A couple of apologies are in order: firstly for the tortured title of this post; and secondly for a news-about-crucible post rather than something more outward-looking. This week’s planned update has been postponed due to illness, but hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly. In the meantime, we thought it’d be worth flagging up a couple of developments here.
We’ve recently been exploring a site called shelfari. It’s a great service that lets you gather and share information about your books – ones you’ve read, ones you’re reading, and those on your wishlist. You can also add your own reviews, check out other people’s thoughts about items that interest you, and join discussion groups set up around specific topics. If you look to the right, you’ll see an image of our (currently a-bit-empty) shelfari shelf – if you click on the image, you’ll get straight through to the site itself. We’re still building our virtual shelf, so it will start to reflect the fact that we’ve read more than 3 books between us fairly soon… 🙂
When we started crucible we were intending to develop this blog alongside a number of other resources, one of which was Pageflakes. The intention was that Pageflakes would offer a combination of dynamic and static content, linking to the online presences of work conducted by members of the team. While Pageflakes offers a lot of potential, unfortunately we’ve experienced several issues with reliability (pages and content not loading properly or being unavailable, for example) so we’ve decided to mothball this side of things for now. We’re working on different ways of collating and presenting some of our activities (you might notice blog feeds appearing in the sidebar here, for example) and will keep you up to date with where things are going.
You might have caught some of the recent hype about Google Wave, a system which promises new real-time communication and collaboration possibilities. This short article from the NewScientist is well worth a read: it takes an early look at some of the human factors and possible implications of this new method of communication: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17955-innovation-the-psychology-of-google-wave.html