Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Stars: The True Story of a Real Rocket Man with G.A. “Jim” Ogle

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Welcome to this very special, quite literally out of this world episode with my father, G.A. “Jim” Ogle. You know how they say it doesn’t take a rocket scientist? Well, my Dad is one. On a recent vacation to Florida to celebrate his 80th birthday, he spent nearly three hours telling me his compelling story.

BIO
G.A. “Jim” Ogle fell in love with airplanes at the early age of 8 years old. The circumstances that presented this initial passion were far from ideal.

He was recovering in a hospital bed following a 7-hour surgery to essentially re-attach his badly mangled right leg from a horrible school bus wreck. He awoke from the operation to see a model airplane hanging down from a wooden structure over his bed that was to be used as a traction device to slowly pull his left leg back into place. It was broken at the hip and rammed almost three inches into his lower torso.

His injuries would prevent him from being a pilot in the Air Force. But this reality would not deter him from being in the air with airplanes because 12 years later he became involved in space with missiles and rockets on his first job at Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1958. This was the beginning of his 51-year career of being associated with every manned moon mission and all 135 Space Shuttle missions. He finally got his layoff notice along with 8,000 other space workers following the final Shuttle mission, STS-135, in July 2011.

He likes to tell folks questioning his unusual longevity in this field that he was fortunate to be “in the right place at the right time and the right age.” He considers himself blessed for having had the opportunity to be a part of this truly exciting time in America’s beginnings in space.

Fun fact: Jim requires 10 lemons and multiple servings of tartar sauce with every seafood meal. The last lemon squeeze after the meal is used to clean his hands!

TIMESTAMPS

  • Tragic Beginnings (08:50)
  • Missiles (21:58)
  • Meeting Wernher von Braun (42:36)
  • Apollo I Fire (48:36)
  • Moon Missions (55:55)
  • How in the World Was this Possible? (67:27)
  • Space Shuttle (87:57)
  • Challenger: What Went Wrong? (105:35)
  • Columbia: What Went Wrong? (112:08)
  • Next Chapter of Space Travel (118:50)
  • Takeaways from Space Stories (132:32)
  • What Drove You to Overcome Your Adversity? (136:15)
  • Advice for Those in the Midst of Adversity (139:48)
  • In Closing (144:11)

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An Episode Apart with Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman

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On this special episode, Eric Meyer, Jeffrey Zeldman and I discuss the premiere web and UX design conference they started over a decade ago. We talk about the game-changing innovations that have come out of An Event Apart, as well as what to expect at the very first Denver appearance on December 11-13, 2017.

WHO ATTENDS AN EVENT APART?
An Event Apart (AEA) attendees are UX professionals, developers, and designers—including interaction designers, graphic designers, and UI designers. Project managers, writer/editors, marketers, strategists, and even site owners and clients attend. This wide spectrum of roles speaks to the uniquely comprehensive and multi-disciplinary nature of this single-track event.

AEA attendees, like other conference attendees, want to improve job skills and make new community and business connections in an intense and fun environment. But unlike the typical conference goer, AEA attendees have that gleam in their eye that comes from the belief that through advocacy and hard work, they can make a meaningful difference.

  • Denver Event Sold Out

    Check out the great AEA events coming in 2018, and try to get your tickets early!

LINKS
An Event Apart Denver
An Opportunity Apart
Persuading Your Boss
New A List Apart wants you!


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Animation at Work with Rachel Nabors

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Animation at Work with Rachel Nabors

Rachel Nabors gives us a deep-dive into the art & science of web animation. She motivates us to sell animation as a UX enhancement, rather than a delight factor. She also exhorts us to animate ethically and responsibly.

BIO
Rachel Nabors began telling stories online as a teenager with her award-winning web comics. Her love of web technologies transformed into a career in front end development, where she has worked with Mozilla, the W3C, and currently Microsoft to build the web forward. She tends the web animation community via the Animation at Work Slack and her web animation newsletter Web Animation Weekly. She recently wrote an A Book Apart book called Animation at Work: a book on using animation in web design. When she isn’t traveling the world, giving talks and kissing puppies, she can be found perched in Seattle, sipping a cup of fancy tea! She also used to be an award-winning independent cartoonist with 400k teenage girls reading her weekly comics on an iVillage site.

  • Animation Origin Story (5:44)
  • Getting Animation Buy-off (14:01)
  • Animation is Not About Delight (20:47)
  • Do I Have to Draw to Animate? (33:42)
  • Web Animation Resources (36:41)
  • Future of Banner Ads (46:27)
  • Listener Question (50:59)
  • 24 Hour Comic (55:44)
  • Animation at Work
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    Buy eBook
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LINKS
Rachel’s Twitter
Rachel’s Website
Rachel’s Courses (10% off using SUPER10 good until August 27, 2019)
Rachel’s Newsletter
How to Sell Web Animation [ARTICLE]
24 Hour Comic on Amazon Prime [VIDEO]

RESOURCES
After Effects
Principal for Mac
Lotti by AirBnB
Kite App
Hype
Animatron
Web Animations API
Greensock GSAP
Barba.js


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Part II: Mixed Reality & the Future of Design with Austin Knight

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Mixed Reality & the Future of Design with Austin Knight

In case you missed Part I

“Do yourself a favor and show this to as many people as you possibly can, because this is going to be the world that we’ll be living in. Being able to show this to somebody and see that click happen, and hear them say, ‘Oh my God, my whole life just changed’ is a really cool thing to witness.” – Austin Knight

This entire conversation is an exploration into what Austin believes is the biggest renaissance for design and technology since the invention of the PC.

We both bring our own unique roles to this conversation. I initially take on the role of one who’s sincerely concerned with the social/cultural implications of having a device strapped on our heads, or spectacles always drawing our attention away from the human right in front of us. However, like in any good story, you will see my character arc in this very special two-part series when we uncover the potential of just how much good these nascent technologies can do for humans.

Austin’s role in the conversation is as one I like to call a glad scientist. He’s been diving deep into VR, AR, and the new cool kid on the block…MR (Mixed Reality) for quite some time now and as you can hear in his voice and articulation of where we are now, and especially where we’re going, is super-excited about what this means for designers, problem-solving and even entirely untapped revenue streams.

Fasten your seatbelt Toto…because we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore!


LINKS
Labster (virtual science labs)
Lowe’s turns to virtual reality for home improvement
Google Earth VR
Journalism (Washington Post VR Room)
Chris Milk: How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine [VIDEO]
The Future of Virtual Reality | Phil Kauffold [VIDEO]
Silicon Valley (Oculus Headset)
Racist Soap Dispenser [VIDEO]
Casey Yee on UX & Growth
Reticle (Pattern)
Snap Spectacles
Sunglasses at night [VIDEO]
Google’s secret VR weapon is Project Tango
Mozilla Web VR (aFrame Open Source)
Sony Playstation VR
NextVR
8I (Holograms and Volumetric VR)
NVIDIA (Graphics Processing VR/AR)

GETTING STARTED
Google Cardboard
UXofVR.com
Apple ARKit
WebVR
AR.js
Blender (3D Modeling)
Unity 3D
HTC Vive

AUSTIN LINKS
Austin’s Twitter
Austin’s Website
UX & Growth Podcast


ABOUT AUSTIN
Austin Knight is a Senior UX Designer at Hubspot where his work impacts more than 8 million visitors per month. He’s an international speaker and author. He’s a fellow podcaster co-hosting the UX & Growth podcast. He serves as a UX and IxD mentor at Columbia University and General Assembly. He also has a popular UX Design blog and newsletter at AustinKnight.com. Fun fact about Austin: He’s terrified of flying. Even though he flew 150,000 miles last year and has willingly jumped out of three planes skydiving…he has yet to overcome that fear.

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Engage with me on a more personal level. Keep up with the goings on with the show. Get superguest announcements, and my “Usable Thoughts”. I’ll also give you a download of some sort that I’d hoped would add value to you when you join.


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Editing by Chris Combs

Part I: Mixed Reality & the Future of Design with Austin Knight

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Mixed Reality & the Future of Design with Austin Knight

Don’t miss Part II.

“We are now in the midst of the largest technological revolution of our lifetime. Like that of the dawn of the PC or smartphone. It’s not so much of a prediction as an observation we can make. We can see that it’s actually happening before our eyes.” – Austin Knight

This entire conversation is an exploration into what Austin believes is the biggest renaissance for design and technology since the invention of the PC.

We both bring our own unique roles to this conversation. I initially take on the role of one who’s sincerely concerned with the social/cultural implications of having a device strapped on our heads, or spectacles always drawing our attention away from the human right in front of us. However, like in any good story, you will see my character arc in this very special two-part series when we uncover the potential of just how much good these nascent technologies can do for humans.

Austin’s role in the conversation is as one I like to call a glad scientist. He’s been diving deep into VR, AR, and the new cool kid on the block…MR (Mixed Reality) for quite some time now and as you can hear in his voice and articulation of where we are now, and especially where we’re going, is super-excited about what this means for designers, problem-solving and even entirely untapped revenue streams.

Fasten your seatbelt Toto…because we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore!


LINKS
Magic Leap
HTC Vive
Microsoft Hololens
Oculus Rift
OLED Display
iPhone 8 Rumors
Haptic VR
Austin’s VR Website
Black Mirror episode – “White Christmas” [VIDEO]
Apple invest in AR
Primesense
5 Design Jobs That Won’t Exist In The Future [ARTICLE]
Subway VR [VIDEO]
What’s Wrong With Your Actual Reality? [ARTICLE]
Her movie [VIDEO]
Baby Driver [VIDEO]
AltSpaceVR
Black Mirror VR Haunted House episode “Play Test” [VIDEO]
Black Mirror soldier episode – “Men Against Fire” [VIDEO]
Minority Report mall advertising scene [VIDEO]

AUSTIN LINKS
Austin’s Twitter
Austin’s Website
UX & Growth Podcast


ABOUT AUSTIN
Austin Knight is a Senior UX Designer at Hubspot where his work impacts more than 8 million visitors per month. He’s an international speaker and author. He’s a fellow podcaster co-hosting the UX & Growth podcast. He serves as a UX and IxD mentor at Columbia University and General Assembly. He also has a popular UX Design blog and newsletter at AustinKnight.com. Fun fact about Austin: He’s terrified of flying. Even though he flew 150,000 miles last year and has willingly jumped out of three planes skydiving…he has yet to overcome that fear.

EXTRA EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT
Get the Bi-Weekly Bugle
Engage with me on a more personal level. Keep up with the goings on with the show. Get superguest announcements, and my “Usable Thoughts”. I’ll also give you a download of some sort that I’d hoped would add value to you when you join.


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SUPERPOWER OF SUPPORT
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SUPER-CRED
Editing by Chris Combs