Scanning the pages of book, left to right, up to down, is not the most efficient way to read it seems. Time is wasted as our eyes have to keep changing direction to take in what is written on the page.
The basis of Spritz concept is that much of the time spend reading is “wasted” on moving your eyes from side to side, from one word to the next. By flashing the words quickly, one after the other, all in the same place, eye movement is reduced almost to zero. All that’s left is the time you take to process the word before the next one appears.
I linked to an article a month or two ago warning that advances in technology could see machines taking on the work of skilled professionals such as doctors and accountants… and sooner rather than later, at that.
If an online service that offers comprehensive and accurate eye tests, allowing people to perform such check-ups from their computer or smartphone, while also issuing a prescription if needed, is all that is cracked up to be, then optometrists could be among the first of these workers to be thus affected.
Since people with astigmatism see the world stretched at certain angles, Opternative shows a fan of red and green lines. The stretching causes the red and green to bleed together into yellow that users can pick out to identify the angles where they have astigmatism. By asking for your shoe size and then telling you to take heel-to-toe steps away from your screen, Opternative can accurately measure your sight at different distances. It all feels clever and easy – almost fun.
Blink tags, spacer GIFs, and DHTML… if those terms make sense then chances are you were web designing in the 1990s, and possibly, therefore, deserved the rock-star status the job title way of life conferred upon you.
You were a web developer in the 1990s. With that status, you knew you were hot shit. And you brought with you a score of the most fearsome technological innovations, the likes of which we haven’t come close to replicating ever since.
Another Reddit question/discussion… if all the workers from any given industry were to vanish overnight, whose absence would be most keenly felt? The consensus appears to be with those in the electrical/power sectors…
Electricity runs just about everything in the average person’s daily life. Without it there’s no access to clean water, food will spoil, everything shuts down. Internet is gone. TV is gone. Radio is gone. Just check out Revolution for a decent idea. The only hope would be an extremely quick reaction by all governments before rioting and chaos set in. Without power though that isn’t very likely.
Another of life’s unasked questions possibly, why does the mouse cursor point at an angle, or to eleven o’clock, if you see it that way, rather than straight up? Seemingly it comes down to the low resolution of the early monitors in use at the time the mouse was invented by US engineer Douglas Englebart:
The mouse, and therefore the mouse cursor, was invented by Douglas Englebart, and was initially an arrow pointing up. When the XEROX PARC machine was built, the cursor changed into a tilted arrow. It was found that, given the low resolution of the screens in those days, drawing a straight line and a line in the 45 degrees angle was easier to do and more recognizable than the straight cursor.
Back in 2004, the sort of rich online environment for social interaction that Flickr and other newcomers were inventing was so new that people started talking about “Web 2.0,” a term that started out sounding futuristic but soon became redundant, since its influence was everywhere. No Web 2.0 site was more important than Flickr; it debuted just six days after Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room, and at first, it wasn’t clear that Butterfield and Fake’s photo-sharing site wasn’t the bigger deal. Even its name, with the missing final vowel, provided inspiration to countless other startups.
How much fun would smartphone photo sharing app Instagram have been, had it have come along during the 1980s? With the monochrome monitors of the period though, I’d say it wouldn’t really have held up a candle to Polaroid cameras.
Aside from selecting a screen name that can’t somehow be traced back to you, and covering your tracks electronically, you also have to consider your writing style… people just may be able to establish who you are from the way you pen, so to speak, your words:
You may be able to find out my country of origin or identity by my words and phrases. You might even be able to find a match with the other content that I posted online under my real identity. I counter this by running all my posts through Google Translate. I translate into another language, then to English, and then correct the errors. It’s great for mixing up my vocabulary, but I wish it didn’t fuck up Markdown and HTML so much. Until this point, you might have assumed that English was my second language. But let me assure you, I will neither confirm nor deny it.
The daily grind may be the daily grind, but it could be far worse. Often all that’s needed is a little perspective:
Like millions of people I was carried to work today in a comfortable metal box by the controlled explosion of 600 million year old dinosaur juice. (You call that petrol). I avoided unexpected traffic on my way thanks to flying machines orbiting the earth, which talked to a metal and glass supercomputer in my pocket smaller than a bar of soap. (You call that a phone). My pocket supercomputer is – of course – wirelessly connected to the entirety of humanity’s knowledge. The entirety of humanity’s knowledge is – of course – free. And I can search all of it as fast as I can type. None of this is even interesting to anyone anymore.