Posts Tagged ‘tiddlywiki’

thoughts on the tiddlyZUI

August 26, 2008

when i find myself in the desert fog, out of context in tiddlyland, i find myself wishing i had a trail of crumbs. or a color-coding of some sort, linking the path i took, and grouping similar items.

for example, if i were using a tiddly-fied description/compilation/amalgamation of an integrated ecosystem, such as a tree of life, i would want different codings (not a good word, i keep thinking color groupings) for the different kingdoms, phylums, so on. and perhaps a line along the path i took to reach a certain species. a plant guild, for instance, (a concept developing the the agroforestry/permaculture realm) one compiles a list of plants that coexist.

plants: apple tree/ chives/ berry vines
they coexist because the chives fend off fungal and insect pests, and the vines also produce fruit.
so then there are fungi, and insects, and soil bacteria, so on.

so the advogato article on ZUI issues mentions wandering around at random when lost, as information foraging, but no creature forages at random, not even the lowly worm, who, incidentally, uses calculus. they, and we, interpret the increase of something, scent of cookies, sound of water, and follow that something towards home.

so the general thought/feel here, is that when i am lost in the interface, i firstly need a wildly evident ‘home’ button.

and secondly, perhaps the colors of the background could strengthen in the direction of the material.

and thirdly, perhaps a tiddler progress could be linked, with a line, so i could backtrack, and see interconnections. i suppose those tiddlers would be lined up through what we call the z-axis, however it seems to me, if i am beginning at home, subsequent tiddlers will be emerging ‘forward’ of this, and more than one link originating from the central home, would emanate out in a different direction. hemispherically? spherically? all are z.

color wheel sphere

color solids

and if one tiddler were my twitter, it could glow if there was a new one. i’m just sayin.


it don’t get no zoomier than cecily

August 25, 2008

holy gamoley, i just got off my lazy camino butt and tried project cecily in safari.


goin back.

i keep saying things out loud, like, “no f-ing way!”

it is beautiful.
it is, hands down, the zoomiest.
and it’s tiddlywiki!

it’s kinda hung up now, after a tiddler close. (safari 3.1.1 on 10.4.11)
kinda hung up as in had to force-quit safari.

wow. are they still tiddlers? they are like little other worlds.

it is strangely delightful that i do not know which will move in what way.
but i suppose i would eventually anticipate the movements.

you know they say the laws of physics are different for big wide outer space than for teensy us on little planet?

anyway. some thoughts:

‘zoom everything’. so rad.
myMap. i have a map? i don’t think i have a map yet.
fractal background! what’s a girl to do?
having a hard time finding that photo list again. oh. uh, search works. tried to ctrl-g to find again.
if this thing was grab and drag, like positlog
‘experimental’ background is interesting. is that ball going to develop consciousness?
whoa. i clicked ‘view’ on the seagull tiddler and things went all ultra-close-up and kerflunky. and yellow. i think the zoom whacked out, cos the same tiddler is layered now, in sizes.
reload sets it back to rights, with same ‘experimental’ background.

OneWebDay 2008

August 7, 2008

the web is information, and the web is access. the web is also loads of fun. all of these can drive human evolution.

other than its obvious charms, such as having access to dancing hampsters, dubai luxuries, and the latest (third party) announcements of what can only be described as our continual loss of liberties, the web, as access to information and fun, can and will be integral to our success as a people, in our local community and as a global civilization.

as they say about the roads in mexico, utilícelo o piérdalo.

for my one day before/about OneWebDay 2008, i would like to share some of the inspirational things i see happening on the web. to me, these are tender sprouts of innovation, and the sort of things we need to protect with an open web. :: people can find local food, once again. ideally, a site such as this could allow people to request items, and farmers would have access to varieties and amounts requested, and offer to fill the order in the coming season. (an interactive CSA).

public input in government
:: the UK is “hoping to find new uses for public information in the areas of criminal justice, health and education.”

the public works :: cityzens of merced post street issues on a platial map.

obama on technology and innovation :: the site, scribd, is a beautiful thing in itself, and obama’s use of technology continues to astound me, as well as his insight into future uses of technology to improve government.

corpwatch :: and who watches the corpwatch? someone else. then someone else. then someone else. maybe one day we won’t need to watch, as the corporative/governation/populice distinction will be moot. meaning integration through access. :: tree of life web project. as we glimpse the interconnectivity of our natural systems, we can respectfully emulate its grace and efficacy in our own design. our designs can become/include their own growth patterns. evolvative, generative scalability.

of course, that last tree of life has only boring names.

which brings me to the meat. 3D imaging…. :: an evolutionary bioinformatician’s 3D hyperbolic viewer of the tree of life. whoo hoo!

what is the difference? brain warp. but don’t worry, brain warp is a good thing. who knows, it may mean we are evolving. (note to evolutionary bioinformatician: update tree of life)

here is some more brain warp:

MGTD :: this is one for fiddlers, and i don’t mean charlie daniels. it is an alpha version of the new MonkeyGTD tiddlyspot system, based on tiddlywiki. tiddlywiki is a brain warp on its own, especially in the arena of social implications, but spend a few days here in simon’s realm, and you’ll spend the next two weeks curled up with a nested file system and a blankie.

3DOSX :: my current favorite 3D ZUI interface. it’s in a swimming pool! of course, files are still files. but soon they will be something else. bags of holding, maybe?

3d visualization interests me for this reason: our current concepts and constructs as the human animal intelligent are, arguably, based on our ability for symbolic representation. in the past, we had paper. two-dimensions. from that medium we were able to visualize three. if we become familiar with a three-dimensional interface, will we be able to become familiar with the fourth?

in the spirit of 4D visualization, here is a video of a tesseract i compiled from a series of shorter clips that were posted online by a professor named Terry Boyce, who used to be in hong kong, in 2003.

ok. so.

to wrap this up, as today is almost tomorrow, at least here, now, and is definitely tomorrow in other places, a mention of my personal paladin, the tag cloud. one definition of a tag cloud is: a visual depiction of user-generated tags. people generating tags means other people can find what they are talking about and talk about the same thing. key to communication. communication drives development. (needed: web-wide tag readers)

here are some tag clouds: :: tag clouds of state of the union addresses :: search the web using tag clouds. (i searched ‘tag cloud’) :: tag cloud generator. fontographers become imagicians. :: an original tag cloud, if not the original tag cloud, sadly overwhelmed with traffic, and temporarily down. it seems 6 million page views per month will bring down a single server. who knew?

and, finally, i’ll send you off with a big hurray for the UK, who recently released satellite tracking information as these pretty pretty lights.

OneWebDay 2008

feelin zoomy?

July 28, 2008

the quick glance at some of the ZUI (Zoomable User Interface) projects going on… :: very cool little mousey screen button :: interesting block zooms (the green ones) – dual-level fractalicious :: 3D landscape mindmapping (demos) :: concept maps (interesting code – vertical bar | between topics) :: 3D Space VFS (Visual File System) like flatland for files. :: 3DOSX… your files… swirling around in a swimming pool! sweet! :: not sure about this one… i think it shows your files graphically represented as pieces of equipment on a spaceship… this kind of thing would be good for hotline… :: truly zoomy alphabet click-writing :: traditional nested directories, zoomable. “FILEMAGE is the new prototype of the zoomable file-system viewer.” :: Ye Olde ZoomDesk (5/05) :: piccolo… “This browser does not support embedded .NET controls. Supported browsers include Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher.” :: EagleMode – not a pretty file system, but it’s got games (and fractals) :: BlueBottle? Oberon? Active Object System? say what? :: draggable and zoomable webpage! sweet! yo quiero!! :: an experimental ZUI for tiddlywiki by the osmonauts. hands down, the zoomiest. :: not so much zoomy as panny, but the wraparound idea is nice.

checkin in

July 25, 2008

so i was checkin in with the CBMs this friday afternoon. couldn’t catch any real time osmonaut action at the OSCON, even though they tell me Really Big Things are happening out/up there in PDX, so i ended up on

i don’t know, sometimes you just want to hear ruston ramble on fast about some concept the majority of us will never understand. plus it is so very cute when they say ‘laptop’.

things to watch in the tiddlysphere:

Project Cicely (a zooming user interface)
and some thing called The Bug