BBC – Culture – The London Underground map: The design that shaped a city

It looks like a cross between an electric circuit diagram and a Mondrian painting – but the London Underground map also revolutionised design. Jonathan Glancey travels back in time.

Source: BBC – Culture – The London Underground map: The design that shaped a city

When I was in grad school, the London Underground map was looked upon as one of the best examples of the ultimate in UX/UI design. It still stands the test of time, even with more rail lines added to the original.

This article is a great look at its history.

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The Slow, Sad, and Ultimately Predictable Decline of 3-D Printing | Inc.com

Stick a fork in 3-D printing, it’s done. Or at least everyone is starting to wonder why it is slipping off a ledge.

Source: The Slow, Sad, and Ultimately Predictable Decline of 3-D Printing | Inc.com

I was somewhat surprised to read this article, but it made sense on some level.  From my perspective, it seems like some of the more revolutionary technological advances intended for both consumer and business use are going through…growing pains, as I see it.  Google Glass was on the right track in some instances, and not in others.  Hololens, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are taking over some of the experiences from Glass, and while those are cool for gaming and other uses, they still aren’t entirely practical just yet.  3-D printing, I think still has a lot of potential, but between not getting some of the 3-D printing nuances down, getting the costs of the printers and materials down, it’s not making it practical. A regular paper printer is significantly cheaper to make origami 3-D items before making ones on 3-D printers, but I still contend that it’s still finding its way into figuring out its true purpose. I still want to learn more about it.

What do you think? Include your comments below.

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Money & Career: Looking for a Job? 8 Things You Can Do Now to Land Your Next Position | Get Old

Looking for a job is almost never fun, but doing so when you’re in your 40s, 50s, and beyond can be even harder.

Source: Money & Career: Looking for a Job? 8 Things You Can Do Now to Land Your Next Position | Get Old

Oh, this article resonated with me quite a bit, and understanding that I know several people who fit into this age category and dilemma, I thought I’d share it. There are some good tips in here.

What do you think? Do you have any tips to add? Include them in the comments below.

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Is HTML5 the new Windows? | TechCrunch – Linkis.com

If you are as old as me, you remember the transition from MS DOS to Windows in the early 1990s. Might the arrival of new cloud-based apps that run in a web browser and store their data in the cloud…

Source: Is HTML5 the new Windows? | TechCrunch – Linkis.com

This is an interesting article that puts some of coding history into perspective for those of us going forward in the digital world. While I do remember the shift from MS-DOS to Windows 3.0, I wasn’t a programmer, and knew just a little bit about that sort of thing–I knew the basics. I regret that I didn’t do more to learn things then, and progress with the times. Not that I’d necessarily be a programmer/developer, but at least know more for better understanding, and it would lend itself well to my technical writing.

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BBC – Culture – Why is Canadian English unique?

America’s neighbour resisted annexation by the US and its people remained subjects of the British monarch. But Canada’s English isn’t British or American, writes James Harbeck.

Source: BBC – Culture – Why is Canadian English unique?

Happy Canada Day! I was happy to see this article that is appropriate for this day, and see that it’s addressed. Americans often don’t realize how much Canada directly affects much of our culture. Some of our favorite actors, actresses, comedians, and musicians come from Canada. I swear that most of the HGTV channel’s programming comes from Canada! And there are a LOT of Canadian members of the STC, including our immediate past president, Bernard Aschwanden.

Canadian is a unique form of English. As the article says, it’s not quite British or American, yet there are elements of both. Perhaps the North American standard should not be US American, but Canadian as a bow to both of the main two dialects usually taught? Great article.

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Should your content generate leads or relationships – Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}

There are two content marketing camps. Should your content generate leads or relationships? A discussion of both views.

Source: Should your content generate leads or relationships – Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}

One of my digital marketing profs from Rutgers, Mark Schaefer, wrote this gem (although he writes a lot of gems).  I like his approach here–and it’s one that’s a big part of what I often say is the role of social media as well–is that content is to form relationships. You can generate lots of leads, but if those leads don’t turn into relationships, then they are worthless.  Social media, I’ve often argued, is one of the means of conversation in the relationship between customers/clients and providers.

What do you think about Mark’s take on this? Include your comments below.

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What They Don’t Tell You as a Working Mom | Sallie Krawcheck | LinkedIn

Here’s what working-outside-the-home mothers are told again and again: the early years of their kids’ lives are going to be tough. Sleep deprivation while trying to establish your career while working

Source: What They Don’t Tell You as a Working Mom | Sallie Krawcheck | LinkedIn

I thought Sallie Krawcheck got a raw deal when she was asked to leave Merrill Lynch. I was there at the time, and thought she was fabulous. Reading many of her articles, including this one, allows me to know that my faith in her abilities isn’t unwarranted.

I really like what Sallie has to say here. If anything, it’s a relief to know, based on what she’s written here, that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, albeit a long tunnel.  I’m right in the middle of those teen years with my son, and with his special needs piles on top of typical teen stuff, it’s not easy at all. Throw in the fact that I’m working two jobs, not just one, and that makes it all that much more difficult. Most women my age are coming to the end of those teen years, but not me, since I had my son later. And those “formative teen years” will probably extend beyond high school. My husband does help, but it’s not the same as being the mom.

I’m encouraged that eventually, things will let up, and I will be able to do more of what I want to do, and dedicate myself to projects that enthuse me more.  Sallie says there’s a light at the end of the tunnel–I have to believe her right now.

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