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Month: August 2013

Thank you

I took one last run through the city, One last service in the church I’d worshipped in so often. A suitable soundtrack of lofty French organ music to set the tone. I let my feet carry me along familiar paths, Taking me up, down, around and all again, Reliving the same flux of memories they brought. I passed places I’d…

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From clumsy to graceful: interfacing in the age of ubiquitous computing

Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing
Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing

I’ve recently started reading Everywhere: The Dawning of the Age of Ubiquitous Computing It’s a collection of theses posturing on the forms, interfaces, implications of an era where computing power is woven into the fabric of our everyday existence. There are some interesting theories and examples in the book and although the author doesn’t try to explain the concepts or put forward exactly how it will all work, look or fit together, it certainly makes me stop and think about these exact points.

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Try not get in the way

Possibly one of the strangest and most annoying designs in iOS 6 is the notification overlay, as shown in the image above. Annoying, because one cannot get rid of it once it appears – one must wait a few seconds until it flips away, back into obscurity. Strange, because it doesn’t follow the conventions of the rest of the interface.…

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Life Skills #2549

Don’t stop and congregate at the top or bottom of stairs or escalators. If you don’t know which way to turn, just move out of the way. The people behind you will be grateful.

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Language observations #231 – crescendo

Recently on CNN: “The situation reached a crescendo when…” I find this secondary usage quite interesting. My background in classical music makes his usage quite jarring to my ear. To me, the more correct word to use in this instance would be ‘climax’. The word crescendo originates from the Italian ‘to grow in sound’, so logically it cannot refer to…

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