January 30, 2023

Choosing the Soundtrack for the Rest of Your Life.

January 27, 2023

El Bueno Y El Malo. Agree with this review: all the mystery of the desert at night compressed into a rare jewel of an album”

January 27, 2023

The relentless accumulation and management of snow.

January 27, 2023

The Floppotron 3.0. A noise-making contraption.

January 27, 2023

Welcome to the Garden of Blogs.

January 24, 2023

Wonders of Street View. Explore the weird and wonderful things on Google Street View. /via Waxy

January 23, 2023

Life, the UXverse and Everything. In my not-entirely-humble opinion, design is first and foremost about realizing ideas, both large and small — trying, failing, trying again, and putting concepts through their paces, all while considering the various ways they won’t meet the needs of many who will come to depend on them — then doing what we can to address those gaps. It’s a continuous process full of messy details that matter, details that give us reasons to wake up ready to roll up our sleeves and dig in.”

Great article on the state of UX as a profession. Also, the bit above is an excellent definition of design as a craft. I find that I don’t call myself a designer even though what I do on a daily basis is encapsulated above. That word, design, has just become so loaded.

January 23, 2023

www index list. An Are.na list of lists. Mostly on websites. Who doesn’t like a good list?

January 20, 2023

source: https://www.barelymaps.com/

January 20, 2023

source: reddit.com

January 19, 2023

source: samim.io

January 19, 2023

What makes a shadow?.

January 19, 2023

A book for Patagonia to mark the opening their new store in Nashville. Includes this nice map:

January 19, 2023

Build community outside of work. My advice: get paid, do work you’re proud of if that matters to you, then focus on building culture in your community, your friend group, your church, whatever it is that gives you meaning. Work will never be that for you.” Nods head vigorously.

January 16, 2023

Keep a WHERE Is It File. A WHERE Is It file is excellent for keeping track of things that get moved around, or that have several possible logical locations.” Yes, brilliant!

January 16, 2023

Music of The Last of Us. Watched the TV adaptation with my oldest son last night. He is a fan of the game franchise and mentioned that the soundtrack is really good. He is right! Some new instrumental music to work to. Also, I dug the show.

January 16, 2023

Sabbath and the Art of Rest. Interesting bit from this podcast on the good samaritan study:

Time quickening narrows the cognitive map, meaning that your ability to perceive things sort of shuts down because you’re so focused on getting done what you have to get done by the deadline.”

January 13, 2023

Hiking with Kids. Accurate:

January 13, 2023

The breathtaking violence of an ordinary NFL hit. Applying physics to the NFL, like calculating … the force with which a great NFL runner-receiver makes a lateral cut. It’s one of the most transfixingly elegant moves on the field — They almost teleport,” Gay says admiringly — and he wanted to measure it. There are two forces being exerted when a player hard-plants his foot — that of the body, and that of the turf. The ground obeys Newton’s Third Law and pushes back on him with the same force,” Gay says. About 800 pounds of force shoot through his ankle and his foot.” Emphasis mine!

January 13, 2023

21 small thoughts (and counting?) about information architecture. Over time, I’ve come to feel that information architecture (IA), like many things in design, is best learned through purposeful but ultimately casual long-term study and, when possible, direct immersion in a project that needs IA work.” … Yup!

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