Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

The ‘Idiom: Here today, gone tomorrow’ page from tells us the definition:

Money, happiness and other desirable things are often here today, gone tomorrow, which means that they don’t last for very long.

As explained by Craig Thomler in his post we now have a ‘desirable thing’ in the form of the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s climate change blog. As with the Digital Economy blog the one on climate change will exist for only 5 days. Comments will be moderated but only during weekday working hours. We will be limited to 300 words per comment; wow, that’s 10 tweets worth, more than enough. But not so fast, unlike tweets we can’t include links to other online materials to support our comment text. Sharpen your quills those words need careful tuning.

Still we have to be grateful and bring to mind another useful idiom ‘mighty oaks from little acorns grow’ which is taken to mean:

Big or great things start very small.

Get those blog comments happening.


Move Aside Gartner we now have the Horrigan Tripe Cycle

John Connell has been fighting valiantly against yet more tosh from Baroness Greenfield in the Daily Mail. Sarah Horrigan writes in support of John’s ‘fantastic riposte’ and adds more fuel to the fire. I am firmly with John and Sarah but I was particularly taken with Sarah’s Horrigan Tripe Cycle about resistance to technological change summarised here:

  1. Ignorance
  2. Denial the new technology is important
  3. Observation of adoption whilst feeling increasingly out of touch
  4. Random accusations about the perilous consequences of adoption
  5. Grudging acceptance / grumbling in a corner periodically

I seem to remember the Horrigan Tripe Cycle arguments being used about television in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Classify Yourself and Keep Your Fingers Crossed

Some fun via Peta:

Michael Rees’s Dewey Decimal Section:

552 Petrology

Michael Rees = 39381528559 = 393+815+285+59 = 1552

500 Science

Math, astronomy, prehistoric life, plants and animals.

What it says about you:
You are fascinated by the world around you, and see it as a puzzle worth exploring. You try to understand how things work and how you can make them better. You might be a nerd.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at

Not sure about the prehistoric life, plants and animals though.

Continuous Partial Attention

Another informative section of the Sarah Perez post mentioned by me was about continuous partial attention. I thought I understood this condition but the much-revised and authoritative wiki page by Linda Stone describes how continuous partial attention is different from multi-tasking that I had assumed was a synonym.

Linda gives an excellent discussion although why she commits the typographical sin of setting whole paragraphs in italics is surprising. I eventually found a more concise definition of continuous partial attention on the father of all wikis, Ward Cunningham’s C2:

An activity or mental state of accommodating multiple information streams. A survival strategy for today’s youth. An opportunistic strategy similar to, but not the same as, multitasking (which is more about productivity/efficiency than scanning for opportunity).

A term coined by LindaStone

Note that one side effect is "knowing about a lot of things, but not knowing a lot about any one thing".

I’ll be more careful in future when describing students as multi-tasking – a term used commonly in computer science and hence in the forefront of my mind.

Wordle Now Cloud Maps Any RSS Feed

Wordle keeps going from strength to strength. Now it can scan any RSS feed to produce a tag cloud of your choice. I ran this blog through it:


That computer, science and courses are the top words is understandable, but where on earth did email sneak in from? I will have to watch my posts more carefully. It pains me to have to mention that word again in this post.

Chief Experience Officer, CXO

After CIO (Chief Information Officer) came CTO (Chief Technology Officer), the province of one-man startups when they start to commercialise. Now comes CXO (Chief Experience Officer) to look after the user experience. As an advocate for many years of the importance of human-computer interaction (now referred to as user experience)  I am very glad to see this trend. Saying the word CXO has a very ‘now’ sound.

My attention was drawn to CXO by a post from Mary Jo Foley who notes that J Allard has surfaced with this title at Microsoft.

Surprise, Surprise it’s Socialprise

Well Enterprise 2.0 is getting almost long in the tooth in Internet years. So a change in terminology is overdue. Sarah Perez from Mashable has put forward socialprise with the simple formula:

social tools + enterprise = socialprise

No doubt this is easily memorable but pronouncing the word is a struggle.

With a new term comes the need for new social media tools. Read Sarah’s post to find out.