Erden Ergaz’s Wonderful Illustrations

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Ergaz is an artist based in Instanbul, and these dystoptian illustrations are simply wonderful. Most works depict the collision of human life with technological or supernatural elements.

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Victoria Siemer’s “Human Error”

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Loving the digital-era self-help simplicity of Siemer’s Human Error series.

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Shitty Watercolour

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Love his work, a 19 year old from the UK. Go browse all of it. Shitty Watercolour.

UX is Science, Not Art (Joel Marsh)

Great quote from a great post by Hipper Element:

“That’s because UX is not art. It’s science. You’re trying to achieve control of your variables, and predictability of your results. You’re trying to eliminate the effects of randomness and chance. You’re being diagnostic, so when you fail, you have more information to use in your next try.

Eventually, your results will get more predictable, because your model and your hypotheses and your research will become more sophisticated. Your experiments will turn out the way you predicted more often than not, and when they don’t, you’ll know why.”

Important to think about this whenever a client says, “Do we really need a discovery phase?”

Harihareswara: UX is a Social Justice Issue

Sumana Harihareswara at 2014′s Code4Lib conference:

“Let’s look at what it takes to do user experience work. You have to look at your service from the point of view of someone who knows a lot less than you, and see where they’re coming from. You have to imagine the reasons why they want what they want. Seeing that causation, seeing the connection between what someone’s doing now and all the causation that went before it, is empathy. It’s a little like reverse engineering; you’re trying to unlock the DRM that’s stopping them from getting what they need. Which is a really cool hack, actually.

We need to to exercise a disciplined empathy. It’s an empathy that includes qualitative thinking, like interviews and watching people use stuff to see where the snags are, and quantitative thinking, like A/B testing and heatmaps.

But the tech industry is pretty crappy at empathy. And I’m speaking from my experience here – I know library tech is its own field – but in my experience of our industry, we just drop the ball on empathy and hospitality, a lot.”

Read the entire talk here.

My mother gave birth to twins: myself and fear.

Thomas Hobbes

Big Data & Big Mistakes

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Great read by Tim Harford on FT:

Recall big data’s four articles of faith. Uncanny accuracy is easy to overrate if we simply ignore false positives, as with Target’s pregnancy predictor. The claim that causation has been “knocked off its pedestal” is fine if we are making predictions in a stable environment but not if the world is changing (as with Flu Trends) or if we ourselves hope to change it. The promise that “N = All”, and therefore that sampling bias does not matter, is simply not true in most cases that count. As for the idea that “with enough data, the numbers speak for themselves” – that seems hopelessly naive in data sets where spurious patterns vastly outnumber genuine discoveries.
“Big data” has arrived, but big insights have not. The challenge now is to solve new problems and gain new answers – without making the same old statistical mistakes on a grander scale than ever.

Darwin’s Children Added Illustrations to Origin of the Species

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More at The Appendix.

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New Yorker: Libertarian Police Department

Made me laugh:

I was losing him. “Listen, I’ll pay you to stop!” I yelled. “What would you consider an appropriate price point for stopping? I’ll offer you a thirteenth of an ounce of gold and a gently worn ‘Bob Barr ‘08’ extra-large long-sleeved men’s T-shirt!”

He turned. In his hand was a revolver that the Constitution said he had every right to own. He fired at me and missed. I pulled my own gun, put a quarter in it, and fired back. The bullet lodged in a U.S.P.S. mailbox less than a foot from his head. I shot the mailbox again, on purpose.

New Yorker: L.P.D. Libertarian Police Department

Patches of Cortical Layers Disrupted During Early Brain Development in Autism

Animals Made From Beach Trash

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I absolutely love these animals made from beach trash.

Video: A Lie Agreed Upon – David Milch’s Deadwood

A LIE AGREED UPON: DAVID MILCH’S DEADWOOD from RogerEbert.com on Vimeo.

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Rothschild Illuminati Ball 1972

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Simmons on Feeds

“RSS is at its most interesting and useful when big companies ignore it.” –Brent Simmons

Frank Horvat’s 80s NYC Street Photography

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I’m incredibly in love with all of these Horvat photos from NYC in the 1980s, “New York Up and Down”.

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