Thoreau on What It Really Means to Be Awake | Brain Pickings
“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

10 days ago
We Need to Break the Mobile Duopoly. We Need a 3rd Mobile OS | Andreessen Horowitz
By enabling a third mobile OS, we make entirely new forms of mobile innovation possible, including the ability to: Build locally influenced interfaces. Design for unfamiliar or entirely new use cases not envisioned by our power- and connectivity-rich use of mobile phones. Create entirely new app and service designs, including perhaps a more meritocratic discovery process. And so on.
Mobile  Open-Source 
5 weeks ago
Marriage is not
a house or even a tent

it is before that, and colder:

the edge of the forest, the edge
of the desert
the unpainted stairs
at the back where we squat
outside, eating popcorn

the edge of the receding glacier

where painfully and with wonder
at having survived even
this far

we are learning to make fire
Poem  quote  Love 
5 weeks ago
swissmiss | Life
“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
– William James
7 weeks ago
In With the New Mission Statement - NYTimes.com
“My ultimate mission is to live a present, disciplined life, in which I take care of myself in order to achieve my larger goals.”
11 weeks ago
The Human Element: Melinda Gates and Paul Farmer on Designing Global Health | WIRED
WIRED: What innovation do you think is changing the most lives in the developing world?

MELINDA GATES: Human-centered design. Meeting people where they are and really taking their needs and feedback into account. When you let people participate in the design process, you find that they often have ingenious ideas about what would really help them. And it’s not a onetime thing; it’s an iterative process.
12 weeks ago
The Rapidly Disappearing Business of Design | WIRED
Inevitably, big corporations began to see UX as a critical corporate asset, not something to outsource to a third party design firm, who could end up working for your competitors the following year.

Designers also learned that driving change deep into a product portfolio requires more than design thinking: it requires a seat at the table.
Design  UX 
12 weeks ago
What's The Secret To Design Innovation? Extreme Immersion | Co.Design | business + design
the ethnographic hustler’s social tap dance: controlling interactions just enough to get to the questions, then letting the interviewee control things from there so they can provide meaningful answers.
Research  ux-research 
12 weeks ago
Designing the Future of Business :: UXmatters
To communicate our understanding of human needs, we need to capture rich stories in the voice of the customer, as well as photos and videos. We must encourage businesses to foster constant curiosity about how they can serve people better.

Research is about answering big, interesting questions. This does not stop at one customer interview. Research is about constant learning; taking the business outside to listen to and serve customers. Customer contact is not the sole responsibility of sales or other customer-facing staff.
Research  ux-research 
12 weeks ago
The railroad track is miles away,
And the day is loud with voices speaking,
Yet there isn't a train goes by all day
But I hear its whistle shrieking.

All night there isn't a train goes by,
Though the night is still for sleep and dreaming,
But I see its cinders red on the sky,
And hear its engine steaming.

My heart is warm with friends I make,
And better friends I'll not be knowing;
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,
No matter where it's going.
Poem  Trains 
december 2014
High Iron Travel - Charters
Four different rental cars: Caritas
Scenic View and Sky View
Golden Mission
Pontchartrain Club
december 2014
Should I Use A Carousel?
“Carousels are effective at being able to tell people in Marketing/Senior Management that their latest idea is on the Home Page. Use them to put content that users will ignore on your Home Page. Or, if you prefer, don’t use them. Ever.”

lee duddell
Description  UX  Quotes 
november 2014
Why are some men so angry? | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | The Guardian
There’s a Margaret Atwood quote that I can’t get out of my head these days: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”
Feminism  Mental-Health 
october 2014
swissmiss | Values
“To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt
october 2014
swissmiss | Resist The Presence
“Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.”
- Alan Watts
october 2014
I no longer have patience | Ioadicaeu's Blog
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” _ Meryl Streep
september 2014
august 2014
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