I wish I was smart enough…
…to understand this diagram.
(Trying to make heads or tails of Stop Designing for “Users” - Design for Activities, which a respected UX designer calls “One of the best articles I’ve seen on using Activity Theory as a useful design framework,” but, really, WTF is up with that infographic?)
You know that’s not a *thing*, right?
You probably recall with much fondness last year’s The post where I confess to nearly killing our CEO*. (Since then, I’ve moved on to work for a different company, undoubtedly to the relief of said CEO.) Unsurprisingly given my predilection for digression, that post ended up being a list of great songs for air-drumming.
Left unwritten in that post was any mention of great songs for air-keyboarding, mostly because I don’t think that’s a thing. But if it was a thing, tonight it hit me: Roundabout, the classic song by the band Yes, makes an awesome song for air-keyboarding. I now know this because my wife just walked into my office, caught me air-keyboarding to Roundabout while I was supposed to be packing for a trip**, and said “What the hell are you doing?,” to which I responded “air keyboarding.” (She’s not a fan of 70s music, even when her husband isn’t slacking off and air-anything-ing to it. I’m recalling the pained look on her face a few months ago when I was playing God Save the Queen while doing the dishes.)
(It might be a good thing that logos don’t look like this any more.)
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*Yes, I realize that I barely post on Tumblr these days (it’s a combination of too many distractions, and honestly, a nagging feeling of annoyance about the site since it’s acquisition by Yahoo), and should probably craft something better than a post about a 40-year-old song, but ‘cmon - Roundabout!
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**One of the things I’m supposed to be doing is trying on some new bathing suits I bought, since we’re headed out on vacation soon. This was a lot more fun in my 20s than in my less-streamlined 40s, sadly.***
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***See what I mean about digressions?
10 Places to See Before They’re Gone
Came across this infographic today. Many are places on my “to see” list. I can vouch for the vanishing of Glacier National Park. While hiking there, I asked a park ranger who happened to be walking nearby (he was keeping an eye on some bears) where the glacier was. When he pointed it out, I was shocked. “That’s a glacier?” “Well,” he said, “it used to be a lot bigger. Not as much to see, these days.” It was basically a glorified snow bank.
BTW, speaking of bears… while I was hiking in Glacier National Park, I had this exchange with a (different) park ranger:
Helpful park ranger: Keep an eye out for bears.
Me: I should be worried?
Helpful park ranger: Well, they eat maybe two hikers a year in this park.
Me: How many have been eaten this year?
Helpful park ranger: One.
Might I say that you, clueless hiker from New York City, look delicious?
I saw quite a few bears, actually, and kept my distance (especially when I came across a mother with two cubs, which is cute when you’re watching a nature documentary, and terrifying when you’re a few hundred yards away from them - it doesn’t take much for the mother bear to feel threatened when her cubs are nearby). Anyway, the park is a glorious place and worth the visit. Especially since it may not be as glorious in a few more years, sadly.
Advice I wish my father gave me
Overheard an executive giving this advice earlier today:
If you talk all 60 minutes of a meeting, no one can ask you to do additional work.
I’ve been doing it wrong all this time.