Phone book #UIFail

14 years of plumbers across 5 houses – and I can’t sort my phone book entries by ‘date added’ for the one I used most recently. (I was as surprised as you are at the number of search results, believe me!)
Or tag them by ‘area’ like phone camera photos are auto-tagged by gps.

It’s almost 2015, software people…get to it!

File icons

iconsHow much longer must file icons look like a sheet of paper? When will we move beyond the metaphor that a computer document file – be it Word, php or CSS, is like a sheet of paper?

Dear , thanks for the Icon metaphors since 1970, but I think we’re ready to move beyond this…

You only know someone when you fight them

The critics all agree — ‘Fight’, episode 3 of the second season of ‘Masters of Sex‘ was a master-class of what television is capable of achieving in the art of storytelling.

Exquisitely paced, delicately told, and played with a tough vulnerability by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplain, it was a dance around the ring between their characters, while telling a bigger story about masculinity, respect and gender relations. Playing out in a single hotel room over an hour, the episode was riveting, symbolic and heart-rending for any watcher of the show.

The teaser below doesn’t begin to show what it was about.

Food Trawling in Old Delhi

The only way to end a food trip to Old Delhi is with a trip to Mogambo’s personal coffee shop – the overly dramatic Starbucks in CP.

Exponential Replacement

Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don’t Fire Us? — Mother Jones
This is probably the best summary of the state of AI (exponential growth is not as slow as we think) and its future impact (the Luddites were 200 years too early).
A must-read article. A lot of this replacing-humans-with-machines is already happening, and jobs are disappearing. The Challenge is how we can re-organise society and money, in a new age when few people need to actually work, and machines can do everything better.

Another, more serious, piece at Technology Review Magazine.


(Keep in mind the video shows the actual game in action, during play.)

This is quite possibly the most astonishing entertainment product ever achieved. What started in 1997 as a naughty game about stealing cars and driving badly, has become in 2013 an open-ended, free flowing, satirical interactive game about…well, life.

For many people, looking for alternate realities more comfortable than the offline life, this could be the future of entertainment. Start making money IN the game, and you have a closed loop – the future of an entire lifestyle.

This is You on Smiles

Dave Pell discusses whats happening with instant digital photos, and our attention during events.

During a presentation on happiness at the Ted Conference, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman makes a distinction between the experiencing self and the remembering self.

Digital photography gives additional dominance to the remembering self. At his birthday party on the beach, my son almost leapfrogged over his realtime experience. He was no longer imagining what he looked like on that surf board. He was looking at what he looked like. The wave of emotions, senses and reactions that made up his initial experience were swept away by the undertow of a single sense: what his eyes saw on a two inch viewfinder.

— This is You on Smiles —  Dave Pell at Medium.