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WTF Happened To DiaryLand?

Monday, Mar. 03, 2008 3:50 AM

Hillary Clinton's new ad, showing children sleeping in their beds while a phone rings at the White House to announce a crisis somewhere in the world is reminiscent of the 1960's 'Daisy' ad, which showed a little girl plucking a flower while an ominous countdown is heard in the background, ending with a mushroom cloud.

The implication is that Ms. Day One, Ms. Thirty-Five-Years-Of-Change is ready to have that phone ring, while her opponent isn't.

Except there's no real yardstick for being prepared for such events. So it comes down to what we know of the candidates' character - and Hillary is found wanting.

I get the distinct feeling, however, that should she trail coming out of the Ohio and Texas primaries - identified as a must-win situation for the New York senator - Hillary will cry and whine and insist on an ugly fight at the national convention.

And, while we're not exactly unreceptive to black and red as a design theme, the new style for Diaryland as a whole ... sucks.

Simplicity and functionality has given way to a counter-intuitive mash-up of features. For example, there's no need for the 'recent updates' and 'users online' displays to be a persistent feature - when I'm writing my entry, I really don't care about either.

The 'tool drawer' should also remain on the left margin, if only for the simple fact that a user must now mouse across the screen to access features.

Sorry, Andrew, but this is striking me as a 'I'm bored, so here's a redesign,' as opposed to improvement.

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