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  • Give Aaron Sorkin His Drugs Back | O Danny Boy
    from the earlier shows I say get this man a speedball stat As much as I can appreciate the nobleness of his sobriety man do I miss the art he seemed to be able to create while seriously high I m afraid we have to score some blow euthanize Studio 60 and start over The guy who wrote this bit of Sports Night dialogue Sometimes it s worth it taking all those pies in the face And some days you just stand there waist deep in pie deserves as much and should understand Right now he s waist deep in pie 23 January 2007 Dan Post navigation Spring Speaking Engagements Design Solutions to Puzzles and Mysteries 7 thoughts on Give Aaron Sorkin His Drugs Back julian says 24 January 2007 at 10 33 am I m in the exact same boat as you Monday was painful I m not sure I can continue watching this I spent all this time watching Studio 60 over Christmas I realized I should ve been watching Heroes I love it Reply Michael says 24 January 2007 at 1 38 pm Working with interaction design I stumbled upon your blog only yesterday even though I have actually read your book But this post will definitively put your blog on the top of my list I really liked Sports Night and West Wing and had such high hopes for Studio 60 But Studio 60 or not the earlier shows are really THAT good I think Just watch them again and again and you ll see Reply Steve says 24 January 2007 at 3 29 pm I couldn t agree more I ve been trying to put my finger on what s wrong with the show as well I came to the conclusion that the business of hollywood just isn t all that interesting Censors and political correctness lack appeal and is just too reminiscent of actual work to be the least bit entertaining I m about ready to pull the plug as well Reply udanium says 25 January 2007 at 10 37 pm yep same here i actually just watched tonite my tivo d episode of Monday and i was so bored 10 minutes into it i just let it run as background noise while working on a client UI project ha you re right on about the schizo ambiguity of comedy or drama or what i had really hoped it would be West Wing for Hollywood but nope 30 Rock is way better at spoofing the SNL thing hand it to Tina Fey one smart writer kudos to her sadly gotta cross Studio 60 off my list one less show to waste valuable DVR space earmarked for Heroes 24 and Grey s Lost is a goner too boo to ABC to making fatal mistake of taking show on hiatus mid season Fear Trust Betrayal more like Apathy and Boredom ok i m veering off topic Reply mark says 26 January 2007 at 12 31 pm

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  • Time Shifts: Annoyingly-Overused Narrative Device | O Danny Boy
    the situation or of the characters involved Time shifts can be used effectively A great China Beach episode Holly s Choice was told backwards but did it to inventively reveal the small choices that led to a major decision The movie Memento too was told backwards to great effect If you need to jump in time to increase tension and spark interest in the episode my guess is that the story isn t very strong 7 February 2006 Dan Post navigation My Fours Interview with Marc Rettig 3 thoughts on Time Shifts Annoyingly Overused Narrative Device Rachel says 7 February 2006 at 7 51 pm True overly used to the point that Hollywood movie studios create trailers that showcase the entire plot of the movie within a 2 minute trailer I suppose we should be thanking them for saving us the money Reply sean coon says 7 February 2006 at 9 40 pm unless the story was pulp fiction soo good Reply Steve Portigal says 8 February 2006 at 9 24 am Your description makes me think of ER which tries oh so hard to be fresh by using various narrative devices ER LIVE etc whenever possible elevating an ordinary episode to a Very Special Event They did an interesting one last year that sort of unspooled in reverse not as confoundingly as Memento or 21 Grams it was actually fairly engaging didn t find it too gimmicky But to each their own I can t stand when a show I like does a It s A Wonderful Life derivative with angels suddenly narrating But that s more Dawson s Creek than Battlestar Galactica I guess Reply Leave a Reply to Rachel Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Wordpress

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  • Time Shifts: Annoyingly-Overused Narrative Device | O Danny Boy
    the situation or of the characters involved Time shifts can be used effectively A great China Beach episode Holly s Choice was told backwards but did it to inventively reveal the small choices that led to a major decision The movie Memento too was told backwards to great effect If you need to jump in time to increase tension and spark interest in the episode my guess is that the story isn t very strong 7 February 2006 Dan Post navigation My Fours Interview with Marc Rettig 3 thoughts on Time Shifts Annoyingly Overused Narrative Device Rachel says 7 February 2006 at 7 51 pm True overly used to the point that Hollywood movie studios create trailers that showcase the entire plot of the movie within a 2 minute trailer I suppose we should be thanking them for saving us the money Reply sean coon says 7 February 2006 at 9 40 pm unless the story was pulp fiction soo good Reply Steve Portigal says 8 February 2006 at 9 24 am Your description makes me think of ER which tries oh so hard to be fresh by using various narrative devices ER LIVE etc whenever possible elevating an ordinary episode to a Very Special Event They did an interesting one last year that sort of unspooled in reverse not as confoundingly as Memento or 21 Grams it was actually fairly engaging didn t find it too gimmicky But to each their own I can t stand when a show I like does a It s A Wonderful Life derivative with angels suddenly narrating But that s more Dawson s Creek than Battlestar Galactica I guess Reply Leave a Reply to sean coon Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website

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  • TV is the New Movies | O Danny Boy
    least in dramas The Sopranos Alias Lost Deadwood Six Feet Under Desperate Housewives 24 Gilmore Girls CSI Law and Order Eyes when in the history of the medium have there been at any given time period so many shows of such high quality on the air And this isn t to mention such comedy gems as The Daily Show and Arrested Development as well as the addictive pleasures of Survivor and The Apprentice And now it turns out that not only is TV getting better it might be making us better too Steven Johnson s excerpt from his new book explains to keep up with entertainment like 24 you have to pay attention make inferences track shifting social relationships This is what I call the Sleeper Curve the most debased forms of mass diversion video games and violent television dramas and juvenile sitcoms turn out to be nutritional after all I believe that the Sleeper Curve is the single most important new force altering the mental development of young people today and I believe it is largely a force for good enhancing our cognitive faculties not dumbing them down Ok enough blogging I need to go make myself smarter by watching TV 24 April 2005 Dan Post navigation Spiritual Interfaces IM the Walrus 2 thoughts on TV is the New Movies Danielle Young says 25 April 2005 at 6 05 pm Huh you read the NYT too Reply spcoon says 29 April 2005 at 1 36 am now i m not going to front and say that i don t have a 50 widescreen but nutritional tv is the uber leash of the ruling class in our society advertising product placement sound byte drops and yes 44 minute dramas put more active brains to sleep and in consume mode than

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  • TV is the New Movies | O Danny Boy
    at least in dramas The Sopranos Alias Lost Deadwood Six Feet Under Desperate Housewives 24 Gilmore Girls CSI Law and Order Eyes when in the history of the medium have there been at any given time period so many shows of such high quality on the air And this isn t to mention such comedy gems as The Daily Show and Arrested Development as well as the addictive pleasures of Survivor and The Apprentice And now it turns out that not only is TV getting better it might be making us better too Steven Johnson s excerpt from his new book explains to keep up with entertainment like 24 you have to pay attention make inferences track shifting social relationships This is what I call the Sleeper Curve the most debased forms of mass diversion video games and violent television dramas and juvenile sitcoms turn out to be nutritional after all I believe that the Sleeper Curve is the single most important new force altering the mental development of young people today and I believe it is largely a force for good enhancing our cognitive faculties not dumbing them down Ok enough blogging I need to go make myself smarter by watching TV 24 April 2005 Dan Post navigation Spiritual Interfaces IM the Walrus 2 thoughts on TV is the New Movies Danielle Young says 25 April 2005 at 6 05 pm Huh you read the NYT too Reply spcoon says 29 April 2005 at 1 36 am now i m not going to front and say that i don t have a 50 widescreen but nutritional tv is the uber leash of the ruling class in our society advertising product placement sound byte drops and yes 44 minute dramas put more active brains to sleep and in consume mode

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  • How to Program a Conference | O Danny Boy
    happen for a variety of reasons but it s worth doing Ethnicity balance This is probably the next big push And the same applies as for gender it might not happen but spend the extra effort to find people who aren t white men to speak It s going to make your conference better Why Because it could expose your audience to a different perspective and that s one reason people go to conferences in the first place The other is to have their own views validated Breaks Never put more than three speaking slots in a row without a break After that the audience can t take it We need time to digest what we ve heard before hearing more Post lunch The post lunch speaking spot is deadly Be sure to put someone lively there Or a workshop or activity to wake people up Talk durations There seems to be three durations that work well for talks 40 minutes 20 minutes and 10 minutes You can get an awful lot of information and interest out of ten minutes witness the TED talks It s a great length for a single story and one strong point Twenty minutes is enough to have a strong main point with several examples Forty minutes is enough to do a complex topic with multiple stories and examples Seldom have I seen talks that go on for more than an hour that are worth listening to for that long Mixing up your talk times is good too A long talk mixed with a short talk can provide variety provided you don t do it too much Topic variety While you don t want to dictate what speakers talk about choose your speakers so that the topics they are likely to cover will vary both in subject matter and perspective Audiences want a mix of the inspirational make me feel better more important smarter and practical give me information I can use Find speakers who will play to one or the other then mix An all practical conference will eventually seem like a slog an all inspirational conference will seem frivolous Have backup speakers I guarantee that it is very unlikely all the people you want to speak will be able to particularly when trying to land some Big Names Have others who might speak in mind Certainly go after your Dream Team but unless you re TED or another high profile conference don t expect to get all of them Speaker quality Do due diligence on your speakers before you select them Can they speak well Are they really the right person to speak to your audience Do they have enough credibility in the field to speak on this topic What will your audience think of them Always pay your speakers Always pay your speakers travel Always give your speakers free conference admission It s amazing how many conferences want speakers to provide their services for free Now of course for non profits new

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  • Word of the Year Finalist?! | O Danny Boy
    25 December 2008 at 11 43 pm Hi Just few days ago I bought and reading your book Designing for Interaction really loved it About your coolest coined word topless meetings I feel it really it deserves to be one of the best WOTY Thanks Balakumar Muthu http i5bala com Reply Leave a Reply to Balakumar Muthu Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked

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  • In Praise of a Water Bottle
    with every other water bottle I kept refilling it rather than discard it It fit so well in my hand and looked so good with its sleek Helvetica Neue logo I didn t want to get rid of it once its initial use was up Five days later I still have it An airport water bottle That s good design Originally posted at Wednesday March 12 2008 Comments 7 Trackback 0 Previous Entry Sneak Preview of Interactive Gestures In advance of my Tap is the New Click presentation at ETech O Reilly has graciously allowed me to post a draft of the first chapter of my new book now titled Interactive Gestures Designing Gestural Interfaces It s pretty much my unedited first draft but I think it reads pretty well Comments welcome of course Download Chapter 1 5 4mb pdf Recent Entries This RSS Feed Has Changed Five Things I m Thinking About How to Program a Conference Why I ll Never Write Fiction Again 50 Before 50 Thoughts on my 40 Before 40 List Designing Devices Albums of the Year 2009 Top 25 Albums of The Decade 2000 2009 Designing for Interaction 2 Archives September 2010 August 2010 June 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June

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