A few days ago I made a post about who inspires me, in which I looked at a few people I thought were just grand. I gave great attention as to what I found so inspiring in these people, focusing mostly one individual (joe seeber) that just recently began to catch my attention. In this post I would like to introduce yet another person that has quite simply rocked my world. He operates on the internet under the name, “NutnFancy”. His introduction starts with a short back story…
It is very important to look toward people, see what they are doing, take inspiration from them, and learn from them. Most of those who fit this bill in my world are canopy sports athletes. Rob who gave me my first wing, Matt my instructor, Pál Takáts, Jeb Corliss, and so on…
They are people I aspire to be like, not only because they can and have done amazing things, but because I see how they are ambitiously pursuing life and taking it for all its worth. This is something that only comes with great determination, forethought, and the right mindset. The conditions in which they live day-to-day serves to be a true testament that they have what it takes, not only to get through the day but so see many more. It is not without great consideration they fly. It is not with out great consideration they make any choices.
Recently I have found yet another face to look toward; in my blogs infancy I was excited to get a few followers and likes, most of which I discovered were only looking for web site traffic (which I can understand and respect). One like however brought me to a blog that really struck me. The content was very genuine, Continue reading
That the key to creating/designing great things is to first design your life.
I touched on this in a post on simplifying your life, the concept rings very true. Think about how conducive a well fitted lifestyle is to success, it almost goes without saying. However, you often have to take a step back and look at the simple things to get oriented. It’s all too easy to cloud your judgment and draw faulty correlation’s as to why you are struggling with something.
Have you taken a step back and looked at your life lately?
Each day I put great thought into how I spend each moment, will spend each moment, and want to spend each moment.
The projects I have taken on both embody and promote the life style I believe in. This includes paragliding, my small and ultra efficient home I am building, my passion for web development and what I aspire to use it for, even this very blog.
I have looked to many places for inspiration, and finding great success in many places and wasting time in others. One of the most valuable tools I have found (ever) is the simple living manifesto. I can not stress enough that you should read this. At the very least you should skim it over and let it make you think. I personally revisit this article regularly… its a priceless piece of work and I could never manage to get enough people to look at. I truly hope you do and that it does for you what it has done for me!
I ran across this quote today and just have to share it.
If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
It was said by Henry Ford, and rings very true. He has many good quotes that are well worth your time to look over.
I love hearing a good quote; nothing as better than a short statement that is both inspiring and thick with knowledge.
This post is a secondary post to this on that looks at the work a Donald Norman, who Is a advocate of user-centered design. Here I am looking at several articles that spoke to me from Donald’s essays.
In The Paradox of Wearable Technologies Donald looks closely at wearable technology, most notably google glass. He gives attention to studies and observations of his own and shares that wearable technology could prove to be a catalyst to many issues. Most notably that people will give full attention to glass, even if they don’t have to; he gave evidence to this but pointing out things like the fact developers sprung for full e-mail when this was not initially planned or that we get distracted by simple things already.
My opinion on what he has to say in this article can be summed up in its last few words, “Can wearable devices be helpful? Absolutely. But they can also be horrid.” I think that wearable technology will come just like a new generation of smart phones, people in time will learn to properly use them. Im sure the guy that takes calls in movie theaters and in quiet rooms will be doing the same thing with glass… but thats more of a personal problem than a technical one.
Embrace failure, avoid failure
This singular statement embodies the topic and deliverable of the whole article. That failure is a valuable tool and should be used wisely. Donald goes further and applies this concept to UX design, he says that this is one of the best things to learn from. He believes stories of failure are fascinating to look at.
I personally could not agree any more with this, all of it. First off I have given a lot of thought toward failure and what you can take away from it. In paragliding we go a step further and takeaway from things that should have been failures, ie. “know when you got away with something”. This all of course applies to UX design, heck thats what the whole book “Rocket Surgery Made Easy” was about; testing and finding failures.
Today was really fun, the local paragliding club just officially purchased Cliff Side; a paragliding/hang-gliding launch by the John Day Dam. So when I flew today I was accompanied by many great people; hang-gliders, paragliders, spectators, there was even some miniwings broke out!
Nothing is cooler than darting back and fourth in between a bunch of friends hundreds of feet up in the air rolls off huge cliffs.
I spent a lot of time today just playing with my wing and getting a feel of things, I first did this by keeping my wing close to stall and traversing the launch area like I was on the moon, taking twenty foot leaps Continue reading