Looking Past the Children's Menu

I am the opposite of a foodie. As I’ve aged, I have had to discipline myself to fill up with a plate of salad before I go through the buffet line, but if it stops me from being hungry, it’s good. Nevertheless, I did stop and look twice at this story. “The table is very important,” Mr. Marzovilla explained as we sat around one at his restaurant early Sunday evening…

Copernicus

After hearing that the 16th-century astronomer Copernicus was to be reburied with honors in a Polish ceremony, I checked the Wikipedia entry. Woah! Among the great polymaths of the Renaissance, Copernicus was a mathematician, astronomer, physician, quadrilingual polyglot, classical scholar, translator, artist,[3] Catholic cleric, jurist, governor, military leader, diplomat and economist. Among his many responsibilities, astronomy figured as little more than an avocation – yet it was in that field…

Things That Have Kept Me From Picking Up My iPad So Far This Week

The death of my father-in-law, a hard-working and devoted family man who dreamed of retiring near a Civil War battlefield. The leak in the roof. (The roof is still under warranty, but the roofer will have to climb into the crawlspace while it is raining in order to see what he needs to do.) Submitting final grades. (A second family death within the week meant that it was very tight,…

Things That Made Me Put Down My iPad This Weekend

Attending a memorial service for my wife’s aunt, Julia Young, whose backyard and swimming pool were the heart of my wife’s extended family. Visiting Bushy Run Battlefield with the family. My daughter falling in love with the Drawing Pad app, which costs about as much as a package of cheap markers. Waking up Sunday morning to find the screen completely black, with no buttons working. I had left it plugged…

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First day with an iPad

I’m still learning the quirks of the iPad, which has turned out to be mostly fascinating, and a little frustrating. Mike Arnzen sent me a link to Jakob Nielsen’s recent column on iPad usability. Yes, the iPad works intuitively, but each designer’s intuition is just a little different. With my brand new gadget, I don’t mind experimenting to see what happens when I type, swipe, tap, double-tap, or tap and…