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Links to check this weekend

Ahh, I kept uncovering way too many interesting links this afternoon. I’ll be setting these aside for after work. Like a pile of good books, I love a nice stack of links!

image credit:busybeingfabulous.com

Berg Connbox
Berg + Google
3 paths to a more creative life
World IA Day 2013 Videos
How To Think Like An Architect: Designing From Nature
Using White Space For Readability In HTML And CSS
Gizmodo: Kinetica Art Fair
Kinetica Art Fair
Mechanical Buddhas

Gleaning From Twitter

Just a quick post to say that I love the stream of knowledge, controversy, humor, and quotes on Twitter. I had neglected Twitter for a while, but the easiest way to get into it is to install the app for your desktop and leave it open in the corner. You don’t have to pay attention to it all the time, but I am likely to glean a really great link or two when I happen to look over.

A few gems from this afternoon alone

#7 Assault

MTA assaulting sign
Riding the subway to work in the morning, I kept staring at that #7 ASSAULT sign they have in subway cars. It really bothers me that they have a giant, red number 7 that takes precedence over the rest of the text as though it’s a drop cap (but has no paragraph to follow).

Of course, once read, I understand that it’s a disclaimer about assaulting employees, which results in 7 years in prison. At first glance though, I always think: SEVEN, assault… blah blah blah; as though it’s a coffee table book of possible offenses one could commit during their commute. [see what I did there?]

Does the same ever occur to you? Do you mentally plan what could appropriately fill numbers 1 through 6? I should design some for the MTA. You know, just to keep things sequential.

[update: I attempted to look up some quirky laws which resulted in 1-6 years on prison, but ended up educating myself on NY State penal codes and class D felonies. It turns out that class D felonies are punishable by 2 to 7 years in prison. So, there’s no such thing as a law guaranteeing 4 years for example… just that range. It’s pretty depressing thinking about all this, especially when you consider that “assault” can legally be defined as verbally threatening. So you could (probably wouldn’t) go to prison for years if you threaten to injure or kill an MTA employee. Sounds quite harsh, and spurs a whole tangent of thoughts about what punishment is an adequate punishment, and how a single year can feel like an eternity and is probably adequate for most crimes (at least the ones involving yelling and acting like an asshole). Funny comment turned to serious lesson; oops]

Unemployment in Spain / El paro en España

An animated infographic about unemployment in Spain. The narration is in Spanish, so I apologize if you’re missing out. If you ask nicely, I suppose I can update this post with a translation of the author’s description or narration.

Description: El paro en España es un drama que ha conseguido colocar el desempleo en niveles récords en términos absolutos. Datos tan demoledores como una de cada tres personas está sin trabajo en el sur de España o las preferencias de movilidad geográfica entre unas zonas u otras, crean un mercado laboral muy peculiar.

El volumen de ofertas de trabajo presenta cifras muy dispares de unas zonas a otras, al igual que también existen determinados puestos de trabajo con capacidades de contratación muy altas, sobre todo en técnologías de la información, telecomunicaciones y comerciales.

El vídeo que hemos preparado en Actibva ha sido realizado por Vostok; un maravillosos estudio de estrategia y diseño de productos digitales con sede en Madrid y Tokio.