14 September 2003

Compilation Nation – a new site from Marcia “dutchbint, a bit like Art of the Mix but more personal and themed. I’m registered on there…

Mmn Skyscraper I Love You

14 September 2003

So I’m standing on the Canary Wharf escalator, the final one, that takes you to ground level, and I so far haven’t been convinced by the busker at the bottom, who’s just playing live guitar solos over backing cds, nicely controlled and all, but not exactly stunning. And then, that skyscraper just to your right emerges out of nowhere, and he melts into a wonderfully gooey solo on Hey Joe, and the sun glints off the skyscraper, and suddenly I grin on the inside and then on the outside, because that was a kind-of pretty damn good moment for a morning commute.

He wasn’t really that bad a guitarist, anyhow.


14 September 2003

The way we use computers is changing, and right now it’s changing in more exciting ways than at any time in my life, really. Right now, I’m sitting in a living room, listening to the second Bent album, writing on my Powerbook which is wired over my shoulder into cable broadband. If I was at home, it could be wireless. I have this single window containing Moveable Type and everything else has been shunted out the way, into a dock at the left or into menulets. Tabbed windows; I mean, hell, if I’d had that five years ago when is sixteen…

Thing is, there’s such an established base of software out there we get used to doing things in a way, even if it’s a stupid way. Would you go back from tabs? So why won’t Microsoft pick up on it? GUIs impose a fixed interpretation of UI on users with little room for manoeuvre – and when they do manouevre, it’s often handled so lazily that you wish for something normal. Change has to be handled very carefully.

The move at the moment, especially if like me, you’re a user of OSX, is into little individual, simple programs that do little, individual tasks – take a look at Konfabulator for this taken to its logical shiny conclusion.

Blah, blah, everyone’s said this better than me before. It just all came out again when I noticed Matt Webb describing some ideas and his working process for what’s essentially a non-verbal IM client: Glancing. I can’t wait to see the finished or beta version. It’s a really… exciting use of very simple technology. The desktop metaphor is being extended further into an office metaphor, and it’s clearly a very awkward metaphor to get just right. Which is something Matt’s clearly realised is quite important for Glancing to succeed. Metaphor fails, software fails. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops. Also, if you’re interested in this kind of thing, Matt’s notes make for interesting reading (and they’re also further clues in that elusive puzzle of anyone trying to work out how the hell his brain works.


14 September 2003

“Hello, I’m Nathan Barley”: Sony Ericsson’s gorgeous new Z600 shows off its “twat” add-on.


10 September 2003

My soul is worth

crash different

09 September 2003

OK, so it might not be entirely accurate, but Crash Different is still pretty damn funny. My Mac experience has been a lot better than this. Though my desire to use an iMac as a boat anchor has now been spurred on by this film. Mac killed my inner child


07 September 2003

The Sandwich Project. Like Art of the Mix, but for sandwiches. Which is fine by me. Expect to see some Tom-submissions soon…

only mortal

02 September 2003

Only Mortal – a Quake3-engined-game server browser for OSX. Pretty damn good.

meat and blood

01 September 2003

As is so often the case, Diesel Sweeties is right on the money. Meat and blood and searing heat!.