Hawaii missile alert

On Saturday morning a missile alert was pushed out from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and according to the Washington Post this was the cause:

Around 8:05 a.m., the Hawaii emergency employee initiated the internal test, according to a timeline released by the state. From a drop-down menu on a computer program, he saw two options: “Test missile alert” and “Missile alert.” He was supposed to choose the former; as much of the world now knows, he chose the latter, an initiation of a real-life missile alert.

I can’t imagine how a designer, developer, QA, and all the other links allowed something this bad to even make it into production. Much less something so important as a missile warning system.

I can’t imagine how scary it would have been to be on the island when this was pushed out and it makes me think of all the cold war bunkers we still have peppered around our nation. Back then I imagine everyone would have had the thought of dying at any minute in their mind. Which if we are honest is not necessarily a bad thing since it would keep your focus on what matters most to you.

MLK on Slavery in Strength to Love

Today in the USA we celebrate the life of the civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

As I think about his life I’m reminded of an excerpt I read from his book Strength to Love:

Men convinced themselves that a system that was so economically profitable must be morally justifiable. They formulated elaborate theories of racial superiority. Their rationalizations clothed obvious wrongs in the beautiful garments of righteousness. […] Religion and the Bible were cited to crystallize the status quo. Science was commandeered to prove the biological inferiority of the Negro.

He continues…

So men conveniently twisted the insights of religion, science, and philosophy to give sanction to the doctrine of white supremacy. Soon this idea was embedded​ in every textbook and preached in practically every pulpit. It became a structured part of the culture. And men then embraced this philosophy, not as the rationalization of a lie, but as the expression of a final truth. They sincerely came to believe that the Negro was inferior by nature and that slavery was ordained by God.

Years later and this can describe many of the race relations still facing our nation. He then brings it all back to this verse in Luke that quotes Jesus before his crucifixion:

Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

Dr. King was also a Baptist Minister and by tying it back to these ten words it would have been a powerful statement to those he was trying to reach.

Freebie: Heroicons UI

Heroicons UI make the perfect fit for any in-app UI. Their soft edges and consistent 2-pixel​ stroke give them a friendly personality​ that work great for both professional and playful UI’s.

This is a great new icon set by Steve Schoger that he decided to release free under the MIT license.

Steve Jobs on Creating

one of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there
and you never you never meet the people
you never shake their hands
you never hear their story or tell yours
but somehow in the act of making something with a great deal of care and love > something’s transmitted there and it’s a way of expressing to the rest of our species our deep appreciation.

I love this so much. When I create things I take pride in it and put a great deal of care and love into it. That’s why I find the statement, “You are not your $creation” so offensive.

Sharing Your Work

Once you come up with an idea when do you start sharing it?

I’ve seen two types of people. Those that hold everything in secrecy and make one big announcement when it’s complete and ready. Then the other that shares​ or leak out little pieces as they are working on it.

The first style of doing in secrecy is nice in that if you lose interest or decide to switch gears, then no one knows. You don’t have to worry about letting people down, but it lacks the public accountability.

Sharing as you progress builds momentum and has the potential to pull in more interested people as you go. The downside is the opposite of the first style. If you fail to deliver, then you are left with apologizing and feeling like a failure in public. Usually though an apology is all that is required if you decide to pivot or lose interest.

I’ve been a part of both styles of launches, and I like sharing as I go. Talking about what I’m passionate about means more content and the ability to not only show my stuff but to hopefully help other people. If I come across one tip in the process and by sharing it helps just one person, I consider it a success.

That is all business really is. Helping people.

Keep A Praise File

I enjoy revisiting books that I’ve read in the past because each time you read it, you are in a different season of life. An example of this is the book Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon.

The first time I read it I remember he had two small pages on keeping a Praise File and I honestly thought it was a sort of, self-righteous I am the most remarkable human being in the world thing, to do. A few years later and now I get it 100%.

The more work you put out on the internet, the less praise you get. It takes its toll, and you have to stay on guard to not let people get you down. Having a folder full of lovely things is an excellent way of reminding yourself why you are doing what you are, and refocusing on the positive.

Just keep it private because you don’t want to come across as a narcissist on the social media.

Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash

Using Day One as a Morgue File

As a developer, I have to constantly learn new things pay attention to the tech news, and just always reading and researching. In the past, I’ve never really collected this information. I would use read later services or maybe hit like on a social media post, but the chances of me going to back to find it has been slim to none. If I couldn’t find it again from a search engine then it was gone forever for me.

Over the past few months, I’ve made a change to my workflow and started using the Day One journaling app as a morgue file, which comes from the newspaper office meaning a collection of old clippings, photographs, and information. Things you come across as you are researching goes in here.

Since so much of my life is digital I can utilize the Safari share extensions to easily save websites, capture screenshots, and copy and paste little quotes I come across. If I’m reading a physical​ book I can take a quick photo and store it.

Where this system has really shined is it’s both simple to review and completely searchable. So now I can find things easier than before. Plus you can use tags, different journals, locations, etc. I personally don’t go that far, and instead, ​opt for quick entry and trusting the search system and my memory for finding it later.

If you are not keeping some type of morgue file I challenge​ you to try it even if you don’t use what I am. Eventually, ​you are going to come back to a problem you solved and need to remember why. This is brilliant for that.