• I’m not quite sure how to describe it, but my issues with AI and VR seem to come from the same place

    Sunday February 4, 2024
  • 40 years ago today, this little creature was introduced to the world - a dogcow. The case she came in became affectionately known, famously, as the “Macintosh”, and the dogcow became known as “Clarus”…

    Clarus the Dogcow. Moof!
    Wednesday January 24, 2024
  • I have somehow made the cursed decision of using my Raspberry Pi 4 as both a desktop computer and my home server

    Sunday January 14, 2024
  • On Spatial, Zoomable UIs

    I recently installed a neat little piece of software called Eagle Mode on my Linux desktop (a Raspberry Pi 4). It uses a concept of a “Zoomable UI”, in which instead of double-clicking files and folders to open them, you just zoom in and out and pan around. It created a really neat, cohesive and overall plain fun environment to use. In fact I’ve almost switched to it entirely for day-to-day file management. It’s incredibly convenient to have a comprehensive at-a-glance view of everything. Its power becomes much more clear when applied beyond just file management; if you zoom around and look at some of the other included modules, like the Clock and the Chess game, it feels like it really could replace our current WIMP desktops one day. It’s the type of environment you can really only get a feel for by exploring it yourself.

    The other kind of UI that I find really exciting is the spatial UI in Smalltalk. My experience has primarily been with Squeak, so I’ll speak to that specifically. The part I found intriguing was not the regular windowing UI - that was pretty standard. But almost everything else about Smalltalk fascinated me. The object model and message-passing stuff is less relevant to this post, so I won’t dive into that here. What caught my attention was the GUI objects, that were fully composable, you could make other objects out of, and place anywhere on the desktop, resize, rotate, and overall treat like actual objects, not windows. It was a fully spatial environment, a bit like the old Mac OS Finder but working with objects instead of files.

    I think the future of the GUI is going to be some sort of combination of the two. Some kind of GUI where you have an infinite, spatial, zoomable desktop made of objects which can contain other objects.

    This post was an overview, I’ll do a more detailed deep-dive soon.

    Saturday December 16, 2023
  • test poast, somebody please reply

    Monday December 4, 2023
  • Trying out the Sparkles Micropub client! Very nice and minimal. This should go through Micro.blog, and if I have syndication set up properly, to Mastodon, Nostr, and Bluesky as well…

    Friday November 10, 2023
  • checked out a bit of Ruby’s DRb

    getting me more and more curious about distributed programming or whatever it’s called. probably time to check out cwebber’s goblins next

    Sunday October 8, 2023
  • Migrating my blog to micro.blog so I can free up the server it was on for some cool stuff :P

    Thursday August 10, 2023
  • okay this is great. micro.blog mac app is awesome. and with crossposting I may never again have to touch a web ui for social media

    Wednesday August 9, 2023
  • hmm

    Wednesday August 9, 2023
  • just settin up my micro.blog

    Wednesday August 9, 2023