Friday, July 29, 2005

The Baby Name Wizard - Name News Blog

I found this site quite awhile ago and played with the name trend. I like how the data flows as you move from name to name.

I guess I was so busy playing with the charting wizard, I never noticed they had a blog.

Observations, research and ruminations from Laura Wattenberg, author of the Baby Name Wizard.

They do and do post interesting items on and around name trends over the ages.

Well worth the read!

Caution: Don't get lost in the wonderous charting!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Making A Difference

Making a Difference is features ideas, resources and support for people working to make a difference.

In a recent post, Stepping out of your comfort zone, Hanna Cooper writes,
"Going out on a limb, taking the plunge, walking a tightrope... just some of the language we use about taking a chance. A risk. And yet, how much there is to be gained by extending out into the void, and out of our comfort zone?"
Hanna writes from personal experience, her participation in the Twin Cities - Chicago AIDS ride, 500 miles in July through the Wisconsin countryside.

"The physical and mental endurance and stamina that this event required took me way out of my comfort zone."

"Since then, I've often recalled the lessons of this experience - learning to accept things as they were, trusting my body, and knowing my limits - to remind myself of my strength, capacity, and humility. Taking on a big challenge, stepping out of my comfort zone, ultimately helps me to take on greater challenges, and keeps me moving towards my goals to make a difference."

Try Making a Difference!

Dream Big

Who Writes It: Kirsten Johnson in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Recent Posts Include:

Dream Big is a place to be reminded that living your dreams truly is possible and Kirsten Johnson is a fresh new voice of inspiration.

The Third Age Blog

A new group blog is now online that those of us in the 40 plus age group should be aware of.

Plenty of good writers.
Plenty of things to write about.

Read the Third Age Blog!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

OK/Cancel - Kevin Cheng & Tom Chi

As blogs go, this is DIFFERENT.

Kevin Cheng and Tom Chi are the powers behind this wonderful site focusing:
on interfaces, good and bad and the people behind the industry of building interfaces - usability specialists, interaction designers, human-computer interaction (HCI) experts, industrial designers, etc.
I like the visual story.

Give it a read.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Inkfinger - Niff & Sutter

From the About section of this sketchblog:
Welcome to a Blog. A blog for sketches. Our sketches specifically.

We are Niff and Sutter. Niff, (Jennifer Nicholls) is an illustrator living in Baltimore ( soon to be Philadelphia) and Sutter, (Matt Sutter) is an animator/designer living in Philadelphia. We are looking for a place to get practice and feedback on our daily sketchings. We urge you to take part, and make friends.

If all goes according to plan we will update often. We will try to switch ownership daily, Niff-monday, Sutter-Tuesday, and so on and so forth. Don't worry, it will be brutally obvious whose sketch is whose.

Put Inkfinger in your reader!

Monday, July 25, 2005


You should be aware by now that design is continuing to get notice as a significant differentiator in the new economy. Tom Peters rants about it frequently and he is just one of many.

A new voice in this area is Hilary. A recent post has reasons for continuing to design web pages for 800x600 resolution.

Read all of Hilary here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Naming and Branding Meta Blog

An aggregation of the three blogs Snark Hunting, Whisper, and Wordlab

WHO WRITES IT: The folks behind Igor, a San Francisco branding consultancy

WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Whisper offers good musings on strategy, but the best stuff comes from Snark Hunting. Its authors riff on Gap Inc.'s new Forth & Towne store concept for middle-aged women, noting that it uses an ampersand rather than risk the acronym FAT.

Source: Jena McGregor, Fast Company, August hardcopy


WHO WRITES IT: Brand planners and researchers at scenarioDNA in New York

WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Mostly a roundup of stories on hip brands, scenario's blog collects insightful news without pitching its services. It offers surprising takes on current buzz concepts--such as applying the notion of "brand hijacking" to the downtown New York music club CBGB, once country, now punk.

Source: Jena McGregor, Fast Company, August hardcopy


WHO WRITES IT: Four branding gurus: Andy Lark, Johnnie Moore, Jennifer Rice, and John Winsor

WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: While their individual blogs often wander off-topic, BrandShift's authors stick to their knitting at this site. There's a healthy debate on defining the concept of branding and an account of the dead-on brand experience of calling the receptionist ("You've got it, bro") at Patagonia's headquarters.

Source: Jena McGregor, Fast Company, August hardcopy

Friday, July 15, 2005

What She Said - Morgaine

This is an except from a recent posting by Morgaine:
The first pants were designed for women some where in Asia. One theory says they were for women working farms in China, another says they were for women kept in harems. Either way, they are designed for a body with no dangling parts. Why men ever started wearing them makes no sense to me.

Where I live in Kentucky, it is against the local religions for women to wear slacks or cut their hair and for men to have long hair. They don't know why they follow their rules, either.

Aliens haven't contacted us because they're still looking for intelligent life on this planet. So am I.
Good stuff!

The next time some guy asks you where all the female bloggers are, tell them What She Said!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Corporate Blogging - Sher Taton

Sher Taton has started a blog.

"The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions." A career in corporate Marketing has landed me in a place where I have "drunk the koolaid" and believe that blogging and a lot of the new tools like RSS etc. are going to change the face of marketing. I'm creating this blog to exchange ideas on the new age of marketing.

She says of herself:
My career to date has been spent in corporate marketing with corporations from Texas Instruments (Corporate Marcom) and Continental/General Tire (Marketing Manger - Mexico and US Director of Advertising)to IBM where I have been the last 7+ years. I currently work in Corporate Interactive Marketing where I produce the global On Demand Business sites I have also been appointed the Marketing Communications lead across the company on blogging. (Perhaps to keep me so busy that I would stop talking about blogging) but it hasn't worked. I'm more stoked than ever. Outside of work, my passion is my daughter, a poodle and a large garden which may be more obsession than passion. I've been blogging inside IBM and have now decided to try blogging outside. My passion may lie more in corporate blog strategy and producing other's blogs than doing my own... we will see
Read Sher!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Environmental Economics

This is a group blog edited by Tim Haab and John Whitehead.
The Environmental Economics blog is dedicated to the dissemination of economists’ views on current environmental and natural resource issues. We hope this blog will help bring economists’ views on environmental issues further into the mainstream. The intended audience includes the general public and students. Posts are non-technical.
The World Changing Blog says:
"... we're happy to note the arrival of the Environmental Economics Blog, which manages to be both dismally scientific and readable at the same time."
For those who want to know, read Environmental Economics!

Monday, July 11, 2005

Tokyo Times Blog

Dream Big

a place to be reminded that living your dreams truly is possible

kirsten johnson is a 26 year old life coach living in minneapolis, minnesota

i statements by kirsten:
words i live by..."being hopeful is the bravest way to live." i love people, they amaze and fascinate me. i love being playful, fun and spontaneous. i'm a big dreamer and love helping people remember that living our dreams is possible

Sunday, July 10, 2005

35 Degrees

35 Degrees is a blog in oriental and wine, written by a self-proclaimed "Super-Fab Work Goddess."

Current projects at 35 Degrees include: 26 Things, Kimono Philes, Photo Friday, and Seven Deadly Sins. These are all pictorals.

Here, the Work Goddess describes the magical night her husband proposed to her:

We lived in Tokyo (in the sleepy hamlet of Senkawa, a piss-throw from Ikebukuro) from October 2001 until April 2004. Husband drunkenly proposed to me in Kyoto on New Years Day 2003 (yes’m – kawaaaaaiiiiii, ne!) and I drunkenly accepted. Rather than fork out hundreds of thousands of yen to rent out a tacky function centre for 4000 of our closest friends, we decided to get hitched on the beach in Palm Cove in May 2004, followed by a Ni-Ji-Kai in Melbourne in August. Melbourne is now our home, although I do crave kimchi and CoCo Ichibanya katsu-karri more than is decent.

Friday, July 01, 2005

The Space Above the Couch - Jennifer Pohl

From the About section of Jennifer's blog:

Jennifer's lifelong passion for art and need for expression have fueled her existence and driven her into a career that has had its share of both joy and torment. From finding sudden inspiration in a shaft of light piercing the smoke of a burnt meal, to the endless nights painting variations on a single brush stroke in an effort to catch the elusive flow and essence of a piece, she knows that the life she has chosen is one of opposite extremes. Indeed, it is a life that has chosen her, no mistake. She can no more deny the spiritual act of painting than she can avoid seeing beauty in her life.

This blog is a way to seek and share inspiration. It is part of her journey.

Good writing, good art!

Add Jennifer to your reading list!