Kevin Cheng  

The Biggest Time Sink Thread Ever

May 20th, 2005 by Kevin Cheng :: 39 Comments

I’m sure most readers have experienced something akin to this: you open your browser to do something productive, then something like My! Yahoo opens up with some news or perhaps RSS updates of blogs. “Hm, that looks interesting,” you say, and proceed to read up on that article, which then leads you to three others you opened in tabs, and one of them is a Flash game where you suddenly feel it is your duty to prove your score is higher than anyone else who’s commented on that blog.

Before you know it, the entire day has passed you by. The web is not only like TV with unlimited number of channels, it’s TV with relationships between channels such that you can’t stop watching at the end of the episode. Imagine watching an episode of CSI and every forensic detail, or every character, could lead to another TV show - some documentaries about the evidence analysis techniques, others perhaps dramas about those characters. That’s what the web is like.

I always feel like I’m jumping down a rabbit hole.

In honour of these rabbit holes, we’d like everyone to post their three favourite time wasting sites. Try to be original, we don’t want everyone posting slashdot.

Depending on how good a job you guys do, next week there may or may not be a comic.

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Kevin Cheng  

OK/Cancel Back in Vancouver

May 23rd, 2005 by Kevin Cheng :: Comment »

Last time I mentioned I was leaving London and stopping through Vancouver, a number of readers revealed themselves to be from Vancouver as well. Well I’m back again and this time for a bit longer and I thought it’d be great to see the HCI/UX community here.

Joseph Luk has kindly agreed to help organize such a gathering, hopefully bringing together some VanUE and academic HCI people. Details:

>Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 7:00 p.m.
>Steamworks Brewing Company, 375 Water Street, Gastown

RSVP Here. Hope to see you there.

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Announcing Bug Bash

May 23rd, 2005 by Kevin Cheng :: Comment »

To say I’m pleased to announce the release of Bug Bash would be an understatement. It’s taken us a lot of work to get to a level where we can help out other artists work on webcomics without worrying about running their webcomics, and that’s what we’re hoping Hans gets to do.

Hans is, if anything, much more of a veteran of comics and webcomics than Tom or I combined. Just look at his about page and you’ll see. You’ve probably also heard of Mr. Cranky aka … Hans. Bug Bash is also technology focussed but in a different way than we are. In his words:

>My hope for Bug Bash is pretty simple: If a large part of your job entails rolling up your sleeves and thinking about technology and talking to customers and moving around the bits and bytes and getting the developers and the testers to play nice, you’ll find a few comics in here that hit home.

Pass it on to your friends. If they don’t get OK/Cancel, maybe they’ll get the jokes there.

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OK/Cancel is a comic strip collaboration co-written and co-illustrated by Kevin Cheng and Tom Chi. Our subject matter focuses on interfaces, good and bad and the people behind the industry of building interfaces - usability specialists, interaction designers, human-computer interaction (HCI) experts, industrial designers, etc. (Who Links Here) ?