The new 3 pane GMail reader is a thorough pain (pun intended). It squishes up the message body so badly that it’s impossible to read. There is a solution. @arvind2111 has written a script that can be installed in Chrome or Firefox which stretches out the reading pane so that you can actually read. If you are using Chrome, just click on the “Install” button on the upper right of the page. If you are using FF, you’ll have to install the Greasemonkey extension first.
Great interview of Sam Moreau by Matt Buchanan at Gizmodo. Moreau is responsible for the (re-)design of Windows. He talks about the incredible power and obligation that he has. The interview also highlights complexity of designing for an entire family of products.
When you’re scientifically literate, the world looks different to you. It’s a particular way of questioning what you see and hear. When empowered by this state of mind, objective realities matter. These are the truths of the world that exist outside of whatever your belief system tells you.
One objective reality is that our government doesn’t work, not because we have dysfunctional politicians, but because we have dysfunctional voters. As a scientist and educator, my goal, then, is not to become President and lead a dysfunctional electorate, but to enlighten the electorate so they might choose the right leaders in the first place.
“The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists, through catalogs, through collections in museums and through encyclopedias and dictionaries. There is an allure to enumerating how many women Don Giovanni slept with: It was 2,063, at least according to Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte. We also have completely practical lists — the shopping list, the will, the menu — that are also cultural achievements in their own right.”—Umberto Eco on lists and making infinity comprehensible (via curiositycounts)