August 2010

Language shapes thinking

Fascinating article in the NY Times that explores how language shapes the way we think about the world. Different languages, different ways of experiencing it. > When your language routinely obliges you to specify certain types of information, it forces you to be attentive to certain details in the world and to certain aspects of…more

Worry Isn’t Work

> Worry isn’t work. Being stressed out isn’t work. Anxiety isn’t work. Entertaining a sense of impending doom isn’t work. Incessant internal verbal punishment isn’t work. Indulging the great unknown fear in your own mind isn’t work. Hating yourself isn’t work. > Work is the manifestation of value, and anyone who tells you that a…more

The way you handle the small things in life seems to determine how the big things end up.

Notes from Device Design Day

[Nice 1-day conference]( by [Kicker Studio]( last Friday. A few notes: *Kim Goodwin and Michael Voege, IxD + ID* – When ID & IxD can work together from the start, can be a good convergence process. Start wild, gradually narrow down – ID often requires more *emotional* cues from people in user research – Daily,…more

Late for school?

Watch a School Bus Go 367 MPH On Fiery Rocket Power.

Your life’s metric

> “Think about the metric by which your life will be judged, and make a resolution to live every day so that in the end, your life will be judged a success.” – [Clayton Christensen]( Another excerpt: > “It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to…more