October Reading is a monthly feature where I post interesting links of things I’ve read. I’m holding myself to publish at least once a month, and I’m riding a four month streak.
Here’s to habits, I guess.
In other news, I have a new professional head shot, taken on my new iPhone 11 Pro. I’m leading two workshops and speaking at a company event in both Orlando, Florida and Athens, Greece in November.
The smirk is real.
The seasons are finally changing here in St. Louis. As we ease in to my favorite time of year, I’m beginning my slow march to 40. Looking back, it’s been a wild ride — college, relationships, tattoos, marriage, kids, career. It’s been a full life, and I’ve got plenty more to go.
So, without any further sappy reminiscing, here’s October reading — things I find interesting in the month of October. If you’re interested, you can view an archive of all of the Monthly Reading posts by clicking or tapping that giant button below:
Trump’s impeachment is really starting to accelerate. The past few weeks have been absolutely bonkers, and I am here for it.
- Newsweek: Americans Are Supporting Donald Trump’s Impeachment Much Faster Than They Did With Richard Nixon During Watergate. This level of corruption is insane. I just hope that Trump going down takes out Pence, Barr, the GOP, and all the people who aided and abetted this behavior. Traitors, all of them.
- Yahoo! News: Facebook refuses to remove Trump ads that smear Biden. Biden is absolutely not my candidate, but this is fucking ridiculous and yet another reason to not trust Facebook. Before moving on to the next story, an antidote: when I got my new iPhone 11 Pro, I set it up as a new iPhone and deliberately did not install Facebook or Messenger. The only way I access FB now is through a desktop or mobile browser, and it’s when I want to (not when I see a notification indicator pop up which leads to endless scrolling). Facebook is a time thief.
- Vanity Fair: There is Definitely Hanky-Panky Going On: The Fantastically Profitable Mystery of the Trump Chaos Trades. A few months ago, I offered up that I felt Trump and Co. were engaged in market manipulation — but, more of a pump-and-dump kind of scheme. Turns out, my suspicions weren’t that far off.
- The Hill: Republicans Storm Closed Door Hearing to Protest Impeachment Inquiry. It wasn’t just a closed-door hearing, it was in a SCIF. And they brought their cell phones inside, which is a huge national security risk. Traitors, all of them.
- The Hill: GOP Worries it’s Losing the Impeachment Fight. No shit, Sherlock. There’s news stories dropping all the time about how much of a corrupt piece of shit Trump – and the modern GOP – are. Keep flailing, guys.
- Politico: How the Baby Boomers Broke America. We need a Gen X president, but that’s not going to happen. We’ll skip right over Gen X and have a Millennial or Gen Z president.
- Fast Company: How googly eyes solved one of today’s trickiest UX problems. Love this story of how a design team solved a human-computer interaction problem through giant googly eyes. I’d love to have a helpful robot that gets bored when people don’t interact with it, or gets excited when it can help someone. This robot owns.
- User Testing: Why Designing for Delight Doesn’t Always Work. Here’s an important reminder about how your experiences should be useful before they are delightful. Ally Bank – my personal bank of choice – has a pretty feature-light interface, but it’s quick, responsive, and offers features in an unobtrusive way. This is what I want to see in a bank, not a billion features or UI elements that add noise and slow down the key tasks I have to execute.
- Recode took a look at how remote work is quietly remaking our lives. I’m fortunate to be working at a company that encourages remote work — which is great, because I have a 58 mile round-trip. In traffic, that really sucks. I agree with most of the pros and cons of the piece. The most underrated Pro is that I can absolutely crank up my music and not annoy co-workers (just my cats). The other huge perk is that my coffee is > office coffee.
- Bloomberg wrote about Volkswagen’s $50 Billion Moonshot Bet on an Electric Hatchback. We’re getting solar panels on our roof sometime before the end of the year, and reducing my carbon footprint is top-of-mind. Plus, as stated above, I’ve got a 58 mile round-trip. So I’ve been looking at an EV as commuter-car, trading in my 2014 Subaru Forrester for something I can plug in at work or at home. The 300 mile range of the VW ID.3 sounds awesome, as does the hatchback VW Golf-feel, but because America is a Crossover SUV market, they aren’t bringing the ID.3 to the U.S. Too bad, because I’d probably buy one!
- Psychology Today asks: How Did Halloween Become a Monster Holiday? A good question, but I’m not going to think about it too much — there’s a lot of Reese’s bats and pumpkins to eat.
- Vox: My Own Private Iceland. It’s not a Private Idaho, but hey – they at least have the Northern Lights.
- Stereogum: Emergency & I turns 20. Hard to believe one of my favorite album from my college days is 20 years old. What is time?