Remember The Milk

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 2.15.05 PMLooking for an easier way to manage your tasks and run errands? Just Remember The Milk (RTM)!

”Manage tasks quickly and easily. Get reminded, anywhere. Organize the way you want to. Locate your tasks. Work together to get things done. Add tasks wherever you are.”

RTM is a free web-based and cross-platform time management program. RTM syncs with your GPS, saves commonly used locations, receives reminders or alerts from AIM, Skype, SMS, and can postpone tasks. With this program/app you will “never forget the milk or anything else.” Remember Them Milk is Free, why not give it a try?

Trial by Fire

Being controversial on purpose won’t get you invited to a lot of parties, but it might make you a better writer.

Defending your ideas can be terrifying; most people instinctively avoid confrontation. But debate sharpens both your ideas and your rhetoric. Early rhetoricians studied the subject for the express purpose of speaking in the public forum. They knew that ideas forged in the fire of controversy naturally become stronger – or, if they aren’t strong in the first place, burn out. And there’s nothing wrong with that. A weak idea that burns out is almost always a learning experience.

For some tips on how to actually go about raising some hell, check out this article at copybot.

 

Perfectionist Mode: ENGAGE

Sometimes “good enough” just isn’t quite good enough, and that search box really does need to move 3px to the left. Unluckily for perfectionists everywhere, it can be hard to communicate to peers, higher-ups, and engineers just how important 3px can be.

It is for those unlucky perfectionists that Braden Kowitz wrote this article at the Google Ventures blog. Kowitz outlines the language disconnect, specifically focusing on the point where engineers and designers find friction: implementation.

Kowtiz suggests an understanding, flexible approach. Batch up the work into a fix-it day the way bugs are often batched. Polish as you go, instead of expecting perfection upfront. And finally, do the engineers a favor and stay away from customization icebergs (custom tasks where there is a deceptively large amount of back-end work to keep up with).

Liza Potts on CHAT and NexUX

Our very own Liza Potts recently made a mark in North Carolina. After leading a workshop for NCSU PhD students in the CRDM program (Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media), she gave a plenary talk for both the CHAT festival and the NexUX festival.

The talk addressed WRAC’s new B.A. Program in Experience Architecture and Potts’ research on UX and disaster. “That was a great experience, because it brought together scholars working in the Digital Humanities as well as user experience designers and researchers working in user experience (UX) and human-computer interaction (HCI).” said Potts.