Your bed is with you in the void. But not for long — it goes away from you. You don’t have any way to get it back, so you just let it go. But so now we have a body in the void with you. So does the bed move, or do you move? Or both? Well, you can see as well as I that it can go any way you like. Flip a coin. Who’s to say? It’s best to just say that you move away from the bed, and that the bed goes away from you. No one can say who’s held fast and who isn’t.
Now, if I took the bed back but gave you the sun — just you and the sun in the void, now — I’ll bet you’d say that the sun is so big, next to you, that odds are you move and not the sun. It’s easy to move a body like ours, and not so easy to kick a sun to and fro. But that isn’t the way to see it. Just like with the bed, no one can say who’s held fast.
Bill Scott, brilliant as always, on the Parenthesis of Forgetfulness and its effect on interface design.
A primary skill of magic is to learn how to hide information. In this case, magicians use the delay of time to take advantage of the way our brains work and misdirect you from the method to the effect. However, when we are designing interfaces this parenthesis of forgetfulness can work against us (often the things that magicians employ, designers have to avoid).
I’m going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is real. I’m a moderate Republican, fiscally conservative; a fan of small government, accountability, self-empowerment and sound science. I am not a climate scientist. I’m a Penn State meteorologist, and the weather maps I’m staring at are making me very uncomfortable. No, you’re not imagining it: we’ve clicked into a new and almost foreign weather pattern.