1. What is it called when you subconsciously expect a UI to be somewhere it isn’t, e.g. double-tapping a word in a dead tree book to get a definition, or expecting a "like/favourite" button in, e.g, an email client?

    And no jokes about obsession :) it can't just be me.

  2. Tags and categories have different connotations. To me, tags are community, collaboration, flexibility, fuzziness, visibile metadata. Categories are authority, rigidity, structure, taxonomy. Tags can be found inside content (), categories are separate, controlling entities. Content owns tags. People own tags. Categories own content. Authority owns categories.

    Beware of vague naming — some software mistakes one for the other (e.g. Mediawiki categories are in fact many-to-many).

    The organisational technique used doesn’t only have technical and usability implications, but social and philosophical (or pseudo-philosophical?) ones.

  3. Erin Jo Richey: @BarnabyWalters Tags provide bottom-up structure and information architecture, categories provide top-down structure and IA.

    .Erin Richey my reasoning is that tags are something you add to content, whereas categories are something you put content into. Tags -> content -> categories — so categories are higher up in the pecking order.

  4. I got tired of WPSM looking and working the way it does (I wrote it when I was 13 and learning PHP), so I’ve taken the data and started building the Music module. Live here. Major but already looking and working better than the old one!

  5. The gig went alright, considering we had major bagpipe tuning problems (chanter stuck a quarter-tone between F# and G). Thanks to everyone who came!

    Now I’ve played Bach in front of a paying audience I feel like a real musician. Couldn’t have done it without Robin Andrews though :)

  6. fraying just to the first episode of fertile medium and really enjoying it!

    Question: what is the context if you reply to something someone’s said on your own site, as a self–hosted reply (e.g. this one of mine, cross-posted here)?

    In an environment where everyone hosts their own comments, what happens to the their turf/own turf thing? Or is it more of a question of how the user agent in use displays interlinking content (and what blocking tools it offers)?

  7. Wow, exporting my DB of tunes (for migration into the shiny new system) as almost results in valid !

      TUNE_ID: 1
      T: Bourree De Brand
      M: 2/4
      L: 1/8
      C: Trad. French
      N: Bourree from France
      K: G
      ABC: |-
        d>B GB|c3g|f>d ef|ga bg|d>B GB|c3g|f>d ef|g4:|
        |:c2e2|g=fd2|e=fe2|ded2|cB AG|c2e2|g=fd2|e=f/2e/2 dB|c4:|
      genre: folk
  8. Aral Balkan: Sexist? Want to learn PHP? We’ve got just the book for you: SexyPHP: A Fun Way to Learn Object Oriented PHP http://t.co/nz1650vr

    aral hideous. That makes me more embarrassed to be a PHP dev than all the bad rep it has as a language. And they're teaching SVN! It gets worse :(