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Objective-C: Decaying Time Interval -
In iOS 7 apps, color and animation provide the user with cues to an app’s function and data organization. An animation situates the user within the interface context, acting as a clue to the app’s inner workings.
But apps don’t usually evolve with their users. Animations move at the same speed during the first day of use as they do six months later. The user’s knowledge of the app has significantly improved. But the app gives the same day-one cues, like a heavy handed teacher ignorant of a student’s progress.
Maybe animations should speed up over time.
Here’s a quick function which allows you to specify an initial animation duration and an eventual duration. Over the decay period (14 days, in this snippet – adjust as needed) the animation duration quickens to its eventual speed.
Pass this to your animation calls and let your apps keep pace with their users1.
This Gist is a late night sketch, so use with a grain of salt. Using the date since initial launch is a hack; perhaps a launch counter would be more apt. Also, you shouldn’t be hitting the disk every call. A time factor should be loaded in memory on launch.↩
Landmark Senate Vote Limits Filibusters -
Big, big news:
The Senate voted on Thursday to eliminate the use of the filibuster against most presidential nominees, a move that will break the Republican blockade of President Obama’s picks to cabinet posts and the federal judiciary. The change is the most fundamental shift in the way the Senate functions in more than a generation.
The vote was one that members of both parties had threatened for the better part of a decade, but had always stopped short of carrying out. This time, with little left of the bipartisan spirit that helped seal compromises on filibuster rule changes in the past, there was no last-minute deal to be struck.
Reid snuck the motion in just this morning. And:
“You think this is in the best interest of the United States Senate and the American people?” Mr. McConnell asked, sounding incredulous. “I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, you’ll regret this. And you may regret it a lot sooner than you think.”
The gravity of the situation was reflected in a highly unusual scene on the Senate floor: Nearly all 100 senators were in their seats, rapt as their two leaders debated.
It’s so depressing that job attendance is not just notable, but an event which underlines a once-in-a-generation change.
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Is there a grad student writing an ethnography of Amazon reviews and contemporary consumer culture?
Taste is priceless.
With both Cassini’s wide-angle and narrow-angle cameras aimed at Saturn, Cassini was able to capture 323 images in just over four hours. This final mosaic uses 141 of those wide-angle images. Images taken using the red, green and blue spectral filters of the wide-angle camera were combined and mosaicked together to create this natural-color view.