Meet Doctor Who at (Re)Generation Who | GeekDad

Late next march in the Land of Mary, time travelers from the four corners of the vortex will congregate to celebrate their favorite Gallifreyan! That’s right: the East Cost of the USofA is getting it’s own Doctor Who Convention! According to (RE)Generation founder and organizer Oni Hartstein:

There wasn’t any place for us and our friends to go for just Doctor Who in the Mid-Atlantic area. It seemed like a huge void where a con was needed.

They’ve already announced that the 6th (Colin Baker) and 7th (Sylvester McCoy) incarnations of the whimsical Time Lord will be in attendance, with more guests on the horizon! (RE)Generation Who is coming to Cockeysville, Maryland (a few miles North of Baltimore), March 27–29, 2015. The GeekDads will be there.

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Wonder Woman is the Feminist Icon, and no one can take that away.

No Matter What Anyone Says, Wonder Woman Will Always Be a Feminist | GeekDad

Wonder Woman is a feminist. She is a feminist (or at least a fictional character who is a feminist), not because she self identifies with that label, but because that it is how she acts and how she thinks. Unfortunately, David, like so many others, is afraid to apply the supposed stigma of feminism, out of, I assume, a fear that he will scare off readers who think they are “not feminists.”

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QuickPanel: Dyslexia from UX Magazine

Fonts like Dyslexie and OpenDeyslexic claim to have been designed with dyslexics in mind, mostly by weighting the bottom of glyphs heavier than the top. It’s thought that by constantly drawing the eye toward the baseline, dyslexic readers won’t wander or get distracted.

However, there is no evidence that these fonts improve readability for dyslexics. In fact, one study conducted by researchers at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra showed no improvement in readability at all for dyslexics using these fonts. Instead sans-serif fonts like Arial, Courier, Verdana, and Helvetica were most effective, although there is some question as to whether this was just due to familiarity.

There is more to typography than fonts, though. My suspicion is that better typography for dyslexia is also better typography for everybody. We see a general trend in web typography toward designs that focus the reader’s attention on the text. Consider sites such as Medium, which remove visual noise (sidebars, navigation) and use larger type sizes, contrasting type styles, and more white space—especially line height—all of which help dyslexics and the general reading population alike.

Read more: QuickPanel: Dyslexia | UX Magazine.


I’m Back! (Did I miss anything?)

Hello, I’m back online after a month of (almost) silence.

My operation had a few hiccups and one curveball for the surgeons, but I’ve come through the gauntlet intact. I’ve been recovering gradually over the last month — regaining my balance, healing the large scar on the back of my neck, regaining my strength — and I’m ready to start the process of getting back into the swing of things.

A lot has happened in the last month as I recuperated.

As I write this, I’m watching the WWDC keynote, and excited by what I’m seeing. It looks like Apple has finally done what they’ve needed to do for a while for Mac OS X and iOS:  think about the basic features and make them useful again (more on that later).

Did I miss anything else in the last 30 days?


Hello, I Must Be Going — Why I’ll be Offline in May

I’m online.

A lot.

But for the month of May, I’m having to step back from the Internet and take care of a personal health matter. Without getting into a lot of messy details, I have an acoustic neuroma (A benign tumor), and it has to come out. Specifically, it will come out next Tuesday (29 April).

This will prevent me from writing, teaching, engaging with social media, and responding to emails or other messages. I’m in contact with a lot of people, and get a lot of emails from clients, students, and readers with questions, comments and requests, so I didn’t want to just disappear.

If all goes well — ever the optimist, me— I should be back in action by early to mid-June. If you haven’t heard back from me by then, feel free to ping me again.

Six weeks is a long time on the Internet, and I’m looking forward to waking up like Rip Van Winkle to the new wonders.

Is a new iOS Watch too much to expect?

He put his passwords online, and he doesn’t care

This is an incredible interview with my new hero, Y. Woodman Brown, the “idiot” who posted his passwords as a comment on the Washington Post. Predictably he got hacked, but not the way you might think.

He’s interviewed on the podcast TLDR, and explains why he did it, and I have to admire him for what he has to say.

I feel similarly, but have to admit that I’m not ready to follow in his foot steps.