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10 best Twitterers to follow for your soul, not your career

I always see these “top Twitterer” lists of people with high follower counts touted by social climbing social media DBs. Those people bore me. Instead I’m inspired by people with a unique perspective on the world around them, unique voice and style, who make me smile or think differently or challenge me to be a [Keep Reading...]

Thanks is never enough

Thank you to Mr. Dan Kramarsky who in the eighth grade suggested that I elect to take the Computer Science class in ninth grade. Thank you to Mr. Charles Rice who let me take his one Computer Science class for all four years of high school, and encouraged me to consider applying to Carnegie Mellon [Keep Reading...]

Literally Desperate

There’s something I have to metaphorically get off my chest. You literally don’t have a clue what “literally” actually means. Literal is defined as: actual; absolute. Literally is defined as: in the explicit meaning of the word; without embellishment or exaggeration; not as an idiom or metaphor. I’m not the first person to plead this [Keep Reading...]

Whit Hour – Week 14

Thank you so much to the ~27 people who showed up for the fourteenth week of Whit Hour — my weekly one-hour video chat to answer any and all of your questions about user experience, consulting, and whatever else you throw at me. Tune in every Monday night from 10-11pm Eastern Time at http://www.livestream.com/whithour. Whit [Keep Reading...]

Fun Times in Mini-Apple-Us

When I was asked to speak at An Event Apart Minneapolis, I thought, “An Event Apart, yes! Minneapolis, whatever.” I wasn’t expecting much from my trip to the Twin Cities — but I was dead wrong. Flying over Minnesota for the first time a week ago today, all I could see was a flat expanse [Keep Reading...]

Being a godmother is like being a user experience designer

On April 18, 2010, Griffin James Lam Konig was born at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasett, NY, weighing in at 7 lbs 13 oz. Griffin’s mom Donna is the 39-year-old daughter of my childhood babysitter Theresa (who I’ve always called T-T). The day after Griffin came home from the hospital, twenty-seven years after Theresa [Keep Reading...]

I am (more than?) a bunch of adjectives

I think like a lot of us, I have an incessant need to see myself reflected by others in order to believe that I am who I think I am. Positively and negatively. I save adjectives like souvenirs, reminders of when I got them and from whom. I wear them as badges, as armor. When [Keep Reading...]