“The implicit message that taking some time to do something different will “hurt” your career is that you only have a job because of inertia. That if you weren’t currently employed, you wouldn’t be able to get a job. I have enough faith in myself to reject the notion that I can only get a job because I have a job.”—Why I’m moving to Mexico - Scott Keys
Nor does the Chicago Police Department. They don’t keep track of individual bike thefts, which are categorized with all other larcenies. Even if they wanted to give you a number, they wouldn’t have one to give.
Fantastic piece, and yet another look into the hell women have to put up with in gaming, tech, and just about any related ‘forward-thinking’ industry. A must-read.
Case in anecdotal point: In my decade working in tech, I have never had my home address publicly outed or been threatened with having my “mouth raped shut” just because I expressed an opinion, and I haven’t met or heard of a single man who has.
But I stopped counting the number of women I’ve met who _have_ experienced all this, and far more, because it’s depressing to the point of being painful.
“And therein lies the problem of side projects. They will either muddle along as a fun side project and provide a necessary distraction from your main work, or they will grow and demand your attention. They want to be fed. The answer to “what if this fails” is easy. You shut it down. The answer to “what if this succeeds” is much harder. Especially when you’re not willing to walk away from your main job. And I wasn’t.”—Everything dies. Sometimes they die well. — Medium
“The FCC’s controversial plans for a new version of net neutrality are still open for public comment for a few more days, and Chairman Tom Wheeler — continuing to fight charges that he may be a dingo — says it’s already received over 647,000 comments so far. The 60 day period for public comment runs out on the 15th though, so if you want your voice to be heard then about fast lanes, Title II or anything else, then now is the time.”—FCC’s net neutrality inbox is already stuffed with 647k messages, get yours in by Tuesday (via wilwheaton)
Think about it: all of Apple’s original iPhone ads were basically instructional videos. That wasn’t an accident. No one knew what pinch-to-zoom meant or had the inclination to try it until Apple showed us.
Just like no one knew how to use a mouse until they were taught.
But you *can* lay a foundation, a framework. Teach people a few touch gestures, make sure your community is on board. *Then* it becomes natural to try new gestures like tap-and-hold just to see what happens.
Apple’s radical redesign of iOS last year sparked sometimes heated debates across all sorts of design and UX topics. Usability of the new hollow icons was high on the list, so Curt Arledge decided to skip the debate and run some actual user tests.
“Most big ideas have loud critics. Not disruption. Disruptive innovation as the explanation for how change happens has been subject to little serious criticism, partly because it’s headlong, while critical inquiry is unhurried; partly because disrupters ridicule doubters by charging them with fogyism, as if to criticize a theory of change were identical to decrying change; and partly because, in its modern usage, innovation is the idea of progress jammed into a criticism-proof jack-in-the-box.”—Jill Lepore: What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong : The New Yorker (via thisistheverge)
Apple’s iMessage announcements can teach us a lot about the value of knowing our customers. It’s not enough to build products based on rumor, anecdote or speculation. We have to know exactly how and why our customers do what they do, and in what context they’ll be using our products.
That requires a cultural awareness of their fears, pressures, and how they’re using competing or complementary services. And finally, it requires that we as product builders respect our customer’s time and intelligence.
“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”—Ray Bradbury (via good)