Discussion Archive: January 2005

20 Jan 2005 - 2:42pm
11 years ago
1 reply
Petteri Hiisilä

Rational mind? (was:Could this be true?)

Listera kirjoitti 20.01.2005 kello 20:24:
> David Heller:
> > In general I think it ridiculous to ask people to say how they will or
> > will not prejudice their decisions. the human mind is an amazing thing
> > and we rationalize our bad and unethical decisions all the time.
> Precisely.

Yes, precisely.

I never get tired of two books, namely Steven Pinker's "How the Mind Works" and Antonio R. Damasio's "Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain".

20 Jan 2005 - 10:29am
Lada Gorlenko

The non-Americans and Asterix

JB> Are they still in publication? According to these folks, there are 31
JB> books available.

Barnes&Noble <www.bn.com> seems to have most of them, published
2002-04, paperback and hardcover. Many on 24-hour shipping order
(same day delivery in tiny Manhattan!)


20 Jan 2005 - 8:47am
Lada Gorlenko

Innovation in design (was: RFID and other fads)

Here is something to look into, for anyone who cares about having
an inventor's mind - TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving),
a methodology for creative engineering design developed in the
1960s. This is one of the great timeless things, similar to
McLuhan's "Understanding media" and Ashby's "Introduction to
cybernetics". TRIZ has a fairly solid background - it took
200,000 patents to analyse to discover and describe how innovation
takes place.

20 Jan 2005 - 7:46am
JS Bracher

The non-Americans : Asterix and Obelix

I found out from a librarian friend of mine that the King County Library
[kcls.org] (Washington State/USA) has them in the library.

Of the 17 items, one is a French DVD,
Astérix et Cléopâtre
[Canada] : Lea Films, [2004].
1 videodisc (69 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
One is in Arabic,
Astirīks wa al-minjal al-dhahabī
[Cairo] : Dār al-Ma‘ārif, [1980]
46 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
J741.5944 GOS ARABIC
One is a video tape,
Asterix vs.

20 Jan 2005 - 12:45am
Chad Thornton

Scrolling text on small screens

Hi all,

I'm currently designing search results for web browsers on cellphones.
One of the space-saving features that some of the browsers enable is
automatic scrolling of any words that have a no-wrap attribute on it.
(remember that cheesy javascript hack where the words would scroll by
on the status bar of your web browser? same idea, in a much smaller

Some members of the team think it's a good idea to have each result
link appear on one (and only one) line and let users watch the words
scroll by. It's space-efficient and makes for a nice clean layout.

20 Jan 2005 - 12:02am
11 years ago
6 replies
Noreen Whysel

RE: Could this be true?

>The president of Harvard University has caused a stir among academics by
>suggesting women have less "innate ability" at science and maths than men.

What I find more controversial is not the comments he made, but that he
expect the outcry against Harvard as an institution. As president, it was
of him to be so openly provocative, even if his intentions were good (to
the research and find solutions to address any disparity between the sexes).

19 Jan 2005 - 11:51pm
Josh Seiden

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19 Jan 2005 - 9:33pm
11 years ago
6 replies

OT - Wireless Job

All, hope this isn't too far off topic but I know there are a lot of
talented people on this list who may be interested in this sort of
thing. I've been interviewing for a couple weeks and am broadening the
search a little.

19 Jan 2005 - 5:20pm
11 years ago
1 reply
Stacy Surla

RE: The non-Americans and Asterix

Hey, I know Asterix & Obelix! But was always more of a Tintin fan.

Our Information Architecture group in the Washington, DC area (DCIA) had a
book group meeting that focused on Tintin and also looked at Scott McCloud's
"Understanding Comics." That meeting had just about the highest attendance
of any of our events.

19 Jan 2005 - 4:37pm
11 years ago
12 replies
John Vaughan - ...

RFID and other fads

> According to Dell's CEO, UXP/IXD/all that stuff are just fads.


And his point is....?

Hint: These are some fads that enjoyed tremendous popularity - not to mention "market share" - during their heyday.