Blog (Illustrated Memoirs)

The Less-is-More Breakdown of Running

This is nothing new. A lot of pre-existing literature explains the biomechanics in great depth, but often getting lost in anatomical diagrams and lengthy paragraphs understood by any sports scientist but not every running enthusiast. Here’s a simplified illustrative overview.

Posted on December 11, 2013 in Opinions

The Designer Baby and Consumer Genomics

Admittedly, the possibility of painting my future family portrait to feature as many healthy and happy children I can possibly bear doesn’t immediately shy me away. These are my thoughts on genetic-testing company 23AndMe being awarded a patent for technology with the capability to pre-design the traits of a baby.

Posted on October 21, 2013 in Opinions

Designing the Freelancer’s Dilemma

Does freedom actually sing in the freelancing business? It’s a feast-or-famine industry. We’re either taking on too much work or can’t find work at all. After surviving on my own for two weeks, here’s a written recap of the risks and rewards of being my own manager during this month of dedicated freelancing.

Posted on September 21, 2013 in Insight

Dreams of Designing the Periodic Table and Vodka

Dmitry Mendeleev – the man behind chemistry’s alphabet that is commonly referred to as the Periodic Table. What many young students don’t read in their science textbooks is about how this chemist was also the mastermind behind Russian standard vodka.

Posted on September 18, 2013 in Insight

Cereal Killers

Take the time to skim the lean side of a cereal box and a lot of unfamiliar terms will pop up. Most of these names are artificial additives used for taste, crunchiness, and preservation and not increased nutritional value. While we shouldn’t eat breakfast cereals, commercials say otherwise. But marketing cannot change the truth in the science.

Posted on September 15, 2013 in Insight

Humans Were Not Designed to be Lactose Tolerant

I, along with 50 million other Americans, lack the ability to digest lactose to some degree. While most of us drank glasses of whole milk as carefree children, age got the best of us and we’ve become disabled. But humans were never meant to have a tolerance according to geneticists. Learn how the milk evolution began.

Posted on September 13, 2013 in Insight

An Exhausted Sea of Digital Learning Platforms

The golden rule of thumb when it comes to building digital learning platforms is to never take out the teacher. In a fast-moving world where things are easily automated, this unfortunately has become more like a goal rather than a rule. As opposed to replacing traditional interactivity in classrooms we should try to enhance them.

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Education, Game Design

Greatest Design Ever Discovered: The Double Helix

In 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis Crick published a one-page paper arguing the structure of DNA was a twisted ladder. However, our first visual understanding of our genetic blueprint was not illustrated by the scientists who proposed it but by Odile, the wife of Francis.

Posted on September 10, 2013 in Insight

A Brief History of Balloons and Why Not to Have Them on Your Birthday

Did you know Aztecs used the intestinal linings of cats to create balloons that were later twisted into different shapes? Times have changed, eh? Maybe you should think twice about hanging them at your child’s next birthday party. (I’m glad I didn’t have them around for my 28th birthday yesterday).

Posted on September 9, 2013 in Insight

Once a Park and Now a Parking Lot

Los Angeles tends to forget it was once a desert where wild animals roamed, a former Native American village, and a Spanish/Mexican colonial settlement. These are panoramas the city no longer resembles. Because it is assertively man-made, you have to look pretty hard for gems and facts to appreciate.

Posted on September 5, 2013 in Insight, Places

Official Relaunch of Yeedor

This relaunch was all about keeping my world as honest and transparent of who I am. Spending a little more time documenting and showing and less time talking, follow my work and writings by dropping in.

Posted on September 3, 2013 in UI / UX

Packing My Bags and Heading to Russia

Making digital products often doesn’t afford us time for meaningful research or ‘field work’. Instead of relying on marketers and Google searches, I’m bombarding Russia to design on the ground where tradition outweighs creativity.

Posted on August 6, 2013 in Places

The History of the Anthora Cup

Holding a decaf Americano in one hand and rolling my bike with the other, my afternoon coffee break would have been ‘perfect’ if I didn’t wondering why the Anthora cup never made it to Los Angeles.

Posted on July 17, 2013 in Insight

Good-bye Good

Back in the Summer of 2011, GOOD was in a unique and scary position. In the midst of being serious and rebuilding GOOD”s foundational user experience, there were also fun times.

Posted on June 10, 2013 in Insight

The City of Angels Needs a Pray

Although New York has a grimey grit surface that is unmatchable to the west coast land of polish and shine, Los Angeles takes home second place for most polluted city.

Posted on May 13, 2013 in Insight, Places

My 2013 Resolutions

No need to say I’ll lose another 10lbs, that’s just basic subtraction. Here’s a list that’s achievable.

Posted on December 31, 2012 in Insight

I, the Square.

Our ancestors transitioned from nomadic life by exchanging tents and teepees for solid square-based structures. Does that uphold the square as the most respected shape?

Posted on October 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Why Software Engineers Make Great Musicians

Our bodies have rhythm, from our heartbeat to how we walk. It’s only natural that we respond to the rhythm of music around us while working.

Posted on October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

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