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  1. Book Review: The Zombie Survival Guide

    April 20, 2020

    Cover: The Zombie Survival GuideGiven our circumstances vis-à-vis the COVID-19 outbreak, I’ve had some time to sort through my book collection and stumbled upon The Zombie Survival Guide. I figured it might be fun to write a tongue-in-cheek review that includes some practical advice.

    In the wake of American pop culture’s love affair with vampires and werewolves—courtesy of True Blood and the Twilight series—Americans have found a new outside threat to fear—or love—zombies! Although zombies—and more broadly, the undead—have been documented in literature and part of oral traditions throughout human history, they were largely restricted to a small cluster. However, with worldwide air travel, global media, and our current understanding of pathogens, the prospect of a zombie pandemic gained mainstream attention in 2010 in the pilot for AMC’s Walking Dead, an adaptation of the comic-book series of the same name. Read More

  2. The Client, with Apologies to Edgar Allan Poe

    Innovating UX Practice

    Inspirations from software engineering

    A column by Peter Hornsby
    April 25, 2016

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, eyesight bleary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of UX lore—
    While I nodded, merely stalling, suddenly there came a calling,
    Like a baby loudly bawling, a sound I’d heard too much before.
    “’Tis some client,” I muttered, “calling for some tiresome chore—
    Only this and nothing more.”

    Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
    And each hopeless sketch found its place upon the floor.
    Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow
    From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow I could not ignore—
    For the rare and radiant design that the clients all adore—
    Besought here for evermore. Read More

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