The original title of this post was going to be "classification satisfaction". It's a follow up to a post about taxonomies and truth which was written on the back of this interview David Weinberger did. That original post generated a great discussion about essential properties which took the whole thing to a different and more significant level (slightly above… Continue reading OK
Watching people in usability tests is fascinating. Anyone who has done this will know what I mean. Months of planning a system, of hours spent building in impecable logic are dashed irrefutably against the rocks of reality when user after user simply fails to see it the way the designer does. The concept of mental models was first put forward by… Continue reading Model citizen
No room for manoeuvre
I'm as big a fan of Ray Kurzweil as the next man but this post by Northern Planner- fast turning into a favourite (and extremely prolific) blogger - reminded me of something I meant to do a post about ages ago. Kurzweil and other futurologists often talk about how long it will be before computers… Continue reading No room for manoeuvre
Kurt is up in heaven now
There seems little doubt that Kurt Vonnegut was one of the finest American authors of the last century. In many ways, despite some very dark moments in his own life, he is simply one of the most noble Americans of all time. Always a patriot, Vonnegut despised the fake nationalism of the Bush administration, coming… Continue reading Kurt is up in heaven now
What was I looking for?
I love thinking about thinking. Blink, The Advertised Mind, how people recognise and respond to patterns, what really enforces people's behaviour. And that feeling when you find yourself able to name another thing is great. The feeling when you find out that it's not just you that has a way of thinking (or seems to,… Continue reading What was I looking for?
I think it may be because of the season, or something to do with my new brand of toothpaste but I'm having a new bout of Bathenfreude. I had one a couple of years back and I've had relapses every so often since, mostly on public transport. There are 991207 words in the English… Continue reading Working title