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Living Can Kill You

Sobig.F; Listamatic; Coupland interviewed, Gatenby resigns; Darwinian Poetry; BBC revolution

After returning from a week away, I find my Yahoo email has been (and is being) hammered by Sobig.F (given how the address is used, I think a Canadian journalist might have been patient zero for this outbreak). Although my anti-virus software and Mozilla prevented any damage, it has meant a delay in responding to genuine emails, so apologies if you haven’t yet received a reply.

(Also, to all those sending in the results of the CSS filters, thanks. I’m planning on posting the results in the next couple of days.)

While I was out, Andy King updated the Web Page Analyzer to provide a better indication of the real speed of one’s site by factoring in caching, compression, and a few other tricks.

Also, Max Design’s Russ Weakley unveiled Listamatic, offering two dozen ways to style a list with CSS. The site includes a demo along with the relevant mark-up — worth a bookmark.

The always engaging The Morning News has a terrific interview with Douglas Coupland on Canada (including a funny bit on Greg Gatenby), writing, and his latest book, Hey Nostradamus!.

Continuing on a Canadian literary theme, Clive Thompson linked to and commented on a site called Darwinian Poetry, which is an experiment to uncover the best poem through natural selection.

The CBC, like the BBC, produces some of the best online journalism in its home and native land, so the rumblings about the BBC’s online presence should be watched carefully here in Canada. The BBC, meanwhile, is planning to move all its programs online (its style guide is also online). In announcing the archive project, its director general said something worth preserving here:

I believe that we are about to move into a second phase of the digital revolution, a phase which will be more about public than private value; about free, not pay services; about inclusivity, not exclusion.

In particular, it will be about how public money can be combined with new digital technologies to transform everyone’s lives.