Monthly ArchiveFebruary 2005

Software 27 Feb 2005 10:53 pm

Usability Professionals

UPA Usability Resources

Software 23 Feb 2005 12:04 am

Nice Interface and usability in Webapp

To Do with Ta-da List: Simple sharable to-do lists. To-do list, todo list, task manager, task list, todo task, easy list, simple todo, free todo list manager.

Despite their keyword obsessed title, it is a nice web app. Built on rails, but specifically using XmlHttpRequest to do automatic server communication instead of the clunky submit form interface usually found in webapps.

Words 16 Feb 2005 12:55 am

After you see it used three times in one day, you just gotta know.


While it is still OK to say, I agree with their assessment of its impact completely. 🙂

Programming Languages 14 Feb 2005 03:31 pm

Picture Language in Lisp

Bill Clementson’s blog entry on Henderson’s picture language and recent activity around it is really cool.

I really like this idea of higher order functions which represent objects essentially. For example, in the picture language, a function is a picture. To create different pictures you run different functions together. Really changes how you might think about object oriented progamming.

Miscellaneous 14 Feb 2005 07:40 am

World Time Server

New South Wales, Australia current local time. I can never remember what time it is. This is really helpful.

There is also a time converter.

Miscellaneous 13 Feb 2005 03:38 pm

Choosing a Child’s Name

The Baby Name Wizard’s NameVoyager will show you how popular that prospective child name is, and has been, over the last 100 or so years.

Hint: If you want your child to standout, Archie, Fonzie, Madonna and Dick are all pretty uncommon these days apparently. Stay away from Abigail (#6 in 2003), and Daniel (#3 in 2003).

Politics 13 Feb 2005 03:09 pm

Administration Coerces Scientists to Change Findings at US Fish and Wildlife

U.S. Scientists Say They Are Told to Alter Findings

A nice quote from one of the scientists in the article:
“Political pressures influence the outcome of almost all the cases,” she said. “As a scientist, I would probably say you really can’t trust the science coming out of the agency.”

Language 13 Feb 2005 02:25 pm

Grady Booch’s Reading List

A voluminous list of things to read from Grady Booch’s blog. Interesting to hear the non-technical overview, and then to check out the Excel spreadsheet with all the technical books. He wants suggestions if there are any that he doesn’t have that you recommend.

Politics 10 Feb 2005 10:33 am

The Administration’s Seeming Contempt for America

Plastic: Fake Reporter With Fake Name Outed

Gannon, was a member of the White Press Corp for Talon News. Turns out that is not his real name, and turns out Talon news is a front too. How did they get into the White House Press Corp?

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter asks some good questions here.

Perhaps it is time to start a newspaper. It sure would be nice to ask a whole bunch of legitimate questions to the administration, and apparently it’s not that hard to get into the press corp. Ha.

Miscellaneous 09 Feb 2005 05:02 pm

Good magazine

American Scientist Online

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