Aesthetics for the Blind?


As you may have seen, a federal judge has rules that U.S. paper money violates the Rehabilitation Act because different denominations cannot be easily distinguished by blind and visually impaired people.

This page lists the characteristics of other paper currencies.

But there is an aesthetic aspect of currency design - history, sense of pride, etc -- so this is my question oh Ritual Lab Rats - How can we create designs that are aesthetically pleasing to the blind?

What, is the deal, with Kramer?




Drinkspiller: Our next Rituallab experiment should be our wedding Kiosk
DefectiveGuru: Maybe we should make a wedding widget. The name is funny, anyway.
Drinkspiller: I had one that counted down the days to THE day
Drinkspiller: it even automagically found my wedding in my outlook calendar
DefectiveGuru: Was it in the shape of a little hang-man?
Drinkspiller: and used that as the date to count to
Drinkspiller: heh
Drinkspiller: your idea is better!
DefectiveGuru: actually, that DOES spark an idea.
DefectiveGuru: You know how you can get the daily tear-off calendars (word of the day, etc)
Drinkspiller: yes
DefectiveGuru: imagine a countdown widget, like for a wedding, that every day had a new illustration of some sort that elaborated on an ongoing story... "How I got roped, hogtied, and dragged to the altar."
Drinkspiller: lol
DefectiveGuru: Sort of a little personalized comic strip delivered to you, but with a storyline related to an event that was actually happening for you.
Drinkspiller: so, do you see sequential scenes, or do you see a single scene revealed over time?
DefectiveGuru: I was thinking the latter, but it could be some combination of both. Or even sort of treat it like a TV serial... week-long sub-stories, but with cliff-hangers so that its kind of on-going for however long is needed.
Drinkspiller: sorry, I don't think I meant scene, I think I meant frame. Do you see a series of frames that tell the story leading up to the date?
Drinkspiller: that's a great idea, dude
DefectiveGuru: yes, I think just one 'frame' per day.
Drinkspiller: even better if it was a strip that was launched from 9am to 5 pm
Drinkspiller: like seeing a dilbert strip over the course of the day
Drinkspiller: "tune in!"
Drinkspiller: (different idea than the countdown)
DefectiveGuru: actually, thats something that makes a lot of sense for a widget. Like, I'd never bother to go visit a website multiple times a day to "tune in" to an ongoing comic strip... but if the strip were 'playing out' over the course of the day in the corner of my desktop, that could be really cool.
DefectiveGuru: Imagine this:
DefectiveGuru: "The office" TV show, but occuring as a pseudo IM conversation that plays in real time over the course of the day.
DefectiveGuru: So every now and then you see a tidbit of IM conversation between two characters in an established story. "O.M.G. Pam, did you see what Dwight just stuffed into his pants?"
DefectiveGuru: It's IMBrilliant meets serialized entertainment meets widget delivery.
DefectiveGuru: Admit it, you lost interest at "hello".

Feedback welcome. Icepack requested.


Winner, Chicken Dinner!


Posting to the blog is like playing the lottery; the ping pong ball with your idea on it might be selected. This week, in an impromptu Experiment, one was selected. Be on the lookout.

On second thought, maybe posting is more like a crap shoot. Or a box of chocolates.

Clone Suppan!


The best experiments are the ones that are carried out. Well Done!

Miss Moneypenny


Category: Movie Premier Party Crashing

The next time you are in the Meat Market in NYC and a premier party is being held at one of the clubs, for, say, Casino Royale maybe, whip out your cell phone and hit IMDB for the cast and crew, pick someone partway down the list (the Key Grip maybe?) and use their name to try and get in.

New Post Email

Can somebody set this thing up so I get an email when someone posts? I get comments emailed to me, but not the fuggin new posts....

Interweb Thinkatron

Real-time, Web-based Collaboration



Category: Consumer Media Distribution

Release a major motion picture simultaneously into theaters AND as a part of a DVD collector's edition set.

Consider the newest 007 flick, Casino Royale, bundled with a definitive (or best of) collection of Bond films, shaking up shelves at $50-$70 right before the Christmas season. With movie visits for two averaging at thirty bucks ...

And why not a yearly subscription to studios like Pixar or New Line? For $100, you and your family get particularly early screenings of films, plus quarterly deliveries (real life AND online) of shorts, independent features, teasers, and archived films.

stevening one


Let's see photographs of suspicious things. Post evidence to your photoblog, Stevening.

From phonecam, email pics + title (as subj. line) to stevening dotty pith at tamw dotty com.

Systems Thinkin' w/ Thinkature

Free, web-based idea organization tool right here.



As every RitualLabber knows, the toughest part is the follow-through. Perhaps it's the ease at which ideas (of any quality) come to the surface that makes production formidable by contrast. There's no shame in that; doing is difficult, particularly when perfectionists are at the helm.

So here's the simple first step toward doing it: document it. The fabled moleskine may be the best home for the concept-nostalgic, but blogs take all the excuses out of the act of sharing ideas and igniting imagination. So consider this a challenge: for five consecutive days in Blogtember (née November), post an entry to this blog (or your personal site or wherever) to document a now-hushed idea. I'd suggest no limitations -- other than your post be a new topic and not a comment thereto -- but feel free to ignore even that.

Five posts in five days.

This is my first.