Barbie Can be a Computer Engineer

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They wrote a book entitled “Barbie Can be a Computer Engineer” and somehow turned her into a complete idiot who doesn’t actually code a thing and has to run to boys for help because she can’t do anything right. WTF?

 

The Greatest Comeback that Never Was

Plano East vs Tyler John Tyler, 20 years later.

 

My SmartThings order is here

Whoops. May have gone a little overboard with the SmartThings ordering.

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Watching dancers at the State Fair

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Watching dancers at the State Fair, the kiddo knows exactly which side of the line we are supposed to sit on.

 

Frisco looks to invest $1 million to bring video game museum to town

Awesome. Frisco looks like it’ll be the home of the video game museum with “the most comprehensive collection of video game memorabilia in the world.” Once it opens, I’ll be definitely trekking out there to take a look.

 

Stick Family Sans Daddy

Saw this driving home from work yesterday. If you’re going to delete dad at least have the decency to get some Goof Off and remove his residue too. I found it incredibly sad.

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A better infinite scroll?

Google has a new blog post up with their recommendations for implementing infinite scrolling. Also be sure to check out the demo page.

Google’s tips and examples address SEO concerns with this feature, but don’t really address the possible user experience issues it introduces. As someone who is lucky enough to observe and work with actual users during usability testing, I’m not sure there is such a thing as a “good” infinite scrolling technique right now.

At least with this example the back button works as expected but I’m still not sure the positives outweigh the confusion infinite scrolling always seems to introduce. As with pretty much every UX issue, this of course depends depends on your audience and content. Like any other feature, get it in front of real users and test, test, test.

 

Podcast: Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

Hardcore History is an absolutely riveting history podcast I just started listening to a few weeks ago. I listened to a couple recent episodes and was immediately hooked. I went back and downloaded every single episode I could find. Incredibly educational and entertaining.

Go to the Hardcore History homepage to subscribe.

 

DHL tricks competitors in to advertising for them

Pretty funny buy may cross the line into classless territory:

 

Apple iWatch concept design

Incredibly appealing design concept for the mythical iWatch by Todd Ham. Looks like a mix of a iOS 7 and an incredible screen on a Nike Fuelband form factor.

Looks fantastic but I’d probably cut another 50% of the functionality demoed and simplify even further. My guess is Apple will too. If they ever do actually release an iWatch my hunch is that it would be a phone companion device focused on health/fitness and won’t tackle tasks such as initiating calls. I also hope it would have a 10x more helpful lockscreen than just a clock.