20 days dormant

(Note from Dec. 2001: Some of the links in this post were no longer valid, so I removed them and italicized the words that used to be linked, for reference.)

Hi! I’m back! I can’t believe it’s been 20 days since my last post! I wish I could say I’ve been super busy, but life has been pretty low key. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

My sister, Adele, visited, which was cool, but the weather was crummy and she was sick for half of the time. We did get a few nice days though, one of which we used to head over to Muir Woods. That was fun for me…I love trees!

While Adele was here she also managed to get Selena sick. Her sickness was just kicking into gear when Selena and I went to Mama Mia, the musical based on music by ABBA. We thought it was going to be cheesy, but it actually turned out to be pretty funny and entertaining.

I’ve also been doing a lot of reading. I finished Understanding Comics a couple weeks ago. I also got to see Scott McCloud in person at the Alternative Press Expo. I’ve also started reading The Humane Interface again…it fell behind my desk and was lost for a few months. DOH!

…and finally, I’ve been working with Brad, on the interface to his XML translator for Biologists. He calls it WAX.

Oh yeah! The redesign is almost complete.

One for the money, two from the show…

Well, the Practicing Information Architecture conference was great! I hope to reflect on it more in a later post. For now, you can enjoy a couple pics I took:

mmm...continental breakfast

Peter Merholz talking to a very short woman

By the way: I added a new book to the wish list: It hasn’t been published yet, but sounds quite interesting. A Pattern Approach to Interaction Design is the title. The author, Jan Borchers, will be presenting at the February meeting of BayCHI. Let me know if you’d like to join me?

One last thing…my sister gets into town tonight. Woo Hoo! Expect updates to be infrequent, at best.

Happy Birthday Josh!

Formerly known as the Mexican Jesus, though you wouldn’t know it from this picture, Josh has been a good friend of mine since high school. It’s his birthday today. Woo Hoo! Happy Birthday, yo!

…and for you OS interface freaks: Mac OS X has been all over the news this week!

First off, the question, that just won’t die (this time, from Slashdot): OS X on x86?

Also, the interface gods, namely Jef Raskin and Bruce Tognazzini, speak out about the short comings of OS X. A post on Slashdot, linked to this article about things Raskin has said about OS X. Unfortunately, I can’t find Raskin’s original comments anywhere. Bruce Tognazzini’s Top 10 Reasons the Apple Dock Sucks can be found on his web site (actually, the mirror – when the hell is he going to fix that?).