I can only concur

The Other McCain sums up the new Sitemeter:

Just got my first look at the new format for SiteMeter statistics. It sucks, big-time.

Speaking as a professional game and software designer, all I can say is that the new Sitemeter sucks more badly than nearly any software “improvement” I have ever seen. You actually get less functionality and less information from the initial page than you got before. It’s so utterly horrible; I can’t even imagine bothering to check on my statistics there. The only reason I won’t migrate immediately is that it’s so bad, they’ll surely revert or provide a classic version as soon as their executives see how their traffic has dropped off a cliff.

It’s amazing how many companies blindly go ahead and break things that were previously functional. This is why I’m always an advocate of giving the user optional improvements. If it’s genuinely better, most people will migrate and you can let the transition take place naturally. If you feel the need to throw out the old and cram the new down your user’s throats, chances are that your basic design sucks.

Now THAT is funny

Novelist and journalist David Foster Wallace is dead of an apparent suicide at age 46. Personally, I was a big fan of Wallace — I’ve actually read his doorstop dystopian satire Infinite Jest twice.

I have to admit, I tend to find it more than a little amusing when authors primarily famous for writing “pessimistic” or “dystopian” works wind up killing themselves. Not because I wish them ill or anything, but mostly because everyone acts as if it’s some sort of shocking act that no one could ever have expected.

I’d never read Wallace, but I’ll definitely have to check out Infinite Jest. Not because of the suicide, but because he sounds like a fellow devotee of The Footnote.

VPFL Week 1

73 Judean Peoples Front
43 Black Mouth Curs

69 Burns Redbeards
51 Mounds View Meerkats

66 Valders Valkyries
29 Masonville Marauders

56 Alamo City Spartans
42 Winston Reverends

49 Silver Spooners
49 Greenfield Grizzlies

Off to my usual slow start, scoring more than the other losers, but not enough to win. Apparently, my autodraft is in sync with the Sports Guy: “Reason No. 783 why fantasy football drives me crazy: You only had to watch an hour of that Pack-Vikes game before you realized, “Dammit, I should have had Greg Jennings, Ryan Grant, Donald Driver and Aaron Rodgers three rounds higher.”

Yeah, Bill, well, I got them all. So, if the Packers go 13-3 and lead the league in scoring, I should be all right. Here’s the VP-AFL results for Week One:

Carpe Oro 78
Az Hammeroids 96

Supernauts Jihad 74
Masonville Marauders 112

The Thunder 80
Village Valkyries 72

Alamo City Spartans 108
Cranberry Bogs 99

COS McRays 70
Bukkakelypse Boyz 91