On UX testing and how to make Freud proud.
While searching for helpful resources when prepping a UX test at Donna, this manual came up; it turned out both useful and a joy to read.
Well, read… peruse might be a better word. It’s one of those books where headlines betray the meaning of entire paragraphs that follow. They are, however, some excellent headlines.
If you don’t have the time to peruse Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug but crave some of its usability testing wisdom, this is my stab at the essentials.
Quantitative testing gives you the sort…
”As human beings have to make the gamble of trusting one another in order to have any kind of workable community, we must also take the risk of trimming our sails to the winds of nature. For our ‘selves’ are inseparable from this kind of universe, and there is nowhere else to be.”
What a joy to read this guy. No summary can do justice to this book, these are mere jottings of what caught my eye this time; I’ll be coming back for sure.
“The Tao does nothing and yet nothing is left undone.”
Naturally, Alan Watts realises the…
On the ancient marathoners that run from trouble.
”In the Tarahumara tongue, humans come only in two forms: there are Rarámuri, who run from trouble, and chabochis who cause it.”
A wicked exploration of the techniques, rationale, and most importantly passion for running insane distances in mad terrains. Mostly barefoot or in ancient, flat sandals.
“[About a particularly harsh section of Leadville:] Hope Pass is a bad son of a bitch on a good day.”
Who would have thought we’ve evolved the way we have in order to run? But it has to be that way.
Otherwise, we’d have no…
Freedom of choice; a blessing and a curse.
“In order to choose, we must first perceive that control is possible.”
As it turns out, this is as good a place as any to start the exploration of choice, one of the fundamental mechanisms of life.
Perception is all. How much choice you technically have is far less important than how much choice you feel you have. Does it sound like trickery? Maybe. But it doesn’t stop here.
Neurons in striatum— part of basal ganglia responsible for planning movement and, therefore, crucial to choice — become more active in response to…
On awareness as the key to fulfilment.
“Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person’s capacity to act.”
Flow is when you forget time, your surroundings, your self. You get lost in riding your bike through the woods, reading, or crafting a table, one moment at a time.
For me, the realisation of having had an awesome time only comes once the awareness of the self has resurfaced. I haven’t worried about the future, analysed the past, I haven’t been trying to figure out who on earth I am. Maybe…
Why our constant search for security makes us anxious, and how to break free.
”[this book] maintains that this [psychological] insecurity is the result of trying to be secure, and that, contrariwise, salvation and sanity consist in the most radical recognition that we have no way of saving ourselves.”
I don’t think it’s an even slight exaggeration to say that Alan Watts was a complete genius. In The Wisdom of Insecurity, he treats the topic of our society-wide anxiety in an incredibly lucid, light-hearted, yet profound way.
”What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and…
In a world of synthetic minds with no bodies, bionic bodies with multiple minds, and genetically modified humanoids, what does a “we” stand for? Will the AI overlords care about us, or will we be just pesky humans to them?
To celebrate his honorary doctor’s degree from Malmö University, Hampus Jakobsson gave a lecture titled “End of Life As We Know It.” He spoke about cultural shifts that might occur, optimising for the right output, and asked a whole lot of relevant questions. Here’s my take on it:
(I use italics for my own thoughts to avoid confusion wherever necessary.)
Does the future of software development lie on four decentralised clouds resting on the back of a giant quantum blockchain flying madly through space?
A reference list of innovative tech and brilliant individuals to keep an eye on to stay up to date on where the future’s striking from.
If the startup community in Malmö were a mafia, Hampus Jakobsson would be the Godfather to me. Not with regard to illicit activity, of course, but in terms of the innumerable favours I owe him.
At the beginning of this summer, he got me to a fantastic conference on the Future…
Scouting for Øredev. Massive fan of yoga, books, and the outdoors.