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-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

LinkedIn Improved With its More Interactive Graphic Interface but Needs Better Inter-Page Linkage Connectivity

We are a bit late on this but refer to Kia Kokalitcheva (@imkialikethecar at Twitter- "i'm kia like the car") at Fortune Magazine 
in Is LinkedIn's Mobile App Redesign Too Little, Too Late?

We have not used LinkedIn much in past months and were thus surprised today to find that LinkedIn has a new -- and to our way of thinking -- much better interactive graphic interface that now shares some of the more popular intuitive aspects of other social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

LinkedIn still needs to improve the PC desktop version (we are not fans of blindered mobile interfaces) for better inter-page connectivity so that the user is not having to guess where to find the various pages. Simple is best. Just put links to everything in the left column, where there is room. User mobility on a website is important.

We use ClassicShell for Windows because we do not have time to click through all the useless time-wasters in the Windows 10 interface. Time is money. Make things QUICK, EASILY ACCESSIBLE and INTUITIVELY RIGHT.

Put yourself in the place of the USER and what the USER wants to do: e.g. update his or her profile, post material to a given page, post a job offer, look for a job offer, look for new connections, look for an existing connection, etc.

All of that and more -- i.e. what the USER wants -- should be just one click away, no more. A social media presence should not be a hunt and peck exercise.

Drop down menus for accessing essential features if they are placed at the edges of pages is counter-productive timewise and location-wise. Calculate "mouse miles" and reduce them. Why should the user get carpal tunnel syndrome because of bad interface design?

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Sky Earth Native America

Sky Earth Native America 1 :
American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
Volume 1, Edition 2, 266 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
    Volume 2, Edition 2, 262 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
    The image on the cover was created using public domain space photos of Earth from NASA.


    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
    that there is ample evidence that some ancient cultures in Native America, e.g. the Pawnee in Nebraska,
    geographically located their villages according to patterns seen in stars of the heavens.
    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
    "These Indians recognized the constellations as we do, also the important stars,
    drawing them according to their magnitude.
    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
    ... They were keen observers....
    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
    See Ralph N. Buckstaff, Stars and Constellations of a Pawnee Sky Map,
    American Anthropologist, Vol. 29, Nr. 2, April-June 1927, pp. 279-285, 1927.
    In our book, we take these observations one level further
    and show that megalithic sites and petroglyphic rock carving and pictographic rock art in Native America,
    together with mounds and earthworks, were made to represent territorial geographic landmarks
    placed according to the stars of the sky using the ready map of the starry sky
    in the hermetic tradition, "as above, so below".
    That mirror image of the heavens on terrestrial land is the "Sky Earth" of Native America,
    whose "rock stars" are the real stars of the heavens, "immortalized" by rock art petroglyphs, pictographs,
    cave paintings, earthworks and mounds of various kinds (stone, earth, shells) on our Earth.
    These landmarks were placed systematically
    in North America, Central America (Meso-America) and South America
    and can to a large degree be reconstructed as the Sky Earth of Native America."

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