Third of All Women Pick Cells Over Sex" said the teaser on my Yahoo
home page, so of course I clicked and read it. That's not all they reported. In
addition to noting the cities in which roughly 1/3 of the females said
they'd give up sex before they gave up their cell phones, this recent
study reported that 80% of cell users spend up to 20% of their waking
hours IM'ing, while more than a third of all respondents said they
prefer texting to talking live. Some will see these stats as the death
of civilization as we knew it. Draw your own conclusions; I merely
convey the data. Rest of story is here.
At a future tech event about 12 years ago, some speaker predicted within a decade Moore's Law would make it possible to pack your whole life
on one digital card that fit in your pocket.
He didn't just mean
all your papers and email, or even all music and photos. He
literally meant your entire conscious experience, a continuous stream
of everything seen or heard in real life or online, captured and
carried in one device.
My first thought in that pre-Google era
was how-in-heck would one organize such a sea of data? A card filled
with my entire experience would be pretty darn useless if it was as big
a moshpit as my desk. And even if I could filter for relevance, I
can't imagine wanting to rewind that much.
Well, fast-forward us
back to the future, but here is a story about a product that sounds spookily
similar, arriving just as predicted, about a decade later.
Hot out of my InBox and my RSS feeds, some potentially interesting snips crossed my path this week:
WallStats site is "reborn" Jess
Bachman, one of my favorite info-artists, has changed the whole look of
his blog and web site. Page and web designers will enjoy this posting
with his before and after pics, along with detail about the reasoning
behind his new format. (Looks to me like he's been spending time around
the work of Steve (Don't Make Me Think)
Krug.) While you are at the WallStats site, you might also enjoy his
latest, a lightening-fast-forward video replay of how he built this one
poster frame by frame: