Archive for March, 2007

Weekly links

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Electroencephalograph cap for controlling video games. Does anyone else remember Clint Eastwood thinking in Russian? Avatar. Interesting looking new James Cameron sci-fi, expected May ’09. Dance Dance Immolation. Some people have too much time on their hands. Nice to see Adam Buxton, longtime Robotperson favourite from the Adam and Joe Show in action:lampooning News 24 […]

Weekly links

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Star Wars chubbies. Russian dolls from a galaxy far, far away. Robotperson loves this baroque wallpaper by Gampus Fratesi. Take a closer look at the pattern. Chomsky on Iran, energy and America’s gangster approach to foreign policy China … does not get intimidated when Uncle Sam shakes his fist. That’s scary. In particular, it’s dangerous […]

The Trap

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Robotperson regulars will know what a big fan I am of Adam Curtis’ 2005 documentary The Power of Nightmares. It was a superb look at how American neoconservatism dovetails with radical Islamism (watch it here – that’s an order). This Sunday Curtis is back. The Trap – whatever happened to our freedom? is a three-parter, […]

The Economist

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Nice intro to a piece on Ming and the Lib Dems in this week’s Economist made me laugh out loud on the train this morning: Nobody can say that Sir Menzies Campbell has had an easy first year as leader of his party. As poisoned chalices go, the leadership of the Liberal Democrats 12 months […]

New supermarket

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

There can be no surer sign of encroaching middle age than excitement at the opening of a new supermarket. And so it was with a moment of shock, this weekend, that I caught myself looking forward to checking out our new Sainsbury’s, just opened in Brighton’s New England Quarter. We stopped for provisions after promenading […]

Usability and ROI

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Interesting (and short) podcast on usability and ROI. It’s common for clients to ask for figures that quantify the improvements they will see if they spend their budget on a user-centred solution. But usability simply doesn’t work that way. This podcast offers some great defensive arguments for me to keep up my sleeve. My notes […]

Valentine

Monday, March 5th, 2007

For Valentine’s Lara bought me these cute Bearbricks. Nice, but to leaven the sweetness she also bought me the Brass Eye dvd. Fantastic – It’s been too long since I’ve witnessed Paedogeddon. Absolute class.

Choice paralysis

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Today I watched an excellent Google lecture on the paradox of choice – why more is less, by Barry Schwarz (who’s book I’ve just bought). I’m in the middle of designing an interface where this issue is particularly relevant, so finding this vid (via governomics) was perfectly timed. It’s fascinating. In a nutshell, the more […]