Talk about serendipity. Two days after I decide to finally start a blog PeterMe invites me to a bloggers meeting with David Weinberger to discuss his new book Everything is Miscellaneous at the Yahoo! Brickhouse in San Francisco (two colleagues and I happened to be out there for three days). It was a fascinating event for me because a) it exposed me to some non-IA (non-UX even) people that I normally don’t get to talk to, b) it was an interesting look at Yahoo!’s new Brickhouse facilities (very open plan, the biggest projection screen I think i’ve ever seen – probably 30’x15′, a “wall of stickies”, etc).
I’ve recently been reading Tony Ballantyne’s new science fiction trilogy – Recursion, Capacity and Divergence and listening to David talk about his view on “order” made me wonder if “order” has a loose parallel with the Schrodinger’s cat theory (essentially that “there is no single outcome unless it is observed”). We could say that “there is no meaningful order to things unless it is observed” – because of course it is the observer and their context that gives meaning to the order.