Culture clashes at work: while in the pop world, Rihanna wearing a flannel shirt, bikini and jeans is actually fairly modest, all things considered, it's the flannel and bikini of moral corruption to certain Irish farmers. Farmer Alan Graham was pretty peeved, at least. He said he got a call asking if "a pop video" could be filmed in his field in Bangor, agreed, and then was greeted by Rihanna's partial undress (and, naturally, a crowd with camera phones.) So he told them to stop--they did, seemingly politely--then told the BBC: "I wish no ill will against Rihanna and her friends. Perhaps they could acquaint themselves with a greater God."

On the one hand, it is his field. On the other hand, the area has nice beaches that'd probably give him conniption fits. But then again, he's probably Googled Rihanna by now (according to the original article, he either wasn't told beforehand or didn't know the name.) Let's hope he hasn't yet found the "S&M" video. That debate's been debated too much.


The trouble and strife of doing something stupid.(Business)

The Birmingham Post (England) February 21, 2006 Byline: Chris Tomlinson The web is a terrible wife that will never let web developers forget their transgressions.

Even sober, we all do and say things we regret. But say something stupid in your blog or build a hideous website and you may have to live with it for the rest of your life!

Even if you persuade the people you built the site for to finally retire your web Frankenstein, the people at will preserve it for posterity. go to website how to use photoshop

They have created the "Way Back Machine", that allows you to revisit what any given website looked like from 1996 to a few months ago. Type in your web address and press the "Take Me Back" button and a time line of dates will appear.

This is scary stuff, the website in 1996 was not a pretty sight! It was typical of the time and before I worked out that programmers didn't make very good graphic designers and just because they knew how to use Photoshop it didn't mean it was a good idea to let them.

More frightening is the disk space this must be taking up, and all for no commercial gain. There are an estimated 55 billion web pages in the archive and that is terabytes of data.

In1996 disk drives were expensive. Fortunately for the project disk space prices have fallen as dramatically as the web has expanded.

For a web developer using the Way Back Machine is a bit like going through your old family photo album and seeing yourself at your sister's wedding wearing a John Travolta suit and sporting a mullet (yes - I did have hair once).

If I only knew then what I know now, how much more successful would some of those old minging websites have been? But hindsight is a wonderful thing and for evolution to work mistakes have to happen. website how to use photoshop

Let's not forget, in 1996 Google had not yet been invented and Search Marketing was just someone's apocalyptical nightmare vision of the future web. The web was an IT playground and not the primary marketing channel it is today.

The really worrying thing is that some sites from that era are still online today. Despite beseeching their owners to have a redesign or at the very least take the words "site by WebXpress" off the bottom of their home page, these sites live on.

Even if your site is only a couple of years old, it will be next to useless by modern standards. If its content is not changing on weekly basis it is unlikely to find itself at the top of a Google results page.

The Way Back Machine provides what we used to call the information superhighway with it very own memory lane. But as well as providing nostalgic entertainment, it serves a very useful purpose, it reminds us of our crimes against web design, lest we forget our transgressions.