Philosopher; lover; scoundrel; mad man with a box, without a box.
It’s the aesthetic. It’s supposed to be minimal and serious and authentic and (hair-shirt) ethical. But it is in fact Miserable Web.
Now that I’ve typed the words Miserable Web, I like the service much more than I did. And it doesn’t dismiss my previous conception of the place as “medical-grade internet,” either. Here is your grim prescription from Miserable Web. Meet the other patients. Enjoy your broken conversations in our infinite antiseptic white rooms, as if you were inmates in the cells of THX-1138. Consider the blank silence under our eyeless, lying smile. Even if you leave, the piece of you that loved colour and joy is still here, dying. This is Miserable Web. Say Ello.
In the iOS 8 keyboard screenshot, is the shift key active or no? Unless you are an experienced user you’ll probably have to check what the other state of the shift key looks like before you can answer. There is no such confusion in the case of iOS 6. It is immediately obvious even to inexperienced users.
When cues are based on the physical world the user interface tends to be immediately obvious. No learning or memorization needed. When designers eschew cues based on the physical world users have to learn and memorize the conventions chosen by the designer.
This has to be my biggest complaint about iOS7 onwards. Unless I have caps lock on I am never not confused by the shift button.
Back in January I posited the theory that The Woman From Italy in the Welcome to Night Vale episode of the same name was actually the personification of Mount Vesuvius and promised a full fledged essay on the subject that I never got around to writing.
This isn’t going to be an essay, per se, so much as it’s going to be a line-by-line interpretation of the Woman From Italy poem.
Trigger warning: Some links contain graphic descriptions of volcano eruptions and images of the plaster casts made in Pompeii.
“Ooh, child, things are gonna get easier. Ooh child, things will get brighter.”
— Marc Maron, on The Mental Illness Happy Hour (via gbrit10izme)