Friday, November 07, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
If you're a fan of Joss Whedon, you'll love Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Video Blog.
It's a story about a dorky evil mad scientist(Neil Patrick Harris, of Doogie Houser fame) who publishes a public video blog. The story spends little time with that, however. It mostly centers around his crush on a girl he sees at the laundromat that he's too shy to talk to. It's also about his neverending battle against his nemesis, Captain Hammer(Nathan Fillion, of Firefly fame). The lovely woman who completes this eventual love triangle is Felicia Day(of Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
You can watch it online. But if you like it, please buy the episodes on iTunes to show your support. This is a very innovative piece of art with a high level of production quality.
Felicia Day is a prolific web content creator these days. She has another great series that she created and stars in called The Guild. It's about people who play World of Warcraft(well, not by name) all day everyday. I enjoyed the first season. The second should be released in October.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
This is one of the best tablet pc's in production at the moment: the HP tx2000z. I want to be able to take notes with this machine. And play Crayon Physics Deluxe.
Why do I want a tablet pc? I believe that interface is where the real benefit of computers comes from, and it's the future of the best innovation. tablet pc's are a well-established yet front line technology toward making computers and humans coexist in greater harmony.
This is a problem, don't you know. People often take down notes under time pressure. People also want notes that give them the most information in the quickest way possible. Note-taking is an internal discourse that allows you to connect ideas over long periods of time, and very efficiently. Since I began contributing a couple bug fixes to the open source note-taking program called Tomboy, I've become aware of what kinds of features are most useful for note-takers. This experience has led me to researching note-taking in depth.
I really love Tomboy because it sits right where I spend most of my time: inside my computer. It's simple and intuitive for me, and it's more flexible and compact than writing on paper. For instance, I can link to websites. I can also link to other notes, which I've found is an amazing feature when I want to take notes on multiple academic papers within a particular field...like my note-taking research!
What would make Tomboy better? Well, the main problem is that it lacks free-form control of note formatting and writing. In other words, you use it like a flexible word processor. Being able to "draw" your notes is huge for humans. OK, let's take a step back from drawing. This is clearly beyond the scope of Tomboy, which is supposed to be "simple". How about an implementation of an ad-hoc layout manipulator, in which movements of the mouse determine the shape and position of text on the screen either future, present or past.
Don't quite know what I'm talking about? Well, take a look at the video demonstrating Crayon Physics Deluxe in the next post!