(whilst checking the links still worked on my hy_web site) I came across
"The Battle to Define the Future of the Book in the Digital World"
by Clifford Lynch
, published in the best (actually the most clicked on!) of f ¡ ® s T - m o ñ d @ ¥ s (as they don't have a rating system ;-)

"Do only what only you can do" [my emph]

a brilliant quote from Edsger Wybe Dijkstra 1930 - 2002

"The price of reliability is the pursuit of the utmost simpicity. It is a price which the very rich find most hard to pay." ~Sir Anthony Hoare, 1980

introductory quote from EWD1304 one of the many EWD papers accessible from In Pursuit of Simplicity the manuscripts of Edsger W. Dijkstra

his stark criticism of todays software systems reminded me of Why Systems Fail and Problems Sprout Anew which also talks about how we continualy remove symptoms and then find new ones to blame

The impact of these papers was I think in part increased by the fact that they are all (I think) hand written and then photocopied and sent to the various recipients (they have subsequently been collected, scanned and made available as pdf).

Edsger's handwriting

would make a nice starting point for a typeface (i reckon)

maybe I'll try?

Semantic Studios | Publications | Semantics | The Age of Findability

hopefuly, the first in a series of links which follow the theme:
adaptability in design

some top notch pieces in the
Cooper Newsletters
so I signed up for email delivery

as otherwise I will forget to return [no doubt]
>> push technology is was already with us
<< we just didn't realise

simple email subscriptions to relevant web feeds
(must find out more about RSS)

cityofsound/blog/Tom Moran on Everyday Adaptive Design (long)
quote>> "Design, Build, Adapt (a logarithmic rather than linear relationship, hinting that
time is the best designer!)"

was waiting for something from DIS2002
and this was well worth waiting for

maybe this is where matt got it from
worse (still) is better

Spring-Watching Pavilion
A gentle spring evening arrives
airily, unclouded by worldly dust.
Three times the bell tolls echoes like a wave.
We see heaven upside clown in sad puddles.
Love's vast sea cannot be emptied.
And springs of grace flow easily everywhere.
Where is nirvana?
Nirvana is here, nine times out of ten.
-from the Vietnamese of Ho Xuan Huong


For example, network TV is flooded with adolescent humor, sex, and violence because these are the most basic drives people have, while an interest in Vietnamese poetry - which is a very refined poetry - is quite rare. We call this the intersection effect.
The phenomenon of worse is better occurs even within a relatively esoteric sub-field like object- oriented programming and programming languages.


two quotes from the

Back to the future (panel session): Is worse (still) better?

from the
Addendum to the 2000 proceedings of the conference on Object-oriented programming, systems, languages, and applications

Kaliber10000 :. Menu
lots of pbf from the k10 krew
the k10k issues are akin to this is a magazine and dodge [1] and dodge [2]

The New Age of the Book
By Robert Darnton (from 1999!)
which begins "Marshall McLuhan's future has not happened. The Web, yes; global immersion in television, certainly; media and messages everywhere, of course. But the electronic age did not drive the printed word into extinction [...]'

which reminded me of the brilliant
The future of the book by G. Nunberg

both of which relate to compare with Matt's latest interconnected piece about the nature of the web as an oral medium

which in turn got me thinking about the cluetrain - and the importance of *real* voices



Andrew Dillon, Ph.D. - Selected Publications
some v. interesting looking articles about iD/A and HCI

including :
HCI and the Technologies of Information [pdf]. a new chapter for J. Carroll's edited book, HCI in the New Millennium which explores the history and considers the future of HCI in the context of new information systems such as DLs.

Digital Web Magazine - IAnything Goes
By Jeff Lash

>>quote This is not to say that information architects are the leftovers,
the bottom of the barrel, or the lost souls who could find no
other home. This path actually makes a lot of sense. For the
most part, information architects are communicators and
strategists. While others merely tolerated the mishmash of
responsibilities, they relished in it. << quote

but what about the scum on the surfice :-¿

yesterday I hesitently started the unsorted blog with search and some IDrel stuff - we'll see...

free culture
the penultimate Lessig talk on this topic

flash (sound with synchronised text)

You and We: a collective experiment from Born Magazine

another one - for the pointless but fun - blory
simple but effective ( i n a t v s t y l i e )

New Rules for the New Economy
Out of Control
by Kevin Kelly -- both full text for FREE!
The right way around via matt jones | work & thoughts

which mentions: Invent! Refine! Design!
which reminded me of my silly image on the units intranet page


Social Network Thoughtwander

Peter sort of describes (and then there is a link to) ContactMap which I (wish I hadn't) mentioned...

A comment led to a recording of Rethinking The Modern Operating System
By Richard Rashid, VP Research, Microsoft Corp [2002-05-17]
which I think I'll listen to

and a link in the article to this
Social Network Analysis of the 9-11 Terrorist Network

what with comments by [interconnected] Matt in one of the following entries and all this got me thinking about connectedness - and how it can be used to help understand an issue/situation - which led back to my idea for visualising the learning process - and how ideas were formed and the reactions they received (within a group) over time...

took a deap breath


and then plunged - into CHI-WEB

and unfortunately drowned

Don was very sweet about it :)

On Systems Architecture
"It is my thesis that though
we think of the inhibitors of successful architecture as entirely
technological, they are much more likely to be economic,
political and sociological."

by Tom De Marco
author of peopleware - recommended book about software development from my LGU days

Web Development

don't know when this arived - got to it via a link to the last issue of CMC mag (by John December)

came across whilst looking for RRE link in my totally >>unsorted<< bookmarks

>> cameacross <<

>> domain - or new blog <<

must post something about ackba-langsa
all the descriptions I found on the web seemed to be mostly wrong!

I learnt when I was a boy 'nia outhsa ondonla' - bakslang is contructed by : 'ovingma heta astla etterla ota heta ndea ndaa ddinga naa a!'
(not sure what the rule is for words starting or ending with 'naa aa')

www.mnftiu.cc | home
passed a link to 'get your war on' at this site to Phil Agre which may apear in his RRE pointers I guess?

it is quite funny (from matt - again!!! !-)

Fourth World - Net Apps: Beyond the Browser

quite an old article about the need for desktop web-enabled apps as oposed to browser based systems

it also has some good links to other articles and the key interface design guidlines (for some reason)

This is a Magazine
simple - with some very nice imagery

yet another
top tip
matt [interconnected-daily]

Words Drive Action - User Interface 7 East Conference - Interview with Gerry McGovern
who calls for a shift from software and design to editting (content)
and therefore there is a need to understand who the user is and what they are looking for

a common approach to metadata is needed or XML provides minimal benefit

quality metadata means people will be able to find something and have confidence about exactly what they have found (details, date, author, references, popularity, etc...)

he raises the issue of following navigation standards - e.g. the sign for a motorway is fairly universal ( two lanes and a bridge ) - web conventions can provide similar benefits - some fundemental content publishing rules have developed over a long time and should be followed by web designers but will also need further refinement (as it is harder to read and behavior is different - requires chunking)

I just came across two items of note
good enough to pass on to the infoD café.

One is very useful, both are informative!

Page Size Chart
How big is a web page?
What do most people see on their monitors?
Whats the best size page to print?

The Golden Mean A series of pages from Looking and Seeing, Kurt Rowland.
[note: this is designed to open in a new fixed size/no menu window from another page]

These are both on the web site of Robert Charlton
who is currently a student on the
MA Communication Design course at CSM
and the footer reads:

Win the hearts and minds ,
Make a difference not just a profit

which I thought was nice too :)

- shame about the CSM site
-- the course link is to the plain text version ;-)

MONKEYmedia - REFERENCE: Domains of Design

great break down of information, interface and interaction design - the 'five styles of interaction' piece is also worth checking

[this is the text only version - as you can't link to right bit of the frames/flash vers :-]

the undesigners - phil patiris

great rant (amoungst others) about how the 'mass media culture infects, replaces, and trivializes the reality, variety, and genuineness of life with a monolithic consumerist fantasy'

phil has a site with some great movies
which are used to demonstrate issues relating to fair use :)