Posts Tagged ‘information overconsumption’


The Allure of Mobile

Posted by: by John Parsons on October 16th, 2012

As I recover from the blast of activity surrounding Graph Expo,[1] it occurs that everyone I met there seems to be fully committed to doing business on mobile platforms—even if they have no idea why or how. Mobile is the new big thing, whether you’re serving consumers or businesses. QR Codes are everywhere, and a [...]


The Medium and the Message

Posted by: by John Parsons on August 24th, 2012

McLuhan’s famous line (misquoted here) was brought to mind recently by the struggles of someone close to me. Let’s call him Frank. An otherwise insightful and witty writer, Frank is a somewhat erratic speller. However, to the already whimsical spelling rules of the English language has been added the benefit/curse of computerized spellcheck. Many of [...]


Who’s On First? (The Problem With English)

Posted by: by John Parsons on August 12th, 2012

For better or for worse, English is the language of business, information technology, entertainment, philosophy, and public discourse in much of the world. Other languages have held similar preeminence (Greek, Latin, Chinese, French, and Arabic, for example.) Some are still regionally or culturally very strong. However, the fact is that if your information requirements are [...]


Taming the Web with Trapit (software review)

Posted by: by John Parsons on August 2nd, 2012

The Web is a big, scary place—not an “information highway,” but an infinite, arbitrary “information parking lot.” Everything is where it wants to be, I suppose, but very little is where I can find it. The process of locating and using what I really need is exhausting and often self-defeating. Enter Trapit, a “personalized discovery [...]


Print as a “Nimble” Medium

Posted by: by John Parsons on July 14th, 2012

In this blog, I’ve spent a great deal of time talking about our over-consumption of data, and how difficult it is to convey relevant information in the swirling digital chaos in which we live. For the record, I still hold that a better method of “tuning” information to our individual needs will make things better [...]


Why Gray Matter Matters

Posted by: by John Parsons on July 8th, 2012

A character in one of my favorite science fiction novels, Heinlein’s The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, is a computer that has become self-aware. “Mycroft” (a highly-augmented HOLMES IV system), wakes up and starts making its own choices when the total number of digital connections surpasses the number of neurons in the human brain. In [...]


PowerPoint Lessons

Posted by: by John Parsons on June 26th, 2012

In today’s business world, few of us have been spared that rendition session known humorously as the PowerPoint from Hell—a uniquely painful experience that was, unfortunately, perfected too recently to be included in the Geneva Conventions. These wonders of enhanced interrogation feature dense, incomprehensible text—worthy of a detailed report on bauxite mining in the mid-1920s—coupled [...]


Senses and Sensibility

Posted by: by John Parsons on June 8th, 2012

Just when I think that our over-consumption of data could not be greater, some technophile comes up with a new way to pile it on. GM’s new Cadillacs now have something called a Safety Alert Seat. When the car’s cameras and whatnot detect a dangerous condition—like drifting out of one’s lane or oncoming rear cross [...]


Software Review: Instapaper

Posted by: by John Parsons on May 31st, 2012

My grandmother’s humorous but persistent reminders to call or write would sometimes include a 2-inch piece of cardboard cut in the shape of a circle, with the word “tuit” printed on one side.[1] As I splash around in an ocean of information, looking for ways to find more time to deal with it, I find [...]


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