What if Shakespeare wrote our abstracts?
Involving myself in the sweat and infarction inducing horror of British Airways’ horrifically terrible mobile app has made we wonder why there is no equivalent of the #razzies for apps? My suggestion would be for an annual #Crappies Awards ceremony. Worst design. Worst UX. Greediest In-App Purchase Demands. Most Endless Ad-Loop (I’m looking at you, CandyCrush) Most Pointless Function. I’m sure between us, Mastopeeps, we can think of 10 or 15 categories.
Justin Schmidt is renowned for his "sting pain index", having been stung by a variety of ants, bees and wasps out of scientific curiosity. In his work on giant velvety mites of the Sonoran desert, he observed how unpalatable they were to various predators, so he munched one and discovered they have an "astringent and kind of a sharp, unpleasant, spicy flavor. It was like mixing quinine with habanero". I love this narrative-based science, which has grown rarer with time.
One of the many things people get wrong about chronically ill people:
Accommodations aren't always about being slow. Some people with limited energy have to be more efficient, like "come on Bob I've got half an over before I keel over so we're going to do this at a pace you're not used to. Clock's ticking, GET ON MY LEVEL."
Less like sloths, more like tiny weasels that take on prey ten times their size and then sleep for 19 hours.
Mass shootings in the US:
In the first three weeks of 2023: 39
We do not have to live like this. No other country on the planet does.
Just a reminder that even if you're absolutely sure "it's not COVID", nobody wants to be trapped in a flying bus with your expectorating flu, cold, RSV, etc.
Flight this morning from Ontario to Alberta: 161 people on board, two masks.
Shoppers Drug Mart selection of cold/flu medicines in Calgary:
A powerful lesson - source unknown.
A teacher tells her students, "I'm going to come around and whisper to each of you whether you're a witch or a regular person. Your goal is to build the largest group possible that does NOT have a witch in it. At the end, any group found to include a witch gets a failing grade."
The teens dove into grilling each other. One fairly large group formed, but most of the students broke into small, exclusive groups, turning away anyone they thought guilty.
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@zoesqwilliams I have a theory that some misconceptions* about renewables are from old information that _used to be true_ but isn't anymore. We remember stuff from our childhood like it's still the same, but solar is cheaper and more efficient, same for wind power, etc.
*Misconceptions as opposed to disinformation, of which there is a lot. Disinfo campaigns often leverage misconceptions, too.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jan/20/renewable-energy-wind-power-fossil-fuel-electricity there is really good news on energy, all over the place, but we just don't hear it
It has been a hard couple weeks (months?) in tech.
I'm grateful to still have a job, but some friends and very talented colleagues are looking for new gigs.
If anyone has openings they can pass on I'd be grateful. Folks I know are considering a variety of roles (Software Engineer, SRE, DevRel, Program Manager, Product Manager, Dev Marketing).
I'm older so I remember things. Everything you see happening today should be understood this way:
The top tax rate used to be 90% in order to prevent the really rich from destroying democracy.
The corporate tax rate was 50% because corporations exist to serve society.
AND the inheritance tax was really high to keep family dynasties from gaining power over us.