“Second in popularity only to the escargot for edible snails, the “meat” of conches is used as food, either eaten raw, as in salads, or cooked, as in fritters, chowders, gumbos, and burgers. All parts of the conch meat are edible.”—Conch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“There will always be situations—an armed and barricaded suspect, a man with a knife to his wife’s throat, a school-shooting rampage—that require disciplined, military-like operations. But most of what police are called upon to do, day in and day out, requires patience, diplomacy and interpersonal skills. I’m convinced it is possible to create a smart organizational alternative to the paramilitary bureaucracy that is American policing. But that will not happen unless, even as we cull “bad apples” from our police forces, we recognize that the barrel itself is rotten.”—Paramilitary Policing From Seattle to Occupy Wall Street | The Nation
There's actually a scene in Bandung (where I'm hoping to move) of metalhead youths who have taken to the karinding (jew's harp) and play metal-like music on them in large groups, some with hardcore screaming. One of my priorities upon moving there is to somehow get accepted into this crowd of harpers.
“Creating interactive prototypes can be a pain – but I am going to share a trick that I use to create wireframes and interactive prototypes at the same time using Omnigraffle. In Omnigraffle, any given object can have a dedicated action connected to it (which you will find under the “Properties” inspector). For example, you can dedicate a button to “Jumps Elsewhere” and then pick any given canvas. Once you have set all desired actions, choose “File” → “Export” and set “Format” to “HTML image map”.”—
“I find it interesting that we’ve had one attempt at health care reform, we haven’t prosecuted Wall Street criminals, we haven’t reformed the banking industry, we haven’t addressed the corrupting influence of money in politics, haven’t legalized pot yet we keep seeing a new bill to combat online piracy about every 6 months and Homeland Security is busting websites - Homeland Security. Washington is clearly listening, just not to us.”—Just so you Americans know, your protests aginst SOPA is gaining some international traction
This article was pretty abstract and hard to process at times, especially for a non-developer, but here are my thoughts:
It’s interesting to see what has failed to come to fruition since this was written in 1993. Fact is, some of the problems Nielsen brings up are just as complex now as they were then.
Object-oriented operating systems instead of application-oriented ones…who is even smart enough to figure out how the fuck that’s supposed to work? Baby steps, I suppose.
The idea of the file based system being outdated doesn’t seem to have made much headway. Ultimately my system OS is just a nested directory of files inside folders, with no smart/granular hypertext interlinking. That sounds like it’d be nice though. It’s hard to find particular files sometimes. Spotlight ain’t bad though.
When a user figures out how a noncommand system works, they may exploit it to control it actively (see the Little Prince example). In other words, if a noncommand system can be given commands… Does motive matter?
Computer music accompaniment as noncommand interface is a cool notion. This reminds me of the Lorax iPhone app (which is super fun)!
Siri is brought up here like in every article about the future of computing ever written. Siri doesn’t have as much agency as the “Agents” Nielsen describes, but she’s close. And we now have lots of ways to automate things, which is brought up here too. Actually a bunch of things in this article have been realized, so good job, team.
Feedback is important. The smarter the better.
And if we can’t have a noncommand system, at least make it so the computers are as friendly as possible in interpreting our commands.
The idea of combining multiple input mechanisms that a user can use simultaneously (rather than switching off between a mouse and keyboard) seems promising, and still hasn’t been thoroughly explored.
On that note, if you think about the majority of iPad/iPhone apps, they really don’t utilize multitouch as much as they could. Not intuitive enough? Seems like real life provides lots of precedents for this kind of interaction.