Everything posted here is worth thinking about. On the other hand, the ideas and opinions put forth may not be right.
Curated and annotated by Timoni West.
Rapture leaked: The true story behind the making of BioShock , by Simon Parkin.
I haven’t finished the article yet, but this section jumped out at me. This would be a classic behavior that is probably not gender biased (women were likely fake-fired, too), but that indicates a level of aggression and disregard for emotions that is a bad working environment for anyone, but more typical in male-dominated industries—men are more used to it, whether or not they prefer it, and thus can get more done.
This reminds me of the dog/lizard/temperature metaphor: a good example of how someone can find an environment quite normal and perhaps even ideal, and someone else will find it intolerable.
…In the decades that followed, Maltz’s work influenced nearly every major “self-help” professional from Zig Ziglar to Brian Tracy to Tony Robbins. And as more people recited Maltz’s story…people began to forget that he said “a minimum of about 21 days” and shortened it to, “It takes 21 days to form a new habit.”
…On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In Lally’s study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit.
(51) How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit, by James Clear
Good thing to keep in mind if you’re actively trying to change your behavior right now, and feel frustrated.
Dani Colman, https://medium.com/disney-and-animation/7c0bbc7252ef
I just watched Frozen tonight, and am gobsmacked that it was ever described to me by another woman as “feminist”. It is not. If viewed through the lens of female agency, it is embarrassing.
I may write more, but Colman’s thorough essay on the subject is required reading—especially if you liked the film and thought it was a good step in the right direction for Disney.
I didn’t, either.
I Know What You Think of Me, by Tim Krieder.
Five Ways White Feminists Can Address Our Own Racism, by Sarah Milstein
Lovely piece full of practical advice. What Milstein’s talking about here is the confirmation bias, something that everyone has. The more aware you are that it exists, the easier it is to combat.
Funny article, but excellent point made about how Facebook’s algorithms, by deciding what we see, overwrite what our friends *want* us to see.
Theoretically, Facebook’s algorithms should function like a good party host: arranging introductions, inspiring better conversations, and carefully guiding new guests away from the rude overtalker.
In reality, they have become the rude overtalker themselves; hiding small bids for conversation, steering away into unrelated topics.
About four years go, a monthly event called Mission Street Food was incredibly popular in San Francisco. After a while, the organizers decided they wanted to open a permanent, charitable restaurant called Commonwealth, and get members of the community to invest in it.
I was a huge fan of the idea. One share was $500, you got .08% of the profit as an annual dividend, and you got some gift certificates to boot. I signed up right away.
A few weeks later, I got a follow up email from Anthony Myint—that’s right, of Mission Chinese fame:
Poor dude. Accreditation is a thing that any wealthy investor type knows about, but for the layperson, it’s news: the USA has banned middle-class Americans from investing in higher-risk investments since the Depression.
In the end, Commonwealth opened anyway and is a wonderful, thriving restaurant. But I never forgot about the enchanting idea that I could back local businesses in my area, and really be invested, literally, in my community.
Almost exactly four years later, Nick Chirls tells me about a new company he’s starting over coffee. He told me about new legislation being passed, the JOBS act, which includes a crowd funding provision, Title III.
Title III effectively lets anyone, poor or rich, put a percentage of their salary into investing in businesses. In anticipation of the bill, Nick founded Alphaworks, a new kind of funding platform aimed directly to support newly empowered communities find businesses and make investments.
There’s an incredible amount of work to be done: education, support, financial guidance, and compliance work. But as Nick described his vision, I knew I had to be on board. So I’m happy to announce I’ve joined as VP of Design at Alphaworks, alongside an amazing crew: Kristian Kristensen, Nick Barr, Rachel Troy, and Jennifer Patrick.
Crowdfunding has been popular for years, but as the Oculus Rift acquisition yesterday indicates, we need a new way for people to champion and invest in amazing products. I’m thrilled to be part of the progress.
If you’re new to the JOBS Act, or Title III, here’s some great intro articles on the subject.
- Forbes: JOBS Act Title III: Investment Being Democratized, Moving Online
- Harvard Law: Jobs Act Title III Crowdfunding Moves Closer To Reality
- Crowdsourcing.org: Jobs Act, Title III: A brief update on what’s happening behind the scenes
The state of Interaction Design tools, by Pasql
Pasql nails the current state of ux animation tools. This part, about the difficulty of ‘designing’ in a node-based environment, is particularly spot-on.