Saturday, November 5, 2016

Song of the Day: "I Walk Alone"

It seems weird to have two people singing a song called "I Walk Alone." Especially when one of them is basically wasted on the effort.

Song: "I Walk Alone"
Artist: Cher/P!nk

Friday, November 4, 2016

Meanness in the Milieu

So this happened...

1) Tweet at the Dolly Parton concert in Vancouver BC.

2) Jimmy Kimmel gets involved.

3) Dolly Parton reads my "mean" tweet.

Song of the Day: "Oh Sarah"

Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to Earth has the critics convinced of he's the real deal (going so far as to suggest that Chris Stapleton was following his lead).

Song: "Oh Sarah"
Artist: Sturgill Simpson

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Song of the Day: "My Way"

I don't really care whether this new single from Calvin Harris is about her.

She knows who she is. And so do you (probably).


Hey look, gratuitous beefcake!

Song: "My Way"
Artist: Calvin Harris

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Song of the Day: "Get Right"

After Jimmy Eat World left their one hit wonder hit behind them I thought they would be another Collective Soul.

Maybe I was right. Since everything decays...

(I seriously dislike "Shine" and the first CS album, but the latter 2 albums are really strong. Mid-aughts songs from JEW are similarly infectious. This song isn't.)

Song: "Get Right"
Artist: Jimmy Eat World

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

IGTOFTS: What Number?

I am old. The font is small. The store number, a thing that was required for me to be able to refill my Rx online, is not labeled. It also has 2 superfluous digits, apparently (the field allowed for 5 numbers, there are 2, then a dash, then 4 numbers on the label and it accepted the last 4 numbers).

Boo. I'm too tired to be outraged right now.

#UXFail #FindTheStoreNumber #NotThePhoneNumber #DisregardTheSuperfluousLeaderDigits

IGTOFTS: Fighting Robots by Antagonizing Users

The machines, am I right? They're the worst (aside from all the times they've been fucking amazing, like now when I rant and it becomes ones and zeroes and suddenly you're reading this in the bathroom and wondering how I know that).

To keep machines/bots/droids/scripts/Muslims/fatties from gaining access to content that has some proprietary value to a website, developers use a test that humans should be able to complete easily but machines would not. These are typically called CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) which, OMFG it's a Turing test.

Which leads me to this... what the fucking what?

Now I'm no robot, but what is that string? 

I'm sure there's a fine line between aggravating users and defending against robots, but for fuck's sake, I'm just posting something to my own Facebook feed.

. #UXFail #IDontCareHowManyUsersIAnnoySoLongAsNoRobotsPass

IGTOFTS: Gray Fonts on Mobile Devices


I'm getting too old for this shit.

Specifically, I"m getting too old for shitty design that makes it difficult for my aging vision and/or brain to figure out what the fuck is going on.

I recently went looking for details on something, and, like many Millenials young youthful not-yet-dead Americans, I did it using my mobile device. My mobile device has a (nearly) 6-inch screen and its font setting is large. Both of these things were instantly undermined by the use of a light gray font.

Black text on white background. Select a typeface with serifs if your text will be dense (paragraphs). I know this is boring. But it works.

This doesn't work.

#UXFail #fonts #HasThisBeenTestedWithAnAlternativeDesignLikeEvenOnce

Song of the Day: "At the Ballet"

Barbra Streisand's 35th album, with the cumbersome title Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, seems like a mess. It's chock full of talent which, as we've discussed before, isn't always good. Listen to Streisand, Anne Hathaway, Daisy Ridley and Barbra Streisand's vanity tackle a poignant piece from A Chorus Line, draining it of tenderness and leaving its dried carcass in the middle of some road to nowhere.

Please note: this is the actual single from the album.

Why am I posting it? Because I wanted to hear Daisy Ridley sing. Why else?

Song: "At the Ballet"
Artist: Barbra Streisand/Daisy Ridley/Anne Hathaway

Monday, October 31, 2016

Song of the Day: "I Need You Tonight"

I've been considering this year's possible Grammy nominees and, among the possibilities for an Album of the Year nomination (via Grammy inertia; and not among those I think have the best chances, but I can totally see this surprise peeps) is Bonnie Raitt's 17th studio album, Dig In Deep.

So this happened...

Song: "I Need You Tonight"
Artist: Bonnie Raitt

Sunday, October 30, 2016