Flock, and some guys in Dayton. It’s a unique Hurl, so read it.
- Economy, safety top Sparks’ wish list. Based on the headline alone, just about every notion I have ever perpetrated on this site about Sparks is confirmed. Good luck with those. (RGJ)
- Where have I heard this before? It’s funny. For a long time online it seemed as though there were a lot of communities that just didn’t care about people being anonymous online. But when the debate (or at least the dislike) hits the design community, I have to think the ideas I and many other more important people (I know, who could be more important?) have are finally resonating. The quote contained in the link is spot freaking on. It’s not that I want to know who you are, it’s that I just don’t trust people unwilling to use their own name. And I don’t think anyone else should, either. (Daring Fireball)
- Flock. I tried it, but I’m not down. It is a really interesting app, but it was far too busy for me. The social features are right up my alley, but I still subscribe to the bare bones browser idea and tend to have everything open in separate tabs. Who knows, I’ll probably be using it exclusively in a month or two. I tend to do that. I dislike the app, then decide it’s the perfect thing for whatever I’m doing at the time. (I am indisposed)
- Someone save Google. Wait, Scoble is trying to save them. From people who lack basic comprehension of the word “shared.” Man, even my hero Gruber is slightly pissed. I don’t get it. Google Reader has always had tags, then there are the stars, and finally they have sharing. When they added a social feature that put your Google Talk buddies on the feed recipients list for shared items, I found it an easier method. I always used the shared items as a link blog of sorts and eventually most of those items wound up in The Hurl. I did it that way because as I understand the word “shared” it means to show a lot of people. If I didn’t want it public, I starred it or tagged it to a saved folder. The idea of a granular privacy controls is overkill. It’s not meant to be Flickr. It’s meant to be a way to share feeds simply and quickly. (Scobleizer)
- Anyone ever visited this place? I think I might have to take a weekend trip out there and get some photos of their constitution. I think it should be the world’s only constitution contained entirely within Google Docs. Imagine how cool a travel blog post about the place would be. (The Wikis)
Ryan Jerz is an all-around good guy who shoots photos and video, builds websites, and works at the University of Nevada. Ryan formerly taught digital production at Nevada's Reynolds School of Journalism.