Ford had tried a logo similar to Microsoft’s new one a while back…

Ford had tried a logo similar to Microsoft’s new one a while back…

Made with Paper

Made with Paper

Made with Paper

Made with Paper

Made with Paper

Made with Paper

Just Draw It

Travis Lowdermilk:

What I’ve learned, is that prototyping is not just about design. It’s really about exploring ideas as early as possible — and — iterating on those ideas…

Some argue that pencil and paper is the best way to start and I would agree. The more barriers you remove to getting your ideas on something tangible, the better.

I usually prototype my projects with Photoshop— now I’m thinking about buying a sketchpad. Great tip, Travis.

Forming Opinions

You can inform yourself to make opinions by:

  • Thoroughly Researching the matter for yourself.
  • Blindly trusting propaganda.
  • Following the lead of individuals whom have proved to be trustworthy.

Although, I favor personal research, it wouldn’t be feasible for anyone to make all opinions and decisions by becoming an expert. I think it is highly valid to keep in reserve certain individuals whom have experience and insight that you trust to help form your opinion.

All this to say: if Matt Chandler is behind Kony 2012, I sure am.

Anything that causes young people to think about disadvantaged children across the world is a good thing.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

—Martin Luther King Jr.

Legislating Morality

I used to be of the opinion that we should not to attempt to legislate morals. This stance made my conservatism seem a little more user-friendly, but at the core, went against what I actually believed to be right.

Then I came across this quote by Martin Luther King Jr., and now I think I’m changing my stance:

It is true that behavior cannot be legislated, and legislation cannot make you love me, but legislation can restrain you from lynching me, and I think that is kind of important.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Although we cannot change people’s hearts with the law, the law should at least restrain their behavior.

The Burning Bush

Exodus 3:1-5:

1 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

2 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.

3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”

4 When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”

iBook Pluralization

Marco explores the correct way to talk about iBooks books:

An iBook is an old white PowerPC laptop. The reading app is iBooks. The online store in the reading app is the iBookstore. The books available on the iBookstore are just called books. The new format created by iBooks Author is a Multi-Touch book or simply iBooks format. It uses the .ibooks file extension.

Makes since with everything else:

  • iTunes files = songs
  • Numbers files = spreadsheets
  • Pages files = documents

I like the simplicity of it.

App Developers Bet on iOS over Android this Holiday Season

From the Flurry Blog:

Anecdotally, developers consistently tell us that they make more money on iOS, about three to four times as much. To be sure, we pulled a sample of in-app purchase data from a set of top apps with versions on both iOS and Android, comprising of several million daily active users (DAUs). Running the numbers, we find that, on average, for every $1.00 generated on iOS, the same app will generate $0.24 on Android.

Developers follow the money. Duh.

The Perception Game

In his UXVenture blog, a personal hero of mine, Travis Lowdermilk, discusses The Perception Game:

I’ve seen this time and again. Especially in the tech industry. There are great products, that have been well researched, carefully crafted, and still flop under the weight of user perception…

I agree that perception plays a huge factor in getting attention, but perception can only go so far… Travis then goes on to give Apple a whole lot of credit:

…But Windows Phone is not flying off the shelves. People aren’t waiting in long lines or getting into fist fights over the last box in stores. Why is that? I think, in large part, it’s because Apple has done an amazing job of convincing people that Microsoft products are “uncool” or “dated”.

I think they’ve done an even more amazing job of convincing people that Apple products are “cool” and “magical”. And they’re not doing this by ads alone, but by also delivering on their promises.

Microsoft is losing the perception game because of their years of over-promising and under-delivering. Like other 20-somethings, Microsoft dominated my life growing up. My formative years are filled with memories of their flagship product, Windows, plaguing me with BSODs, viruses, and struggle.

I haven’t tried Windows Phone 7 Mango yet, but I have heard good things and I definitely think WP7 deserves a bigger share of pie than Android. But first Microsoft has to dig out of the hole it has created for itself.

Driscoll, Bible, Wine, Grape Juice

Mark Driscoll from his Good Wine, Glad Hearts Sermon:

A couple of things, if you were raised in the legalistic church are this. One, some say, “Oh, when the Bible says wine, it doesn’t mean wine.” What does it mean, pony?

I mean, when it says wine, it means wine. Okay, when it says God, it means God. When it says hell, it means hell. It just—the Bible speaks of wine frequently, and every time it does, it means wine. Some will say, “Oh, well, it speaks of new wine and new wine is wine that’s not fermented, doesn’t have alcohol.” But, the Bible says that, “Don’t get drunk on new wine.” So, obviously, new wine still has alcohol. Some—how many of you were told that the Christians only had mixed wine? Wine that was mixed with water to dilute it, okay? They lied to you.

Mixed wine does not refer to wine that is diluted with water. Only once in your Bible, Isaiah 1:22 does it speak of wine that’s mixed with water and there, it’s condemned because what it is is certain people are trying to sell wine and they’re diluting it with water. They’re ripping off their customers. Merchants are ripping people off, so it’s unacceptable. And when it speaks of mixed wine in the Bible, in Psalms and in Song of Solomon Chapter 8, it speaks of mixed wine as being wine that is mixed with spices to give it additional flavor. Sometimes, it refers to wines that are mixed together to create a particular taste for the palette and, as well, occasionally mixed wine is wine that is mixed with fruit to create such things as a dessert wine.

Okay, and so, the other thing, too, is the Bible does speak of grape juice. In Number 6:3, it speaks of grape juice. So, if God was speaking about grape juice, it would seem that he would say grape juice, right? If he has a word for wine and he has a word for grape juice, and he meant grape juice, it seems like he should have used it, rather than speaking wine. My point is simply this. When the Bible says wine, it means wine. And when it says grape juice, it means grape juice. Now, here’s what we’ll get into. First of all, the point that all Christians agree on, that drunkenness is a sin, okay? We all agree on that. To get drunk is a sin. The Bible’s clear on this. Paul says in Ephesians 5, “Don’t get drunk.” I don’t know how much more emphatic and clear you can get than that. “Don’t get drunk.” What does drunk mean? Drunk means drunk. Wine means wine. “Don’t get drunk.”

Hitler Killed Disabled Children and So Do We

A startling look at abortion by John Knight: Hitler Killed Disabled Children and So Do We

Hitler’s personal physician, Dr. Karl Brandt, created a registry of children with disabilities and a panel of doctors who would decide who should live and who should be killed. Soon it would include adults. More than 200,000 physically or cognitively disabled people would be killed between 1939 and 1945 in Germany.

This was not a single aberration in human history perpetrated by a madman — people with disabilities are frequently the first to be targeted for destruction. And when that practice becomes acceptable, it expands to include more and more people who are “considered” unworthy of life.