January 6th, 2006

bluebeard

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Yesterday I got to do a usability test for Sun (some website stuff). They were looking for java programmers and it paid a little bit, so I volunteered. It was interesting; I've developed an amateur interest in usability, so I kind of knew what was going on, but I'd never encountered it except in the abstract before. It was interesting to see the difference between what I can do with no resources (ask friends, watch carefully and take notes) versus what they can do with a big usability lab with video cameras and one-way mirrors and so on. I don't know that the added sophistication makes a huge difference; I think what really matters is just looking at usability in the first place.
Dream of Bingo

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Karen and Thomas came over this evening to hang out with us. We chatted about their recent trip, and about the vagaries of the Library of Congress cataloging system, and figuring out the geekitude of your coworkers.

We played a little bit of Visual Eyes, and then busted out We ♥ Katamari (one of our Xmas presents -- not even opened yet!) My general opinion is that they've done a lot of really nice things with the UI, lots of general improvements, and some neat new features, but so far the music is just god-awful. Nothing like the fun weirdness of the first one; just annoying weirdness instead. I'm hoping we get some better tracks soon. At least it lets you pick your poison...

Anyway, 'twas very nice to see K&T! Tomorrow we're off to the mountains, for real this time.