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  • Andy Skelton 10:57 am on June 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Adding Songs to Baby Dance 

    The girls (3 & 4) have a tiny subset of my music library on their devices. It’s time to update their playlist which I named Baby Dance back when they were babies. They hear songs they want from my library and ask for them. Some I added by request, some by paternalartistic edict. Might as well give them a good dose of the stuff that’ll be making them roll their eyes after they become convinced that all parents are lame. Mom will let me know if I accidentally added anything that doesn’t belong.

    The Beatles – Love Me Do, Penny Lane, Help!
    Ben Folds – Still Fighting It
    Blind Melon – No Rain
    Bob Dylan – Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat, Just Like a Woman
    Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
    Cake – Short Skirt/Long Jacket
    Caribou – Andorra (album)
    Carole King – I Feel The Earth Move
    Construction Joe – Lizard
    The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out (album)
    Erik Satie – Three Gymnopédies 1-3
    Frank Turner – Dan’s Song
    Jack Johnson – Mudfootball
    Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl
    Manitoba/Caribou – Up In Flames (album)
    Outkast – My Favorite Things
    Phish – Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Esther, Tweezer, Chalk Dust Torture
    Queen – You’re My Best Friend
    Shawn Wasabi – Marble Soda
    Soundtrack – Broken Flowers (Ethiopian jazz)
    Soundtrack – Waking Life (tango)
    Thievery Corporation – The Mirror Conspiracy (album)
    UB40 – The Way You Do The Things You Do
    Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman (album)

    They already have a lot of songs and kids’ albums but I’m always looking for recommendations.

    • Robert Felty 1:17 pm on June 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Nice list! My kids really love Danger Zone from Top Gun. What kind of devices do they have?

    • Kelley Jordan-White 6:37 pm on June 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good evening,
      I too share with my children the gift of quality music. Here are my recommendations:
      Chicago – Saturday in the Park
      Christopher Cross – Ride Like the Wind
      Cold Play – Paradise
      Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
      Donald Fagen – IGY (What a Beautiful World)
      Elvis Presley – Rubberneckin
      England Dan and John Ford Coley – Love is the Answer
      Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better
      Huey Lewis and The News – Do You Believe in Love?
      Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
      Pharrell Williams – Happy
      Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give it Away
      Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come
      Steely Dan – Aja
      Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say I Love You
      Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

      Let me know what you think. While selecting the songs, I was mindful of their tender ages.
      Take care of yourself, so that you may take care of those who love you.

  • Andy Skelton 1:45 pm on June 3, 2015 Permalink  

    Two kinds of NUX 

    To me there are two different ways to read the term “NUX”.

    • (NU)X is the experience provided to new users. (New User)’s Experience
    • N(UX) is when any user experiences something unfamiliar. Novel (User Experience)

    “NUX” commonly means (NU)X. We use “new users” to refer to people who are signing up and starting to use the service. “NUX” therefore refers to the signup flow and maybe some early interactions.

    I prefer to think in terms of N(UX) because it’s user-centric and personalized. (NU)X is an onboarding process with an end whereas N(UX) treats novelty from the viewpoint of the user throughout their lifetime. You can apply N(UX) thinking to (NU)X but that’s not where it ends. And not every (NU)X is a N(UX).


    we should try to offer the right variation for individual users

    New users all look pretty much the same on arrival: just a bunch of unauthenticated HTTP requests for a signup page. When you know nothing about the individual users you can’t differentiate between them to sort them into signup variations. The more you know about them, the better you can tailor their experience. Do they need a guide? A map? A hint? A challenge? No help at all?

    It looks like you are trying to start a blog. Can I help?

    Clippy was a good idea that became an ironic cliché because it was too eager to help. It kept repeating its distracting wiggle onto the screen long after the user stopped needing its simplistic instruction. Good help can come from an automated agent if it doesn’t take the form of an attention-starved acrobat.

    Please listen carefully as our menu options have changed.

    This ubiquitous admonition is annoyingly disingenuous. They don’t actually keep track of whether you have called and listened to the menu since the latest update. Good help remembers what you already know.

     Yellow! Yellow! Yellow! Yellow!

    Have you ever noticed a newly installed traffic signal on your daily commute? Commuters are terrible at noticing because they are conditioned by familiarity to be less alert. This is why new traffic lights are magnets for accidents. Where I live, road crews typically give commuters a few days of flashing yellow to alert them. Blogging about a change isn’t enough; respecting the habits of seasoned users saves lives.


    With N(UX) you can see that every user slips in and out of familiarity. Even tenured users and the developers themselves go through N(UX) now and then. My WordPress.com account is ten years old and I’m constantly getting N(UX)ed.

    Knowing whether a given user is in unfamiliar territory depends on knowing where the user has been and whether the territory has changed. Depending on how comfortable they are with novelty, they’ll either need a guided tour or be happy with a hint.

    N(UX) is not a yes-or-no question, a one-way ramp or a single fact for each user. It is a record of a relationship between a person and software, a profile that maps familiarities and predilections. The software has a “mental model” of the person and adjusts itself to suit them, or offers instruction when needed.

    For a start, ask the beginning user if they want help. Just not too acrobatically.

  • Andy Skelton 12:39 pm on April 20, 2015 Permalink  

    Two Colors 


  • Andy Skelton 9:41 am on December 9, 2014 Permalink  

    Favorite part of new stats 

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  • Andy Skelton 1:40 pm on December 1, 2014 Permalink  

    Editing /etc/hosts in emacs 

    Excerpt from ~/.emacs:

    (defun hosts ()
    "Open /etc/hosts as root."
    (find-file "/sudo::/etc/hosts"))

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