So, this ad has been popping up _a lot_ in my timeline and it annoys me. The reason designers build art sites on a white cube / black box esthetic is simple: If your art website's design is memorable, it's detracting from your art. The only thing a visitor should remember about your art website is your art, everything else should just get out of the way. It's why museums hang works of paintings and photographs on white walls.

At the end of the day, which would you rather hear:

"I love the design of your website"


"I love your art"

Posted: Mar 19, 2019

Tribalism and Hate.

Food for thought:

Tribalism is the default state of humanity.  Every other form of extremist behavior is a realization of that: Racism, Homophobia, Islamophobia, antisemitism, bullying, (fill in the blank)-ophbia,  heck even the all or nothing in the political divide .. all the same thing.   We are programed to find out what's different.

We seek out what's different from us and attempt to remove it not out of hate but an unconscious survival instinct.  We are ensuring our tribe receives the resources it needs (the bottom tiers of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs).   This instinct dates back to the days where we lived in the jungles and we competed for food, shelter, mates, etc.    The world may have changed but the genes that made it a survival instinct for thousands of years are still there and we all act on them, consciously or unconsciously.  

I am not condoning the behavior.  I am not excusing the behavior.  I am trying to understand the behavior.  

  Posted: Mar 15, 2019

Dear CNN / MSNBC / FoxNews -

I hate to interrupt your programming (OrangeMan Good / OrangeMan Bad) but the New Zealand PM is giving a press conference about the #christchurch incident. Why are you making me watch One America News to see it?

No Love

Posted: Mar 14, 2019

Thinking about my PI day dinner. Do I want pizza or chicken pot?

Posted: Mar 14, 2019

I don't have the emotional bandwidth to care about rich celebrities cheating the system to get their kids into college.

Posted: Mar 12, 2019