Humans Suck At Numbers - Part 1

Requirements For Human-Centric Record Locators Commercial institutions of all shapes and sizes use numbers to identify their records but humans generally have trouble memorising, recognising and even just reading numbers back correctly. Using a hand-written account number to transfer cash is dicy at best and speaking your "customer reference" over…

What Colour Is That Smartie?

When I was a child, Smarties were brightly coloured, candy coated, chocolate ovoids and they still are. Back then, they came in cylindrical tubes with a letter of the alphabet on the inside of the lid. I remember pink, purple, green, yellow, orange, red, light brown and dark brown Smarties.…

Cephalopodaphilia: Just The Facts

I like tentacles. They're dextrous, they have suckers and they move in the most deliciously creepy way. I also have a long-running interest in something called 'procedural generation': using software and mathematics together to produce visuals. I recently built some procedurally-generated tentacles as a sort of visual experiment. Tell me,…

Cephalopodaphilia: Tech Details

Procedural generation is the creation of form, colour or movement through direct calculation. This is in contrast to the more usual route of storing and retrieving pictures, animations or 3D objects pre-generated by humans. Proceduralism isn't a new concept - lots of contributors have embiggened the space, many in quite…