Neanderthal DNA is why I ❤ ❤ ❤ meat
In a very unexpected twist in my relationship with at-home ancestry kits, I recently received an email letting me know that I am part Neanderthal. Or more specifically, that I have more Neanderthal DNA than 97% of the company’s customers.
I found this intriguing, so after finishing my afternoon hunt, I lit a fire and settled onto my woolly mammoth fur rug to more deeply ponder this revelation. Having read Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, I know that contrary to popular understanding, Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens did not exist in serial; rather, they co-existed for a period and “canoodled,” thus intermingling genes. …
Being Asian in California is all the personal protection I need
My coworker was recently telling me about a podcast she had been listening to called Relative Unknown, detailing a woman’s life in the witness protection program after her father testified against fellow Hell’s Angel gang members. Her family was uprooted and sent to a rundown town in Montana.
As a person of Asian descent, I know that this would never happen to me and my family. If we were ever to testify against a band of powerful people and then be shuttled off for our protection, we could never be dumped in a shanty-town in the middle of Nowhere, USA and expected to blend in. A family of Asian Americans showing up in middle America without explanation or legitimate paperwork would certainly arouse the suspicion of the local townsfolk and, in this day and age, would likely result in a surprise visit from ICE. …
Unpacking the true perils of the much-envied Asian metabolism
I recently had a discussion with an acquaintance regarding extreme diets, including the benefits of intermittent fasting. A keto devotee, she commits to a no sugar, no carb, organic, non-GMO diet while also participating in intermittent fasting to maintain her goal weight.
Now, I’m not personally a believer in super restrictive diets. Perhaps ignorant — because I’m a child of the ’80s when cheese came in pressurized cans and slumber parties always entailed the offer of eating raw cookie dough or frosting right out of the container (both of which I declined because I’m Chinese and these are not things we were raised to do or understand) — I take food kind of as-is, the way God and/or CPG conglomerates intended. …
Every Asian’s disappointment with at-home ancestry kits
I’m obsessed with at-home ancestry kit commercials. Featured in every commercial is a Caucasian person, eyes blazing as they recount the excitement from discovering that their great-great-great-grandfather was a poor fisherman in [insert European country] who dreamed of a better life and found a path to the land of milk and honey. …
Masterminding the best marketing campaign of my career, all to benefit those most in need
Some years ago, I was working at a small tech company in the Bay Area and right around this time of year (November), they announced our participation in a food donation drive for a local charity.
More than a week later, the donation barrel remained empty. …
This guiding question at the heart of Marie Kondo’s radically simple KonMari method may offer more than just advice on tidying your home. While many people associate Kondo’s methods with cleaning and organizing, it’s really about being present and discarding items that lack value. And this philosophy applies to more than just material possessions in the home.
We’ve all experienced websites that are too complex, too cluttered, too time consuming, or just plain un-easy on the eyes. Sometimes, you grin and bear it for products or sites you’re fond of and that you’ve grown attached to. …
It was a typical Thursday morning at work. I was attending the bi-weekly engineering meeting where team members demonstrate the progress they’ve made on their assigned projects.
Our UX Researcher was sharing videos from one of our customers, a major makeup brand. The company wanted feedback on their mobile app, which uses Augmented Reality (AR) to overlay makeup on the user’s face, much like a filter. No longer would a user have to wonder: How would that shade look on me? Or, can I pull this off? …
By now, I’m sure that you’ve heard of the KonMari method. The international bestseller — now a popular Netflix series — champions a distinct methodology for tidying one’s home. In the effort to decide what in one’s surroundings stays and what goes, a person must ask a single, seemingly innocuous, question:
“Does this spark joy?”
Skeptics may scoff, but the KonMari method — brainchild and namesake of Marie Kondo, a former Shinto shrine attendant turned organizing guru — is credited with inspiring people across the globe to purge their homes of unneeded items in an effort to enjoy a happier and more peaceful life. …
An ode about UX a la Dr. Seuss
Today you’re in luck.
You’re launching great products
That’ll earn you a buck…
… or two or three
Or four or more!
There’s simply no counting
The ROI that you’ll score!
You have ideas in your head
And hypotheses to test
So you gather customer feedback
To ensure they’re the best.
In just a few hours, you’ll review the replies.
The customer experience will be revealed — right before your eyes!
With your team full of insights, and your stakeholders agreed
You’ll make data-driven decisions and then you’ll proceed.
THE THINGS YOU’LL TEST! …
The Delicate Dance of Design
Where palettes and plies intersect
The comparison first came to mind as I watched the Design Manager describe ideating a new design system. “We really wanted to explore this idea…” he started, his two hands turning over, palms facing upwards like a flower in bloom. Like deja vu or some other mysterious brain spasm, I was instantly transported back to high school, to ballet class with a visiting teacher. “Your hand should be fluid,” he told us, “like a fish.” Then he raised his hand to demonstrate — it undulating like an elegant carp.
With instances like the one I just described, it’s pretty easy to draw similarities between design and dance. Both are professions with a firm footing (no pun intended) in the arts. Both focus on marrying function and aesthetics: conveying an idea, message or benefit beautifully and for the customer’s enjoyment. …