Not Entirely Whole Sep 13, 2011
I wrote this in an email today, explaining why I edited another designer’s sentence “Hide entire words” to “Hide whole words”:
Weird, and better for it Apr 12, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed “Temple Grandin”, which I Netflixed this weekend. Wikipedia says it’s about “a woman with autism who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches and slaughterhouses.” Yes: It’s a strange concept for a movie, but it works. It isn’t about animal husbandry or even autism so much as it is a character study of a profoundly different woman adapting to a sometimes hostile and always confusing world with courage, perseverance, and uncompromising her-ness. Temple Grandin isn’t like other people, and that’s a very good thing.
Interaction design is ... Mar 4, 2011
Thinking Differenter Feb 11, 2011
I’ve heard that it’s good for company managers and employees to “think entrepreneurially”. I’ve also heard that entrepreneurs think differently.
This video is one of the better summaries of “entrepreneurial thinking” I’ve seen. (Not that I’ve seen that many.)
A conservative, a liberal, and a libertarian ... Feb 10, 2011
This is an old joke, so bear with me:
It’s Winter in the Northwest Jan 5, 2011
... so take your vitamins.
As I was walking into the office this cold, gray morning, a coworker and I were discussing how sleepy the Pacific Northwest winter has been making us — and how our caffeine intake has increased in response. Not that either of us has Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but the dim, drizzly days do start to get to you after a while. It’s beautiful here in north-of-Seattle-land, but from October to April it can be a very dark and gloomy place.
Content Libre! Nov 17, 2010
Rachel Lovinger of Razorfish reports:
Life in the Stratosphere Oct 19, 2010
Pandora and Netflix plan to take over the world:
Speaking of Pixar ... Jul 21, 2010
Toy Story was fun. Toy Story 2 was poignant. Toy Story 3 is a subtle and beautiful existentialist masterpiece wrapped in brightly colored molded plastic. It doesn’t compute: The geniuses at Pixar are somehow able to wring more genuine human emotion from CGI renderings of rubber squeak toys than many studios can do with actual humans. Worth it for the incinerator scene alone: Simultaneously breathtaking and heartbreaking. You’ll know what I mean after you watch it, which you should do at your earliest convenience.
The Architect and the Worker Jul 21, 2010
My favorite blog on interaction design is Lukas Mathis’ ”Ignore the Code“. Interesting, thorough, probative, relevant, and [thesaurus sounds] fun.
IE Jumps the Shark Apr 30, 2010
I recently bought a new computer from Dell. This is how Internet Explorer looked, out of the box:
A Four-way Dialogue Apr 30, 2010
This got me ruminating:
I perceive where you’re coming from ... Apr 30, 2010
I see that you changed “[this] may help you to see where each evangelist is coming from” to “[this] may help you to perceive where each writer is coming from”. The change from “evangelist” to “writer” makes good sense, but the change from “see” to “perceive” frightens and annoys me. “I see where you’re coming from” is a common English idiom, but if someone says, “I perceive where you’re coming from,” you should be instantly suspicious of what they’re up to. That’s just the sort of thing people say to distract from the fact that they don’t know what they’re talking about. Worse, “perceive” is a word that is weighed down by its (over)use in postmodern flimflam, mystic hipsterism and, let’s face it, sixties drug culture. In that sense it’s not a word I use, except pejoratively.
Choice Considered Harmful Mar 12, 2010
... or at the very least, annoying.
Bible Study Reimagined Nov 7, 2009
For the last three years or so, I’ve been working on my employer’s flagship product, Logos Bible Software. It’s the 4.0 release of a mature product with a large, established customer base. The 3.0 version of the product has been out there for several years, and it works just fine, but it was built on an underlying technology1 that was better suited to 1999 than 2009. It’s starting to show its age.
(For those of you who don’t know, Logos Bible Software is a desktop application for reading, searching, annotating, analyzing, and generally playing around with Bibles and biblical reference works — dictionaries, lexicons, commentaries, maps, and so on. Think of it as Photoshop for pastors and seminarians: Required equipment for professionals, but very nice to have if you’re a hobbyist.)
Julie and Julia Nov 4, 2009
I don’t have much to say about this little trifle except: Watch it. It’s a little late to catch it in the theater, I understand, but if you see it come to your local discount theater or drive-in, or video store, go for it. It’s charming, lovely, surprising, warm, cheerful, witty, and endearing. In a word, winsome — as I suspect Julia Child was in real life. At least, this movie made me suspect so. That, and Meryl Streep simply inhabits the role of Julia Child.
Amy Whatsername was pretty good, too.
Dude, where’s my blog? Nov 4, 2009
No, this isn’t one of those apologies for not blogging more frequently. I never promised you people anything. However, I have been working on a couple of long term projects that have just come to fruition: One personal, one professional. I suppose I could write about those now that they aren’t top secret any more ...
Parade of Hideousness Aug 23, 2009
I watched District 9 Thursday night, and I’m still not sure what to think. Graphically violent and laced with profanity, it’s not alien invasion movie so much as a monster horror flick. By the time the film gets going, it’s just one shocking scene after another.
It seems to ask the question: What makes a person hideous? Or if you like, Who are the real monsters here?
Beautiful Smoke Aug 23, 2009
This is one of the more lovely things I’ve seen (or heard) in a while. It’s like a living painting. The artist, Esteban Diácono, has created plenty of other beautiful dancing abstract things.
Finger Painting, Future-style Aug 15, 2009
I’m sorry, but this is just cool:
“Entridge”?! Aug 15, 2009
My dad can’t spell for beans, but we love him anyway. Sometimes he chats me up for help. They’re like random little word puzzles that pop up from time to time.
This one stumped me for a minute:
Health Care Aug 10, 2009
... is not a right, to be upheld by the state.
... is not a privilege, to be withheld by the state.
I ? software Aug 10, 2009
Jeff Atwood writes at Coding Horror: Nobody Hates Software More Than Software Developers. Key grafs:
See you in the funny pages Aug 10, 2009
Will these sorts of ploys work to save the newspaper? Probably not. My prediction: The newspaper is dead and will not be revived until electronic paper arrives in full force, which will be at least a decade yet, due to the usual supply-chain friction.
Blueberry Cheese Tart Jul 15, 2009
Sauce. In a large pot, combine 1 pound dried blueberries, 1 pound fresh blueberries, 1 bottle of tawny port, 1/2 bottle cream sherry, 1/2 cup honey, 4 ounces of black currant jelly, 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses, 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses, 1/4 cup rose water, 10 threads saffron, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, a few drops of food-grade lemon essence oil, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to low. Simmer for 1-2 hours, or until reduced in half. Remove from heat, strain through a wire mesh strainer, and chill.
Cream. In a large mixing bowl, wisk together 16 ounces honey-flavored Greek yoghurt, 3 8-ounce bars of Neufchâtel cheese, 4 ounces (a small jar) lemon curd, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth. Chill.
Because I Can Jul 14, 2009
So I finally joined the legions of Apple fanboys (and girls) and bought an iPhone. And just to prove that I can, I’m writing this post on it. I wouldn’t want to write a novel this way, but I’m finding it amazingly easy to do. I imagine my one-finger typing speed is around 25 WPM or so. (I wonder if “there’s an app for that”?) The first night I had it, I spent several hours using Beejive, an IM client for the iPhone, again, just to see if I could. It worked beautifully, and my usual 80+ WPM was ramped down enough that I didn’t dominate the conversation the way I can sometimes do.
Update: There is an app for that. Several, in fact. I scored 20 WPM exactly.
Wolfram, Schmolfram Jul 11, 2009
In Case You Were Wondering Jun 1, 2009
Sample page from Why Daddy is a Democrat from Little Democrats. Now, I figure that in a free society parents should be allowed indoctrinate their children with whatever ideology they please, so long as it’s not actively destructive to others.
Society of Antisocials May 27, 2009
Following up on my last post.
Yes, introverts like to just get away from the crowd, the hustle and the bustle, the rat race. The noise! That’s always been true; as I’m fond of saying: Human nature has no history. People are people, no matter where or when you go.
A Man Thinking or Working May 27, 2009
New Trek May 14, 2009