No idea how practical this BumpTop environment would be but it looks like one of the better demos I’ve seen of a 3D computing environment. It also emphasizes an excellent point that a perfectly clean environment isn’t always a good one. Having a somewhat loose messy environment can actually make things a little more efficient and flexible.
Dave Winer pointed out an article by Jay Rosen on the Washington Post website that indicated the following.
All sites become equidistant from the reader.
Yes the technology we use enables this equidistance but at the same time we ourselves define the distance of these sites based upon their meaning to us. The more meaningful they are to us, the closer they’ll be. The less meaningful, the farther they’ll be away. The problem today is that many of us have lost what’s truly meaningful to us and thus instead of distancing or filtering normally meaningless things, we instead overload ourselves with them. This isn’t just happening online but in the real world as well. Often times the most meaningful things in our lives are the most farthest away from us, even though they may be a few feet from us in the real world.