Scary Error Messages

Apple literally wrote the book on Human Interface Guidelines. I have a copy of the original paperback, published in 1987. It's still worth reading. But the current version lives online. Check out the guidelines on alerts. … [Read more...]

Back to the Moon

DragonCon is enormous. If you haven't been there, you have no idea how big it is. But, over in the Hilton, is a small (but overstuffed) set of conference rooms that host the "Reality Tracks." These tracks are for a different kind of fan… those who want to build science fiction, not just read about it. … [Read more...]

My Talks at DragonCon 2016

My annual post in response to the people asking me "What are you talking about at DragonCon this year?" … [Read more...]

Surplus Book Extravaganza

One of four truckloads of books, headed for storage. They creep up on you. Multiplying silently in the night. Smuggling themselves in the front door, disguised in innocent Amazon boxes. Building themselves nests that spread to cover every wall in your house. Then one day you turn around and realize you're sharing your house with 6,500 books. … [Read more...]

The Martian

Why am I using my monthly newsletter column to talk about a Matt Damon movie? Because it's relevant to Georgia Tech. Last week, I was fortunate to score a handful of passes to an advance screening of "The Martian." Unless you've been living under a rock, you know this is Ridley Scott's new big-budget movie starring Matt Damon as a NASA … [Read more...]

Why We Can’t Go to Mars

DragonCon is enormous. If you haven't been there, you have no idea how big it is. But, over in the Hilton, is a small (but overstuffed) set of conference rooms that host the "Reality Tracks." These tracks are for a different kind of fan… those who want to build science fiction, not just read about it. … [Read more...]

My Talks at DragonCon 2015

My annual post in response to the people asking me "What are you talking about at Dragon Con this year?" … [Read more...]

Desdemona

I'm frequently reminded that I lead an interesting life. I got a particularly strong reminder last month, when I got to experience one of the world's most advanced motion simulators -- Desdemona. Desdemona is a unique asset operated by TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Research in Soesterberg, southeast of Amsterdam. In a somewhat … [Read more...]

My Talks at Dragon Con 2014

My annual post in response to the people asking me "What are you talking about at Dragon Con this year?" … [Read more...]

Antifragile

Something different this month: a book review. I read a lot of books... a couple of hundred per year. Some are serious, some are fluff, some are instantly forgettable. But occasionally, to quote Francis Bacon, "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested... to be read wholly, and with diligence and … [Read more...]