Summer Solstice Links

Jun 21, 2008

  • Bicycle Friendly Communities
    I would consider making this list being a stong indicator that a city is a pretty good place to live. I recently was in Portland, OR, the first large city in the US to reach platinum status. When I was there the amount of bike commuters, bike lanes and “share the road” type signs was amazing. They are probably even happier about their investment in the bicycle infrastucture with gas prices the way they are now.
  • New Hampshire Railroad Revitalization Association (NHRRA)
    To me a part of short term answer to skyrocketing fuel costs is to look at Europe. When I have been in Europe, whose gasoline costs have been much higher than ours for a long time, 2 things really stood out: small cars dominate the roads and the fact that the trains that seem to go everywhere. Bringing back rail will be more dificult in states with smaller populations like New Hampshire, but it also makes sense as everthing is further apart and therefore a longer drive. Right now the only rail in NH is the Amtrak Downeaster which briefly passes through towns a few towns out towards the coast. There has been some talk of a “Capitol Corridor” line which would connect Nashua and Manchester to Boston.
  • 31 Places to go this summer
    The White Mountains of NH, where I spend a lot of time, are number 2 on this list. Ok so it’s not in order of rank, but it’s still cool to see it included on this excellent list.
  • 5 Places not to go this summer
    A list of the interesting tourist spots that Americans can’t visit.

The Good Ol’ Days

Jun 14, 2008

3.99 gas prices

I took this picture because as high as gas prices are now, I have a feeling we’re going to be looking back before long wishing for the good ol’ days of $3.99 gas. Hope I’m wrong.

Googley Design Principles

Jun 8, 2008

I came across these Google design principles the other day while working on a user experience document, and I thought it would be worth posting here. If more developers/designers used philosophies like this we would gain a lot more milliseconds (ahem, Yahoo!)

  1. Focus on people—their lives, their work, their dreams.
  2. Every millisecond counts.
  3. Simplicity is powerful.
  4. Engage beginners and attract experts.
  5. Dare to innovate.
  6. Design for the world.
  7. Plan for today’s and tomorrow’s business.
  8. Delight the eye without distracting the mind.
  9. Be worthy of people’s trust.
  10. Add a human touch.