Coming Soon, one voice, one idea and one dollar at a time.
NOTE: A portion of proceeds raised will go to yet TBD non-profits, including CIVIC, because the work that Marla Ruzicka began is work we should all continue.
The User-centric Approach to Website Design
by Raphie Frank , for swandivedigital, January 2003
Your guide could not be here. You will have to go through on your own.
– Voice from a loudspeaker
The Internet, in spite of the boundless opportunity for connection and interaction with others it provides, is fundamentally a user-controlled , solitary medium. Whether within the comfort of a home or the confines of an office cubicle, the typical Internet user will still be sitting there, alone, with a keyboard, a mouse and a monitor and will need to figure out how to go from A to B or accomplish Z. The trick for those who design and maintain websites is to provide Internet users with the best possible direction and guidance within a richly useful, pleasant environment.
UPDATE #1: Word has it that, due to procedural issues, the eviction notice will NOT be received on July 4th . I applaud the City of Toronto for not exploiting the American holiday slow down to to veil its actions.
UPDATE #2: Chris Gardiner eviction has been pushed back until late July or early August, 2006 (more)
WORLDZIGHT – an improvisational experiment in global participatory democracy…
The premise behind WorldZight is to bring together trans-global constituencies bound together by race, religion, issues, convergence of interest, or any one of a number of “metonymic” (a part used for the whole) connections to a given “cause” in a peaceful, non-obstructive manner. The goal of WorldZight is to demonstrate to local, regional and national governments world-wide that citizen democracy can STILL work even in an increasingly globalized, yet micro-segmented, society that works to simultaneously concentrate means of communication in the hands of a few while dividing constituencies into ever smaller self-coalescing micro-constituencies… (more)
(FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION :: July 3rd :: Eyes upon Toronto
Our goal is to let Toronto know that the eyes and the words of the world are upon it. Swiss-chees spin, nailed shut window “framing” and communication shutdown to leverage the natural discrimatory public stance against citizens falling outside standard behavioral norms are unacceptable methods of DIALOGUE between a city authority and its citizens. WE MUST FORCE THE CONVERSATION and DEMAND REASONABLE ANSWERS TO REASONABLE QUESTIONS and not allow the city to stonewall until there is no going back. (more)
PLease!!!!!!!! Everyone from everywhere, HELP INVITE ALL CONTACTS TO THIS GROUP PLEASE!!
Ana Crisan’s Original Appeal
I knew him as “Chris the penny guy” because all day long he was picking up pennies, and this is all he is surviving on. I remember I used to sit with him at Coffee TIme and help him count his pennies. I lived there for almost a year. Today he is still living off pennies, has built a house of his own, and doesn’t bother anyone… (more)
Toronto Blames Pigeon Homelessness on the… Homeless?
In torpedoing the Toronto Animal Rights Society’s plan to build condos for pigeons under the Gardiner expressway, mayoral adviser Chris Phibb stated that , “It just seems hurtful to install housing for pigeons where we’re doing outreach for people under the Gardiner. The irony intended may not be appreciated.’’ Hmmm… Asst. Phibbs? Wheer do we start here? With laughter? With anger? Or with tears? Not sure what gets me most… (more)
ISSUE: The unnecessary and improperly accounted for eviction of Chris “Gardiner” from his home beneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway
TIME FRAME: Monday, July 3rd, 2006 (and thereafter as necessary)
OBJECTIVE Our goal is to let Toronto know that the eyes and the words of the world are upon it. Swiss-chees spin, nailed shut window “framing” and communication shutdown to leverage the natural discrimatory public stance against citizens falling outside standard behavioral norms are unacceptable methods of DIALOGUE between a city authority and its citizens. WE MUST FORCE THE CONVERSATION and DEMAND REASONABLE ANSWERS TO REASONABLE QUESTIONS and not allow the city to stonewall until there is no going back.
With citizen democracy there is no such thing as a fait accompli. We will continue to watch the city of Toronto and ensure that it follows through on its commitment to its neediest, but happy citizens should it force them from HOMES TO SHELTERS. We call the city to task BEFORE NOT AFTER. If the eviction goes through as all indications suggest and construction slated for later in the year is delayed yet again, there will be a written record of the City’s failure to treat its citizens with common respect and dignity. An “honest conversation” before, not after the eviction, is hardly too much to ask of the 3rd politest city in the world.
The premise behind WorldZight is to bring together trans-global constituencies bound together by race, religion, issues, convergence of interest, or any one of a number of “metonymic” (a part used for the whole) connections to a given “cause” in a peaceful, non-obstructive manner.
The goal of WorldZight is to demonstrate to local, regional and national governments world-wide that citizen democracy can STILL work even in an increasingly globalized, yet micro-segmented, society that works to simultaneously concentrate means of communication in the hands of a few while dividing constituencies into ever smaller self-coalescing micro-constituencies.
These simultaneous trends threaten to work hand in hand to frustrate attempts to generate popular consensus on pressing global issues even as the means (the “pipes”) by which to express dissent become ever more subject to corporate whim.
Do something for Ana because she is afraid and gave me permission on the phone to tell you that. People like her are the reson I write and the reason I fight and the reason I aim to rip a new A**hole the next time somebody tries to tell me people can’t be BETTER. Don’t tell me they can’t when Ana Crisan CAN. She was homeless too and now she is trying to help her friend Chris who authorities are trying to remove from his.
Read the post below… do something, and then LATER…
and only after…
CLARIFICATION: Ana does not know exactly when the planned home eviction will take place, but assume it’s soon. Very soon. Ana will be there tomorrow and I hope some Press will be there with her. But I’m going to tell you something. Be gentle with Ana. She is scared and I am trying to help her not be. Screw with her and your screw with me. That’s what I just told her when we spoke on the phone. And believe me, I’m not much fun when I’m mad. I’m a motherfuc*er to behold.
This is Friendster folks. I believe in Ana and Ana believes in Chris…
Please just go to the link above and see what is going on, okay? ill post more here when I get a chance…
“Please, this is a man that has been living on the
streets for a very long time after a terrible accident. I
met him 8 years ago when I was homeless myself and
living in the same place he is still living now. ..”
And people, PLEASE, don’t start saying nice things about me behind my back. Just DO SOMETHING. Tell SOMEBODY. ANYTHING, but sit there and say “wow, that’s pretty cool. wish I was like that. Okay?
Imagine turning on your television to NBC and all you get is snowy fuzz. Better yet, imagine tuning in to NBC, but not only are stripes floating horizontally down the fuzzy screen, but you also have to take discrete, active steps to access the desired program. In essence you have to ask to watch the show you want to watch. But, “golly darn,” you’re thinking, “this is just as hard as trying to get that damn VCR to record back in the old days.”
Eventually, even if it’s a show you really want to see, what’s going to happen is you’re going to get frustrated and turn the channel or even turn the TV off all together and watch a movie, listen to music, go online, or perhaps, even, read a book? A book? This must be serious.
photo by Marcus’ wife.
Wowza, now there’s a path with heart… PlentyofFish, a free dating site has become the 30th largest site in Canada. It’s a ONE PERSON company run by Marcus who has a WordPress blog, The Paradigm Shift: Adapt or Die
Marcus seems to think Any Idiot Can Make Millions, but there are three catches if you ask me…
1) If everybody did it, the supply would overwhelm demand and the cost per clicks offered would go down drastically. Darn that Adam Smith!
2) Where’s the rest of all the Google Adsense money going to? Uh… Google?
**News Flash** Kids. That is called CONCENTRATION OF WEALTH, because Google gets most of the money, and even as “Don’t Be Evil” as Google may be, there are going to be competitors who will gain traction by offering their clients a greater cut of the proceeds, bringing us to the #3 catch…
3) Marcus ain’t no idiot. He’s there first and if he’s even smarter he’ll use his eyeball base to start his own sponsored search program right there on PlentyofFish. He can keep more of the money and actually have a better chance to “change the world,” as he says he wants to.
To be fair Marcus notes that “competition may drive up prices and its no longer profitable for you to bid on those terms.” and goes on to say “If you have your own website affiliate networks are great. If don’t have many users (under 30,000 uniques/day) and they are all focused on your subject area a good rule of thumb is you can make $2.00 off affiliate ads for every dollar you make off adsense.”
Read New York Times article Death by Smiley Face: When Rivals Disdain Profit
from O’Reilly’s Radar
Business theorists have started to grasp the risks to established businesses of asymmetric competition. (By analogy to the concept of asymmetric warfare, sometimes companies are competing with rivals whose different business model transforms the nature of the conflict. For example, the competition between Netscape and Microsoft was symmetric because both companies employed the software distribution business model, but the competition between Google and Microsoft, or (more granularly), between Firefox and IE or Linux and Windows, is asymmetric.)
But the NY Times points out an even more disruptive trend in an article entitled Death by Smiley Face: When Rivals Disdain Profit: “There is another breed of rival lurking online for traditional media, and it is perhaps the most vexing yet: call it purpose-driven media, with a shout-out to Rick Warren, the author of “A Purpose-Driven Life,” for borrowing his catchphrase. These are new-media ventures that leave the competition scratching their heads because they don’t really aim to compete in the first place; their creators are merely taking advantage of the economics of the online medium to do something that they feel good about. more