The absurdity of the Elian Gonzolas situation really needed someone to make fun of it.
Interval Research Shutting Down. Sad, they contributed some interesting research with a lot of potential. I shouldn’t be too surprised though. I heard a talk from a woman at CHI 2000 who left Interval to continue her research in haptic interfaces at a Canadian university (even though her research could have resulted in some paradigm-shifting [...]
Just posted a new paper: Introduction to Pattern Languages for Technology Interaction Design A “Razorfish Report,” intended to be a brief introduction to the topic for information architects and interface designers. (download a Microsoft Word file) Comments welcome.
At least we’re getting some variety in the weather this weekend, or Like 42 different names for snow…
We have some people here at work that are both incredibly intelligent and big gamers. I think I finally found a place they hang out: Gamasutra. I’m particularly interested in their take on Artificial Intelligence.
Just had a brilliant idea to start a group weblog for the information architects here at work. As we grow bigger and more geographically and organizationally distributed it becomes harder to exchange those little bits of information that make our jobs easier, higher quality, and more fun.
I was just elected to participate in a new management/leadership/skills/personal development program at work called Catapult. What’s particularly surprising is all the people here that voted for me. I often feel like I make people’s lives hell by challenging everyone on everything (aka bitching about everything, like I do in this weblog). Turns out people [...]
Phil just added a review of a Ferrari. You would think he’s a serious materialist Yuppie scum if it wasn’t for all those free classes he teaches, the books he writes and gives away, and the ArsDigita contest for young programmers.
Weapons-grade PlayStation 2. My first reaction is that they should make an exception for a game console so that Sony can be competitive. But then I think of the possibly consequences of this technology put to evil means and think we can go without yet another game console.
Hmmmm, seems like something interesting is going on at vizbang, but the advantage of this way of visualization isn’t immediately apparent to me (I haven’t taken the time to investigate yet, but if the whole purpose is to enable better information visualization then I expect to be to understand it fairly quickly). My manager’s name [...]
Any substantial spare scrap of time this weekend has been spent working on one piece of client work which is due tomorrow. I just realized the reason it’s so complicated is because I lost (gave up, really) an argument weeks ago about how complex we should make this document. Now I’m paying the price while [...]
Riding home on the train last evening there was a young woman sitting ahead of me that was writing in a notebook, “If can exist in a hierarchy, it’s a content type.” Ugh, I feel like I caught a glimpse of myself; scribling esoteric little ideas about information archtecture to myself that seem so profound [...]
I imagine there are millions hitting the U.S. IRS site tonight looking for tax forms to file before the deadline, yet the only link to forms is a small text link at the very bottom. Ugh.