Saturday, February 26, 2005

Sad day in interaction design

Jef Raskin, the author of "The humane interface - New directions for designing interactive systems", possible creator of the Mac, etc., passed away today. He was a good warrior, striving to remove clicks and key strokes, to enhance user experiences.
We'll all miss him.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Where is the new building?

We need to update the IDC web site so that visitors don't go to the wrong (and dreadful) place.
I took a couple of shots of the new building the other day:

Engineering research Building

Engineering research Building at night

Especially the evening shot shows clearly where the activity is at night ;-)

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The move: We made it!

Finally, we're in. OK, there are many things still not working and we'll discover - day by day - that new circumstances will require new working procedures, but, overall I think it feels really good to finally have escaped teh CSIS building.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Moving times

So, finally it's time to actually move to the new building. We should keep track of:
1. How many boxes are lost.
2. How many computers they drop.
3. How long it'll take to get everything writed again.
Still, I'm looking forward to the whole thing. It'll be great not having to go to the CSIS building, unless it's a lecturing day. Over this weekend I've had so many positive vibes - All The Things We Can Build and Do - now that we'll be in a dedicated research space.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

The disappearing sink – Un-building a building

Today we discovered that they had removed the sink, water supply, etc., in our new premises. The whole worktop surface had been replaced, looking like there had never been a sink there! Last week when I checked, while it was still there, it worked fine! I suspect a major conspiracy here – somebody in Campbell Catering Ltd is messing with senior management at UL, to make sure that we cannot make our own coffee and tea (at cost price), to ensure continued extortion of both faculty and students in their over-priced and bad and low quality cafes and restaurants.
I suggest a total boycott on Campbell catering, until we get things the way we want them!