I keep thinking I’ve seen the last dragonfly of the year, perhaps this ruddy darter (I think) is it?
Small, scoped areas within a graphical interface that allow users to read and write simple programmes
Hand me at HyperCard
The remarkable thing about HyperCard is it gave users an enourmous range of control and flexibility. It came with a high-level, built-in programming language called Hypertalk that let users any edit any element on a card.
And made me click:
Fermat is a new spatial interface for brainstorming with generative AI systems. Similar to some of the apps I pointed out Spatial Web Browsing, it gives people an infinite canvas to lay out their ideas and then riff on them
Great read with lots to think about. I wonder do we consider this space:
HyperCard was a hit in its day. Users talked about how empowering it was to create beautiful things quickly and easily, without needing to know how to programme.
In education enough?
A couple of links for the future of Glow Blogs & one that is useful now (go Gutenburg).
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I ve just added https://mastodon.social/@johnjohnston to my rel=me links on the sidebar on my blog & on my twitter profile. I joined mastodon in 2016 but have never been very active. A bit more so over the last summer.
Read: Boys Don’t Cry by Fíona Scarlett ★★★★☆ 📚
This one nearly did. Emotional story of two young brothers, I dying of cancer the other getting mixed up in crime. Slightly confusing ending.
44 years after the last time, I saw Bob Dylan tonight. Moving.
Decker builds on the legacy of HyperCard and the visual aesthetic of classic MacOS. It retains the simplicity and ease of learning that HyperCard provided, while adding many subtle and overt quality-of-life improvements, like deep undo history, support for scroll wheels and touchscreens, more modern keyboard navigation, and bulk editing operations.
Read: The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin ★★★☆☆ 📚
I found the Cultural Revolution section interesting, the detective predictable, the physics and harder sci-fi lost me. I did finish it though.
We’re on the eve of the Elon Musk / Twitter deal closing. In his Dear Twitter Advertisers letter, Elon writes: The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy mann...
The common digital “square” should be the entire web, with a diverse set of platforms. There should be common APIs but many communities with their own rules, goals, and business models. Concentrating too much power in only a couple social media companies is what created the mess we’re in. The way out is more platforms, free to make the best decisions for their users knowing that there are options to leave and less lock-in for developers.
Manton always seems to hit the nail on the head.