"i just deleted my dog's pirated copy of microsoft office" "how does he spell?" "terrible!"

May 9, 2006

I was talking with Tim yesterday, the head engineer of my development group, about the appreciation for Google's form of spellcheck that I posted about the other day. He said that his ideal UI would actually collect mistakes over in a sometimes hidden, sometimes visible pane on the right side. Personally I thought this was a little nuts, because you lose so much of the context and scan-a-bility, even if you have some clever "click to show it in context" feature. He thought having the mistake in one place would make it quicker to work through mistakes sparsely distributed in a long document (not so much scrolling to see stuff)... he views spelling mistakes as being similar to programming bugs, which are best handled in a kind of batch format...

I still think what Google has is going to be superior to Tim's idea for the majority of people, but it's fascinating to hear dissenting opinion like that.

News of the Moment
Scientology nearly ready to unveil Super Power Training Center. Wow. This sounds so much like Xavier's mansion in X-Men I can hardly believe it. (Someone should photoshop Tom Cruise, John Travolta et al. as the X-Men toughing it out in the Danger Room.)

Also, the main thing I have to say about Blaine failing to break the underwater record is that I like the name of his trainer, Kirk Krack.

Oh, and Slate points out how self-destructive Nancy Pelosi might be for the democrats. How dumb are they? If there's one thing this nation doesn't want, it's lots of partisan investigations. The heartland doesn't seem nearly so pro-Bush as it used to be, but it's not intensely anti-Bush either, and if the Democrats had a chance to make strides these mid-term elections, it would be by being a party of balance and moderation.

Quote of the Moment
"If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives.... But close up a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern."
--Ursula K. LeGuin

Games of the Moment
My innergamergeek is getting all revved up about Nintendo's new console with this Nintendo Wii launch show coverage. Lots of photos.