Monday, September 18, 2006

The authority of easy

Tim Bray leads his readers through an exercise that shows why Wikipedia gets page rank. In short, it's because FAQ type information is typically readily accessible. It's not the authoritative source, but it is easy, and authoritative sources tend to be the furthest thing from easy.

This isn't that different from using Google to find help on a product because the manufacturer's site is useless.

So, if you'd like to retain your authority on the web, make it easy for people to find the information they care about.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Sushi Documentary

This is excellent!

Though intended as farce, some of it I actually find to be pretty accurate (curtain protocols, illegal menu items, yakuza knife tricks) Oh, and the pouring ritual is dead on. That seng character you always see on Japanese beer labels means fresh, i.e. "draft".

There was no singing though. There is always singing at the Sushi Bar.