Reasons to love Vienna, #14

Flying to the USA on a Monday morning when the traffic is at its heaviest, you can leave home less than one hour before boarding time and still have time for a coffee at the lounge.

Diversity & Exclusion

A remote conference on design and exclusion, today, April 21st, at 16.00 UTC

Exclusion can be driven by conscious hatred. But we sometimes also fuel it with our own ignorance. Designers may not be able to address the former, but the latter opens up multiple directions for change.

To explore these opportunities, we’re gathering design and technology leaders whose expertise spans industry, startups, nonprofits, and research labs. We’ll convene here online on April 21 to discuss how the design of technology platforms excludes people. By focusing on exclusion, we want to push ourselves to think differently — and together — about building more welcoming and inclusive products.

Participation is free at x.design.blog

Burgr

I couldn’t come to Vegas and not try Burgr by Gordon Ramsay.

Overall, I’m happy we went, the burgers are delicious and the prices reasonable.

It doesn’t beat the best, but easily lands in my top five of all times. The main downside is that a great burger has to pack all his qualities  into a format small enough to wrap, take away, and eat with one hand.

Being  served on a plate is a red flag in my book. Special mention to the bun though, really good.

On carry-on bags

I know quite a few travelers who always travel with a carry-on bag, and I see even more during my trips.

Whether the purpose is to save time at departure or arrival by not having to check-in and wait at the baggage claim, or to fight the fear of losing your stuff, you should know that this is not free; it comes at a cost, and that cost is my time (and the time of everyone else who did check a bag).

By bringing all your stuff with you, you slow down the security checks, slow down boarding procedures, and slow down everyone when leaving the plane.

On today’s planes where as many passengers as possible are squeezed, it’s obviously impossible for everyone to carry their bag.

As a  result, those who do are saving time at the expense of those who don’t. 

Airlines should charge for carry-ons, not for checked-in luggage.

Headed to Las Vegas

I’ll be flying to Las Vegas tomorrow morning, to attend and sponsor NamesCon.

For many of us, there is never a good enough reason to go to Vegas…except for the latter part of January when our good friends, Richard Lau and his team, put on one of the best domain industry events of the year. For four full days, NamesCon brings together the biggest names in the domain […]

via NamesCon, here we come… — Knock Knock WHOIS There

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Last year, in November, on the 12th exactly, as we were driving to the airport in Austin, Texas,  I randomly challenged myself to spend one year drinking no alcohol, and eating no bread.

Interestingly these decisions weren’t even related to any kind of excess during the previous day’s, beside the nostalgia of water that hits me each time I spend one day in the US.
One (leap) year later I am very happy that I succeeded with the first two challenges, despite a year full of travel, restaurants, parties and conferences.

I overall failed with bread though, despite a longest steak of 73 days, 

I’ve been able to drop many bad habits quite easily, from smoking to buying useless things, if only I had a similar success with food…

I guess there’s a new challenge ahead.

A Magic Roundabout

I don’t recall exactly how I ended up reading this article about the craziest and smartest roundabout I have ever heard of. I mean, seriously, who reads, or writes, articles about roundabouts?

If you don’t have much time, here’s the short video explaining what it is about in one and a half minutes.

If you do have a bit of time though, I seriously advise watching this second video of a much more exhaustive demonstration of why this roundabout makes sense. I promise, you’ll learn a lot about roundabouts and you’ll never look at them in the same way.

Marvel Movie Nights


The best part of having four fans of the Marvel Universe in the same household, is that between tv shows and movies, you basically never have to hesitate about what to whatch together. Just follow the guide