There Is No Cat

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Thursday, June 13, 2002

Screwdrivers pound nails poorly

The BBC reports on a study that web design causes confusion among users. It would probably be more accurate to say that what the study shows is that users, when asked, construct inaccurate mental maps of web sites. But as Jared Spool has argued extensively, users don't construct mental maps of web sites. Which leaves us with a study that says that users do a bad job of doing something they don't do. Whoops.

Posted at 6:55 PM

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The topic for this entry made me laugh. For me, coming up with topics is sometimes the most fun part of running a weblog.

Posted by Mike at 3:23 PM, June 14, 2002 [Link]

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What do you mean there is no cat?

"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

- Albert Einstein, explaining radio


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[ photo of Sylvester, a black and white cat ]

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