45 Matching Annotations
  1. Mar 2022
    1. In a democracy, you can end up with leaders who aren’t any good, but you can get them out again fairly swiftly, and without fighting.

      Not great when the main establishment party in the UK has institutionalised incompetence and each front person is less capable of the basics than the last.

    2. relatively competent and relatively honest

      Sure competent, but this operation has revealed the hypocrisy of our press compared to Iraq. It has not revealed some hard to capture honesty that was in the air at the time of the Iraq invasion. It reveals the giant consent machine that most journalists were guilty of creating.

    1. Sometimes unclear bullshit is not merely temporarily unclear, but it is inherently unclear. This is the sort of bullshit that troubles G. A. Cohen. In his (2002) paper “Deeper into Bullshit,” he notes that bullshit does not merely involve seeking to more or less intentionally “mislead with respect to reality.” He argues that sometimes the content being produced has “unclarifiable unclarity” and Cohen wants to say that this is a key component of bullshit. On his view, bullshit statements are “not only obscure but cannot be rendered unobscured.”

      Corporate apology, sunsetting statements after acquihires.

    2. I also think that Marco Jacquemet is on point in his “45 as a Bullshit Artist” article, when he suggests that a lot of bullshit can be traced to violating the philosopher Paul Grice’s “Cooperative Principle.” What is that?There are actually two ideas from Grice that we can make use of. One idea is Grice’s distinction between what is literally said and what the person is attempting to communicate. In Grice’s terminology, there is a difference between the proposition expressed and the proposition meant. So, for example, Bill Clinton often literally said something true while attempting to communicate something quite false.

      Also in the case of PR. “We all know getting a balanced diet is key to health, that’s why our sugary processed gloop is high in a single vitamin additive”

  2. Feb 2022
    1. The choices you make the first time you save a file can either complicate or simplify your life tomorrow, next year, and five years from now

      Same with notes. Or notes you don’t take. What is the compounding effect of not taking a note, how much time do we lose not taking care to help those around us get up to speed with knowledge.

    1. You can plant the same seeds as your neighbour,

      I see a lot of literature notes on the same books (Ahrens, Atomic Habits etc) but the notes that build from are always different enough

    2. This freedom of course comes with great responsibility. Publishing imperfect and early ideas requires that we make the status of our notes clear to readers. You should include some indicator of how "done" they are, and how much effort you've invested in them.

      I haven’t done this (yet) in my own digital garden. Maybe because everything feels between seedling and budding. But equally, the digital garden concept frees me from every worrying about status, these notes are for me, you are just welcome to poke around.

  3. Dec 2021
    1. Every time we emphasize the connections of an in-group, we also emphasize their lack with outsiders.

      Is this why a lot of comedy winds up people who dislike it more than for example, tv Dramas?

  4. Sep 2021
    1. This is one of the fundamental building blocks of psychological safety; the ability to openly share your thoughts without fear of censure or repercussion.

      Worth baring in mind that a good proportion of any group will have people with a history of trauma and conflict. New team need to formally establish trust.

    1. Things start to get a bit more challenging for new entrants to the field. It’s true that this language can initially be a blocker. In fact it can be super frustrating when talking to an expert and they say a bunch of things you don’t understand. I’ve been in plenty of situations in my career where somebody has said something in a casual, confident tone and I’ve feigned understanding, only to go and look up the term later.

      In writing there are usually style rules when an acronym or technical term is expanded or defined in its first use for readers. We should make a habit of deliberately doing this, as well as using links to a shared definition in a wiki etc). In speech, this should also be done.

  5. Jul 2021
    1. How could so many people have ordered seeds and then forgotten? And why would so many seed packets start arriving in a sudden surge?

      A combination of nationalist xenophobic sentiment and buyers having no mental model for the logistics of online ordering meant a hysteria was created over only about 20,000 orders.

    1. So often, at least in my experience, the final product isn’t produced but discovered. When done right, it feels like the inevitable outcome of where you started.
  6. Jun 2021
    1. Our journey toward being completely open is continuous. Yet, in the relatively brief time that we’ve been doing this, we’ve observed three important lessons that we want to share with you:Access stimulates progressWorking openly promotes communication and accountabilitySlowing down first allows us to speed up later
  7. May 2021
    1. If you work alone, that documentation still happens, but it may be all in your head — never externalised.

      This is a topic for discussion instead

    2. It’s draining. No wonder many designers try to avoid it.

      Needs transformative tools to lessen the mental weight

    3. Forgetting system thinking always leads to unintended consequences.

      I would also argue, even with systems thinking the scope can be too large to avoid unintended consequences

    4. When you see a design that looks messy and inconsistent, it’s the result of a lack of system thinking. When your design breaks when it’s stretched beyond the happy path, your incomplete system thinking is to blame.

      Related: The Quality by Christopher Alexander

    5. Expansionism (the belief that a system is always a sub-system of some larger system)Analysis (gaining knowledge of the system by understanding its parts)Synthesis (explaining its role in the larger system of which it is a part)

      Ties into Hegel

  8. Apr 2021
    1. Consider, for example, the abilities of the emerald wasp

      Is the lesson here: be a better kind of Parasite?

    1. "We're lying to our users," one anguished UX designer told me,

      Welcome to capitalism, where everyone knows that everyone is pretending but everyone agrees to not lie would cause the collapse of our jobs, our stability etc. Historically this occurs before the actual collapse.

    1. A Type is the highest-level differentiation a component can have.

      This is the word i have been looking for to use with consistency about something above a state.

    1. It's at the right position: the first frame or artboard of all is located at x:0 y:0

      This is something I always miss, and it seems to s obvious way to anchor the chaos

    1. Human-Centered Design (HCD) professionals.

      Another acronym to cover the failing of the old acronyms

    1. It can be a quick conversation on what’s working and not working. Having these conversations throughout the year will improve your performance and help you work more effectively with your team.

      How does this show up in the final output, do you quote them, like product testimonials. Anonymous? Should this be a thing we offer our colleagues, “I have some testimonials about working with you on this project”

    2. Metrics make your work impact real.

      We have to learn a fake language to talk to capital and it’s custodians to make our worth known.

    1. But nothing went the way it was supposed to. Our dream of empowering artists hasn’t yet come true, but it has yielded a lot of commercially exploitable hype.

      Unintended consequences

    1. In all of the widgets, Clear Spaces is at or near the center of the stack to allow for quick swiping up and down to get to a different layout. As I go through my day, I may change the app that’s there to give me a visual cue to focus. I might keep my task manager on work rather than my personal when I need to focus up on work things.

      Love the work / home / none modes

    1. My argument has been that the connective power of the web is stronger than its filtering, that even the most partisan blogs are usually only one click away from the political opposites, whereas in the old world of print magazines or face-to-face groups, the opportunity to stumble across an opposing point of view was much rarer.

      For all its flaws, you are almost bombarded with dissenters, opposite viewpoints on Twitter.

    2. Not bad for 140 characters

      But why does all this feel less connected than the original sample of two linked blogged. Is it just because of noise, or is there a value of something more manually thoughtfully linked. Is this ‘soul’.

    3. Who is the “author” of this page?

      Capital, I would guess, if you see the kind of useless results google surfaces above things like blogs, articles, human authored data.

    4. Derrida actually showed up in person for the first class, the silent, white-haired dude in the corner who didn’t introduce himself until the professor arrived.

      What happened? This feels like a good story in itself

    5. The most famous is probably Jefferson’s bible, his controversial “remix” of the New Testament

      Band name: Jefferson Selecta

    1. Thanks to our many Hypothesis partners that provided feedback on this feature. We hope to hear more of your ideas as we continue to build out our annotation ecosystem.

      Oh God! I have been using the flag as a duplicate this annotation feature.because this is what the feature looks like

    1. If you’re like me, you might be washing the dishes and still be debugging code in your head.

      Often wonder if subconcious work is ok if it doesn't cause any stress

    1. The sidebar is hidden by default on desktop and mobile

      I honestly thought the site had broken hypothesis, so some familiar way of seeing it is surely better?

    1. I live in the world of developers where mechanical keyboards are a unifying community obsession. In a profession marked by immaterial creation, keyboards are one of the few tangible pieces of professional equipment they can fuss over. And fuss they do.

      Such a good observation

    1. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was building a design system.

      This is why reluctance to use a design system is weird. It basically HAS to exist even if unused to properly do prototyping.

    1. It feels like neumorphic designers instantly forget everything they taught before, how they tested their designs for contrast, how they proved to customers, why they make the buttons on the sites as contrasting as possible.

      I really don’t think anyone who previously designed for accessibility would ‘forget’ for this trend. Dribbble designers by and large are not ‘working’ designers in real world scenerios.

    1. And some VR designs are literally spaces of floating panels.

      The laziest, but often most practical VR design

    2. the commonality of clicks, buttons, and even the icon with three horizontal lines now apparently means “menu” to everyone.

      And yet I hate this pattern

    1. “UX/UI Designer” become a real position, which is the equivalent of an “Architect/Interior Decorator.”

      Why, it is possible to combine artistry with sensitivity to helping users/customers thrive with a product. In fact it’s a powerful combination.

      An architect may well get extremely detailed over key ‘decorative’ features.

    2. Design is not a synonym for decorative creative decisions.

      And yet it also IS, and there is no problem with it being both. The gardener can create function but also great expression for the sake of beauty itself.

    3. But somewhere between the Renaissance and today, things changed. While Da Vinci and Michelangelo are household names associated with immense creativity, the Art department is first to be defunded when a school’s budget tightens.

      There was never any crossover between the time of da Vinci and there being schools with an art budget.

    1. This is the big, counterintuitive advantage of spaced repetition: you get exponential returns for increased effort. On average, every extra minute of effort spent in review provides more and more benefit.

      Could complex software documentation/help systems use this? Better than most modern onboarding. How would you used spaced repition subtly without annoyance?