Archive for June, 2014
Saturday, June 28th, 2014
Years ago, I found that whenever something awesome happened in my career – maybe I got published, or promoted, or launched a project – I wouldn’t take the time to celebrate the achievement. I’m an achiever by nature, the kind who feels like every day starts at zero. Not deliberately marking these moments left me feeling like I wasn’t actually accomplishing anything. “Oh cool, that A List Apart article went up,” I would think, then move on with my day.
Once I realized that this was happening, I decided to be deliberate about marking achievements by eating one donut.
That’s damn fine advice. I too accomplish things and then immediately move onto feeling guilty about not having accomplished some new thing.
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
I recently unfollowed some people on Twitter. Not one because I dislike that person. More of a casual experiment in shaking things up. Just like, ug, a random Foursquare check in, and I don’t know you well enough that that’s fun or interesting for me to read, so unfollow.
I really enjoy Twitter and I want to keep enjoying it. I tend to enjoy things when they feel different once in a while. I just re-arranged my living room and I love it.
I wasn’t expecting feeling so bad about it.
Some people were vocally disappointed. That doesn’t bother me, because that makes me think you have some kind of “get notified if people unfollow you” thing and that seems kinda gross and I actually care less if that’s the case.
I just feel generally like a jerk when I click the unfollow button. I kept doing it, I think, because I want to explore that feeling. This is a button on a website. I don’t want buttons on websites to have very much emotional sway over me. If I need to press one a bunch of times so it feels less, I think that’s probably good for me.
This might help. Please know that whether or not I follow you on Twitter has little bearing on if I like you as a person or not. I probably do like you as a person. I tend to get along with people. I’m happy to talk to you, time permitting. We can even talk on Twitter, we don’t have to follow each other to do that.
Related: I think I do a pretty good job of not caring if someone follows me or not, but I need to work on that too.
I’m not going to end this with some big over-reaching thought like “let’s all try to care a little less about social media.” You can care about whatever you want to care about. I’m going to do that too, and let it ebb and flow over time.
Friday, June 20th, 2014
People are pretty up in arms about Washboard. They sell you a $10 roll of quarters for $15.
- It does feel weird to sell money for a markup.
- Isn’t that what ATMs do, because it’s convenient?
- Surely the pricing is based on: (price of quarters) + (shipping) + (markup the market bears). I’m sure it costs a few bucks to send a roll of quarters, so they make a few bucks per shipment, which sounds reasonable. If they get some customers, it’s a nice little buisness (I doubt it will ever be huge). If they don’t, oh well, I’m sure the investment here wasn’t huge.
- I don’t think there is any moral concerns here. They aren’t extorting anyone. Fee too much? Don’t sign up.
- Just because there is a change machine in your laundromat doesn’t mean there is a (reliable) one in everyone else’s. Think laundry rooms in apartment buildings.
- At least it’s an obvious and straightforward business model. Can we go back to being mad at millions being thrown at companies with loose ideas and no buisness model?
Thursday, June 19th, 2014
I loved this so much. I have to watch it from time to time.
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
There is a recent trend in browsers that they are hiding all but the root domain in the “URL bar”. So for instance:
I’ve read lots of opinions about it, ranging from the profoundly butthurt, to ‘this was inevitable’, to ‘this is good for the web’.
I think a lot of it depends on how the UI actually plays out. If you could never see the full current URL, that would clearly be bad. It would limit the ability to copy and paste it and share it or do whatever you needed to do with it. URLs will probably always be how the web operates, so this isn’t a step toward some URL-free web or anything crazy like that.
If it’s a setting I can change, cool, no big deal then. It might just be an aesthetic thing based on the limited screen space on mobile devices and hey whatever. I’ve even heard it argued it’s a security thing because it makes very clear exactly what site you are on, which can get tricky for non-webby folks what with all the weird crap in URL’s sometimes, especially tricky subdomains.
Most importantly: I think if you really care about this and want this change nipped in the bud, you should tell browser makers that it’s annoying because it makes something you’re actually trying to do harder. That’s the kind of thing businesses respond do, real UX, not theoretical loosening of web principals.