The sign - literally & figuratively - you’re losing it at work.
Haven’t posted in a while because I’m about to start a new job (hello, UX Architect role!) at a new company (hello, Prudential!) in a new town (hello, Hartford, CT!), and the packing/house-selling/house-buying has been all-consuming. (And, apparently, hyphen-generating.) Hope to post more once I get settled in. Thanks for all the kind wishes and support, dear friends.
Saw this evocative photo on the Looks Like Good Design blog, and I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite songs, Jawbreaker’s The Boat Dreams From The Hill. The simple, almost snarling punk-ness of the music belies touching, regret-laden lyrics that still affect me after all these years. Here they are in their entirety - perhaps you’ll see why:
Boat on a hill, never going to sea.
Anchored to a fixer upper’s dream.
This boat is beat, never gonna be a boat now.
Thirsty, sees the sea from high on ice plant.
He keeps patching it and painting.
Thinking about his pension plan.
But the boat is out to pasture.
Seems it never had a chance.
I wanna be a boat.
I wanna learn to swim.
Then I’ll learn to float.
Then begin again.
Boat remembers the carpenter’s sure hand.
Missing fishy flutter on it’s rudder.
Sold at an auction, on a dolly ever since.
Sometimes rainy days drop boyish wonder.
Check out these awesome images:
Note I used the word “awesome.” That’s because I’m old. I showed these game concepts to my team’s talented UX Designer Casey, and she called them “baller.” That’s because she’s not old. I’m not even sure what the definition of “baller” is, but I’m afraid to wiki this, in case it’s something that will set off alarm bells in our CEO’s office.
(on display at a wedding show in town this weekend)
So let’s see what USA Today’s go-to market prognosticator, Stock Trader’s Almanac editor Jeffrey Hirsch, predicts for 2013:
In fact, depending on how the debate in Washington over the deficit plays out in coming months and how the global economy holds up, he says stocks could have a good year, with gains of 5% to 10%, a so-so year with flat returns or a very bad year, with stocks suffering bear market declines of 20% or more.
So… stocks could finish up anywhere from up 10% to down 20%, eh? I better cash out my 401k and/or add more to it.
Being sick for a couple of days, and trying to entertain myself in between coughing fits, I decided I’m going ronin on sanity. (Or it could be the fever.) Here’s the plan I came up with yesterday morning while sniffling on the couch:
(If you’re not familiar with the story, the book and the film - the cartoon rabbit, not so much - center around a mysterious stranger who shows up in a town being torn apart by rival gangs, and plays the two gangs against each other until he’s the last man standing. Just awesome.)
I’m most of the way through my plan, having only two-thirds of Red Harvest to go before I’m done.
I’m sure I’ll regret this post once the fever abates. Until then, の岩*!
*Rock on! (…at least according to Google Translate)
Family member who shall remain anonymous: “I just found out Mark quit smoking. Who wants a carton of Newports from Santa?”
So I was doing a UX review of the Any.DO iPhone to-do list app (expert opinion: not bad! …and it’s free, BTW), and couldn’t help but notice the suggested auto-complete results when one starts typing “fight”:
I’m pretty sure that adding “Fight Club” under the day’s to-dos actually violates the First Rule of Fight Club. (Just saying.) And really, are there that many people with “Fight Club” entries on their to-do lists that this is the number-one autocomplete option? I need to get a more interesting life.
(BTW, in case you were wondering, I wasn’t going to type “Fight Club” as a to-do. I was going to type “fight zombies.” Everyone knows Fight Club isn’t real.)