In high school I was into writing and photography, needless to say I was not in the popular crowds. Through modern day social technology like Facebook, I can clearly see that the majority of the popular kids in high school have gone on to do very little in their lives or careers. There is a long-term value in viewing yourself as a nerd and embracing the nerd within.
Every relationship in this world exists for a purpose - for both parties A and B which are bound by that relationship. And for the relationship to thrive, it's important to define the purpose, and at different stages, redefine the very purpose.
In the decades that I’ve done user research, nearly all of my research has been conducted in English. While I’ve done some research in other countries and with products in other languages, either the product itself was still an English-language product or, when I didn’t think it would harm the research effort, I got bilingual participants who could review, for example, a website in Spanish and then interact with me in English.
I have fond memories of black and white photographs taken by my dad in his old box camera. The three pictures that I have used are a representation of my world back in the era of black and white. Be it watching the swaying coconut trees and the shimmering water on moonlit nights, or the artistry of those antique time pieces collected by my grandfather and of course those lively evenings in my childhood years, where the old gramophone would play so invitingly that we would all be waltzing and jiving away to evergreen hits. Yes nostalgia filled me in those verses, but with happy memories.
Modern science, according to Carl Sagan, is a voyage into the unknown with a lesson in humility at every stop. The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential to disrupt our ‘way of life’ could very well be one such voyage through 2018.
Being in the finance industry as an editor for over a decade, I have always wondered why financial analysts speak or write the way they do. In fact, no industry has made incomprehensibility so much respectable as much as the finance industry has done.
If you are looking to reduce the amount you are drinking in January – or are just looking for something non-alcoholic to drink on a night out - you should try Seedlip. They describe themselves as creating ‘The world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit’. I tested Seedlip and tonic on some hardened G&T drinkers over Christmas and they were pleasantly surprised.