Month: February 2020

What can you trust of what you can’t see?

In his The Guardian essay, Teju Cole wrote about his love for photobooks, in what he described, “In an age of mayhem, everyone needs ballast and, for most people, I would guess, that ballast is made of several different things.” Other people’s ballasts, one that grounded them against all of the political squall and many […]

The year of decades-weeks

Lenin was reported to be saying, “There are decades when nothing happens, and weeks when decades happen.” This is how every week in 2020 feels like — one of those decades-weeks. For every two job applications I sent out these days, I almost receive one in return. That’s 1:2, that’s half of everything. As someone […]

If you like this book, ask me out

Over the weekend, I read two essays related to reading and relationships which made me think of two questions — of which we shall come back to later. But a little bit of disclaimer first: all throughout my life I don’t think I have ever had any long-term relationships with anyone who are avid readers […]

A recipe for a revolutionary vanguard

Windows by Jim Darling I received three job rejections today — one of them within the span of 10 minutes after I pressed ‘Send’ from the email. It would be a lie to say that I was not disheartened to find out about this — especially since I spent almost 10 hours on the assignments […]

Hang on tight to the first agreement

Very often I have to remind myself that every success is dependent on numerous acts of sustainment, commitment, and continuous strategy — and in summary, patience. A few years ago I wrote a blog post on a list of things one needs to have in order to become a UX designer. These were the days […]

On bibliotherapy

Today I learned about the existence of ‘bibliotherapy’ — which is the name for an ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect — through this The New Yorker article. Its first use was traced to a 1916 The Atlantic article, where the acquaintance of the author ran a ‘bibliographic institute’ from the basement of […]

… then all collapsed

Very happy to find out that just like me, Octavia Butler is also a polygamous and diverse reader (thanks Austin for the link): I generally have four or five books open around the house — I live alone; I can do this — and they are not books on the same subject. They don’t relate […]

How to interview a tech company

Two things, or news, from within the design world made me happy today. First, design scholar and activist Sasha Costanza-Chock’s (of whose paper on the principles of design justice I wrote about here) new book, Design Justice has just been newly released! I have always been a fan of Sasha’s work that focuses on design […]

Culture of idiots

I forgot how the whole pursuit of job searching is a job by itself. Writing self-promoting paragraphs after paragraphs, assessing which companies would fit your values, trying to determine how much you are going to be paid at the same wary you might be asking for so much (or so little?), being overwhelmed with so […]

On online mourning

The secret history of facial recognition. Lately I have been thinking about the way we mourn online. Two weeks ago, I, and perhaps others in the same hemisphere, woke up to the news of the death of Kobe Bryant. I found out through Twitter. To be honest, I could no longer recall a day where […]