IFTTT vs ifttt

by Andy Polaine on December 11, 2014

in General

You may have noticed some very short posts recently. Today actually. Except they are from a while ago. I have a recipe on If This Then That that posts the description field of my Pinboard bookmarks tagged with “blog” to Playpen. I used it to link blog more frequently, but got out of the habit of it because I couldn’t remember the format. Obviously I wasn’t doing it frequently enough.

Today I wanted to write the post about the Millennials using this method, so I checked the recipe. Apparently the IFTTT recipes are case sensitive and it was looking for the tag “blog”, not “Blog”. When I changed the recipe, it found several bookmarks of blogs that I had tagged, not surprisingly, “Blog” and auto-posted them. I initially deleted the posts again, but since they’ll show up in the RSS feed and are interesting links anyway, I have restored them. They are quite old discoveries though.

In retrospect, using the tag “blog” as a trigger was pretty dumb. I’ve changed it to something else now. Maybe it will increase the frequency of my link posts—a format that Twitter has largely killed off.

The Cheapest Generation

by Andy Polaine on December 11, 2014

in Links

The Cheapest Generation is an interesting piece over at The Atlantic about “why millennials (Gen Yers) aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy.”

In short, the emotional appeal of owning a car or house that their parents had is no longer so strong. They prefer, instead, to have access to connectivity—everything from smartphones to car and bike sharing services.

Whilst some economists will panic because of the decline in selling big, physical things, the article points out that in places like Germany (where I live) home ownership has long been low and the German economy is the healthiest in Europe. People rent here for many years. To live in the same rented place for 30 years is not uncommon. This has a useful side-effect, which is to prevent the housing market from overheating so much that nobody can afford anything without heavily overextending on credit (c.f. Sydney) and we all know where that ended up.

I see a lot of the kind of “closed suburbs” in Germany that the article also mentions. Many people cycle here and, as a result, many services are nearby, which means families need either only one car or no car at all.

Services, not products. Access, not ownership. It’s the key to decoupling resource usage from economic growth.

Winterhouse Institute

December 11, 2014

The Winterhouse Institute focusess on non-profit, self-initiated projects that support design education, as well as social and political initiatives. What the Omnium Creative Network should have been – nice to see this off the ground.

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The Daily Monster

December 11, 2014

Stefan Bucher’s inky fellas.

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phofa – John Warwicker

December 11, 2014

A blog from the Waracle.

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UPPERCASE

December 11, 2014

UPPERCASE. Making, creating and curating visual culture.

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UXpod podcast interview

December 9, 2014

Gerry Gaffney interviewed me about service design and UX for the UXpod podcast a few weeks ago and it’s now online. You can play it on the UXpod website here, directly download the MP3 file or subscribe to it through iTunes or the RSS feed.

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Protection Racket

November 25, 2014

On Thursday, Google launches a new service called Contributor that Gigaom bills as “a crowdfunding platform for publishers.” According to Gigaom, the program is “designed to allow web users to pay sites that they visit a monthly fee, and in return see no Google ads when they visit those sites.” Google still takes a cut […]

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Presentation Notes to my Design to the Powers of Ten UX Futures Talk

November 5, 2014

Here are the links to sources and resources, people and videos that I drew upon for my UX Futures Design to the Power of Ten talk. In no particular order: Andreas Erbe at Launchlabs – a conversation with him reminded me of the Powers of Ten film. Dan Hill – Dark Matter and Trojan Horses […]

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Join me for Interaction 14 South America

October 16, 2014

Update: The workshops are now open for registrations and there are early bird discounts available. I’m super looking forward to taking part in Interaction 14 South America in Buenos Aires where I’ll be giving a talk and running a workshop on Creación y Blueprinting Servicios Multicanal (sounds good huh?). I’ve never had the chance to […]

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