ARGUS is an advanced camera system that uses hundreds of cellphone cameras in a mosaic to video and auto-track every moving object within a 36 square mile area. ARGUS is a form of Wide Area Persistent Surveillance that allows for one camera to provide such detailed video that users can collect “pattern-of-life” data and track individual people inside the footage anywhere within the field of regard. This is accomplished by utilizing air assets (manned aircraft, drones, blimps, aerostats) to persistently loiter and record video of an area 36 square miles in diameter with enough detail to track individual pedestrians, vehicles or other objects of interest as long as the air asset remains circling above.

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So this is a real thing.

Episode 22: Compromise with Mike Monteiro — The Nudge

One of the hardest things in design is knowing the right time to compromise, if there ever is one. The very idea of compromise might send some precious designers into fits.

That’s why we spoke to Mike Monteiro about this topic. The man has a reputation that makes him seem absolute about everything. So when is it ok for him to compromise?

Josh and Ross investigate that idea with Mike which leads into discussion of all sorts of design problems.

Ok so every day I take two of these. One in the morning, one in the evening. From what I can tell, a twice-a-day dose is pretty standard for this medication (it’s for nerve pain). I wonder why, that being the case, they don’t mark the blister packs with “morning” and “evening”?
That seems weird to me.

Ok so every day I take two of these. One in the morning, one in the evening. From what I can tell, a twice-a-day dose is pretty standard for this medication (it’s for nerve pain). I wonder why, that being the case, they don’t mark the blister packs with “morning” and “evening”?
That seems weird to me.

A better option may be to keep all these murals and artworks and place them by a plaque that would remind future generations of the pitfalls they face when they let celebrity, money, seniority or friendship stand in the way of calmly and coldly ensuring that our children get the benefit of any doubt before anyone else. That’s not a call for believing every allegation a child makes, it is a call to put ourselves on red alert when any allegation is made.
Why do we want to tear down Rolf Harris’ artworks?
So @erinmargrethe got grumpy about my Instagram profile pic being clean-shaven and then I found the rudest picture of my head that I could and now she’s for some reason happy. Anyhow, women are complex.

So @erinmargrethe got grumpy about my Instagram profile pic being clean-shaven and then I found the rudest picture of my head that I could and now she’s for some reason happy. Anyhow, women are complex.

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20: Self Doubt—Merlin Mann (June 3, 2014) Runtime: 36m48s
How can we be sure that we’re on the right track? Doubt is the rust that eats away at our ability, as designers, to be confident that what we’re producing is good and worthwhile.
In this episode Ross and Josh speak to professional speaking human Merlin Mann about overcoming or, perhaps, embracing self-doubt, to become better producers of quality work. Are we allowed to change our minds and how do we deal with the criticism that results from that?

I enjoyed this episode for some very specific reasons:

It helped me realize that I have, perhaps, “hurt” myself in the past by being so open about ideas that I have before I know whether or not something is going to come of it. It also helped me realize why I think I sometimes do that.


It helped me understand the perspective that many “non-creative” people have when interacting with the creative process, by which I mean that you have a lot of ideas and most of them turn out to be crap and the process of getting from idea to finished thing is anything but a linear one. (“Non-Creative” not in the sense that they are never creative or incapable of being creative, but in the sense of someone who is not habitually creative and who isn’t familiar with the process.)


Hearing other people talk about doubt and failure in specific ways is helpful. “This is something I failed at and this is what that was like.” It’s also helpful to hear people talk about patterns that they have recognized: “This failed (or this was more difficult than it should have been) because I realized that I haven’t taken XYZ into consideration.”

Highly recommended if you are into that sort of thing.

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20: Self Doubt—Merlin Mann (June 3, 2014) Runtime: 36m48s

How can we be sure that we’re on the right track? Doubt is the rust that eats away at our ability, as designers, to be confident that what we’re producing is good and worthwhile.

In this episode Ross and Josh speak to professional speaking human Merlin Mann about overcoming or, perhaps, embracing self-doubt, to become better producers of quality work. Are we allowed to change our minds and how do we deal with the criticism that results from that?

I enjoyed this episode for some very specific reasons:

  1. It helped me realize that I have, perhaps, “hurt” myself in the past by being so open about ideas that I have before I know whether or not something is going to come of it. It also helped me realize why I think I sometimes do that.

  2. It helped me understand the perspective that many “non-creative” people have when interacting with the creative process, by which I mean that you have a lot of ideas and most of them turn out to be crap and the process of getting from idea to finished thing is anything but a linear one. (“Non-Creative” not in the sense that they are never creative or incapable of being creative, but in the sense of someone who is not habitually creative and who isn’t familiar with the process.)

  3. Hearing other people talk about doubt and failure in specific ways is helpful. “This is something I failed at and this is what that was like.” It’s also helpful to hear people talk about patterns that they have recognized: “This failed (or this was more difficult than it should have been) because I realized that I haven’t taken XYZ into consideration.”

Highly recommended if you are into that sort of thing.

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