Posted: July 16th, 2008 | Author: Tim | Filed under: hustle, ideas | Tags: communication, iran, people, talking, US | 1,059 Comments »
This post is for those of you who follow international politics on any level.
The US has had a policy of not speaking to Iran for many years. There’s even a debate in the current presidential election around “should we talk to our enemies?”. Well, apparently someone in the current US administration thinks so.
There’s a lot of people who pooh-pooh talking, and I understand and agree with them. If you need to put up a building, standing around and talking about it won’t put the building up. If you have to make food for dinner, talking about it won’t make a nice beef stew. Talking is basically useless.
Unless you’re doing something that involves people. In that case, talking is hugely important.
Posted: June 4th, 2008 | Author: Tim | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: application development, communication, email, meetup, meetup.com, spamjaculate, user experience, webapps | 2 Comments »
If you’re talking to someone, you have to pay attention to make sure they’re understanding you. This goes one-on-one, as well as speaking to a group. Communication is two-way.
Saw a nifty feature of meetup.com, a site that gets helps manage group meetings, from programmers to political rallies. I go to a PHP meetup in Orlando that organizes through them. Kevin is presenting the Zend Framework tomorrow, and I wondered what happened, since I usually get reminder emails about the meetings.
I logged into meetup.com, and was immediately greeted with a message saying that they’d had problems delivering mail to me recently. It asked if I’d changed my email address, or marked something as spam; as well as options to change my email address, or confirm that I was still using the same one.
Given the number of apps that just spamjaculate messages from a “no reply” address, it’s nice to see that at least one is listening back.