Early version of “Talk Talk” from Mark Hollis’ first band The Reaction. From 1978!
After the world has been reduced to warring hyper-capitalist feudal city-states, my traveling revival drive-in movie theater will be showing this double-bill. Coming to a Bartertown near you!
For The Times Magazine, a “Portrait of the Ideal Space Man,” if not the ideal space cat, from February 1958. As experts were contemplating the medical specifics of what weightlessness in space would do to a living, breathing human being, an unlucky kitten was volunteered as a stand-in, floating from the hand of Capt. Druey P. Parks inside an F-94C jet at 25,000 feet. The article, by Donald G. Cooley, characterized the cat’s reaction as “bewilderment.” Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times
I believe Apple have been taking the initiative of moving towards an object-oriented mode of interaction for the user with their data, rather than have users deal with data on a file-level. In this design and UI/UX method, users interact with objects, such as photos, books, and music tracks, contrary to working with photo files, book files, and music files.
The main advantage from a user-experience perspective, whereby a book “object” would not just comprise of the contents of the file, but a set of metadata as well, which makes it an actual “virtual book”, and not just a file. This optimizes the organization, interaction, and utilization of the resource for the user, and renders a more natural form of one’s interaction with their data. With such an approach there is a plethora of advantages that can be implemented on the filesystem and OS side as well, whereby they would be able to enhance many elements such as filesystem performance, journaling, etc. to say the least.
I am definitely with such a move, as it enhances computing in general, in the long run. BUT, Apple’s approach with most of their enhancements tends to be rather sporadic, and you end up having to deal with a lot more pain before you get to the gain. And here we have a prime example in the case of the abysmal iBooks app in Mavericks.
Apple overlooked the fact that they are breaking the current setup that people are running in order to keep their data in place; and this is where I disagree with Apple. I went ape sh** when I saw that iBooks had somewhat consumed my eBooks, and was enraged by the fact that I couldn’t even clean up the new book library now that the app “took over”. At least give me the option to not abide by your new system, or at least warn me, or give me some info so I can know how to work with this “new method” that you decided to force on me… and implement it all the way before you decide to have it take over my personal data.
As of the current release, the iBooks app is a bit of a lost child; it should either become more like iPhoto (object-oriented), or more like iTunes (more file oriented), but not stay right smack in the middle where it just doesn’t work.
“I call this minimal 3 module Macbeth Mk1 synthesizer the Bomber!”
At the 5:10 mark in the demo I went from “sounds great” to “holy cats I want one!”
It’s harder to imagine the past that went away than it is to imagine the future. What we were prior to our latest batch of technology is, in a way, unknowable. It would be harder to accurately imagine what New York City was like the day before the advent of broadcast television than to imagine what it will be like after life-size broadcast holography comes online. But actually the New York without the television is more mysterious, because we’ve already been there and nobody paid any attention. That world is gone.
My great-grandfather was born into a world where there was no recorded music. It’s very, very difficult to conceive of a world in which there is no possibility of audio recording at all. Some people were extremely upset by the first Edison recordings. It nauseated them, terrified them. It sounded like the devil, they said, this evil unnatural technology that offered the potential of hearing the dead speak. We don’t think about that when we’re driving somewhere and turn on the radio. We take it for granted.