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The Year in Review

A political assessment of the past year in global affairs. From the always excellent Viridian Design.

Slowly Going West

I’m in Iowa right now, relaxing amidst the corn and swine. Did you know that Christina is an Iowan too? Ask her about the butter cow sometime – everyone should visit the Iowa State Fair at least once in their life. This week I’ve been reading some of the literature on space/place. Don’t bother with [...]

Inputs

A Directory of Sources for Input Technologies Bill Buxton is developing this taxonomy of input devices for a book that he’s working on. An input device I’ve been using lately is a little MIDI keyboard called an Oxygen 8. It has lots of knobs that allow you to control various parameters in music sampling, sequencing, [...]

McCloud’s Comics

For those who’ve read Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, here’s a critique of the book, which focuses on how Scott defines the term “comics”. And it looks like Scott is doing the weblog thing.

More interest than available time

3600 Research Essays about the Net. It’s like stringing together all your favorite keywords and then slapping them on one page. Also from the same site: 750 Internet Researchers and 1800 Net Art Links. From Red Rock Eater Digest

RSS Feed for Food

It somehow slipped my mind, but this site does have an RSS feed. I’ll post one of those XML/RSS buttons that’ll serve as a permanent link when I get a chance, but this week is likely going to be a bit rough, so it may have to wait. I’ve been using NetNewsWire Lite for OS [...]

Englebart’s Demo

See the “mother of all demos” online. This was the public debut of the computer mouse. But the mouse was only one of many innovations demonstrated that day, including hypertext, object addressing and dynamic file linking, as well as shared-screen collaboration involving two persons at different sites communicating over a network with audio and video [...]

Literary Devices

Salon is featuring a short story by Richard Powers that’s worth reading. It’s called Literary Devices. If you like it, you might want to check out Gattaca 2.2 and Plowing the Dark as well. He’s a fine writer. Happy Thanksgiving to those reading from the U.S. Pittsburgh is quiet and snowy, and there’s a slowly [...]

Doors Closed, Open

Matt Jones posted his notes from the Doors of Perception conference. They are rich. Next year. Must go. Must. Also, catch his post about “social software and shipbuilding”. Oh, to be a social shipbuilder right now – what a wonderful area of research and work. Locally, I’m currently discovering the deep, resonating joy that comes [...]

From Research to Personas

Kim Goodwin from Cooper has a nice short article that gives some insight on analyzing data gathered from ethnographic inquiry in order to produce more valuable personas.