Designing Windows 95’s User Interface

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win95uidesignThree years ago I came across an interesting paper written up by a Microsoft employee, Kent Sullivan, on the process and findings of designing the new user interface for Windows 95. The web page has since been taken down – one reason why I’m a bit of a digital hoarder.

It specified some of the common issues experienced from Windows 3.1’s Program Manager shell and looked at the potential of developing a separate shell for ‘beginners’. Admittedly my inclination was that this was possibly inspired by Apple’s At Ease program that was reasonably popular during the System 7 days. I remember At Ease well during my primary school years, so kids couldn’t mess with the hard disk in Finder.

So here’s what Kent had to say verbatim in his paper titled “The Windows 95 User Interface: A Case Study in Usability Engineering” so it’s not lost altogether.

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My Autistic Fractals in the 4th Dimension of Consciousness

Henny Kupferstein

In UNIPAZ, Brasilia, I had the honor of presenting my lived experience to a class of transpersonal psychology students. In my presentation, I demonstrate how my eyes sees objects as conceptual fractals from within the 4th dimension of consciousness. You may notice some gaps in the talking. This video has been edited to remove the Portuguese translation provided in realtime by Alfredo. 

English transcription of presentation at UNIPAZ, Brazil:

Being in the United States diagnosed as autistic, provided me a really nice fancy package to understand my differences. But the more I understood myself, the more I was witnessing the trauma of those who did not have the privilege of this identity. As you are going through transformation in your education, you are experiencing an evolution of your own identity. That is a privilege that you now have, because you can choose this process. 

The autistic child is under identity…

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RE: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: note to self (1100 words)

The Center for Experimental Telepathy

The bright half-circle of the moon catches Naveed’s eye and he looks up to see it is illuminated from the wrong side, a smile when it should be a frown. A few years ago this would have drawn crowds of upturned faces, a full spectrum of expressions from mesmerized wonder to epinephrine-drenched horror. Now nobody seems to notice.

This is the global phenomenon in microcosm: when the end of the universe comes, people react not with panic and chaos but with boredom and indifference.

Of course, it isn’t really the end of the universe; only our universe, or what we thought was our universe. And it came gradually enough — gradual on the timescale modern humans are used to serious events unfolding, anyway.

Enough that scientists had an opportunity to go through their perplexities and arguments and coalesce around a few theories nobody could disprove, the least implausible of which…

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20 Years After Tony: Wilson Jermaine Heredia on the poignant & lasting impact of Rent

“Maybe a couple months later after the Tonys, my mom looked at me and said ‘You know, you could still be a doctor.’ The entire experience was humbling but it’s good to have people around you that humble you.”

BLEEP Magazine

It’s been 20 years since Rent debuted and changed the landscape of American theatre. From magazine covers, to fans lined up around the block, to winning the Pulitzer, Rent was the Hamilton of its time. In the middle of that swirl of fandom and activism was Wilson Jermaine Heredia who played Angel and went on to originate the role in the West End and in the film. For Heredia, who had until then worked in Off Broadway shows, making his Broadway debut in such a huge show was overwhelming.

“I felt like I was in shock initially,” Heredia said. “When Rent hit, we were the center of attention and for most of us, we were completely new to it. It was a whirlwind, it was scary, we were self-exposed but felt appreciated at the same time…it was a roller coaster.”

lvrentcast24n-16-webRent brought Heredia opportunities he never imagined would come his…

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Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe exhibit at Comic-Con!

Cool San Diego Sights!

The golden garb of Terran Empire royalty. All hail the Emperor, Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius. The golden garb of Terran Empire royalty. All hail the Emperor, Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius.

Uniforms, props and weapons that appear in the Mirror Universe episodes of Star Trek: Discovery are being exhibited in the Gaslamp Quarter during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con! It’s free and the general public is welcome.

Last year’s Star Trek: Discovery exhibit was amazing, and this year there’s a cool new twist. The various uniforms and weapons that are on display are all from Star Trek’s dark Mirror Universe.

If you enjoy Star Trek or simply want to see some really fantastic, detailed props, check it out! You can also pose for a photo on Emperor Georgiou’s throne or visit an official Star Trek shop with collectible Comic-Con exclusives!

The Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Long Live the Empire. The Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Long Live the Empire.

Emperor Georgiou's Imperial Sword and Scabbard, Terran Empire Throwing Disc, Imperial Guard Truncheon. Emperor Georgiou’s Imperial Sword and Scabbard, Terran Empire Throwing Disc…

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Toy Review: My Keepon

The Entertainment Nut

Over the years, many of us have seen numerous toys come to prominence in time for the Holiday Season. After all, nothing says Happy Holidays like grown men and women fighting in the toy aisle to get that must-have toy in order to please their little child. This year, there’s one toy that some are figuring may become that must-have toy for Billy and Betty: My Keepon.

The Original Keepon; (Left) Minus his base and rubber skin, (Right) Fully decked out

Originally named Keepon, it was developed as a miniature robot to study and help children with social communication disorders. Keepon sits on a black base that houses the four-motor mechanism that gives him movement (an ‘exposed’ version is on the left in the photo). His eyes are actually cameras, and his nose is a microphone that can pick up sound. A rubber skin is placed around the mechanism, and gives Keepon his simple-yet-cute shape.

The little ‘beatbot’ soon gained popularity in…

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