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Bookmarks – UI flaws and other great capers

And the existence of LGBTQ people continues to surprise some.


Not going to stop repeating this: It's disturbing there are men who put more effort into policing women's language than their own behaviour.

— Tauriq Moosa (@tauriqmoosa) August 6, 2015

It just screams privilege & entitlement: "Everything I do is fine, the REAL problem is you lumping me with people who share my gender!"

— Tauriq Moosa (@tauriqmoosa) August 6, 2015


Clicking a link filled my phone with two competing interstitials, one of which played video. iOS9 content filtering can't come soon enough.

— Tom Morris (@tommorris) August 6, 2015


The superhero reboots will continue until morale improves.

— John Coulthart (@johncoulthart) August 6, 2015


"I'll see you in hell" should be followed with "and I won't even stop to say hi". Otherwise you're just making plans with someone you hate

— ballin ass furlin (@thefurlinator) January 10, 2014


there's a community of old men who have conversations every morning in the comments section of guardian crosswords pic.twitter.com/wACmiVTLFi

— james crobag (@EnvGen) August 5, 2015


Satire requires awareness of why something is gross; satire is not just a gross thing pushed to its extreme. That's just a VERY gross thing.

— Tauriq Moosa (@tauriqmoosa) August 7, 2015


if u were truly concerned that discussions of rape culture could lead to all men being perceived as rapists, you'd blame the rape apologists

— carriet the spy (@CarriePotter*) August 7, 2015

maybe try shouting "not all men are rapists" at those who say "men just can't help themselves" and "boys will be boys" instead of at victims

— carriet the spy (@CarriePotter*) August 7, 2015


me: "This 'functionality' is so counter-intuitive & contrary to what it says it does, it's broken"

support: "Yes it works like x, thanks!"

— Amy Hoy (@amyhoy) August 7, 2015

app shows my revenue for "today." it defines "today" as rolling 24-hr period. so every time i opened it yesterday, revenue went DOWN. duh

— Amy Hoy (@amyhoy) August 7, 2015

rule #1 of software design: Thou Shalt Not Scare The Pants Off Your User, Unless They Are Actually On Fire.

— Amy Hoy (@amyhoy) August 7, 2015

arrrrgh fuck. same sales tool now thinks it's twitter, shows me some bullshit 'followers' crap when i log in and not revenue first. fuck

— Amy Hoy (@amyhoy) August 7, 2015


For what it's worth, I think the best Piggy/Kermit relationship writing is Great Muppet Caper.

— Katie Schenkel (@JustPlainTweets) August 7, 2015

I’m fond of Muppets Take Manhattan, myself, but in terms of the Piggy/Kermit relationship? Yeah, Great Muppet Caper is definitely the best.


Leonardo da Vinci was almost certainly gay, yet 'Da Vinci's Demons' portrayed him as a bisexual man almost exclusively attracted to women.

— Andrew Wheeler (@Wheeler) August 7, 2015

The great love of Alexander the Great's life was a man, whose death almost destroyed him. In Oliver Stone's movie, he doesn't even kiss him.

— Andrew Wheeler (@Wheeler) August 7, 2015

Alan Turing is perhaps the greatest gay hero of the modern age. In 'The Imitation Game', his most important relationship is with a woman.

— Andrew Wheeler (@Wheeler) August 7, 2015

The love between Achilles and Patroclus is fundamental to the legend of the Trojan War, except in 'Troy', where they're just best bros.

— Andrew Wheeler (@Wheeler) August 7, 2015

Mathemtician John Nash had several liaisons with men. 'A Beautiful Mind' is that rare biopic that leaves out the infidelity.

— Andrew Wheeler (@Wheeler) August 7, 2015

John Constantine is bisexual, but not in the movie, and not in the television show, where it wasn't considered important to his character.

— Andrew Wheeler (@Wheeler) August 7, 2015

Our media culture consistently refuses to show men as seductive, lustful, and sexually expressive with other men.

— Andrew Wheeler (@Wheeler) August 7, 2015

If you're wondering if I'm still upset about the straightwashing of Hercules a week later; yeah, I'm still pretty upset.

— Andrew Wheeler (@Wheeler) August 7, 2015


Overheard boarding plane:
Man: ::perplexed, obvs disappointed:: So you have a wife?
Woman: Yep.
Man: How's that happen?
W: I married her.

— N. K. Jemisin (@nkjemisin) August 7, 2015


on mobile, if users have to wait 9 secs for a page to load, 21% of them will scroll & 50% will scroll more than 250px…
[1/2]

— Luke Wroblewski (@lukew) August 7, 2015

this means many users are not seeing what is "above the fold" on mobile [2/2]
https://t.co/yez2Jw0Aer pic.twitter.com/bZ0lOwT6Qb

— Luke Wroblewski (@lukew) August 7, 2015


ironic homophobia isn't a joke; it's actually indistinguishable from regular homophobia

— °v°alerie (@skele_tan) August 7, 2015


I'm guilty as heck of this over the last couple of months, too, but spend 2~5 hours every two weeks writing something people will want.

— Patrick McKenzie (@patio11) August 7, 2015


Recently I put the kibosh on working nights and weekends. Boy howdy, I did not realize how maxed out my capacity was.

— Rachel Nabors (@rachelnabors) August 7, 2015

"Why am I tired all the time? Why are these deadlines slipping although I'm working non-stop? Why don't I ever have any friends over?"

— Rachel Nabors (@rachelnabors) August 7, 2015

Because you are running on a hamster wheel that you will never get off of unless you set boundaries. Or you die.

— Rachel Nabors (@rachelnabors) August 7, 2015


The Aspen Consensus, in a nutshell, is this: the winners of our age must be challenged to do more good. But never, ever tell them to do less harm.

The Aspen Consensus holds that capitalism’s rough edges must be sanded and its surplus fruit shared, but the underlying system must never be questioned.

The Thriving World, the Wilting World, and You by Anand Giridharadas (3505 words).

We’ve had this situation before. The world is dominated by an elite that has free reign to “extract” as much wealth from the populace as they want and then they soothe their conscience by giving a tiny part of it back.

Last time the elites got this out of hand they only backed off and loosened their stranglehold when the French started chopping their heads off en masse.


Stop saying LGBT when what you probably mean is "some gay dudes and maybe some hypersexualized bi people and like, a lesbian?"

— C.K. Stewart (@ckcucco) August 7, 2015


Too many of the web's pioneers—individuals and companies both—have calcified into a mean, insecure old guard.

— Erin Kissane (@kissane) August 8, 2015

It's such a sad weird disservice to the real promise of the early web, so much of which is being fulfilled.

— Erin Kissane (@kissane) August 8, 2015

I just want us as a generation to do better, be more generous, support the kids without expecting subservience in return.

— Erin Kissane (@kissane) August 8, 2015


We'll know Marvel understands how important LGBTQ representation is when it stops counting Rawhide Kid in the "win" column.

— Andrew Wheeler (@Wheeler) August 8, 2015


App UI Flaw #1: Prompting for notifications, microphone access, address book access, etc., before clearly telling the user why it's needed.

— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) August 8, 2015

App UI Flaw #2: Requiring sign up or account login before providing any user value. Show sample content, a tour, static screens, anything.

— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) August 8, 2015

App UI Flaw #3: Unless you're making an immersive experience, your UI should use standard platform conventions. Customize, don't reinvent.

— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) August 8, 2015

App UI Flaw #4: Not scaling interface and content to match screen size. Shipping the same exact UI to iPhone 4 and 6+ is not smart.

— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) August 8, 2015

App UI Flaw #5: Prioritizing animations and illustrations over content and functionality. Make something useful first and foremost.

— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) August 8, 2015


In a world that had no hangups about same sex relationships, imagine all the stories we'd have told by now. (And try not to cry.)

— Andrew Wheeler (@Wheeler) August 8, 2015

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