mail me later

January 31st, 2011

I really like email. It works well for me. One thing that I grew accustomed to was the abillity to postpone email. To set up quick reminders easily. I used ‘replylater.com’ for this. Unfortunately last month they stopped working for me.

I decided to just implement the same features myself: Mail Me Later works pretty much like replyater.com.

The ‘problem’ is, that once a tool works for me I completely start to rely on it. Having a topic delegated to a service like ‘mail me later’ means that I will entirely forget about it. Good since it saves hassle, really bad if that service fails.

Having this part of me workflow now in an environment where I can quickly verify its operation makes me very happy.

groundhog day

January 29th, 2011

I had not seen this wonderful XKCD back in the day. It is great. Especially this part:


The infinite possibilities each day holds should stagger the mind. The sheer number of experiences I could have is uncountable, breathtaking, and I’m sitting here refreshing my inbox. We live in trapped loops, reliving a few days over and over, and we envision only a handful of paths laid out ahead of us.

We see the same things each day, we respond the same way, we think the same thoughts, each day a slight variation on the last, every moment smoothly following the gentle
curves of societal norms. We act like if we just get through today, tomorrow our dreams will come back to us.

via blarn

Murch on 3D

January 24th, 2011

Walter Murch on 3D

I agree with everything he writes. I frequently do. Here he makes his case very clear.

For his profession to be interested in human perception and its inner workings makes allot of sense.

I’d kill him

January 21st, 2011

If I ever find that engineer that told the users that the way computers worked could be changed I’d kill him. He had it coming. He probably told those proto-users also that it would be complicated etc etc. But he had already lost them. All they remember is that they can change their mind. The how and why they don’t care about. “you can make that work, right”. No more planning. No more thought. Just charge ahead wherever your mind and dreams might guide you.

All goes to hell, since nobody thought about anything? No big deal. Can be changed. It’s easy, right?

Next profession I choose involves a chisel, a hammer and preferably rocks. Also handy to have something to throw on the floor at all times.

past wasted fears

January 19th, 2011

“Strange Maps” is a wonderful read for me. It shows that on the Internet even strange or obscure content will find an audience.

In the recent post pages from Life Magazine in the forties are the subject. I find them highly entertaining. What Life wrote is utter rubbish. Complete fiction. As probable as you having 5 legs.

In 1942 many people in the US took those maps for a likely scenario. What an amount of wasted fear. I personally don’t like to jump to the conclusion that such non sense got produced to manipulate people into a certain direction. For me it is more likely to see the motivation in the fabrication of fictional war global war maps in that Life hoped to increase the circulation.

I think that today’s articles and ‘news items’ often don’t do much better in the area of plausibility. How is that swine flu pandemic going?

eCloud and trailblazers

January 16th, 2011

I will try to fly through or to San Jose and have a look at the eCloud

Maybe I should go to Munich as well.

I am looking forward to see what artists will come up with in the future in respect to public sculptures: Since the people controlling funds for these concepts have not exactly been bestowed with imagination it is great to see that more contemporary concepts are a reality.

I am sure we have seen nothing yet.

fonts and their effect on memorisation

January 9th, 2011

Seed Magazine writes about a study that links less readable fonts to better ability to recall the conten. A less readable font slows down reading. Makes sense.

However, in those studies the subjects had no choice but to read the poorly typeset text. In reality most reading happens in a context, where other texts -presumably easier to read- are just a glimpse away. A study that would take this into account would probably have devastating results for badly readable fonts: You can not remember what you didn’t read in the first place.