Car UI

I don’t talk about this much, but Dr. Drang (I wish that was his real name, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t) has what is probably one of the most usefully geeky blogs out there, with a particular focus on Apple products. He was the reason I started to plot my weight into Simplenote on the iPhone using a TextExpander keystroke snippet to insert the date in the format I wanted.

He talks about Calvetica’s UI and is spot on when saying that the week view is wrong.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with going row-by-row, but conventions should be adhered to unless there’s a very good reason to break them. My favorite example is the brake and gas pedal layout in a car. That the brake is to the left of the gas is merely a convention, but it’s a convention a car maker would be an idiot to break.

I found that interesting, because I’m not sure something as important as the placement of the brake and gas pedals was accidental. I think somebody thought about it. I might be wrong of course.

My response was that I doubt the placement of the accelerator pedal to the right is just convention. We spend more time on the gas than on the brake. The gas is easier to hit and your legs are in a more comforable configuration that way.

Then there’s the body language – gas = open posture, opening up, expanding, accelerating etc., brake = closed posture, closing down, contracting, you can see where this is going.

I also think that in an emergency, you will be applying the brake, and your body closes down in an emergency, going from an open posture to a closed posture is more natural than the vice versa.

Personal News

Many of you who used to enjoy some of my personal posts from suspectpaki might be curious about what happened to me on a personal level, given the turmoil I was experiencing 7 years ago. I won’t often be writing about personal stuff on this blog and this will be one of the very rare exceptions. Suffice to say that alhamdulillah, my life has never been better. My diabetes is better controlled than it has been in decades, with my last hbA1c at around 7.4%. Not perfect, but much better than the high 9s I used to run. All of the unresolved family issues from those days are resolved in the best way possible and I am free to focus on my family and the future.

Sadly, the future of the world isn’t looking too great at the moment, is it?

What Have I Been Reading?

In the absence of Suspect Paki, one blog has covered some of the issues close to my heart with passion, honesty and clarity. And that’s Hotter Than A Pile Of Curry. If you want that singular, blazing focus on issues that concern Muslims, especially in the West, than The Akh lends a flavour to the discourse that many young British Muslims should find satisfying. Go check it out if you’re not subscribing already.

Follow The Akh on Twitter too. Here’s why.

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Of course, Nawaz, who is currently going around with a begging bowl looking for funds for Quilliam now that the government has stopped funding the Islamophobic “former-extremist”, sharp-suit donning sell-outs isn’t the only one who cites the Islamophobic Harry’s Place. I remember Hazel Blears doing the same thing over Gaza. As for what Nawaz is putting in his cigars, probably the same stuff he has always put in his cigars.


What To Expect This Time

Having previously offended and endeared people in roughly equal measure with suspectpaki, then proceeded to bore myself to tears with, you might wonder what’s going to be different about this blog. And why has it got that funny name with an accent that nobody can type and will therefore get killed in SEO?

I want to write. I like writing. Sometimes, my writing is good.

I don’t care about SEO. I don’t care about getting a big audience. I don’t care if I offend more people than I endear.

Some things are going to be different though. I won’t be as angry as I was on suspectpaki and I won’t swear quite as much.

I will cover London, Islam and Technology and I don’t care if that confuses the reader. You’re not obliged to read every post I write. Basically, I’m going back to my roots. A personal blog, without a care about who I’m writing for other than myself, but having learned a lot of lessons since I started suspectpaki back in 2004.

The name comes from the Arabic tri-literal root sha-ha-da, which relates to witnessing. My name “sha-hid” is derived from this root, as are many other related words. I also like it because it’s a four-character domain name.

So welcome back and I hope to annoy and perhaps endear some of you to my writing again soon.