“You will then make plans for the second date, right there and then. You will not say, “I’ll call you.” You will not say, “I’ll text you.” And under any circumstances will you NOT say, “I’ll facebook you.” If you say that I will facebook your FACE.”—[ Does anybody date anymore?, via A P O C A L Y P S T I C K ]
In November 1960, an American rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, went off-course and a piece of debris fell in Cuba, killing a cow. The Cuban government gave the cow an official funeral as the victim of “imperialist aggression.”
“As I’m sure most of you are already aware, the infamous, glamourous and just plain ol’ geeky, Web 2.0 conference is right around the corner and Girls in Tech is gearing up to make a HUGE splash at the event. Equipped with swag, a FlipCam and little treats, we’ll be making our way around the expo floor, panel discussions and of course, the after hours events! This event tends to draw in a large amount of dudes, and sales dudes at that (no elaboration needed). It would be awesome if we could all encourage our tech-savvy female co-workers, friends and family members to attend this year’s event to help even out the ratio a bit! The more femme-power, the merrier!”—
As a Woman In Tech™ who isn’t going to Web 2.0, I’d like to know what’s so important about getting a lot of ladies on the expo floor. Is the assumption that having more women attend is its own reward?
On a broader note, I’m very suspicious of women-only tech organizations. Theoretically they exist to promote women in tech psychologically and professionally, but I’ve never been helped by such an organization nor met anybody who was. I’ve also never met a woman who wanted to work in technology but felt there were too few women in the field to comfortably join in.
I’d be interested in hearing stories where women-only tech organizations have made a significant difference in someone’s life, be it funding, promotions, or jobs that wouldn’t otherwise be available.
my friend spencer pointed out that the subtitles on the US version DVD of let the right one in were kind of weird & seem oddly dumbed down when he watched it this past week - and boy is that ever true!
this article points out how the subtle nuances & dark humour of the movie are completely lost in this version of the film. i strongly suggest you do NOT buy or rent this version, it is doing a complete disservice to the brilliance of this movie (one of my faves of ‘08). ugh, i’m indignant! SO LAME!
Huh. Maybe that’s why I was so unimpressed by the movie. It still seemed like a great concept, though, so I’ll read the book anyway.
“What it’s wrong to do is criticize Arial as a clone or rip-off of Helvetica. It’s not. If Arial is a rip-off of Helvetica, then Helvetica is a rip-off of Akzidenz Grotesk; or we could simply say that they are both rip-offs of earlier Grotesque faces. The whole rip-off debate is a rather pointless one, I feel. Every face should be considered on its own merit.”—
“According to the latest time estimates, if everything continues to move along at this intolerable pace, Americans will be left with no other choice but to scream.”—[ Everything Taking Too Long, The Onion ]
james:using scribd as a verb! http://twitter.com/michelfortin/statuses/1381690559
timoni:actually when i was in starbucks this morning, i started writing little 140-character admonishments about saying things like "i visited your twitter yesterday" or "i only facebook from my iphone"
timoni:but i suppose if "scribd" is a verb, then facebook can be, too.
“Data-driven design is a vital tool for hill-climbing iteration of a site, but you should take great care not to use it as an appeals process whenever you and your designer reach an impasse. It sidelines the designer into being no more than a brainstormer, devoid of design ownership. I realize this is not the usual case, so just treat it as a cautionary tale. Also please keep in mind that everyone has opinions on design, and that your UX professional has devoted years of their life to learning to separate their subjective opinions from their objective understanding about how the larger audience will interpret an interface. It’s not as demonstrable as code that passes unit-tests, but trust in it anyhow.”—[ From an open letter to the Google engineers and PMs, in Google design: The kids are alright, from fox @ fury ]
Many printers do not resemble whatever print icon a particular app may provide. Apple’s Mail app uses a paper airplane to mean Send. It is a loose metaphor to be sure—and lacks any association whatsoever to the accompanying sound effect. But it is understandable and probably more recognizable and memorable than a sidewalk mailbox or a more accurate SMTP server.
A spyglass would be a suboptimal tool for searching a room full of files or the Library of Congress for all documents containing a particular phrase. But it is recognizable and memorable, so that’s what most apps use to represent “search”.
A paint brush for copying styles? A single sheet of paper with a folded corner to represent what could be a 400-page book, a 500-row spreadsheet or a two-hour movie? A stagecoach to represent a bank? Once an icon becomes established, it is easier to teach it to new users than to re-teach a new icon to habituated users.
Storage media today range from disk drives encased in usually rectangular boxes to circular optical discs to flash memory chips. None are as distinctive and charming as an old-fashioned floppy. Using any one of them might be taken to exclude the rest. For example, an optical disc might be assumed to mean “Burn”. I think it would take a spectacularly clever icon to displace the floppy for Save.
Without a person at (or near) the helm who thoroughly understands the principles and elements of Design, a company eventually runs out of reasons for design decisions. With every new design decision, critics cry foul. Without conviction, doubt creeps in. Instincts fail. “Is this the right move?” When a company is filled with engineers, it turns to engineering to solve problems. Reduce each decision to a simple logic problem. Remove all subjectivity and just look at the data. Data in your favor? Ok, launch it. Data shows negative effects? Back to the drawing board. And that data eventually becomes a crutch for every decision, paralyzing the company and preventing it from making any daring design decisions.
Yes, it’s true that a team at Google couldn’t decide between two blues, so they’re testing 41 shades between each blue to see which one performs better. I had a recent debate over whether a border should be 3, 4 or 5 pixels wide, and was asked to prove my case. I can’t operate in an environment like that. I’ve grown tired of debating such miniscule design decisions. There are more exciting design problems in this world to tackle.
You’re going to want to do this on a cutting board, so your fianceé doesn’t flip out when she gets home about the knife marks on the kitchen table and you have to explain sheepishly that you were up the very serious business of converting your softback Moleskine into a hardback and forced an innocent piece of furniture to forever bear the scars.
If you forget this step and she’s already flipping out, telling her that you’re also blogging about it will not help.
The Saturn Return is an astrological phenomenon that occurs at the ages of 27-30, 58-60, and finally from 86-88, coinciding with the time it takes the planet Saturn to make one orbit around the sun. It is believed by astrologers that as Saturn “returns” to the degree in which it occupied at the time of birth — approximately every 29.5 years — a person crosses over a major threshold and into the next stage of life. With the first Saturn Return, a person leaves youth behind and enter adulthood. With the second Return, maturity. And the third and usually final Return, a person enters wise old age.
The first Saturn Return is famous because it represents the first test of character and the structures a person has built their lives upon. According to traditions, should these structures be unsound or that a person is living out of touch with his or her true values, the Saturn Return will be a time of upheaval and limitations as Saturn forces him or her to jettison old concepts and worn out patterns of living. It is not uncommon for relationships and jobs to end during this time of life restructuring and reevaluation.
But the Saturn Return is not all about painful endings. During this time astrologers note that goals are consolidated and people tend to gain a better vision of where they are going in life. There are added responsibilities and a person may reap the rewards from his or her hard work. Many major life milestones seem to happen around the ages of 29 and 30. This is why astrologers believe that the thirtieth birthday is such a major rite of passage because it marks the true beginning of adulthood, self-evaluation, independence, ambition, and self actualization.