If you shop on Amazon, the site seems to know you pretty damn well. (Especially with more than a decade of browsing and buying history.) But sometimes they miss a beat. All spring and early summer, I devoted a lot (ahem) of online time to reading about pregnancy and babies and motherhood. (As one does.)… Continue reading When Algorithms are Jerks*
A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day. - Emily Dickinson I've often been accused (ahem) of making up words, especially of the portmanteau variety. Years ago, the nameplate on my desk at work said, "Neologist extraordinaire." So I was tickled to see Erin… Continue reading Word Envy
I read very little while in the hospital itself, as drugs and doctors and illness really destroyed my attention span. Once I got to the peace of my house (and especially my shaded patio), that changed. Here’s a quick rundown of the books I’ve recently read (July through mid-October), excluding all the magazines and newspapers… Continue reading A Reading List
After 14 weeks off, I woke up before dawn Monday and trudged into work. It was largely surreal, especially since we had moved less than two weeks before The Incident and I hadn’t quite nailed down my new commute. But getting off the train downtown, everything was pretty much the same: the same steely gazes… Continue reading Rejoining the World
“Let. Go. Let. Go” This morning I took a free outdoor yoga class. Under the crisp, clear, cerulean sky, the instructor guided us to use each breath as a reminder to let go of the things weighing us down. 3 months ago today, I landed in the hospital in septic shock, with an infection… Continue reading Letting Go
It happens every day: Someone has an idea for something new and flashy, and suddenly it's off to the races - a new gizmo gets designed or developed, or even launched. But if you take the time to actually think through your customer's needs, you might save a lot of heartache (and money). Flipping through the annals… Continue reading MAYA: Reconciling customer wants versus needs
Sign design is inherently tricky. How do you swiftly convey a message that someone can absorb quickly? It can't distract from traffic. Sometimes you can't use words. And what happens when you're using a street sign to introduce a brand-new concept? Behold the Argyle Street "Shared Street"signage. This new mixed-use concept removes curbs, melding sidewalks with… Continue reading Beware… Humans?