Gratitude as the driving force behind Google

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/09/28

Here is a cool quote about what drives Google engineers —

The thing that drives the right behavior at Google, more than anything else, more than all the other things combined, is gratitude.
It is well buried in this long articulate rant by Steve Yegge on why most Agile development hype is akin to sci-fi religion yoohoo — he frames the nice stuff by so much self aware BS detection that, well, I kinda believe it.

Definitely want to digest the whole thing as I have more time.



Medicine is magical and magical is art…

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/09/01

Our friend Zoe goes home today from her heart transplant. Wow. All I can think of are those words of St. Simon

These are the days of miracle and wonder…
Medicine is magical and magical is art…



Seattle Mind Camp 3.0 tickets now available!

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/28

Tickets for Seattle Mind Camp 3.0 are available now — here’s the direct link to registration.

They are $30 early bird price. Happening Nov 11–12 at same location as last time —  the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center — very cool venue.

From the announcement page —

Tickets for Seattle Mind Camp 3.0 are on sale now, as we have released the first half of our tickets to be sold at a discounted price (the next round of tickets will cost just a bit more.)



Current style in web design

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/17

Web Design from Scratch has a nice rundown of current wed design trends and why they are effective. Nice roundup of examples.

I’m glad to say that web design in 2006 is better than ever. And it’s not just because there are more web sites out there, so more good stuff to look at. There’s still an awful lot of crud too. I just think that more web designers know more about how to design than ever before.

The examples below (which I’ll roll over time) show excellent modern graphic design technique. They all look good, and are clear and easy to use.



Berkun on ‘How to detect bullshit’

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/14

From Berkun’s latest ‘How to detect bullshit’

White lies are the spackle of civilization

That is awesome.



Watch this Net Nuetrality video now

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/11

At Gnomedex 6, it was Kathy Gill who called for someone to come up with a better name for Net Neutrality –– something that would resonate beyond our edge case communities.

While it’s not a new name, this video is a step in the right direction –– putting the discussion to more human/humorous terms. Watch it now –– very good supplemental material around the rest of the web site as well.

http://wearetheweb.org/



Zoe gets a heart

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/10

This is Zoe. Daughter of our good friend’s Paul and Jenny Faultner (and sister to Noah). Paul is a project manager at Ascentium in Bellevue, WA.

Zoe had a severe heart defect detected in the womb and was born on July 3rd. We’ve all been waiting to see if a heart would become available for a transplant.

Last night we got word that one is here.

Zoe is in surgery right now at Children’s Hospital in Seattle –– an outstanding organization where I used to work.

If you pray, we would appreciate you stepping in on Zoe’s behalf.

Many, many thanks. My wife Jen has more details here.

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IBM selects Drupal for new developerWorks series

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/07/11

Interesting post from Digg on IBM choosing Drupal as an open source CMS for a developer tutorial project.

The popular IBM developerWorks site has started a new series entitled “Using open source software to design, develop, and deploy a collaborative Web site”. After reviewing numerous open source packages such as Typo3, Mambo, and the ever-hyped Ruby on Rails, they “decided to use Drupal”.

More details at Drupal.org and IBM.

I particularly liked the detail of their selection process comparison of Drupal, Mambo, Typo3, Ruby on Rails, Movable Type, WordPress, and TextPattern.

I was recently at Drupal Camp in Seattle and have to say that I loved getting to know some of the developmers in the community — very cool (and active) bunch of folks.



Read the Founders

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/07/04

With the 4th of July here, I’m jumping in to Stuart Maxwell’s Read the Founders meme —

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Take a moment to read the entire Declaration of Independence.



Amnesty International: “It’s not happening here but it’s happening now”

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/06/13

Posting this here because it is such a great combination of design that provokes me beyond complacency. Caught this reference on 37 signals the other day to a new ad campaign Amnesty International is running in Switzerland.

Amnesty International it's not happening here but it's happening now example

Series is titled “It’s not happening here but it’s happening now”

wow.

Images are close-ups of currently occurring tortures and violence with transparent backgrounds that are inserted into bus/strain stop shelters.

Effect brings the given event right there to your doorstep so to speak — very engaging.