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8 things you didn’t know about me

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

My friend Maria tagged me for the ’8 things you don’t know about me’ meme. The rules are pretty straight forward:

  1. Link to your tagger and post these rules
  2. List EIGHT random facts about yourself
  3. Tag EIGHT people at the end of your post and list their names
  4. Let them know they’ve been tagged

So, here’s my list of things you may not know about me:

  1. I have a degree in economics, though it started as accounting, and for a short time included science.
  2. I’m a weaver – I have a huge loom in my front room and really, really love weaving. I never have time of course.
  3. When I was a kid, my career dream was to be a veterinarian. That all stopped the moment my agriculture teacher told me how vets confirm a horse is pregnant (something to do with very long gloves).
  4. At school I was never popular (smart, skinny red-head kid) and am still surprised when I realise people like me
  5. I missed a birthday once crossing the date line – I thought it was really cool until I was sitting on the plane with no-one to wish me happy birthday.
  6. I have not been anywhere in the Northern Territory, and have actually only seen very small parts of most other States
  7. I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up
  8. My career highlight so far was chairing the 2007 information architecture summit

And here’s who I’d like to know more about:

  • Lisa Herrod, Maxine Sherrin and Steve Baty – three fantastic Sydney friends I don’t get to see enough
  • Dan Willis – smart and completely mad and one of the best people I know
  • Alex, because I’m sure he’ll have some very strange facts to share
  • Caronne and Ruth because they are fantastic friends
  • And Andrew because I love him (and I’m tagging him even though he has done this already on one of his blogs)

Where are the cool usability testing blogs

Friday, December 21st, 2007

I’m in the middle of writing a full day usability testing workshop (not for my business, but for a client). It’s been a few years since I wrote a workshop on usability testing, and around 5 years since I wrote my first.

So one of the things I wanted to do was collect some new resources (my workshops are always full of follow-on reading). So I went hunting on the internet, figuring there must be some bloggers talking passionately and honestly about usability testing, the stories and the challenges.

But I can’t find them. I have a few old posts on usability testing (some which are good and I had forgotten) and found a couple of articles in online magazines. But I can’t find any good bloggers who write good, meaty, practical stuff on usability testing.

Ideas anyone?