Mighty Life List
Aug 31 2007

Wardrobe Remix

I’ve been sucked in by the Wardrobe Remix tag on Flickr. It’s not so much people’s outfits, it’s what they’re doing in the photos that makes me extra happy.

Ariel has a signature pose.
-This awesome gothy, rockabilly girl sometimes uses props, like birdcages and trees.
-The kids, they get saucy.
-The girls like to show you their poofy skirts.
-And there are dozens of people you might like to know.

Aug 29 2007

The Mower

by Philip Larkin
The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found
A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,
Killed. It had been in the long grass.

I had seen it before, and even fed it, once.
Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world
Unmendably. Burial was no help:

Next morning I got up and it did not.
The first day after a death, the new absence
Is always the same; we should be careful

Of each other, we should be kind
While there is still time.

Aug 29 2007

D.C. Night Walk

Aug 28 2007

UX Week 2007 Roundup

I’ve already mentioned the One Laptop Per Child presentation. Here’s my UX Week roundup of other presentations that I found moving:

The Charmr
Adaptive Path introduced its product concept for how a diabetes management device should look and function.

Clear Rx
Deb Adler presented her revolutionary redesign of prescription pill bottles, which was later purchased by Target. She noted that 60 percent of Americans don’t take their prescriptions correctly, often because instructions are so confusing and bottles look so much alike. She also said that the toughest logo to design was “for external use only.” So if you have a lightening-bolt idea, let her know.

Yahoo Teachers
Bill Scott and Karon Weber are creating a new tool that helps teachers collect web research and share lesson plans. It is unbelievable. You can drag and drop any element of a web page while you’re researching, then search for other people’s lesson plans by grade, subject, and state standards. You can even locate nearby teachers who have to teach around the same local events (Chinese New Year in San Francisco, for example). It shows you top-rated, most recent, and most copied lesson plans, and lets you build a network of teachers whose work you trust. Holy crap, it’s going to rock your world, teachers.

Also, Andrew Hinton from Vanguard said something that I’ve been mulling over lately, “An individual is not defined by any one practice, but we do typically want to identify with one.” In other words, “What do you do?” can be a tough question for some of us

Aug 27 2007

SxSW, Woot!

The SxSW panel picker is up, and I’m hoping to present with Heather Armstrong this year. If you have thirty seconds to register (name, email, password, done), please go vote for our panel. Also, if you’re on the fence about coming, you should come. The margaritas alone make it all worthwhile.

Aug 27 2007

Note to Self

Knowing that heat makes your milk come in, refrain from resting your computer on your chest for an hour or so while you work in bed. Ow.

Aug 24 2007

They Glow in the Dark

Since Hank came along, my hand washing has vastly increased. In addition to bathroom-related hand washing, I wash my hands after I change a diaper, before I fix a bottle or clip his nails, after I come inside from spending time out in the city, and so on. The rest of me is covered in dried baby food and spit up, but I could safely perform surgery with zero notice.