Archive for September, 2005

Human-centered design considered harmful

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

I'm not sure this is available to the general public, but Don Norman has an intriguing article Human-centered design considered harmful. Human-centered design has become such a dominant theme in design that it is now accepted by interface and application designers automatically, without thought, let alone criticism. That's a dangerous ...

Google And NASA To Collaborate On Technology

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Slashdot | Google And NASA [Ames] To Collaborate On Technology Hmm. Up to a million square feet of Google R&D space at Moffett Field. Could be interesting. Probably related to the recent layoffs.

Useful list of search company acquisitions

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

The original in French. In English (translated automatically).

Ultimate Roshambo

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

RPS - 25 (via exploding aardvark).

Robot discovers buried treasure

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

600 barrels of loot found on Crusoe island This most recent announcement, however, deserves greater credence because of the equipment used by the treasure hunters: a mini robot that can scan 50 metres deep into the earth. The robot, dubbed "Arturito", was invented by Chileans and over the past year has ...

Language Log: Tingo and other lingo

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

A caveat about books that discuss words in other languages without straight equivalents in English: Tingo and other lingo. Still, Rheingold's They Have a Word for It" (which is, after all, called a 'lighthearted lexicon' in its subtitle) is a favorite of mine.

We both have got a body in a bath

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Etext of Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers. We both have got a body in a bath, We both have got a body in a bath—     For in spite of all temptations     To go in for cheap sensations We insist upon a body in a bath— Sayers was a major source of rampant anglophilia back in ...

Great Menno Fun

Monday, September 26th, 2005

We had great fun at the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale; Bess even bought two baby quilts at auction. I like the Necker Cubist quality of this one she bought. I especially enjoyed hearing and singing "Dedication Anthem," by Lowell Mason, often called "606" by Mennonites because that was ...


Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Great picture of John Wiseman aka lemondor by Adam Rifkin (shown me by Joyce).

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

We're heading down for the 2005 Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale tomorrow (and maybe tonight). This Quicktime video does a pretty good job at capturing what one usually sees. Bess loves the quilt auction; up until this year, I've usually ridden round and round with one or both kids on the ...

lovely typo

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

From the /. article: Mini-ITX Computing For Everyone No details are emitted so if you are new to Mini-ITX and do not have a clue what you need or where to start then this would certainly be a good place to start.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles weblog

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Just discovered this weblog, directly relevant to my work: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (via lemonodor).

NASA’s Hurricane Rita pages

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Two NASA pages with good Rita images: NASA Johnson Space Center Closes as NASA Watches Rita amd Hurricane Season 2005 - Rita. ISS control has passed on to the Russian Mission Control Center.

Time signature use in the Sacred Harp

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Of interest only to Sacred Harp geeks: Time Signature use in the Sacred Harp 1991 Denson revision, thanks to Berkley Moore.

“as addicting as crack”

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Things that are addicting as crack: hate blowing glass federal funding The Facebook Sony PSP Sims Online (also as much fun as dental surgery) the one-click ordering process Girl scout cookies a Japanese restaurant the Harry Potter books NFL primetime playing with knives America's fatty foods, including Krispy Kreme donuts and Long John Silver's batter-covered greasy food Everquest (naturally)

The Western Wind

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

By the way, for only $5, you can get a copy of The Western Wind's wonderful setting of i thank You God. (You also get Spiderman, which you might or might not consider a good thing).

The new-style USB drive

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

I've got to believe that something like the new-style USB drive will become increasingly important, with monitors and cpus staying behind on desktops. I already have a 1 Gb USB drive, which is almost enough to carry my work to California and back; I also have a 120 Gb firewire ...

i thank You God

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Today was a good, happy day: Driving to church today, Jane (our daughter) had us laughing out loud with her jokes and wordplay. I led worship at church today, and people affirmed that leadership, even though a lot of it has been leading singing a cappella. It ...

The Christian Paradox

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

Bill McKibben, lucid as usual: The Christian Paradox.

Excellent idea

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

From Jorn at Robot Wisdom auxiliary: Napster for URLs, or p2p Could bloggers declare, say, the 13th of each month to be "I'm-an-idiot day"and try to post that day about some topic that they secretly feel everyone understands better than they do?