Willy Fog went around the world in 80 days, what can I do?
As a documented procrastinator, suddenly seeing that I had 80 finch-free days left surprised me. Clearly, now isn’t the time for a 70.3 Ironman or spartan race, but perhaps some of my more sedate, creative ambitions could be tackled?
In this spirit, I have been updating my honest pregnancy timeline, documenting minute but telling details of the experience.
My final push is another ‘honest’ bit of nostalgia, it’s called Crap Jobs and it’s my attempt to analyse my less-than-stellar career so far, to spot patterns, acknowledge my mistakes, as well as those moments of bad timing. Whilst writing it is grimly entertaining, it’s also galling to write from such a perspective of failure, clearly, but hopefully I will learn something form it and expel a few demons at the same time. On verra.
For my first project, I plan to design a site that will do the following:
NYC Recycling Schedules and Exceptions
user enters address
site reports back the recycling schedule for that address on the day in question
regular scheduled delivery, in which case icons will appear showing the items to be put out for recycling.
no delivery scheduled
delivery exception, which might then trigger email to signed up users
This idea came to me as our building was handed yet another sanitation fine, seemingly at random by the Department of Sanitation. Each fine is $ 100, and it’s starting to add up. I’m pretty good on the regularly-scheduled pick-ups but the exceptions, due to holiday schedules or inclement weather cause problems because then the rubbish is just left to pile up. This in itself usually doesn’t result in a fine, but it does mean the rubbish gets ripped open, causing it to spill on the street, and that does result in a fine. No more! No more! It’s quite cool that this is going to happen, I can tick something off my project list, as referenced in this earlier post.
Or – what unites Frank Rose, Charlie Melcher, Maria Popova, Scott McCloud and Derek Walcott?
In my mind, something does, but first, some exposition:
I did one of those slightly useless but thoroughly interesting degrees, studying Classical Civilisation at the University of Warwick and whilst this degree in no way trained me for any sort of profession, it was definitely influential for shaping some of my ideas and critical thinking skills.
Front-End Web Development and I are going on a date tomorrow night and I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s going to lead to several more and be the start of something enduring.
My last post was in May, however I have been working like a whirling dervish elsewhere on the internets, all with a view to improving my working knowledge and understanding.
The Honest Account Project
The LA Times has, this very morning, released a site update. We were given some idea what to expect from Eddy Hartenstein’s email, detailing responsive design, image-centric journalism. So far, so now, so what?
Happily, the new site looks good. Slick, cool, and of the time, which, as shallow as it sounds, does mean something to users. Outdated websites are just a bit depressing to use and also reflect badly on the company. So this is good. I will discuss each of the features in more detail, but the first glaring, searing observation is the dominance of Twitter over Facebook, or other social networks on article pages.
Radiolab’s recent podcast examine 60 words, one sentence, written on 14th September 2001 that have been the basis for America’s foreign policy ever since. Extraordinary rendition, Guantanomo, drone strikes: everything has been hung on this one sentence, a rather vague, dry sentence at that. As ever, with anything fiercely controversial, the language is deliberately muted and legal, to mitigate the drama that lies just beneath the surface.
This one sentence, signed into law by Bush called the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).