Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Superstitious And Cowardly Lot

At some point, a friend of mine has noted, some people should just admit that they hate and fear all change. It turns out that’s just as and probably more true of my enterprise sysadmin colleagues than it is of anyone else, but it seems a little more awkwardly baroque coming from class of people […]

It’s Hard To Overstate My Satisfaction

A while back, I sent some email to Valve suggesting they should make a shirt commemorating Portal 2’s “Bring Your Daughter To Work Day”. They did. I love Valve a little bit more all the time. So awesome. (Also, the date given – 08/05/85 – it is… very interesting.)

“I knew it, I’m surrounded by assholes.”

Dark Helmet: Who is he? Colonel Sandurz: He’s an Asshole, sir. Dark Helmet: I know that! What’s his name? Colonel Sandurz: That is his name, sir. Asshole. Major Asshole. Have I mentioned that the No Asshole Rule has profound geopolitical implications? It’s an idea that’s been rattling around my head for a while. JWZ links […]

Windows Phone: Done (Update! Incorrect!)

“We are driving Windows down to the phone with Windows 8“, says Steve Ballmer, inadvertently strangling the entire WP7 ecosystem in its cradle as he telegraphs to Windows Phone 7 developers that anything they build will be dead-end technology by fall 2012. (update: see below…) Were I in that situation (and I’m in one that’s […]

Mimes: Disturbingly Prescient

Seen this thing about interaction design that’s been making the rounds? You should, it’s pretty neat. It just occurred to me that if all our interactions with technology eventually involve smooth translucent glass surfaces, then the standard Mime trapped-in-a-glass-box routine goes from being something cute and kind of silly to being a profound, terrifying metaphor […]