Archive for January 2012

App with an Action-Movie UX

I have this very mundane need: an application to fill the SD card that goes into a digital picture frame. You know, don’t show photos that were on it last time, show all the photos that are new since last time, show higher-rated photos more than lower-rated ones, etc.

I was thinking about doing it with a command-line Ruby script and then I realized that this was my golden opportunity to “Write an app whose user-experience is as crazy as what they show in the movies.” You know, a background that dramatically fills in as the progress bar slowly (and precisely) moves forward with sound playing “tink-tink-tink” as each file is copied.

I think I shall name the app “Enhancement Protocol”

Your suggestions for UX elements appreciated…


Review of American Gods

American GodsAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A good page-turner, but ironically for a book that is about the fate of gods, the stakes felt extremely low. Gaiman very quickly establishes a porous boundary between life and death for mortals and then, later, establishes the same things with gods. So it’s never at all clear if anyone is actually facing extinction.

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