To: Big Brains
Subject: Gleanings: merely academic
***Peter wrote up some of his thoughts set off by the ASIS&T conference.
which, when I read them, got my poor little brain a popping
(see “reflection and responses”)
which set off victor
and then Andrés wrote and I posted that….
and peter linked back to me.
busy little weekend. you can tell when it’s rainy, can’t you….
INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE MATTERS
***User Modeling & Cognitive Analysis
Why do user/operator modeling or cognitive task analysis?
Terminology: Cognitive task analysis refers both to the process of analyzing
human performance from a cognitive point of view and the resulting product
of the analysis (e.g., a GOMS model).
***On applying Don Norman’s The Seven Stages of Action
***Good overview of GOMS
GOMS is a family of techniques proposed by Card, Moran, and Newell (1983),
for modeling and describing human task performance. GOMS is an acronym that
stands for Goals, Operators, Methods, and Selection Rules, the components of
which are used as the building blocks for a GOMS model.
NEWS & COMMENTARY
***Web Informant: How to make money with an online news web site.
Robin Miller, editor-in-chief of OSDN.com. The best way to make money with an
online news site is to use a revenue model closer to those used by free
alternative newspapers than to those used by large-circulation dailies. This
is not a bad thing, since many small weekly papers produce excellent
***AtNewYork: The Myths and Realities of Peer-to-Peer Networking.
Although helped by the wild popularity of consumer file-sharing programs such
as Napster and Instant Messenger, P2P has different uses in the corporate
world but is similarly ushering in social transformations of how people
communicate and build networks.
and why it may not work
***and not so goofy. napster gets a little brother.
***and this guy has a ton of amazing ideas
Michael Dertouzos, director, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. If you think the astonishing wave of change you’ve been living through has run its course, think again, says this digital guru.
APROPOS OF NOTHING
***Tracy sent me this link some time ago. it’s pretty amazing.
***from the people who brought you CPU’s with a cigarette lighter built in
Today’s Media Nugget featured this:
Repo Man 1984
“Bullshit! You’re a white suburban punk. Just like me.”
Repo Man entered the pop-culture consciousness as a defining artifact of the Reagan ’80s: a punk anthem showcasing societal alienation in America. The bastard child of Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider, this apocalyptic treat revolves around the disaffected Otto (perhaps Emilio Estevez’ finest performance), who joins a team of repo men tracking down a Chevy Malibu with mysteriously glowing cargo in its trunk. With rapier dialog, surprisingly beautiful cinematography, and a perfect-pitch soundtrack, Repo Man rewards repeated viewing.
“The more you drive, the less intelligent you are.”
— Peter Merholz
If you haven’t seen it, see it. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/6305971048/medianuggeofthedA/107-1728894-9266936
You also *need* the soundtrack. A prefect punk primer.