the weblog of Winston Hearn

Wild Ones

cover of Wild Ones by Jon Mooallem

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

cover of Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

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

cover of A Web for Everyone by Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery

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.

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

cover of Living with Complexity by Don Norman

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.

On Immunity

cover of On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss

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.

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.

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.