Are you tethered to the commercial gerbil wheel?

Just because technology makes it possible for us to work 10 times faster than we used to doesn’t mean we should do it. The body may be able to withstand the strain — for a while — but the spirit isn’t meant to flail away uselessly on the commercial gerbil wheel. The boys in corporate don’t want you to hear this because the more they can suck out of you, the lower their costs and the higher their profit margin. And profit is god, after all. (Genuflect here, if you must.)
Tony Long: Eat, Sleep, Work, Consume, Die

Content can pop blood vessels

When it comes down to it, one of the biggest problems with developing a big site really isn’t the technology, the information architecture or even the design. Nope, in terms of time-sucking, nail-biting, blood vessel-popping problems, content is probably the biggest.
Getting it is the first big problem, and as far as I know there’s not a technology in the world that will yank content out of reticent or disorganized clients.
Sean Carton: Will Riya Be the End of Flickr?

Flickr’s interestingness

But interestingness in Flickr doesn’t pay. At least not yet. Non-pro users are seeing ads around my photos, but Yahoo’s not sharing the wealth with me, even though I’ve created a draw. Flickr’s plenty open, they’re doing the right thing by any measure of the web as we saw it a year ago, or two years ago. Today, though, openness around value exchange is as important as openness around data exchange.
Anil Dash: The Interesting Economy