Things that have caught my fancy on the world wide web.
Dark Patterns are designed to trick you (and they’re all over the Web)
by Yael Grauer, Ars Technica
[2800 word article] and Harry Brignull, UX Brighton Conference
[30 minute video] – we’ve all noticed add-on boxes on forms that are already pre-checked (do you want to add flight insurance? The default is yes. Do you want to sign up to our marketing partners? Same.) Then there are hidden customer service lines, laborious exit clauses on contracts, cooling off periods etc. I watched the video, and really enjoyed it/got annoyed by it (the content, not the presentation.)
Is it just me, or is the world going crazy?
by Mark Manson [2700 word article] – “It seems these days that there is this omnipresent feeling
that the world is going fucking crazy. Yet, by every objective measurement, it’s arguably the sanest and safest it’s been in recorded history.” Manson suggests the violence isn’t new, how we get our information – social media, and the ubiquity of cameras, are new. His personal suggestion is to stop consuming news via social media, and to return to trusted news sources directly.
Do what you love mantra devalues hard work
by Simon Castles, Sydney Morning Herald [900 word article] – “The truth is, any of us in a position to choose and chase work out of love do so from a place of relative privilege.” I think about this often when I see immigrant workers performing the shitty jobs all over the UK and Australia for minimum wage.
The sharpest cut by Hilary McNevin
, SBS Food [2100 word article] – an article all about the importance of good knives in the kitchen, with recommendations from butchers and chefs. I’ve just started paying attention to this area by (infrequently) sharpening my (shitty) knife, and the before and after difference is huge. Next will be to actually buy a decent knife (and get into sharpening habits.) I once had to research ‘things that cost a lot but are always worth spending more on’, and knives were at the top of the list. My dear friend Tammi
is quoted in this article saying “a good knife is the single biggest difference between enjoying cooking and not enjoying cooking, I reckon.” Me too, Tammois!
Why passports come in 4 standard colours
by Chloe Pantazi, Business Insider [500 word article] – something you never knew you wondered. The short of it is there are regional traditions, religious reasons, and few companies that actually produce them. You can see more at Passport Index
– it’s actually really stunning to see them all laid out.