My two bob’s worth on the Don Norman simplicity debate

Don Norman, respected usability guru, wrote an article on the demise of simplicity as a selling point, and it’s caused reverberations all around the world. In fact, his article has been so controversial that he’s found it necessary to write a clarifying addendum for the essay (added to the bottom of the article), fearing that Read more about My two bob’s worth on the Don Norman simplicity debate[…]

My Christmas haul

I already mentioned that I was given the book Nineteen Eighty-Four for Christmas (by my parents-in-law). I’m enjoying it much more this time around than when I read it for the first time sometime during my teens. Karen bought me the new U2 CD, U218 Singles. It’s a compilation of U2’s greatest hits, plus two Read more about My Christmas haul[…]

What’s Ricky reading?

I’ve spent the last year or so working my way through Don Quixote, and I’m still nowhere near completing it. It’s not that it’s a bad book, it’s more that I’ve been reading multiple other things at the same time. At the moment I’m reading Nineteen Eighty-Four, which I was given for Christmas, and a Read more about What’s Ricky reading?[…]

Canon MVX430

Yesterday, in the post-Christmas sales, Karen and I bought a Canon MVX430 video camera. We’d been saying for a while that we should invest in a video camera to take on holidays etc. After reading all the reviews, deciding we didn’t need an absolute top-of-the-line camera and agreeing that we didn’t want to spend more Read more about Canon MVX430[…]

Misconceptions of research collaboration

NOTE: A clarification of this article has been posted here. In the latest edition of The Australian’s Higher Education Supplement, Julian Cribb (Adjunct Professor of Science Communication, UTS) voices his dissatisfaction with current scientific research policy in this country (The Australian, HES, page 23, 20/12/2006) by drawing on the findings of a Productivity Commission report. Read more about Misconceptions of research collaboration[…]

Opposition leader Kevin Rudd

Well, it’s been almost a week since the Labor caucus ousted Kim Beazley and elected Kevin Rudd as their new leader and Julia Gillard as his deputy. In my last post, I made the comment that it might have been in Labor’s best interests for Kevin to wait until after the next election before contesting Read more about Opposition leader Kevin Rudd[…]