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MY WIFE AND TIMES

Daniel Will Harris

The Sandoval Signpost (Web edition) is pleased as punch (diet punch that is) to bring you the humor and insightful human observations of Daniel Will Harris, author of My Wife and Times. —Ed].

The only constants

By Daniel Will Harris

I don't know about you, but I don't always deal very well with change. You'd think I'd be used to it by now. But sometimes it seems like there's more change on the web in a month than there used to be in the world in a year.

We seem to think that more things are changing, faster than ever. But 200 years ago Charles Dickens wrote "Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast." Around the same time, Herbert Spencer wrote, "A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it."And over 2,500 years ago, Heraclitus wrote that "Change alone is unchanging."

And yet all this just reminds me that while the world changes around us constantly, the way people think and feel really doesn't change. I remember reading a letter sent 3,000 years ago by an Egyptian teenager to his parents. It basically said, "Having a wonderful time. Please send money and a new pair of sandals."

So times change, but people don't.

So what does this have to do with the internet? You have to remember that all this technology is for people. You're a person (if not, then e-mail and tell me what you are). And the people who visit your site are, of course, people (though my pet chinchilla loves to browse the web, too; or at least dance around on my keyboard). The people who are visiting your web site want what people have always wanted.

They want their lives to be better. That's pretty simple, even if there are now officially six billion different ways to do that.

So this week we try to help you do better at making people happy. Chuck Green (Mr. www.ideabook.com) starts his new column "The Mix," which helps even the most graphically-challenged understand how design works so you can make other people happy with your site.

To make yourself (and the people you work with happier), we offer part II of our popular "Getting what you want" series, written by myself and my lovely wife, Toni. We've worked freelance for years, so we've both had to learn how to negotiate and write contracts. Now that your life may be changing to the point where you have to do the same, you can learn from our experience (and mistakes!).

One more quote and then we're done. "The lapse of ages changes all things—time, language, the earth, the bounds of the sea, the stars of the sky, and every thing 'about, around, and underneath' man, except man himself." Lord Byron, 1788–1824. (See, I'm not the only one who thinks so; and although Sherwood Forest has mightily changed since Byron's death, I highly recommend you pay a visit to his estate there—it has a delightfully ancient grotto :)

 

 

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