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Time Well Spent is an excellent movement.  Here are tips for setting up your iPhone so that it doesn't consume your life.
Until Time Well Spent arrives, people often ask me what the best tools, tips and habits are to have a more mindful relationship with our devices right now? Well, I've taken several hours to compile my best recommendations for iPhone users. The tips below are meant to: ...
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This really hit home today.

Ugh.
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Oh, yes.  Absolutely.  Great message here.
Bilbo Baggin's great quote about being stretched thin (“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”) reveals a profound truth: Most individuals and organizations complain of not having enough butter. We need more resources, we...
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Interesting.  I hadn't heard of PostCSS before.  An alternative to LESS and SASS.
PostCSS aims to reinvent CSS with an ecosystem of custom plugins and tools. It transforms extended syntaxes and features into modern, browser-friendly CSS.
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Nice reasoned discussion of the balance between up front and emergent design in software development.  Something I'm personally very interested in.

"Even if it is more effort to add something after the first release, it is better to release sooner."
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I didn't know this had a name, but this is totally true

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway%27s_law
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This was a good post.  You hear this expressed far too rarely.

Understand the root drivers of things.  "Best practices" aren't.  As a professional, you should strive to deeply understand the system you are designing/working within/interacting with.  There is no such thing as "good" or "best".  Everything is a tradeoff.  Understand the forces driving a system and the consequences for ignoring them.

Great advice for anybody doing anything related to "design" in all of its forms.
modal verb (3rd sing. should) Used to indicate obligation, duty, or correctness, typically when criticizing someone’s actions Should is a dangerous …
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I can't recall what article inspired it, but I've been trying to train myself to use "Leading Practice" in conversation for similar reasons.
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Google's Astrid Atkinson on Second Systems.

The whole talk is great, but this bit really hit home.
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Emoji should be flat and free! ✨ Fight for the freedom to select EmojiOne on your devices. Join the cause and spread the word! #iwantemojione
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This whole series has been excellent.
Let's get to the bottom of waiting on the web and discover what can we do to keep user satisfaction high when the service cannot be delivered fast enough.
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Out of the Tarpit is a must read for high end software engineers.

This is an interesting take on the paper by somebody whose opinion I respect.
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“Get out of the deliverables business” has become quite a mantra in the lean startup and UX movements. But there is a value in deliverables, too.
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Education
  • University of Waterloo
    Math (Computer Science), 1993 - 1998
  • Steinbach Regional Secondary School
    High School (major: Math/Science, minor: Electrical/Electronics), 1992
  • University of Manitoba
    Computer Science, 1992 - 1993
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  • TELUS Physician Solutions
    Director, R&D, 2013 - present
  • Canadian Medical Association
    Vice President, R&D, 2013
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Emoji One - All-New Modern Emoji
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Emoji should be flat and free! ✨ Fight for the freedom to select EmojiOne on your devices. Join the cause and spread the word! #iwantemojion

Seth's Blog: Is it too little butter, or too much bread?
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Bilbo Baggin's great quote about being stretched thin (“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”) reveals a

Why Performance Matters, Part 3: Tolerance Management – Smashing Magazine
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Let's get to the bottom of waiting on the web and discover what can we do to keep user satisfaction high when the service cannot be delivere

An Introduction To PostCSS – Smashing Magazine
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PostCSS aims to reinvent CSS with an ecosystem of custom plugins and tools. It transforms extended syntaxes and features into modern, browse

Out of the Tarpit
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I recently re-read Out of the Tarpit by Ben Moseley and Peter Marks. This paper describes a strategy for eliminating accidental complexity f

Is Design Dead?
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The rise of agile methods (particularly XP) makes some people wonder if there's any role left for software design. I argue that this change

Getting Back Into The (Right) Deliverables Business – Smashing Magazine
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“Get out of the deliverables business” has become quite a mantra in the lean startup and UX movements. But there is a value in deliverables,

Should not - Scattered Thoughts
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Introducing RAIL: A User-Centric Model For Performance – Smashing Magazine
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RAIL is a model for breaking down UX into key actions; it provides concrete performance goals and a structure for thinking about performance

16 Box Shadows to Save Your Time | CSSDeck
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16 Box Shadows in pure CSS3 to save your time. All of them uses the `box-shadow` property. You can use that one line on your boxes, sections

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John L. Kennedy. G. H. Putt. Administration of Research in a Research Corporation. The authors discuss some organizational problems of the

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Free DNS hosting, lets you fully manage your own domain. Dynamic DNS and Static DNS services available. You may also create hosts off other

EthoStream: Future-Proof Connectivity
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EthoStream provides cutting-edge technology, proactive system monitoring, and 24/7/365 in-house technical support--and will engineer a seaml

Seth's Blog: Enthusiasm and contempt are both self-fulfilling
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Someone who shows up with enthusiasm made a decision before she even encountered what was going on. The same thing is true for the guy who s

Argument Cultures and Unregulated Aggression
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There's an online meme that goes, "Arguing with an engineer is a lot like wrestling with a pig in the mud; after a couple of hours, you real

People Have the Star Trek Computer Backwards
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I was watching Star Trek -- the early episodes -- with the family a couple weeks ago when it occurred to me: Silicon Valley has got the less

The Expression Problem and Tables
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The Expression Problem and Tables