Thoughts of the week - 27 Feb 2019

The magic of ice cubes

The first working vapor-compression refrigeration system was made in 1834. The first commercial ice-making machine was made in 1854. Shortly after in 1913 we saw the production of home use refrigerators.

It's easy to hate on capitalism but look at how quickly the incentive of money turned a regional impossibility into a global afterthought.

Designing UX for chaos

This video is meant to be satirical about how stupid users can be, clearly. But every single dumb action can be fixed with basic user testing. It's pretty stupid to expect someone to know how to do something with an object or interface they've never seen before.

Incidentally, I love how deliberately wild some UI's are. Teens (being teens) love quirky things, and no matter how much old people shit on Snapchat, it was massive at one stage.

Status as a Service

This seems like a great piece; haven't read this yet. Will possibly update this thought when I do.

Cryptodriven education

I guess all we had growing up in the 90's was monopoly. Crypto is a cheap and universally accessible way for young humans to have skin in the game.

Unoriginality in creativity

I wish I could have this tweet read aloud periodically any time I try to create anything visual. Related: you first have to be bad at something in order to become good at it.

In awe of awe

This study suggests that "awe promotes awareness of knowledge gaps".

The wonder that is our universe and the realm of reality is a continuous source of awe to me and I credit this awe with having treated my anxiety and depression.

A side-effect of depression is seeing the world from a limited, darkened lens. Your mind, the processor of your worldly inputs, filters out things and you and up perceiving the world as worse than it is. I think that awe can actively counteract this tunnel vision.

I wonder if travel (travel broadens the mind) is beneficial due to the same kind of awareness expansion.

Related is the quote: "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men and women to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."