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Yak Shaving Defined - I'll get that done, as soon as I shave this yak. - Scott Hanselman
Another brilliant contribution to the vernacular, with a bonus illustrative animated GIF from "Malcolm in the Middle!"
Of course the problem is recognizing what is legitimately required to get the job done ("yak shaving"), and distractions, procrastination, etc. (Let's call it "sheep shearing" in this context.)
softwareDevelopment  procrastination  projectManagement  English 
march 2018 by JJLDickinson
Skeuomorph - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"...a derivative object that retains ornamental design cues from structures that were necessary in the original"; or, more broadly, "a physical ornament or design on an object made to resemble another material or technique." One justification for skeuomorphs is that they provide "perceived affordances," helping users tell what something does based on its appearance--as pointed out by Donald Norman, the "Norman" of Nielsen Norman Group. From Kate Meyer's articles on minimalist web design, for Nielsen Norman Group's website. Of course Wikipedia has better coverage of this concept than Wiktionary.
design  webDesign  minimalism  usability  English  vocabulary  skeuomorph  culture 
july 2015 by JJLDickinson
skeuomorph - Wiktionary
"A design feature copied from a similar feature in another object, even when not functionally necessary." As far as good design goes, this isn't the worst thing that could happen. For example, the trash can icon is a skeuomorph; but so is plastic printed with wood grain. From Kate Meyer's articles on minimalist web design, for Nielsen Norman Group's website. Wiktionary ought to support its own underlining, bookmarks, or dog-earing--features hard copy dictionaries support. Since it doesn't, I'm pressing Delicious into service.
design  webDesign  minimalism  usability  English  vocabulary  skeuomorph 
july 2015 by JJLDickinson
Oxford Dictionaries
Free online dictionary, thesaurus, etc. (premium version available by subscription) with community features. Lacks etymological and historical features of the online "Oxford English Dictionary."
dictionary  English  thesaurus  grammar  reference  OED 
november 2014 by JJLDickinson
The Origins of Office Speak - The Atlantic
"Atlantic" magazine article about the evolution of American buzzword-laden business jargon; per radio interview with the author. Especially noteworthy for its relevance to wikiGong's "Buzz" piece as we contemplate reviving it in our 2014 A LOT application.
language  humor  jargon  marketing  linguistics  slang  English  wikiGong 
april 2014 by JJLDickinson

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