Today marks the end of my first week with this e-bike and I’m in love!
It’s now my main form of #transportation after a year of relying mostly on e-scooters and ride shares. Now more than ever, I‘m glad I decided to go carless when I moved to California!
I want to self-host my first blog, so I went the static site generator route with Hexo on Mac.
I got errors at first because my Node version was out of date. Then I updated Node, but the old version was still being referenced. I reinstalled it with Homebrew, didn't work so I uninstalled Node altogether. Used NVM install instead. First had to fix a bash profile issue to get NVM installed at all. Finally used it to install Node again. Now that everything's working, I like what I've seen of Hexo so far.
As an end-of-year project I decided to figure out how much I spent last year commuting without owning a car 🛴 🚲 http://outer-outer.space/cost-of-commuting-2019
I went through my bank statements and tabulated my commuting-related expenses in Apple Numbers (spoiler: I spent $5,204.33), then designed the charts in Figma. After that I built the interactive charts using ZingChart, and then built and published the project pages using Coda
Conclusions from last year: I'm riding the bus more 🚌 and using ride shares way less 🚗 this year
The best book I read in 2019 was "The Devil in The White City" by Erik Larson, about the Chicago World's Fair.
I love the vivid picture it paints of the US zeitgeist at the turn of the century by weaving together the stories of wildly different people who coexisted for an especially transformative moment in time.
I also enjoyed the unexpected intersection of architecture and crime against the backdrop of a rapidly industrializing society.
Just spent a wonderful week in London and brought back the following books from the Tate’s excellent selection and from London Design Week:
- “Bauhaus Ballet: A Popup Performance” by Gabby Dawnay & Lesley Barnes
- “Copywriting: Successful Writing for Design, Advertising and Marketing” by Mark Shaw
- “A Designer’s Research Manual” by Jenn & Ken Visocky O’Grady
- “Beauty” by Sagmeister & Walsh
- “Computational Thinking” by Peter J. Denning & Matti Tedre
- London Design Festival 2019 guidebook
What we've been thinking about all these years
Data, hmm. And yet not Spock.