Stroll

Stroll
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/1.8
  • 1/6000s
  • ISO 250
  • 37.794688 N 122.40993 W

1969

1969
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/1.4
  • 1/52s
  • ISO 400
  • 38.460703 N 122.734494 W

This is the Redwood Empire Ice Arena, also known as the Snoopy's Home Ice, right by the Schulz Museum. The light, and the decoration made me feel like I was on the set of a Wes Anderson movie.


Triplets

Triplets
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/2.5
  • 1/1600s
  • ISO 250
  • 37.794708 N 122.410333 W

No way out

No way out
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/3.2
  • -0.3
  • 1/450s
  • ISO 250
  • 37.794594 N 122.421594 W

Trick or treat!

Trick or treat!
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/1.2
  • 1/85s
  • ISO 1600
  • 37.812894 N 122.241114 W

Venetian Blinds

Venetian Blinds
  • Apple iPhone 14 Pro
  • ƒ/1.78
  • -1.6
  • 1/3367s
  • ISO 64
  • 37.808211 N 122.224383 W


Forbidden Pool

Forbidden Pool
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 1/5400s
  • ISO 250
  • 37.826833 N 122.421197 W

Saturday Morning

Saturday Morning
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/1.4
  • 1/52s
  • ISO 320
  • 39.363639 N 120.240503 W

Tahoe

Tahoe
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/5.6
  • 1/2200s
  • ISO 250
  • 39.053445 N 120.113123 W

Deer Crossing

Deer Crossing
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/5
  • 1/280s
  • ISO 250
  • 37.738953 N 119.594942 W

Par

Par
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/2.2
  • -0.3
  • 1/3200s
  • ISO 250
  • 37.6928 N 122.088119 W

Alcatraz

Alcatraz
  • Apple iPhone 14 Pro
  • ƒ/2.8
  • -0.2
  • 1/1876s
  • ISO 32
  • 37.80025 N 122.375772 W

Design advice from Bill Hader

A few days ago, I came across this video of Bill Hader; I'd gladly reference the source, but I honestly can't pinpoint where I found it.

He is talking about writing, but touches on a couple of topics that seem transferable and relevant to design:

  • Fail fast: a.k.a share early and often. I'd also note that starting with a generative design approach pays off.
  • On (giving and receiving) feedback: When providing feedback, focus on explaining what isn't working and why. Refrain from suggesting solutions unless folks specifically ask for it. When receiving feedback, synthesize it and reflect on it. And when others provide potential solutions, exercise your judgment instead of accepting them outright.

Cozy

Of all the different social apps that I've tried recently, Retro is the one I find most interesting: it has a very low barrier to post, encourages a small following, limits the amount of content that followers can see unless you share a key with them, and tricks users into being active over merely lurking.

Retro

It is not flashy, but it is very beautiful, and enjoy the close friends vibe, where you can see normal life (kids et al). It feels like a private photo journal, focused, delightful, no hashtags or filters.

Simply simple.


Try and try again

As a serial product tester aficionado, the last few months have been exciting. Looking at the bright side, the Twitter shit show (now 𝕏 shit show 1) pushed many folks to shop for a new social home. They tried Mastodon again, chased Bluesky invites, colonized Threads, and in some cases, went back to square one. The constant stream of product opinions, analysis, and hot takes is the closest to Christmas during summer that I’m going to get.

Every single week, I make an effort to try at least one new product. It keeps my curiosity alive, while I enjoy over-analyzing every piece of onboarding, interaction, and animation. I maintain a messy and private collection of markdowns and screenshots with a bunch of half-written thoughts, and I dream of organizing it to make it public. But let’s be honest; that will never happen.

Regardless: Manuel, please, never stop trying.

1: It still feels weird calling it X, and I will call it Twitter until the redirection stops working :)

Please, no mail

Please, no mail
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/1.2
  • -1
  • 1/8000s
  • ISO 250
  • 37.766053 N 122.246864 W

Rust & Post

Rust & Post
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/2
  • 1/6400s
  • ISO 250
  • 38.612522 N 122.864138 W

Apple Park

Apple Park
  • FUJIFILM X-T5
  • ƒ/2.5
  • 1/4700s
  • ISO 250
  • 37.332811 N 122.005406 W

We checked the Apple Visitor Center close to Apple Park. The place is beautiful and I truly fell in love with the stairs. Some of the pictures feel straight out of a render engine 😳


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