Monday, 17 October 2005

Pollen's newest iPod playlist

Eeew!! I hate the title, but just read through Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes by Jacob Nielsen and I am an habitual offender when it comes to no.3: Nondescript Posting Titles. An excerpt of what committing this terrible error involves:
Sadly, even though weblogs are native to the Web, authors rarely follow the guidelines for writing for the Web in terms of making content scannable. This applies to a posting's body text, but it's even more important with headlines. Users must be able to grasp the gist of an article by reading its headline. Avoid cute or humorous headlines that make no sense out of context.
It is a bit of a compulsion, I admit, trying to have headline that on the face of it says little about the content, but I very often try to at least hide an easter egg of obscurity in there: a reference to something, a clever pun (can puns ever be?) in the knowing that only the saddest of trainspotters, or those that know me will understand the true meaning. I mean, to use all these straight-forward, obvious titles would mean that we actually think people will ever find and read this blog and we would like them to understand the meaning of it all.

I probably have to get to the topic of my title before I break another cardinal rule. Here's my newest top-10 playlist (errr, containing 11 songs). Every now and again I compile one that reflects what I'm listening to at that point in time. I don't have time to hyperlink to relevant web sites, so use Google if you're interested. Assuming you got this far having read the title.

I Walk the Line - Alien Sex Fiend
Power is On - The Go! Team
'til you Faint - Ghinzu
Disintegration - The Cure
Don't Run our Hearts Around - Black Mountain
Glosoli - Sigur Rós
The Skin of my Yellow Country Teeth - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
No Hits - Black Mountain
Mine - Ghinzu
War - Sinead O'Connor
They are Night Zombies!! They are Neighbors!! They have come back from the Dead!! Ahhhhh! - Sufjan Stevens

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