Today’s Useful links

Ensuring your HTML Emails Look Good and Get Delivered by David Greiner at Think Vitamin is informative on its own. Its also part of the new Email Standards Project campaign to bring mail apps into the standards fold, so you’ll find out what some of the current problems are in getting HTML email to look good.

Tiny Bubbles: SVG Version at Burningbird requires that you watch what happens for a couple of seconds. It’s a good demo of the very interesting effects Shelley Powers has done on her blog with SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). The clock in the sidebar is created with SVG, too. She has a book coming out from O’Reilly about SVG very soon.

Google Information for Webmasters tells you how to remove websites, cached pages, dead links and other material from the Google index. You can only remove your own info, no one else’s.

The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard is a “20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.” This film makes me think of a serious problem that prevents change: we operate out of a split mind. One side of our mind wants to consume, consume, consume for the lowest possible cost. The other side of our mind wants to do the right thing for the common good and the planet. But acts we take as a money-saving consumer are exactly the wrong thing for the common good and the planet. We need to talk about and deal with this split between our behavior and the desire—no, the urgent need—to do the right thing.

Got Fear? This site was set up to prepare for the upcoming session “Who’s Afraid of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and the Big Bad CMS? A Digi-Drama About Fear 2.0” at the January 2008 annual meeting of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. They want to hear from you about your fears (and the fears you’re observing at your institutions) about the role of Web 2.0 tools and technologies in higher education.

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