👋 Oi, mga repapips, Brian Dys here! I love music, photography, and creative stuff like UX design and art. This is a place where I collect my thoughts and works. Apart all these, I’m Jaycelle’s better half and Bryce’s dad. 🥰
Slow down. When people are tired, stressed, and loaded, it is very hard for them to listen, acknowledge, and respect. If we’re pushed to the limit, we get snappy. Perhaps, in concrete terms, you can promote sane working hours and have regular unstructured time.Of Course Psychological Safety…But How?
People who can be productive everywhere have significantly greater personal and organizational resources than those who can’t be productive anywhere.The Future Of Work: Productive Anywhere
A grand-tour question at the beginning of an interview is like setting the scene for a story: we have a preview of the landscape that we can use to build upon throughout the interview.6 Mistakes When Crafting Interview Questions
Many concepts can be explained concisely, in simple language, and we should all strive for clarity. But the aphorism is a mistake, for a number of thoughts approximate the carpenter’s craft, and to meaningfully reveal them requires time and attention.Long Distance Thinking
I found myself a victim of the hot glue. It was a scene taken out of a comedy show wherein a fool was impatiently pumping a piping hot glue gun. He was doing that not over anything other than his other hand. And then, boom! The nozzle spewed a glob of loogie right on my left pointing finger. There was instant pain as soon as it contacted with my skin and a second after that, it was multiplied by 10.
My son witnessed all this careless stupidity. While the heat was bearing on my skin, I was frozen, not knowing what to do but to wait for the hot glue to dry. I even thought of swatting it out of my finger like a bug. And I did, so I smudged it, causing a bit of collateral damage to one of my fingers. The unbearable pain made me drool. And my son snickered at the sight of that.
As soon as the hot glue petrified, I ran to the kitchen to wash and cool off my finger. My son, beside me, was coaching me to not scratch off the glue as he had experienced a similar accident himself while working on one of his school activities. At that moment while the water was running, I realized that I knew the feeling my son endured when he had his fine time with the hot glue. Definitely excruciating moments.
My Guitar Finger
Not an affliction on my finger could stop me from playing the guitar — especially that I was trying to scratch an itch to figure out the chords that I used for a decades-old song that I wanted to bring back to life. Try as I might, I was confined to playing out that song by forming simple chords not requiring bars.
New Song 4 in 2003
Simple chords just near the head of the guitar reminds me of two distinct periods in my life when I was starting to learn to play the guitar. It was my cousin, Coco, who taught me the earliest chords I knew, which were
D - A - G - A of the song “Line to Heaven” by Introvoys. The second period, was when I became part of a religious organization’s musical band. I was mainly the drummer but subbed on the rhythm guitar. The chords that overplayed in the gospel songs that we played were
C - Am - Dm - G - C - C7 - F - Em - Am - Dm - G - C.
This electronic music that I composed in MTV Music Generator around that time is an embodiment of those latter chords. And frankly, I find it cheesy.
New Song 4 in 2022
The hot glue accident happened in February and it’s been a full month already. My finger grew a new skin, even though still tender, I am training it to grow a thicker one by playing different chords, especially with bars. The song has come a long way since then. After 22 versions, I finally settled.
New Song 4 on SoundCloud
New Song 4 on Spotify Podcast
New Song 4 by Brian Dys Intro C - C7 - G - F - Fm(hold) Verse 1 [C - Cmaj9/B - Am] - [F - C/E - Dm] [C - Cmaj9/B - Am] - [G - Gsus2/F# - Em] Hi [C - Cmaj9/B - Am] - [F - C/E - Dm] Hi [C - Cmaj9/B - Am] - [3/4 G - Gsus2/F# - Em] Chorus 1 Dm-Am - G-F Fm - G(hold) Verse 2 Hi [C - Cmaj9/B - Am] - [F - C/E - Dm] Hi [C - Cmaj9/B - Am] - [G - F - C] 3/4 G - Gsus2/F# - Em(hi) Chorus 2 Hi Am-Dm - Em-F Hi Fm - G(hold) Verse 3 Hi [C - Cmaj9/B - Am] - [F - C/E(hi) - Dm] Hi [C - Cmaj9/B - Am] - [G - F - C] G - F - C - C(add9) Chorus 3 [Am - Cmaj9/B - C] - [Dm - C/E - F] G - F [Am - Cmaj9/B - C] - [Dm - C/E - F] G - F - C G - F Verse 4 Hi [C - Cmaj9/B - Am]-hold - [F - C/E(hi) - Dm]-hold Hi [C - Cmaj9/B - Am]-hold - [3/4 G - Gsus2/F# - Em(hi)]-hold Chorus 4 [Am - Cmaj9/B - C]-hold - [Dm - C/E - F]-hold G - F - C 3/4 G - Gsus2/F# - Em(hi)-hold Coda 1 G - Gsus2/F# - Em 3/4 Hi G - Gsus2/F# - Em(hi) G - Gsus2/F# - Em 3/4 Hi G - Gsus2/F# - Em(hi) - Em(reverse hold, hammer) Coda 2 C - C7 - F - Fm 3/4 G - Gsus2/F# - Em C - C7 - F - Fm G - F - C G - F - C-Cmaj7(reverse hold, hammer)
Emotional reasoning is a form of distorted cognition that can lead to an unwarranted negative opinion of your ability or character. By generating negative thoughts, a downward spiral of anxiety can cause a self-fulfilling prophecy of worsening performance.
You need to be cautious about learning by trial-and-error because errors at the beginning can set long-ranging reactions in motion. Establish trust early or expect suspicion for a long time.
Google has designed and is implementing these new criteria specifically to improve the speed, interactivity, and layout of your Web site’s pages. This algorithm update is neither arbitrary nor capricious. In building it, Google has actually prioritized the user experience across the online community.
A businessperson entering into a new partnership, for example, would be wise to step back and take a wide-angle look at the organization he wishes to work with. Then, he should pinpoint the person or people he can help — and make sure to do so.
A design playbook operates on the premise that members of a team cycle out every few years, but the need for a solid design system is lasting. Operationalising processes ensures that new members can dive into the deep end right away, and with minimum hiccups.
For the first time, designers have a color system that truly reflects what users see, taking into account a range of variables to ensure appropriate color contrast, accessibility standards, and consistent lightness/colorfulness across hues.
Most mental upside comes from the thrill of anticipation – actual experiences tend to fall flat, and your mind quickly moves on to anticipating the next event. That’s how dopamine works.
You can build institutions and values that make us more likely to trust each other. Religions are capable of bringing people into a larger grouping and insisting that we treat them as fellow human beings.
Strong execution lets you test and validate bits of strategy before they become company-changing decisions.
Does anyone like the hiring interview? For job applicants, it’s a stressful experience. You meticulously prepare your resume and portfolio materials, arrange your schedule to accommodate interviews, are peppered with random questions or whiteboarding-design challenges, and face the collective judgment of strangers.
This is the final inversion of blogging: not just publishing before selecting, nor researching before knowing your subject — but producing to attract, rather than serve, an audience.
If you waved a magic wand and made it so that everybody had equalish income today, that would clearly eliminate a lot of misery. But if you enforced equal incomes permanently, you’d create a lot of new problems.
Our society is inherently neurodiverse, meaning that there is a diversity amongst brains. Neurotypical brains, autism, ADHD, mental illness, dyslexia, Tourette’s… the list goes on. Therefore, accessibility and acceptance of neurodivergent people (being, divergent from the typical) is not only the future, it needs to be the present.
But there’s a glimmer of hope in design systems at the forefront of scale and complexity. It’s a new way of managing the growing diversity of users and interfaces. It has the potential to not only keep up with the current pace of innovation, but to enable new levels of customization and specificity.
After all, each of them both encountered and reproduced various kinds of social inequities, even as they strove not to, and many created problems that their designers did not foresee.
During the months where it felt like I was constantly applying and getting rejected, I found that taking little breaks, like walking my dog or going out to eat with friends, really helped improve my mental health and overall enthusiasm for job searching.