An enjoyably written book covering the depressing and yet somehow simultaneously inspiring ways that humans have worked to preserve endangered species. A meditation on the the vast ways we impact the earth and how hard it is to change course once the scope of our impact becomes obvious.
Merchants of Doubt
What if the most controversial scientific issues in public policy in the past half century weren’t actually controversial? This book lays out a well-documented case that specific scientists conspired to influence issues ranging from the danger of smoking, the influence of CFC’s on the Ozone, to the ongoing denial of climate change.
A Web For Everyone
A book focused on helping the reader develop accessible web experiences by applying Universal Design principles.
Climate Change: Is the Science Settled?
A lecture that is as much about how confident we are in the science of climate change as it is about the philosophy of science and how that informs the ways we gathering and understanding data.
On Political Correctness
An excellent essay from Sady Doyle about how to conceive of “political correctness” inside comedy, but with applications to all of art.
Agency in the Context of Social Media
A quick scroll through Twitter wrecked me for an evening. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon nor exactly accidental from the perspective of product-designers. Let’s talk about that.
Thursday Links: Stuff I've Enjoyed Recently
There is no over-arching theme this week, just a collection of pieces I’ve read in the past few weeks that I really enjoy. Click, read, grow in your knowledge and curiosity!
Documenting Considerations and Constraints
An idea for sharing constraints and considerations that can inform module building on the web. Inspired, somewhat, by hospitals.
I Wrote a Thing
I wrote a thing and Racked published it and omggggg
Living With Complexity
Norman seeks to help readers understand the ways people handle complexity in their lives, then derive a set of tools that designers can apply when working with complex problems.
A short book that wrestles with the current controversies over vaccinations by contextualizing it in the larger history of vaccination and illness. Quick to read with plenty to think on.
What Part of “No, Totally” Don't You Understand?
Read on The New Yorker
A delightful look at how “no” has recently evolved into a contranym.
Why Gentrification is So Hard to Stop
Read on Citylab
Citylab looks at how neo-liberal policies have built gentrification into the fabric of our culture for the past few decades.
Thoughts on a Spring Day
Everything is coming alive and breaking out of hibernation and I want to write. I have nothing to say. I want this site to be filled with thoughts, references, ideas. Instead it sits. I guess this is ok.
Friday Links: Jobs
I got a new job! Starting Feb 9 I’ll be working at Vox Media as a front-end engineer. Since I’m thinking about employment and jobs today here are some essays that have shaped my thinking on the topic in the past few years.
Weekend Performance Optimization Notes
I’ve been fighting a head cold or something this weekend and because of that I’ve been extremely bored. So I decided to see how much I could improve this website’s loading performance. In a few hours of hacking I got it from a Speed Index of 2000+ to consistently between 600 and 800. Pretty good! Here’s notes on everything I did.