Friday, August 02, 2013
1. Here's the complete run-down of my
two-year-old daughter's reaction to getting a booster shot yesterday:
"Ouch!" A nurse had earlier commented that most other children
her age do not sit still for their exams like she did.
Lately, she's been starting to interact with other kids at the playground and play make-believe. The other day, she was "driving" the firetruck model installed at a park and told me so.
"Well, where are we going?"
2. Have you ever found yourself flipping through the pages of a SkyMall catalogue during a flight? Have you ever subsequently wondered about the company behind the astonishing array of bizarre items? Go to town, then.
3. Have you ever done a double take when asked whether to opt in to (or was that out of?) an email list? Have you ever wondered why some setting on your smart phone was buried under six menu layers and governed by a radio button next to some mumbo jumbo? Welcome to the sleazy world of dark patterns.
Suddenly disabling text selection makes sense. They want to discourage people from bypassing their paywall by copying the job description and pasting it into Google as a search term. They don't want people to get to the true source. In this case the job was published on bloomberg's [sic] careers site where you can apply free.Cass Sunstein would be proud. (And Nick Corcodilos would probably say, "Par for the course", regarding the above example.)
4. I guess Item 2 of this list of "New Kinds of Anxiety the Internet Gave Us" (NSFW) explains the "Helvetica Rules" bumper sticker I found myself driving behind the other day.