Good grief, haven't you got anything better to do than read my meandering musings (grin)? Well, if you insist, I just thought I'd keep you in the loop with regard to my "project du jour," which is – of course – my version of the classic "Man vs. Woman" display device (see blog #212701651).
But before we start, in an earlier column I showed a small line-art graphic of my proposed "Display-O-Meter" (see blog #212900832). You would not believe how many emails I received in response to this saying that the three areas shouldn't look identical and that I should "mix things up" a little.
Do I look like a dingbat? That was just a throwaway sketch, whose sole purpose was to illustrate the fact that I'm planning on having three main areas associated with the female portion of the device (see additional notes below). In reality, I'm planning on my little beauty looking more like the illustration below:
In this example, the "Man" portion of the device is the thin strip to the left, while the rest of "The Beast" falls firmly into the "Woman" part of the world. And just to preempt the next email deluge, I should point out that – once again – this is just another quick sketch I threw together moments ago to give some idea as to the "look-and-feel" I'm aiming at. That is, this drawing is not intended to represent the actual number of switches and suchlike.
Quite apart from anything else there are going to be a lot more lights ... but without being gaudy, you understand. Don't forget that I'm actually aiming for the same overall look as the Steampunk TARDIS console I was waffling on about the other day (see blog #212902580).
A rose by any other name...
Ah, who amongst us could forget the "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" speech from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (circa 1594). Of course, Shakespeare's message was that what matters is what something is, not what it is called...
... on the other hand ... names are important too, which leads us nicely into the other point of this blog. As I mentioned before, the first thing I need is a better name than "Display-O-Meter".
One suggestion is to call it a Predictive Yet Random Response (PYRR) meter, where PYRR would come somewhere between "purr" and "pyric" in the dictionary (grin). In a somewhat similar vein, our old chum Jay Dowling emailed me to say:
Hi Max, how about a button that – as your finger approaches it – the button uses a capacitive sense field detector to detect the finger so that the system reacts before you actually ask it to. We could call that a Predictive Rapid Response (PRR) button (AKA "you should have known without me having to tell you!").
Why Jay, I don't know what you're talking about; my little bundle of joy (Gina the Gorgeous) would never say anything like that (grin).
Another suggestion is that, somewhere on the device, we have four toggle switches labeled Flowers, Chocolates, Hugs, and Massage. The idea is that setting any two of these switches into their active positions will give a positive result, but activating three or more will trigger a "suspicion of wrongdoing" circuit / light / sub-algorithm / whatever...
So the current state of play is that I plan on having three main areas on the "Woman" portion of the display, each with a meter and a bunch of switches and dials and lights and "stuff". One of these areas will be called something like "Intimacy Quotient" (or Intimacy Level or ...); another will be something like "Emotional Status" (or Emotional Imperative or Emotional Standing or ...); and the third ... well, I'm still looking for ideas.
Similarly, I'm still looking for suggestions for the annotations to be associated with the various switches and knobs and dials and whatever.
Also... in addition to the three main areas discussed above, I've been pondering the addition of a smaller area that's sort of separate from the rest. This new area wouldn't have any input devices, just a series of very small meters with names like: Illogical Activity (or Illogical Capacity), Tension Status, Insecurity Level, and Suspicion of Wrongdoing. The values displayed by these meters would be derived as functions of the various input devices, and would serve as indicators as to the operator's progress with regard to the ultimate goal of cajoling all three of the main meters in their "green zones".
Meanwhile, I've been making good progress with the overall algorithm that will tie everything together (well, at least I know the general way in which I intend to implement it) ... but we'll leave that discussion for a future time...
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=28, R=337|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=84.00, A=102.16, Δ=+18.16, R=897.84|
|Note:|| Hurray for me ... I'm 1/10 the way there!|
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