Silicon Alley.

On cats and “Behavior Modification Empires”…

I think we know that Facebook is turning us into trained dogs. We know we’re being trained. We can feel ourselves being turned into trained circus animals. And we long for that independence that cats show. So when you look at a cat video, what you’re really seeing is this receding identity that you want to cling to and find again.


Life is like a box of noodles.

Why questions more important than answers…

When the spiritual teacher and his disciples began their evening meditation, the cat who lived in the monastery made such noise that it distracted them. So the teacher ordered that the cat be tied up during the evening practice.

Years later, when the teacher died, the cat continued to be tied up during the meditation session. And when the cat eventually died, another cat was brought to the monastery and tied up.

Centuries later, learned descendants of the spiritual teacher wrote scholarly treatises about the religious significance of tying up a cat for meditation practice.

Adobe XD CC.

Adobe's answer to Sketch is now on version 1.0

Sketch was* my tool of choice for wireframing and prototyping, so I never gave Adobe XD a chance. (This coming from someone whose career was built on an Adobe product is quite something.) Since it came out of beta, I thought I’d give XD a long-overdue test drive.

Adobe XD is lightweight and fast as hell, uses familiar Photoshop shortcuts, and has some nifty features like Repeat Grid. But I couldn’t resize symbols & had to create new symbols for every screen size. More importantly, it doesn’t have a plug-in ecosystem (yet).

I don’t know if I would use XD for commercial work just yet–the thought of prototyping a responsive site without an Auto Layout equivalent makes me shudder. If you’re already on an Adobe subscription, Adobe XD totally makes sense.

* Educational licensing is a ponderous thing in academia.