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Antiwork – Rethinking Work Ethic Or: Hard Work is Not Working

In a highly interesting recent article Brian Dean calls for a a radical shift in how we view “jobs”. He poses a seemingly radical question: "Over a decade into the 21st century, we seem as work-obsessed as ever. Is it time for a progressive reframing of work and leisure?" Drawing upon other recent articles such as the already famous one by anthropologist David Graeber on the phenomenon of bullshit jobs Dean argues that in the 21s century our work culture and work ethic is ... Read more

Eko: A Digital Stethoscope Add-On

At times you come across novel designs and solutions and instantly think "Of course. Why hasn't anybody thought about this before?". One such moment for me recently was finding out about Eko, a digital device that can be connected to almost every make of traditional analogue stethoscopes. Once connected, Eko automatically collects, amplifies and filters audio data recorded from the stethoscope's membrane. This data can be analyzed with accompanying software in order to find patterns. Eko looks like an excellent design that not ... Read more

Regular Languages Are … well … Regular

A few weeks ago I came across an article describing "A regular expression to check for prime numbers". I was intrigued because processes defined by formal regular languages have an inherently linear runtime while the process described is non-linear. This contradicts the definition of regular languages, specifically the Pumping Lemma. So, how is this even possible? Well, the regular expression discussed in this article and the regex framework it's used with makes clever use of backtracking for realizing this 'magic'. Quite simply, the ... Read more

Caring

Recently, I've read two interesting stories about people who genuinely care about helping others and how as a consequence everyone involved benefits. One of those articles is titled "How my life was changed when I began caring about the people I did not hire" and describes the outcome of a hiring process. Brooke Allen, the hiring manager, describes how he not just gave feedback to the candidates that ultimately weren't hired as to how they might improve their skills but actively and ... Read more

GoodUI Datastories

GoodUI Datastories is a new service that promises to provide companies with tried and tested UI concepts. Not every company has the time, resources and sheer number of users required to do proper A/B testing. GoodUI Datastories tries to alleviate this problem by sharing ideas and UX patterns that have been proven to work for others, e.g.: Try Smaller Commitments instead of one big one. The service allows users to submit their ideas including screenshots and traffic / conversion data as evidence the ... Read more