Sunk by Complexity

Monday, August 16th 2010

If it takes effort to understand something, it is is hard to believe the effort was not worth it. That the complexity was pointless. The effort has been made. You understand it. So you necessarily feel attached to the complexity to one degree or another.

One of the problems of modern life is the bitterness and resentments of those forced to learn things that seem pointlessly complex. Such as a granny trying to work out how to use a web browser. Or learning a new set of guidelines from ...

Argh, you get the idea. I don't want to think about it.

Stevenote

Saturday, August 14th 2010

(With apologies to Kev)

Steve walks on to the stage. The curtains part behind him. They portentously reveal a giant robot.

Behind the robot there's a big screen revealing a well known logo.

Useful Everyday Incomprehensible Jargon: Hocification

Friday, August 13th 2010

HOC - "House of Cards". We all know this. The construction so delicate the mildest change in room temperature or a slight gush of wind will topple it.

Hocification is the process of turning something into a HOC.

An element in a HOC is an elementary HOC-unit. Also known as a "card".

The art of Hocification is also known as as playing Hockey.

Useful Everyday Incomprehensible Jargon: Overfiend Mode

Thursday, August 12th 2010

Where person starts explaining a horrible plan, but then gradually becomes more and more enraged about those who oppose His mighty plan. It usually ends with despatching an underling to a fiery pit via a trapdoor.

Metaphorically speaking.

The Future of Work

Thursday, August 12th 2010

A fine fellow I know - the Ollicle - pointed out that the work of the future will be filling in online forms, playin insane games online and ticking boxes in online marketing surveys.

He's quite right.

All the hard work will be done by machines.

The only work left will be the work of telling those machines what to produce.

So people will be paid to tell people what they want to buy!

And so the market system will disappear in a puff of it's own logic :-)

Mental Negative Space

Wednesday, August 11th 2010

"Negative space" is a term used to describe an image mapped out by gaps in a a given piece of artwork.

You sometimes see it in logos.

Usa Network logo - negative space

Or in optical illusiony things like this.

Vase and faces!

But it's a useful metaphor, too ...

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