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Domanique Alicia

User Experience Designer
Best Practices & Web Standards Advocate
Adventure Enthusiast
Party Thrower
Killer Cook

Yep, I’m terrible at sales. And I’m okay with that.

After a week of late work nights

Slept for 10 hours. I feel like a champ. I could take over the world today.

I suppose after a week to decompress, it’s time for a good post about Burning Man. It was my second year attending, but my first full-length +some burn. I went for 12 days. Which, is kinda a lot in the desert.  

I had a great time, volunteered at the Box Office, ran around on adventures with friends, rode my bike everywhere, participated in some awesome art, wore fantastic costumes, and stayed hydrated. It didn’t feel like a rough year. I didn’t have a breakdown. I took care of myself, I was in an air conditioned container (at Will Call) during the hottest times of day, I went to sleep each night at a reasonable hour (only stayed up for one sunrise, and it was beautiful), and mostly I got to spend time being delighted with friends and loved ones. I even got my own burner name: Lamb Lamb

There are a few lessons that I learned, that were all pretty amazing:

  1. Having walls and a door that you can shut out noise/energy is a big part of maintaining one’s sanity.
  2. People get scammed, all the time. And it’s heartbreaking to tell people that they were scammed, don’t have a ticket, and there’s nothing I can do for them.
  3. People take care of people, in the most generous ways: I saw people giving each other food, water, tickets to Burningman, clothing, etc. If that sort of community minded-ness bled back into the world, it could be better. At the same time, you have to ask for what you need, and not drain from others.
  4. Humans come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Most people don’t see what I am conscious of about my body, and I don’t see what they’re conscious of either. 
  5. Humans want and need to feel included. Even if they choose not to participate, it’s important to extend the possibility to them.
  6. When I am not stressed out with daily design tasks or goals, I am able to see bigger pictures. When I’m not dealing with the trees, I can see the forest.
  7. I still don’t like heights. Or beer. 
  8. I do fairly well in a small cramped space with my partner. We allow the space for being short on patience, and it allows us to be more generous and patient with each other. We make a good team.
  9. It is totally possible to turn off my phone for 12 days and forget that there’s a world out there.
  10. Sometimes I have to remind people that I’m on their team. When you remember that people are on your team, you stop yelling at them, and instead you can work together to attack the problem.
  11. I’m really not okay with being blown off. 

Some Art I participated in:

Billion Jelly Bloom (link) - I was gifted a glowing jellyfish by a friend. My partner and I went out onto the playa one night, he was dressed as Steve Zissou, I was a shark, and we had a giant jellyfish. We looked for some other Jellyfish, we had a great time.

Free Slaps Friday - I’ve started a movement. Instead of walking around with a Free Hugs sign, make a Free Slaps sign. On the face only, from the left or right, soft/medium/hard. I couldn’t go 10 steps without being stopped and asked for a slap. There’s a whole big thing to unpack about this one. 

Ladybug - The dead sparkle pony. Certain unnamed gorilla artists placed a dead sparkle pony in the deep playa. People added granola bars and glow bracelets to her over the week. It was brilliant. You can follow her adventures here: https://www.facebook.com/deadsparklepony

I can’t wait for next year. It’s going to be amazing. 

Most people have FOMO (fear of missing out), I have FONDE (fear of not doing enough).

Finding out the feather ban has been lifted

burningmanproblems:

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Guess what, bitches…

fuckyeahfitspo:

fit-personality:

It’s summer and it’s hot as hell (I’m in Arizona, so that statement is legitimately accurate). But while it’s too hot to run outside, the treadmill gets boring and I always wonder how the hell anyone could read a damn book/magazine while they’re running. So if you’re like me and need different entertainment… Here is a list to help you with your treadmill struggles.
Race the people next to you.
Copy literally every movement the person next to you does.
Pretend that you are singing the song that is playing to a massive arena filled with people and they are all singing along and you are totally more famous than Ellie Goulding and you’re a star.
Realize that you actually are a star (in your own special way).
Make up elaborate back stories for every person you see in the gym.
Combine the stories to create a really epic battle and/or romantic comedy.
Listen to audio books.
Remember you have homework and start profusely sweating from stress and not from the run.
Force your friends to go to the gym with you so you can talk to them.
Force your boyfriend to go to the gym with you so you can talk to them.
Talk to yourself because you have no friends to workout with.
Wonder if the reason you have no friends is because you talk to yourself in public places.
Realize you don’t care
Watch a TV show.
Think about the vast and terrifying future.
Think about all the cute clothes you are going to buy after you are shredded from this workout.
Go back to conversations from the past where you didn’t have a good come back and make up a really good one.
Be mad that you didn’t think of it sooner.
Decide which guys in the room you would hook up with given the chance.
Do the same for girls (look I’m straight but if I saw Olivia Wilde at the gym I’d still try to get it).
Think about what you will name your future children.
Or dogs.
Come up with some really insightful conversation starters to have in the future.
Forget them by the time you’re done running.
Picture Chris Evans running directly in front of you.
Picture Chris Evans running directly in front of you… Naked.
Try to hide the fact that you are picturing Channing Tatum naked.
Do the same for Ryan Gosling.
And Channing Tatum.
Think about the delicious (and healthy) meal you are going to eat after this amazing workout.
Dance like no one is watching.
Dance like people are watching and just don’t give a fuck.
Pretend you are currently running an Olympic race and someone from Team Canada is right on your tail and if you don’t finish running that damn Canadian and her bacon are going to catch you.
Just run and zone out and let those endorphins kick in because endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.


Wonderful!

fuckyeahfitspo:

fit-personality:

It’s summer and it’s hot as hell (I’m in Arizona, so that statement is legitimately accurate). But while it’s too hot to run outside, the treadmill gets boring and I always wonder how the hell anyone could read a damn book/magazine while they’re running. So if you’re like me and need different entertainment… Here is a list to help you with your treadmill struggles.

  1. Race the people next to you.
  2. Copy literally every movement the person next to you does.
  3. Pretend that you are singing the song that is playing to a massive arena filled with people and they are all singing along and you are totally more famous than Ellie Goulding and you’re a star.
  4. Realize that you actually are a star (in your own special way).
  5. Make up elaborate back stories for every person you see in the gym.
  6. Combine the stories to create a really epic battle and/or romantic comedy.
  7. Listen to audio books.
  8. Remember you have homework and start profusely sweating from stress and not from the run.
  9. Force your friends to go to the gym with you so you can talk to them.
  10. Force your boyfriend to go to the gym with you so you can talk to them.
  11. Talk to yourself because you have no friends to workout with.
  12. Wonder if the reason you have no friends is because you talk to yourself in public places.
  13. Realize you don’t care
  14. Watch a TV show.
  15. Think about the vast and terrifying future.
  16. Think about all the cute clothes you are going to buy after you are shredded from this workout.
  17. Go back to conversations from the past where you didn’t have a good come back and make up a really good one.
  18. Be mad that you didn’t think of it sooner.
  19. Decide which guys in the room you would hook up with given the chance.
  20. Do the same for girls (look I’m straight but if I saw Olivia Wilde at the gym I’d still try to get it).
  21. Think about what you will name your future children.
  22. Or dogs.
  23. Come up with some really insightful conversation starters to have in the future.
  24. Forget them by the time you’re done running.
  25. Picture Chris Evans running directly in front of you.
  26. Picture Chris Evans running directly in front of you… Naked.
  27. Try to hide the fact that you are picturing Channing Tatum naked.
  28. Do the same for Ryan Gosling.
  29. And Channing Tatum.
  30. Think about the delicious (and healthy) meal you are going to eat after this amazing workout.
  31. Dance like no one is watching.
  32. Dance like people are watching and just don’t give a fuck.
  33. Pretend you are currently running an Olympic race and someone from Team Canada is right on your tail and if you don’t finish running that damn Canadian and her bacon are going to catch you.
  34. Just run and zone out and let those endorphins kick in because endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.

Wonderful!

Dear #Velcro, when did your packaging get so sexy?

Dear #Velcro, when did your packaging get so sexy?

codeschool:

It’s an important day here at Code School. If you’ve been following along with the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, you may have heard we’re teaming up with Google and its Women Techmakers Program to support women and minorities in tech.

Specifically, Google is giving away thousands…

Monocline grouping is an inadequate system for physically managing the large quantities of data commonly found on computers, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t useful as a manifest model.

The solution to this conundrum is to render the structure as a user imagines it – as monocline grouping – but to provide the search and access tools that only a deep hierarchical organization can offer. In other words, rather than forcing users to navigate deep, complex tree structures, give them tools to bering appropriate information to them.

—Alan Cooper, About Face 3: the Essentials of Interaction Design

I could get into this.

(Source: Spotify)

jaredm:

(via Does the Mojave desert need an artist-built swimming pool? Maybe - Los Angeles Times)
This is LA’s contribution to the California water crisis.

jaredm:

(via Does the Mojave desert need an artist-built swimming pool? Maybe - Los Angeles Times)

This is LA’s contribution to the California water crisis.

This is how I design a dashboard and widgets.   (at CAKE)

This is how I design a dashboard and widgets. (at CAKE)

Hearing people use “Java” and “JavaScript” interchangeably in conversation kills me. 

Cellophane on glass

Cellophane on glass

Writing Job Reqs for Graphic and UX Designers… 

Clickity click click.

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