Sunday, January 26, 2014

APE 2013 Debrief

Okay, it's been a helluva year. I'm just now getting around to documenting the cool stuff we saw at APE 2013. Here goes:

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tableau training resources

As a new Tableau Desktop user, I'm on the search for resources. The list below compiles items I found on my own with ideas from our great account rep at Tableau, Tony Clark (no relation).

Feel free to add to this list in the Comment section, and I'll revise!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My theory of "literally"

I haven't bothered to see if anyone else has put this theory forth so here goes.

Today, there was some article on how the meaning of literally had been co-opted in recent slang. This got me to thinking - why do we say literally all of them were delicious or literally everyone was there. What's wrong with all or everyone?

I think that Gens X and Y are part of a language movement towards exaggeration. So much has happened in the last forty years in the US, in the World, in technology - we are overwhelmed by possibilities. In such a world, where a human ear can be grown on the back of a mouse, how can we make sure our words have enough emphasis? We exaggerate.

I do this all the time - subconsciously. If there were three of something I'm describing, five comes out of my mouth. If there were in actuality ten thousand, I'll say millions. Maybe I started it as a way to make what I was saying more interesting. Maybe it's a self-inflicted impostor syndrome defect. I don't know. But I do it. I try to catch myself, but it's such a habit that I don't always catch the words before they spring forth.

It seems to me that literally everyone in Gen Y does this. Maybe not all Gen X'ers, but we definitely planted the seeds with Valley Girl slang (totally! awesome!) and now we reap what we sowed. Why say something was amazing when you can say it was literally the best thing ever. Isn't that more fun? And who cares if it's not true - some new amazing thing will come tomorrow that we can honestly label as literally the best thing ever.


What a fucking year

This last year has been gnarly. New job, illness, family crisis, surgery, move, more illness. I've finally gotten a handle on it, so I plan to start writing again.

Thank god the blog doesn't complain when I neglect it.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Renegade Craft Fair Finds

We took a few hours today to visit the San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair, which was held at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion today. The following places were super cool and we don't want to forget them.


The full list of vendors can be found on the Renegade Craft Fair site.