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Some links 'n things to tide you over. Posted on 08/07/2001.

I feel poorly for not providing more petermeme goodness. It's a combination of Lots Of Work and that I've been noodling on a petermeme concept (task-based information architecture) that I'm having trouble getting into a cogent statement.

So, here's some nifty stuff to keep you busy...

Feature on Phoebe Gloeckner -- Phoebe is a brilliant comics artist. A Child's Life And Other Stories is a collection of raw, honest, and disturbing stories about the coming of age of Minnie, Phoebe's alter ego. Her background as a medical illustrator gives her comics work an eerie verisimilitude while still being quite cartoony. She's finishing a new book, Diary of a Teenage Girl, a combination diary/comic book. She has a personal site worth poking around.

Oliver pointed us to a story on how multi-tasking is counterproductive, because of the limitations of human attention. I wrote about this a bit back (scroll to April 26th). One of the researchers in this recent study is David Meyer, a principal investigator in the Brain, Cognition, and Action Laboratory. I found a potentially interesting paper, "Virtually perfect time sharing in dual-task performance: Uncorking the central cognitive bottleneck" (769k PDF).

Outside this box, I've been very much enjoying the short stories of George Saunders, collected in CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia. Funny, disturbing, haunting stories written with an amazing command of contemporary English. I find his stories inspiring... They make me want to take up a pen and write.

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