Phases

The moon tugs until her arms grow weary. She sits back and sighs, awaiting a second wind which will never arrive. Slowly, she dozes off as the tide rolls out. Faithfully, she returns to work the following day. And every day. Human emotions closely mimic the mannerisms of the moon. The midnight orb's apparent effort,... Continue Reading →

I’ll Pass On The One-Ply

My boyfriend and I recently decided to assess ways of cutting back on our spending. We don't eat out, we don't have debt, and neither of us is prone to impulse spending. Overall, we're pretty good with money. So, we did what any frugal couple in our shoes would do: we tried out cheap toilet paper.... Continue Reading →

Demolition

A hammer is drawn back, drywall crumbles to the ground, revealing pink foam, soaked-- speckled with fuzzy green leisions.   The edges of the wood floor curve upwards, scooping remnants of the living room into their palms. Support beams shiver nervously, stripped naked, surrounded by machinery.   The sofa, couch, and coffee table displaced, tipped... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #3

Hello friends, and welcome to another week of web miscellany! How is the weather where you are? We're hitting record temperatures, so I'm planning to pick up some fresh watermelon from the farmer's market and then stay indoors as much as possible. Check out my favorite articles, videos, and links from around the web this week,... Continue Reading →

Designed For Humans, Not A Machine

Several months ago, I signed up for a course on Human-Centered Design. The class began this week, and it has already opened my eyes to the ways in which our world often neglects human factors when creating or revisiting products and systems. We design aesthetically stunning marble showers, in which people slip and injure themselves.... Continue Reading →

Assignment

I had known about Assignment for as far back as memory takes me. I remember sitting on my mother’s lap, swiping through the story of Aloysius’ Destiny and dreaming about the day that I, too, would learn my fate. Moments earlier, a tall metal door slipped open and I heard my name: Ruchi, Amithi. I... Continue Reading →

Humble Delusion

As writers, many of us grew up with dreams of becoming the next Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary, or J. K. Rowling. We emboldened ourselves with hopes of emulating the brilliant minds that gave us a sense of connection in an overwhelming and overly-extroverted word. Yet, simultaneously, most of us also had huge insecurities about our writing.... Continue Reading →

Disability-Minded Design

Before my cousin passed away, his arm was amputated and he was left to figure out creative ways to approach his old habits and hobbies. He quickly figured how to manipulate his video game controller with his toes, and soon thereafter discovered a one-handed game controller, which offered continuity--an opportunity to enjoy his favorite video games under... Continue Reading →

Judger Meets Perciever

She sat beneath the branches of a sparsely leaved shade tree, lost in some faraway fictional fantasy, entirely oblivious to my approach. The young woman was making notes upon a slip of paper as she read, and I wondered just what it was that held her so firmly. I never did discover.   Her energy... Continue Reading →

Why Systems Trump Goals

My boss once led a manager's meeting in which he explained the true meaning of project management. Project management does not involve showing up to work, drafting out a to-do list, and then methodically checking tasks off as complete. Rather, a true project manager views every chore in their life, from their daily commute to... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #2

G'day folks and happy Friday! What exciting things do you have planned for this weekend? I'll be attending my sister's moving away party and packing my life into a storage pod so our water-damaged home can be repaired and remodeled. Anyways, check out some favorite gems from around the web and feel free to share... Continue Reading →

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