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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Fri, May. 28th, 2004 01:19 am
Brief Update

Jeep got fixed today, and is all happy now. It's probably OK for making trips to and from LA should I get called for jury duty.

I am sleepy. I've had lots of random idea fragments floating around in my head. None of them are really related to my senior project idea directly, although I might be able to take some of them and use them. (Yeah, I know, I'm getting an early start on the whole project thing. Shuttup. ;) )

I have a lot of really random ideas about how information in general is organized (whether it's email, or contact lists, or source code, or LJ entries, or ...), and I want to codify some of those ideas. They're all ideas which I will facetiously call Des' Information Theory (because there are plenty of other information theories out there). I'll probably write something up about it eventually, but it will be pretty technical and it probably won't be very meaningful to the non-geeks out there.

Suffice it to say there will be Objects, arbitrary Relations (one-way and n-way) between Objects, Classifiers, Aggregators, Views, Operators (all of which are also Objects, of course) and $DEITY knows what else. There will probably be Spaces in there too, though not in the normal sense of the word "space".

I'm sure I've written a rant somewhere--I just have to find it--about why I don't like the way computers handle information right now. This whole business of opening different programs for web, email, or documents on the local machine is just silly. If you're looking for a piece of information, you should be able to formulate a query, search for it, and find it regardless of what type of thing it is (it could be a saved IM, an email, a webpage, ...). Oh yes, and don't even get me started on hierarchical filesystems. They are useful for a lot of things, but sometimes I want to be able to take cross-sections of the hierarchy (e.g. show me all the MP3s on my disk with an author of "Linkin Park"), and I can't do that easily and quickly.

More to come when I get around to writing it (and I will, if only for my own edification).

>>>

I've been thinking lately I want to do some creative writing, perhaps as an outlet of sorts. Except the last time I tried that, well, the results were less-than-satisfactory, and it certainly wasn't something I would have been comfortable showing to others. I'm also curious, though this won't really affect my decision ... if I wrote something, would those of you on my friends list be interested in reading it?

Must ponder this some more.

-- Des

 01:19:11 up 87 days, 10:16,  3 users,  load average: 0.14, 0.05, 0.09

Current Mood: sleepy sleepy
Current Music: Massinova Reborn

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rjoseph
Ryan Joseph
Fri, May. 28th, 2004 02:33 am (UTC)

You might be interested in looking at Quicksilver: while currently only for OS X, it's a pretty neat idea. It's something of a launcher, but it basically scans your disk and finds every piece of useful info it can, and when you activate it, you can search all of them from the same interface.

It's very hard to describe, but suffice it to say I can send emails, search the web, fire up music in iTunes, browse and find files, run apps, all from exactly the same interface (which is really just "command-space" and a dialog runs). Everyone I've shown it to has become hooked, and as for myself, I never use Finder or the Dock anymore, I'm just contanstly slamming command-space for everything I need.

Sadly, the project is not open source, but it wouldn't be hard to emulate the behavior assuming you had some time to play around with it. It's definitely a step in the right direction, and seems to be quite similar in overall ideal to what you're talking about.

Oh, and btw, as for the writing thing you mentioned: I had the same problem, so I just setup MovableType on my webserver in a non-indexed, non-linked-to directory. I write there, and if I think someone might enjoy something I wrote, I send them the link. Works pretty well, and it doesn't really require editing! :)


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rjoseph
Ryan Joseph
Fri, May. 28th, 2004 02:42 am (UTC)

Oh, yeah, the whole reason I replied: you mention that you should be able to find something like "All my Linkin Park MP3's" really quickly. In Quicksilver: command-space, (to activate) L, I, N

And since it keeps a cache, it requires no time or disk activity to search! That's it!


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Fri, May. 28th, 2004 02:57 pm (UTC)

Hmm, that is an interesting thought. I was thinking of maybe something more comprehensive than that, but it certainly looks like a good place to start.

I haven't decided about the creative writing thing ... I'll probably just dump it either on LJ (since I don't really need more than that), or in a directory somewhere offline.


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