Books, Quotes

I’m currently reading Donald Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things, which I am thoroughly enjoying, both for the new knowledge and the written representation of instinctively gathered information. The following quote stood out in particular, as it seems to directly relate to my lengthy post from yesterday:

The real point … is not that some people have erroneous theories; it is that everyone forms theories (mental models) to explain what they have observed. … In the absence of external information, people are free to let their imaginations run free as long as the mental models they develop account for the facts as they perceive them.

Public representation as external information. I like it when things collide. Food for further thought.

Mental models


From an Eastman professor:

Diagnóstico bilingüe del “jandiman” salvadoreño que me va a arreglar el escusado: “El problema es que cuando le “floshas” al “tóile”, se hace un “lic” de agua que sale por el “beis”. Así es que hay ponerle “guacs” nueva al “flange” pa que funcione como “glu” y pegue bien el “tóile”…

Rough translation (verified by Adrian):

Bilingual diagnosis of the Salvadoran “handyman” who’s going to fix the toilet: “The problem is that when the “toilet” “flushes”, it has a “leak” of water that goes into the “base [bowl]”. The thing is I have to put new “wax” on the “flange” to function as “glue” and seal the “toilet” well.

Speaking of Salvadorans, now I want a pupusa.

Holy Spanglish

Links, Quotes, Web

Flash needs to die

If only I were clever enough to write this bit on trying to visit a local restaurant’s website:

Website: Oh! Hi! What can I help you with today?
Me: What are your —
Website: Hang on, I’m loading the music.
Me: Really.
Website: You’ll love it. It’s “Girl from Ipanema” arranged for steel drum and keytar.
Me: No, you don’t have to —
Website: Loading…
Me: All I want is —

A conversation I have every month or so [venomous porridge]