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.

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Books, Food, Links

Snow is good for…

Maple Syrup Taffy

I not-so-secretly love children’s books and series, especially ones that describe how things were done in another time or circumstance (Swiss Family Robinson, Little House on the Prairie). I always thought it was so cool that they did things like make balloons out of pig’s bladders or burned whale blubber in lamps. Anyway, thekitchn comes through with the method for maple syrup taffy, a la Little House in the Big Woods. Think it’s loose-diet friendly?

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Books, Quotes

I’m a space cadet and I only say totes to Vivian

The other half already blogged this, but I’m still giggling about it so here goes.

me: so i was reading some lost recap type things
and i realized that i am so not into this whole lost-ology shit

Vivian: ugh me neither

me: i mean i love lost
but i don’t know what they are talking about sometimes

Vivian: oh haha i don’t

me: it’s a good show
totally sucks you in
alias-style

Vivian: i’m more interested in shows that are heavier on the philosophical allegories
rather than just twisty turny symbolism and suspense

me: ah i guess i had never thought about lost as a religious allegory
which is apparently what people keep talking about
like here this whole time i’ve been calling a character “dude in the black sweater”
but apparently the rest of the lost world has named him esau because his nemesis is jacob
sigh

Vivian: WHATEVS
that was a great book by the way

[about 10 seconds]

me: the bible?

Vivian: HAHAHAHA
omg no

me: HAHA

Vivian: “jacob have i loved”

me: sorry i was totes confused

Vivian: i seriously LOL’d

me: hahahahahaha i did too

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