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May you be inscribed in the book of life

Yesterday was Yom Kippur, considered the holiest day of the year for Jews. I have never been particularly religious, but fasting on Yom Kippur is something I’ve done since I was a kid. Not because my parents told me to or because it was expected of me, but because the significance of the day is [Keep Reading…]

My New Mexico Travelogue

Earlier this month I spent seven amazing days in New Mexico on a solo vacation to celebrate my 27th birthday. No computer. No email. No boyfriend. Just a rental car, my cameras and a few maps. It was a wondrous experience to be alone in the vast spaces of the West. I saw and did [Keep Reading…]

@whitneyhess on Acela Express

When Jeffrey Zeldman uploads your photo to Flickr, you blog it. @whitneyhess on Acela Express Originally uploaded by Jeffrey Zeldman

April Fools jokes around the web — causing user pain?

Shockingly, a bunch of people really believed that I was putting my career as a user experience designer on hold in order to become a motivational speaker. But there have been much bigger jokes floating around the web today in honor of April Fools’ Day, some of which are cute and silly, and others of [Keep Reading…]

An important announcement for my 300th post

It has been almost 15 months since I started this blog. When I started it, I felt like I had plateaued in my career and needed the next uphill climb. Since then I have come out of my shell, made a lot of friends in the user experience and greater tech communities here in NYC [Keep Reading…]

My favorite terms from The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit 2008 — Part 1

Today as I was cleaning up my desk, I found my old 2008 Page-A-Day Calendar of The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit. I used to have it on my desk at Liquidnet and got a huge kick out of lamenting a new bullshit term every day. The definitions are hilarious and merciless. Sometimes the terms were [Keep Reading…]

In 2008, You Changed Me

In the past year, my life has turned upside down. It was more than I ever wanted and everything I needed. And it happened because of all of the amazing people whom I just happened to cross paths with, whom I sought out, who sought me out, who were introduced to me, or whom I [Keep Reading…]