Better if used by

CAM00739[1]My box of Cookie Crisps has a “Better if used by” date. It’s in June 2015.

“Well, it’s pretty great stuff, but I have to say after you’ve had it for a year, it really does just lose something. A bit of that essential vitality goes missing. Sad, really. To have such glory come to such an ignominious end. Oh well, better pop off for a fresh box; it’s time for my quarterly bowl.”

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Take a Break from Sound Bites

Take a week off from reading Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, your feed reader, etc. See how it affects you. If you do read, read a book or a bit of long-form journalism. Just make it something that has enough space to really expand and hit its stride and get its entire point across — instead of rapid-fire, quote-worthy, link-baity bits.

I did this once before. After one week, I noted a significant increase in personal mindfulness and time spent thinking in general, and a greater urge to write. I will do it again this week.

You should, too.

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Put thought into your UI wording

I just received an email from a company with this line in the footer:

unsubscribe

Clicking the link immediately unsubscribes you, without confirmation. Now yes, this is appropriate for an unsubscribe link, but the text implies the link takes you to a settings page of some sort, rather than taking action. The action wording comes after the link. I didn’t see that part until after I clicked and got the “you’re unsubscribed” page. Bad design.

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Internet Age Idioms

portraitsWill future periods refer back to phrases coined in the last fifteen years? Will our memes become their old sayings?

Will I, as an old man in the 2050s, comfort my grandson (a budding author whose latest doorstopper was just rejected for publishing) by shaking my head and saying, “You know what they say: too long; didn’t read.”

You know the old adage, “Pics or it didn’t happen.”

I heard there were some break-ins in our neighborhood. Better hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife.

I can see the political campaign slogans now. “Your policies are bad and you should feel bad!” “I can haz benefits?” And the acceptance speeches… “Looks like everything’s coming up Milhouse!”

I’d explore this topic further, but ain’t nobody got time for that. Thanks Obama.

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Well Then

I was looking through my old entry drafts to see if there was anything I could clean up and post. This was one from March of 2012:

Yo yo yo

public void main () {
    System.out.println("hi");
}

Word

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