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  • 9/11: Year Three | O Danny Boy
    downtown obscured by smoke The tower collapsing slowly in bits and the glimpse the horrible glimpse for just a moment of the perfect blue sky there in the place the tower once stood The men in suits trudging up Broadway covered in ash moving like zombies The plume of brown smoke rising up over the tip of the city like some monstrous hand and index finger pointing down to the devastation The thousands fleeing the city on foot over the bridges The signs of the missing on walls and telephone poles The flowers at the firehouse I used to walk past each morning The gap in the skyline so jarring looking down 8th Avenue The smell too is still immediately accessible to me an acrid stench of burning tires and smoldering plastic and charred flesh and hair It lingered for weeks riding on the crisp autumnal air through the streets of New York Ill winds My daughter s fourth birthday is tomorrow so like every year there is little time for grieving what with the party preparations and the last minute gifts to buy This hastily written remembrance will have to suffice I have to keep looking forward and maybe that s for the best I have that luxury Let us never forget the 3 000 people who do not 11 September 2004 Dan Post navigation Blog Database Hosed Model Trains and the Design of Interactive Systems One thought on 9 11 Year Three dclittle says 6 October 2004 at 11 45 pm You were there I wasn t yet through TV I most certainly WAS Your hastily written remembrance contains words that aptly describe the emotions that for me words couldn t even describe I m glad that you mentioned your daughter s fourth birthday For us 9 11

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  • 9/11: Year Four | O Danny Boy
    says 12 September 2005 at 9 40 pm Hi Dan Best wishes for your daughters bir day Thanx for the weath of resources i get from ur blog Keep up the good work Sonica UI Designer Delhi India Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Wordpress Hashcash needs javascript to work but your browser has javascript

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  • 9/11: Year Five | O Danny Boy
    of that day as I stood there still stand there on the roof in SoHo watching the Towers fall is how little control we have over our lives And that is a message one can either embrace or deny I have tried both My message this year is exactly the same last year Osama bin Laden is still at large and three thousand people remain dead and unavenged Nothing has changed except that more people have died for nothing But I am not surprised 9 11 was the excuse for evil people to do more evil As the Buddha rightly noted hatred does not cease in this world by hating only by not hating Enough Enough I will close with a piece of my Year Two Remembrance when I think I saw the event through the clearest lens close enough to still smell the acrid stench of horror but far enough away to turn away from it as well I also have something else thanksgiving I m glad I didn t go in early that day Glad I didn t get that job on floor 83 of Tower Two I interviewed for just weeks before Glad I was not on a plane trip or simply walking by the WTC like I did every day for a year And glad I could make it home on September 12 for my daughter s first birthday Thanksgiving will come early for me every year from now on September 11th will be a day I remember how much I have to lose and how quickly it can be taken away I will remember the value of friendship how I fled to Brooklyn and sought shelter at Sylvia Bachmann s house I will remember the feeling of walking through my front door the next day

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  • Help Me Find My Next Adventure | O Danny Boy
    but would equally like a really interesting product Dog friendly office a plus My preference is to working on consumer projects that go beyond web or a single app preferably in the hardware software space devices robots consumer electronics appliances etc I m an expert in touchscreen and gestural interfaces as well as web mobile and desktop apps Here s my resume pdf and my portfolio Contact me if you have or know of a good fit for my experience and interests Thanks 20 May 2011 Dan Post navigation Lessons from the First 50 Days of 100 Days of Design Windows 8 The Ribbon and Designing with Data 2 thoughts on Help Me Find My Next Adventure tom says 3 August 2011 at 5 16 pm good luck finding a new exciting job what s going to happen with Kicker Studio Reply Dan says 3 August 2011 at 5 21 pm Kicker is continuing on with two of the other co founders Jody and Jennifer running it Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Wordpress Hashcash needs javascript to work but your browser has javascript disabled

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  • 2011 Personal Goals | O Danny Boy
    In the end who gives a shit See friends more I m so much happier when I do social activities and or meet friends for drinks at least once a week I don t do it enough Friends reading this consider yourself on notice Pause before snapping Before lashing out try to figure out why I m angry or frustrated Is it something the other person said or did or am I overreacting Focus on the feeling first then articulate it if appropriate Sit on angry emails for a long while Read more fiction My 2010 books were heavily weighed towards non fiction I should add more fiction to the mix More live music Really any live music I don t think I saw a single show in 2010 Daily pause Fifteen minutes a day of doing nothing but sitting quietly Call it prayer meditation whatever Focus Fight envy It s a poison and leads to thinking badly about myself I can only live my life as best as I can My only true competition is myself 31 December 2010 Dan Post navigation 2010 Bibliography 2011 Professional Goals Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published

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  • Why I’ll Never Write Fiction Again | O Danny Boy
    it never does roar out of you do something else The roaring has stopped for me so I m doing something else So away goes the Revolutionary War spy novel I ve been thinking about for over a dozen years now and away goes the scifi novel set 100 years into an electricity free but zombie full future that I started a few months ago I ll give you the first line of that one When the computer turned on after nearly a century of silence Arturo Lord of Willock didn t hear its whisper over the clang of swords from the courtyard below Feel free to finish it I have other projects to work on That s what this decision is really about the biggest question of all what do you spend your time doing How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives writes Annie Dillard I already have a hobby that I enjoy that I m never going to be good much less great at playing the cello I want to do more of that I want to grow my business and make it one of the best design firms in the world I want to focus on my family it won t be that many years until my daughter is goes away to college I want to do more design projects and become a stronger better designer I want to write another design book on designing devices I want to design products that are important lasting meaningful All these things require focus Deeper not broader is my new mantra While I enjoy being well rounded at a certain age a tight focus on what is important and what you realistically can accomplish is essential We do after all only have a limited time on this earth and we really don t know how limited Sometimes you have to listen to what the universe is telling you I ve written two mostly well received design books I get asked to speak on design all over the world I work on cool design projects that I enjoy and that can and will change the world My company is starting to take off This is a pretty clear message that I ve found my niche my bliss even if it isn t anywhere close to what I thought it would be 20 years ago Only a fool would ignore such signs I m a published author three times over So it s not like I don t have books Writing non fiction is something I never expected in my life and I suppose the lesson there is to leave enough space in your life for the unexpected as well Frank Bascombe the protagonist in the great trilogy of novels by Richard Ford discovers this as well I think setting aside fiction writing for sportswriting and eventually selling real estate We don t know the turns our lives will take and as Ford writes The only

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  • Blog All Dogeared Pages: Richard Ford's The Sportswriter
    someone else s calamities and fuck ups p 97 A life can simply change the way a day changes sunny to rain like the song says But it can also change again p 107 Married life requires shared mystery even when all the facts are known p 131 If you lose all hope you can always find it again p 131 Some things just can t be explained They just are And after a while they disappear usually forever or become interesting in another way p 223 You can t be too conventional That s what ll save you p 335 At one time or another like it or not we all become invisible loosed from body and duty left to drift on the night breeze to do as we will to cast about for what we would like to be when we next occur Just to slide away like a whisper down the wind is no small freedom and if we re lucky to win such a setting free even if it s bad events that cause it we should use it for it is the only naturally occurring consolation that comes to us sole and sovereign without props or the forbearance of others among whom I mean to include God himself who does not let us stay invisible long since that is a state he reserves for himself God does not help those who are invisible too p 339 The only truth that can never be a lie let me tell you is life itself the thing that happens p 374 Grief real grief is relatively short though mourning can be long p 374 Originally posted at Tuesday October 13 2009 Comments 0 Previous Entry One Two Punch from Kicker I m really proud of Kicker Studio lately

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  • Life | O Danny Boy | Page 2
    Waxwings Low to the Ground The Magnetic Fields Distortion I ll tag four people with blogs to keep it going Jamin Hegemin Brian Oberkirch Matt Jones and Liz Danzico 19 February 2008 Dan 3 Comments A Meditation on Fate Chance and Luck at Year s End I ve never been a big believer in Fate with a capital F with its creepy overtones of predestination I don t care to think there is an intelligent power who has pre ordained your life for you or that your biology and environment makes it impossible for you do anything but what you will do Even if this may be true it s a horrible principle to base your life on I think By doing so you think the future is already determined and that makes life not really much worth living I do however believe in chance and luck Chance as I define it is an accidental event you have no control over that happens without your direct action A bridge collapsing picking up a magazine in a doctor s office and finding a great article overhearing your favorite song blasting out of someone s window all are examples of chance Chance can be random a kicked up stone hitting your windshield or semi random a terrorist blows up a building near you Random or really seemingly random chance is usually a result of some natural or social process Rust weakens a bridge for instance causing it to collapse Semi random chance is triggered by someone else s actions that in turn affect you A drunk driver smashes into your car It s caused by someone s actions but you did nothing to instigate or trigger the event personally Chance can ruin or make your life worse as anyone who has caught a strange illness can attest It can also enhance your life and this is what we call luck Luck is really just a type of chance an event that goes in your favor You can meet someone who offers you a job or becomes a spouse You can find money on the street You can win the lottery Bad luck is just chance really Now there are those who would argue that we make our own luck You have to be prepared to meet a possible spouse You have to buy the lottery ticket to win And I suppose there is some truth to this There s probably two forms of luck too The kind where you ve positioned yourself to receive it and the other kind which theologians call grace Grace is an unexpected undeserved gift You don t have to be prepared to receive it or worthy to receive it you just do Coincidence is a form of luck I think Bumping into the right person at the right time Having someone give you a book you were just thinking of It s a form of good luck I wish you and yours the best of luck in the new year 29 December 2007 Dan 4 Comments 2007 Review Work Travel Somehow it doesn t seem like it but running the numbers I traveled a lot less this year than in 2006 The raw stats are 56 days away in 2006 and only 41 in 2007 There were whole months that I stayed in San Francisco this year January April May October December and that only happened once in 2006 May and when I went anywhere it was for fewer days Good thing I can sleep on red eye flights In both years there was still one ginormous trip Sydney in 2006 Malmo Copenhagen Amsterdam in 2007 The difference was I think a client project in early 2006 that had me on site nearly every week for several months and that bumped up the travel time This past year I did spend time in some cool places The aforementioned Malmo Copenhagen and Amsterdam Vancouver Toronto Austin Helsinki Chicago and Washington D C Next year is already filling up with trips to Japan San Diego Austin Savannah and Washington D C already scheduled and rumors of Copenhagen and Sydney on the horizon I ll see you somewhere 8 December 2007 Dan Leave a comment How to Be Taken Seriously in Blog Comments or Mailing Lists I moderate a handful of blogs and sit on a number of mailing lists Occasionally people will post to a list and get no response or leave a blog comment that gets ignored or deleted Here s why You won t be taken seriously by me or anyone else unless you Use reasonable English grammar Even if you don t speak English as your first language you can at least obey some basic English conventions like capitalization and punctuation Amazingly it is usually English speakers who are the worst at this If you have a lot to say break it up into paragraphs One giant paragraph is annoying Actually read what you ve responded to It s amazing how much misreading or skimming of a post people do before responding Closely read the post to see if your criticism or concern has already been addressed Be reasonable when what you are responding to is reasonable Respond to reasonable discussions reasonably Ignore unreasonable discussions This is hard Participate in the discussion If you only post with problems or to complain and never contribute solutions or interesting commentary you don t have much credibility Don t comment anonymously If you believe what you are saying be an adult and put your name on it If you are too cowardly to leave your name you probably shouldn t be commenting So there you have it Feel free to comment 4 March 2007 Dan 5 Comments 2006 A Year of Words and Travel You d think in a year when I wrote and published a book that would be the thing I think about the most when reflecting about the year But oddly enough it isn t Instead

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