“Having seen what his friends are like, I’m not too sure that I’d want to meet the fisherman.”
Archive for January, 2012
Heard a dolphin being interviewed on the radio the other day. It said that the thing that it most wants to do before it dies is swim with terminally-ill humans.
In large discussions, there seem to be two main ways in which people want to make contributions. The first of these is to introduce a new line of discussion on the current topic; the second is to respond to a recent comment by another speaker. These are both indicated by the same gesture: putting up your hand to get the attention of the facilitator of the meeting.
Most facilitators deal with this in a first-come-first-served fashion: this seems the fairest way of doing it. But, the lack of disambiguation between the two kinds of contributions leads to a seasick-inducing sway between different topics, as people several comments down the line begin their comment with “I’d like to return to what Jessica was saying a few minutes ago” or whatever. Sometimes people attempt to improvise a gesture/expression to convey that they want to speak next, usually in the form of a hand bobbing up and down and a desperate-for-a-piss expression on their face.
We need a more rational system for this. I propose (1) if you want to follow up the previous speaker immediately, then you put your hand up with a single finger extended; (2) if you have a general point, then you put your hand up with all fingers extended. Simples.
This advertising image is very clever; making use of a very specific visual image (the “number of new emails” graphic from iOS) as a way of drawing the eye to a specific part of the screen.
There is clearly a balance here. The image is unremarkable as such, but to people who use iOS devices the attentional grab of the image is large, much more so than a generic “look here!” sort of splash. The other side of the balance is that people unfamiliar with those devices will not get any of the advantage. Presumably a really finessed version of this would deliver a personalised version of the image depending on the device being used.
Things that Seem Perfectly Reasonable to me but which Sound Very OCD when I Actually Write it out (1)Saturday, January 7th, 2012
Looking at a plate with several half-slices of toast and ranking them in order of tastiness so that I can work from the least tasty to the most so that the best one is saved for last.