The Treehouse + The Cave


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Monday, August 28, 2006

Quotations

"Woman, looking at fossil: So is this like, a thing, or did someone make this up?" - Overheard in New York

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A Service

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First Lesson, Learn Silence

Anonymous mamajama thought:

This message has many levels of meaning. Of course, from Meher Baba I have learned Silence is necessary for hearing our spiritual selves and for progress on the spiritual path.

September 7, 2006 at 6:49 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Moving In Circles

"He moves in all sorts of circles."

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Mirror

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Portal

Portal 3

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Hand Truck

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Palettes

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Make Your Escape

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Mr. Hands

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The entire way from Newark to Minneapolis. Mr. Hands was headed home--we think he works in plastics.

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Coon Traps For Strange Brains

Coon Traps For Strange Brains

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My Effingham Sound

My Effingham Sound

Heather's spent the last few in Charm City; I'm alone, destroying the neighbors--thinking that when I'm an old man I'm gonna spend my time writing shit like this. Yeah, that'll be my hobby--foot-wide sine waves.

Label looks familiar.

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The Fliptych Interface

Blogger Mick thought:

Who invented fliptych? Was it in use by others prior to coverflow?

August 7, 2006 at 6:23 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Mick,

I did (I hope), but the name just came to me. Thought I'd coin it--officially. Certainly sounds better than "the CoverFlow interface".

With so many clones of CoverFlow's browsing metaphor in existence and on the horizon, we need a general name for the principle itself. This allows for clear deliniation between the original concept, and it's various implementations.

For example: "OmniDazzle's preferences dialog employs the fliptych interface".

A.

August 7, 2006 at 9:21 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger missluester thought:

how do you create the effect of the coverflow to rotate in an emerging circular way, where it rotates to a big picture, then fades away,such as in the website, www.peachclaire.com?

March 20, 2007 at 6:04 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Copper Rich

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Don't remember where it was found now.
Went missing for a while, but came back.
Thought it was a planet against my Moleskine.

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Simple Models

Simple Models
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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Repeating Myself

Oh, and I'll say it again. What's always been missing from the Mac mini? A display, and a Keyboard/Mouse. What kills two birds with one stone? A wireless touch-screen tablet.

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Sidelining Dashboard

It always seems to come together like this--little experiences with my computer--coalescing slowly over months (mostly when I'm unaware), into an idea that can be built. Sad to say however, I can't yet command the skill set to do it myself (try as I might).

In this case the elements colliding are newfound love for Menufela, fading use of Dashboard, continued respect for the Dock, and occasional glimpses of Vista's impending Sidebar. It happened post-work, while slumped in my favorite chair shaking off the smell of suits--a minute later the whole of it had been spit to page (well TextEdit).

So, what's wrong with Dashboard?
1. It consumes the entirety of your display area.
2. When activated, the standard OSX environment is unavailable to the user.
3. Information sharing and exchange between the standard OSX environment and the Dashboard cannot be done without switching back and forth, wasting time and system resources.
4. Information that should be "at a glance" is actually "at the push of a button".
So, how do you craft something better from the bits above?

Dashdock/drawer


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I finally made time to render the thought, as it should really appear pre-WWDC. Rumblings from the rarely accurate Jason O'Grady indicate Apple may have already implemented this nascent UI and more, much more.

Dashdock/drawer isn't that radical improvement to Dashboard, and isn't meant to be. It's just a kissing cousin--a different way of looking at the app. A different way of thinking, that I'd argue A LOT of people would prefer--people with mad screen real estate--folks who actually want to work with their widgets--pros.

Just like the Dock or Menufela, my proposed modification would slide out from the screen edge, presenting the user with a slice of the Dashboard in a drawer. You can trigger this behavior simply by mousing to the screen edge, hitting a keyboard shortcut or using a programmable mouse.

Screen edge, drawer size, drawer position and duration would be user-definable. It's basically any size of Dashboard you want--where you want it--for as long as you want it. These variables (and others) would be adjustable via a preferences/widget management dialog similar to the rendering below, as well as through intuitive mouse actions.

Grab any of the three drawer edges to resize. Command-grab any of the three edges to drag the entire drawer to another available screen edge. Click the X icon in the lower-left-hand corner to close a non-auto-hiding drawer. Command-click the X, it rotates into the familiar + and launches the aforementioned prefs. The + is available in place of the X when auto-hide is activated.

Dashdock/drawer Preferences

See, it's just a less domineering Dashboard--his sensitive younger brother. And probably--his smarter younger brother. This is the mod that could actually make those RSS reader widgets usable--I'd finally use the Address Book widget instead of Address Book and the iTunes widget instead of a minimized iTunes.

I want it, and I'm willing to share. My hand's out, I'm in 50/50 with anyone who can build it. From there, who knows.

Anonymous Anonymous thought:

you've always been an inventor and an innovator! mamajama

August 15, 2006 at 9:12 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger hackand thought:

I just wish I could write a single line of code to start materializing this wonderful idea.

August 16, 2006 at 12:27 AM - Comment Permalink  

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Seeings

As seen on TV
WYSIWYG
More than meets the eye
Seeing is believing
Don't believe your eyes
Nothing to see here

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Coon Traps For Strange Brains

Bigger Flicker

Blogger Andy thought:

Maybe it's just my taste, but this always to seem to sync with whatever I'm listening to.

A.

August 5, 2006 at 9:17 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Post Graff

Pulled a torrent of Writers United down, and read for a while. When I got to these images I felt like I had taken them.

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A series I did for The Blow Up in 04.

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Around

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She caught a glimpse from an angle of the above in Photoshop and asked if it was a cell.

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For a second it was.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

What I Like About Electronic Music

There are no accidental sounds, even if the origin of a sound is accidental, the inclusion in the final file is always purposeful. It's simultaneously a very dumb music and a very smart music.

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I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watchin Me

I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watchin Me

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Same here. I caught it first on A16.

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742 Diggs

742 Diggs

I used to live here.

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Pin Pricks

Athena Burst

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