OS X and the Trouble with Physics

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An overview of an interesting, if somewhat just-for-fun controversy over at TurboMilk, “Physics Still Matter, Even With Special Effects,” which takes to task dock icons in OS X, saying that their angles and shadows couldn’t possibly exist in the real world. You might be thinking, “So? Big deal.” But the site quotes Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber in saying, essentially, “Yeah it’s not the world’s most important thing, but don’t you think their designers should be perfectionists?” Again, not an end of the universe conversation, but we do agree. If you’re going to spend more than eight hours a day looking at something, shouldn’t the creators have some consideration for the end user and get it right? Then again, we all watch television and that track record of getting things correct ain’t always running so high.