Notes from Dynamicland: Geokit


38 bookmarks. First posted by jbrennan july 2018.


Patrick (https://sentiers.media) is right, watching the stuff coming out of Dynamicland is the closest I've ever been to feeling like what it must have been to see Xerox Park in its heyday. This is _incredibly_ cool.
newsletter  UX  research  programming  computing  maps 
august 2018 by thewavingcat
RT : 📝 I've written about Geokit, my mapping system :

It's a pretty detailed expla…
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august 2018 by briantrice
One way to think about Realtalk is that a lot of code in the outside world is about displaying lists and letting people pick from lists.

Mapping software has to show a list of layers, and make them checkable and uncheckable, and make them draggable, and handle all the events, and remember what the state is.

A photo app shows you a list of photos, and then you open one, and then you see a toolbox of operations you can apply, and then you pick one...

Even command-line programs let you ask for a list of source branches or a list of disk partitions or a list of files or whatever, and have some set of subcommands you can apply to your object of choice.

In Realtalk, most of that code falls away – provided that you represent your objects as individual physical pages. Once you have physical pages, you automatically get the operations of the physical world: placing and picking up objects, moving and grouping objects in space, pointing objects at each other, and so on.
dynamicland  simulation  direct_manipulation 
august 2018 by tonyyet
geokit is a "kit" (library) for building and viewing maps in dynamicland.
dynamicland  computing  hci  mapping  programming 
august 2018 by tarakc02
I know you've been curious about some of the stuff I've done at Dynamicland. It might be a while until you can make it out here and visit in person, so I'll try to explain one project of mine, Geokit, from top to bottom, to give you some of the flavor. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
august 2018 by domingogallardo
RT : 📝 I've written about Geokit, my mapping system :

It's a pretty detailed expla…
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august 2018 by burritojustice
RT : 📝 I've written about Geokit, my mapping system :

It's a pretty detailed expla…
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august 2018 by avi
Hey ___, I know you've been curious about some of the stuff I've done at Dynamicland . It might be a while until youcan make it out here and visit in person, so…
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august 2018 by ashaw
📝 I've written about Geokit, my mapping system :

It's a pretty detailed expla…
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august 2018 by rukku
I’ve never had experiences like these in any other medium. Buildings don’t tend to have detailed racial, transit and elevation maps of every city in the US on the walls. In theory you could pull this data up on your personal iPad, praying there aren’t any embarrassing notifications and hopefully remembering what you were even going to look at by the time you’re past the lock screen looking at 24 rainbow-gradient icons and red bubbles, but I am personally not in the habit of pulling out my devices in the middle of parties. In both of these cases these just-dynamic-enough maps were places at the party, just like the appetizers table and the piano, where people could casually gather, play and converse. […]

These are all the 'game pieces' inside the kit. Each page is both a little computer program and an object that people and other pages can see and work with. Some pages are face-down, but most of them are face-up and running right now. (Face-up is the side with the colored dots.) […]

That's why I call Geokit a kit and not an application: it's naturally extensible. You could come here, pull a keyboard off the shelf, point it at any part of Geokit, and just start editing it and printing new stuff for your own use. You might provide a new tileset to answer some question you have, or come up with a new zoom mechanism to derive maps. (I'll explain how to do both those things in this post!) You have the same status that I do, and you don't have to open your laptop and download and recompile some source code if you want to change something.
omar-rizwan  dynamicland  realtalk  geokit  maps  programming-environments 
july 2018 by jbrennan