One of the things that I have done over the years in the contents of various iterations of this blog is to post interesting links that I find here and there. I don’t know how I came up with the name, but somewhere along the line, I took to calling them Distractions.
(I probably could have shared more of what I find than I do, but with slow production rate of posts that I write, the distractions would have probably quickly overwhelmed the non-distractions…so I didn’t share these distractions all that often.)
Yesterday I came across Om Malik’s OmLinks link blog and just thought that was a great idea – to have a little blog off to the side specifically for sharing things of interest…so, late in the day yesterday, I created a Distractions link blog where I plan to post a more frequent running list of distractions.
So, if you are interested in being distracted, then you can maybe find some distraction there. I suspect that most of the items will be work related, but we’ll see.
Where something is particularly awesome and worth sharing, I’ll probably end up posting it in both places (i.e. both here and on the distractions blog).
Update: After playing a little bit with this idea, I’ve decided to reincorporate distractions back into the main blog. I’m updating the navigation to point to the topic category.
Kim and I spent a couple of hours last night surfing the web and watching videos. Here are the ones we liked the best plus some others that I’ve watched and really like over the past couple of days.
A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything – Exactly what the title says in 3 minutes and 12 seconds (via @mwesch).
Best of Chatroulette – If you turn your head, I win…love this…might be my favorite because it is a game within a game (via laughingsquid.com).
Bobby McFerrin Hacks Your Brain with Music – This is just plain old cool…again, it feels like there is a game going on here (via TED.com).
Logorama – I think this is a nominee for the Oscars in the short film category. Without giving anything away, I love the choice of the villain. (via Kottke.org)
DICE 2010: Design Outside the Box – Jesse Schell talks about game design beyond what we are currently seeing. I think this is pretty much required viewing for folks working in the design business. (again via Kottke.org)
Last but not least, my buddy Mick filmed, the Bandistas performing I’ll be Your Mirror at the Church on February 28th. I really like their version.
The best of the things that I found, saw, watched on the web this week (only 4 days late).
Gore’s Choice – A tale of typography, choice and change – starring Al Gore, a mysterious character named Nikola and the number 1. (via John Gruber)
Letters of Note – In the words of my friend Marvin, this is one of the things that the “Internet was made for.” (via Reddit)
A New Approach to China – Google rethinks its approach to business in China because of attacks on gmail and the theft of some of its intellectual property that originated from there. Also, probably the best and most interesting analysis I read about the decision elsewhere.