“Michael Bay wants to slam you off your axis, like a building being knocked sideways by a prehensile robot penis from outer space. So he can awaken you to the truth. When Asian men thrust their crotches in your face — in 3D — while screaming “Deep Wang! Deeeep WANG!”, or Alan Tudyk (!) impersonates a gay ex-Nazi manservant in a weird suit, you are being reprogrammed. Michael Bay is flooding your brain with random input, so that a parade of colorful anthropomorphic vehicles can roll into the center of your cortex and turn into a whirl of CG tubes.”—Transformers 3 is a movie about how wrong you were to hate Transformers 2
“In modern American politics, being the right kind of ignorant and entertainingly crazy is like having a big right hand in boxing; you’ve always got a puncher’s chance. And Bachmann is exactly the right kind of completely batshit crazy. Not medically crazy, not talking-to-herself-on-the-subway crazy, but grandiose crazy, late-stage Kim Jong-Il crazy — crazy in the sense that she’s living completely inside her own mind, frenetically pacing the hallways of a vast sand castle she’s built in there, unable to meaningfully communicate with the human beings on the other side of the moat, who are all presumed to be enemies.”—Michele Bachman’s Holy War
In the past few days I’ve managed to replace every web app on my desktop with a native Mac app. Why? Me like pretty.
For more years than I care to remember, I’ve been accessing GMail, Google Reader, Twitter, Remember the Milk, GChat/AIM and others through the browser. But like their mobile counterparts, they’re just not as sexy, slick or intuitive as the apps now on offer. GMail has been replaced by Sparrow. I’ve ditched Google Reader for Reeder. I’m back to Adium for IM. And Twitter’s Mac app was the catalyst for it all.
I’m not a developer. And if we’re honest, the majority of devs couldn’t care less about UI design. Most are about functionality over form, which explains the unwieldy number of Terminal-to-Whatever scripts littering productivity forums.
But what’s odd about my transition – and probably the most telling – is that nothing is being stored locally on my MacBook Pro. Everything is still “in the cloud” allowing me to access anything and everything from one of my phones, my wife’s iMac, a friend’s desktop or my (just recently stolen) iPad. It’s all very… iOS-like. I’ve got all the benefits of living in the cloud, with none of the ugly drawbacks. And while there’s some functionality I miss (I’ve yet to find a solid RTM client), my desktop finally looks like an appealing place to be.
That’s not to say I’m shunning web apps forever. There will be times when something on the web (aside from the CMS I work in) is the better solution, but John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame put it best in a recent post:
…my interest lies in having the best possible user experience — the best-looking UIs, the lowest-latency responses, the smoothest animation, the most elegant designs.
Naturally, he was speaking about iOS apps and the recent iCloud kerfuffle, but that sentiment can be applied to any platform, any screen size and any web-based service. And with the Mac App Store gaining some traction, the desktop options are getting better each week. Enough so that a dyed-in-the-wool Web-head can make the switch for less than $30 and actually look forward to opening up his laptop in the morning.
“An in-car system with iOS 5 and iCloud would just ping-pong all that stuff from my phone to my car via iCloud using 3G or WiFi. Updates to the car’s iOS 5 based entertainment system (iCar?) would be handled over the cellular network, either built in or by a tethered iPhone.”—Shoddy piece from HGM. Rampant speculation is all fun and games, but getting stuck in with bullshit feature granularity… My take is coming.
“I’m just putting everyone on notice,” proclaimed David Strickland, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “A car is not a mobile device,” he said, without irony, during an appearance at the Telematics Detroit 2011 conference. “I’m not in the business of helping people Tweet better. I’m not in the business of helping people post on Facebook better.”—Future proof that legislators, administrators and bureaucrats don’t fucking get it. It’s not about twattifying on the go or keeping up on your Facebook feed, it’s about your connected life not ending when you get behind the wheel. Social gets all the play, but music, news and info-on-the-go is what people want. And they can do it safely with the proper HMI.
Rex gets the dreaded “Scheduled Maintenance Update” in the Explorer. I want hard numbers on how many vehicles have gotten this since SYNC 2.0 rolled out, but I doubt those will be forthcoming anytime soon…
Or how one man succeeded in convincing himself it’s easier to blame corporate incompetence than take responsibility for his ineffectual micro-managing. History, in GM’s case, is being written by the losers.