My book review of Dawn of the New Everything, Encounters With Reality and Virtual Reality by Jaron Lanier (2017). The book is enjoyable and readable, though I did skip around over the more esoteric bits. Alternating between a deep autobiographical dive into Lanier's life and a straightforward account of the history of technology, with an emphasis on virtual (VR) … Continue reading Review: Dawn of the New Everything
Via the Headspace app's "Productivity" lessons, I love this mindful approach to distractions. I've been learning that distractions can be good or bad. Like thoughts, they'll always come and go. It's not the nature of the distraction but acknowledging its existence. A skill I'd like to develop further is to be at ease with my current … Continue reading Distractions Are Allowed
Bookmark for a business-y word I now seem to see everywhere. Isn't it odd how you tune in to something and end up noticing it more often? In this case, "evergreen" means "timeless." Something that ages well, keeps its value, lives a long life. For example, The Pragmatic Programmer by Andy Hunt and David Thomas is … Continue reading Evergreen
My notes and takeaways from a long read on anomalies and system complexity called the STELLA Report from the SNAFUcatchers Workshop on Coping With Complexity, 2017. Via Matt. This paper is one of the best I’ve read in a while. Many lessons here match my experiences developing—and breaking—software for WordPress. I gained new insight into adaptive mental models, how best to … Continue reading Resilience Engineering and Strange Loops
A dilemma to consider. Should we... Let the fires rage while we build a fire suppression system. Or... Continue to fight the fires while dreaming about a fire suppression system that we'll build someday.
Once you eliminate your number one problem, number two gets a promotion. Jerry Weinberg
Daniel Burka recently created a list of design books that aren't about design: I asked a whole bunch of designers what books, which weren’t specifically about digital or graphic design, inspired them. Looking at the list I noted I've read four of the twelve books: 4, 7, 10, 12. Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud is one … Continue reading Best Design Books Not Explicitly About Design
You can build something that the cool kids love. You can build something that the bystanders love. Or you can build a cult favorite. Best to do it on purpose. Via Seth Godin's new podcast, Akimbo.
Via a disability rights project by The Open Society Foundations, an engaging and personal message about disability as mismatched conditions by Boaz Muhumuza. I am not a problem to be solved. The fact that I don't see doesn't mean I don't think. Inclusion has a clear meaning... This will mean shifting the framework for how people … Continue reading Boaz Muhumuza: I’m Not a Problem to Be Solved
When I come to a conversation without technique and provide the space to listen, I do so because I've failed at this a thousand times. I've planned and schemed and got lost in my own mind — missing the conversation, missing the moment, missing the person on the other side. This time I'm going to do … Continue reading The Secret (Don’t Label the Technique)