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My name is Jeffery Vaska and I'm a designer/developer. I post random things here that don't fit anywhere else and I honestly enjoy swearing. ;)

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19.09.2017

The expat lifestyle can be alienating and lonely. You don't have the friends you grew up around you or a community where you are recognized when you are out and about. Having friends through work is more complicated as people come and go very quickly before you form stronger friendships. It seems like your closest friends are leaving every six months.

I have days where I just want to connect with friends around the world and I send odd emails trying to catchup or insert my probably not wanted critique of their latest project. Not everybody does this themselves. Not everybody likes it. Not everybody even bothers to read their email closely. So, I'm grateful when friends/colleagues respond. I often wonder if they understand what I'm going through or if they just think I'm weird.

It is kind of weird though but I don't think I'm the only person who does this kind of thing. Anyways, if you get a weird email from me I'm just missing talking to you. I'm hoping that I'll actually see you soon, too.

09.09.2017

It has become nearly impossible to be different.

06.09.2017

How often does a quick search for info shape your thought? #thoughtpattern

05.09.2017

I'm currently designing a new app. I don't really want my apps to feel like apps. Yes, I realize that's impossible but maybe if I repeat it my head a billion times it will come true.

Just trying to prepare for hurricane Irma. I hope I still have a home to live in on friday morning.

01.09.2017

The layout on my site is randomly freaking out. This is my art! Deal with it. I'm cringing inside until I can look into the problem. Smiley-winky-face.

Indeed, indeed. Indeed.

31.08.2017

I'm not going to link to it, but now Google is forcing a site to remove a 'hate' article or lose their AdSense. Now, I'm not for hate anywhere, but when the (corporate) powers that be act this way, it's just another nail in the coffin of the 'open' web. Which, has been under massive assault by the same corporate powers for years.

I don't know what the solution is to be honest. I just know that 15 years ago we didn't see this coming. Or, maybe some people did.

Writing nearly anything on the internet now turns into a contentious act. Everybody needs to chill out...

30.08.2017

Sincerity seems to be a new form of weakness.

It's clear that Facebook is on the decline because EVERY week they remind me that I need to post something. Seen the same on every social network in the past...

22.08.2017

Seriously guys (and gals), you are going to make me eat my words for this one, but in todays internet anything that markets itself as "minimal" or "built by designers for designers" or "for creative entrepreneurs", you can assuredly rest on the fact that it's not unique, patentable or all that good.

Don't forget that marketing is marketing and our current internet is 110% marketing (and they are still tracking you so they can sell your data).

10.08.2017

Somebody needs to make a search engine for album covers that searches by description - not band name.

01.08.2017

Sometimes I really get bored of good typography on the web. Too many things are like shiny brochures with photos of perfect food.

30.07.2017

I wish "tree mail" was a real thing.

29.07.2017

Social media is the Idiocratization of our country.

25.07.2017

The only expertise I have is a belief that things are possible.

24.07.2017

End the corporate welfare state!

19.07.2017

Everybody is an expert.
Nobody is an expert.

12.07.2017

Sorry for all the news related posts recently...

But, gosh darn, the news is not a hate spewing festival! Tell the damn news like it's the news. Exclamation mark.

10.07.2017

Media consumption has dramatically changed from reading things in print or watching the nightly news. Now, it's 24 hours or headlines alone read online. It's clearly wearing people down. We're living in an age of news anarchy.

07.07.2017

Does your startup or online business have a sales person? Obviously, you need a bunch of engineers and designers to get the job done, but you also need somebody, even beyond a social media person, to sell it. Looking over this list of Soundcloud people looking for work, I only see two sales people (and no social media persons).

I don't want to sell things. You probably don't want to sell things. But, somebody needs to do it. Maybe that's the missing ingredient in many of these operations?

Yes, I realize many of them are just stupid ideas that went too far, but I'm sure you get my point.

03.07.2017

There clearly is an end game to all of this fake news molarkey. The delegitimization of real news. Call everything 'fake', every day, and eventually it works. Eventually, government will step in and target the actual fake news and this will be just a stones throw away from legitimate news.

Right now, real news organizations should be focusing more than ever on real news. Reporting night and day about tweets is retarded. I'm not brilliant or even qualified but let me run one of those news agencies and I'll make damn sure they start doing proper news reporting again.

When the government cracks down on fake news - it's time to be afraid. This is a bigger issue than gun control.

23.06.2017

If I could write a love song to the internet - this would be it. Complete with Chilean flutes and pedal steel guitars, too!

22.06.2017

When was the last time you sent somebody an email just to see how they are doing? People probably think I'm weird, but I do this frequently.

Check up on somebody today you haven't talked to in some time...

21.06.2017

After the recent shooting in DC I was completely dismayed at the polarizing things people were saying on social media (and on the greater web). I've lived outside of the US for 15 years now - but I have never seen anything quite like that. I expect overly exaggerated debates during an election cycle, but what happened recently was so much lack of humanity. I don't like social media but I do use it to research various things. The tribalism, some of it I believe is subversively coerced, is going to lead to something really bad.

I went to Japan. I rode bikes in cities. I was astonished by order and good manners. I ate too much. Now, I need to get back into the groove of this thing...

I'm obsessed with this version of this song. I think I'll get my fourth or fifth masters degree based upon it.

I think I'm going to make a playlist or mix or something sort of like the radio shows I did in college. But, I doubt I'll speak on it and I definitely won't play Gyuto monk chanting over the Vampyros Lesbos soundtrack on repeat for an entire day (I can't believe we did that).

07.06.2017

On iOS, typing 'shit' does not bring up the poop emoji. WTF?! [smile] [wink wink]

I think electric bikes are going to be way bigger than electric cars. We're living in the city - we don't need an electric car to help us sit in traffic. An electric bike will simply go around it carefree.

I would like an electric bike that has an elevated seat and also makes pizza on-demand.

01.06.2017

The reporting of "news" is not supposed to be exciting in any way. And then, god created ratings.

On my upcoming lo-fi, R&B album all of the songs were inspired by eighties BMX films.

20.05.2017

The latest startup gold rush? Creating a TV show.

17.05.2017

Update for a previous post: not all attorneys are bad. In fact, a hell of alot of them are great. I'm talking specifically about the power hungry types who are looking for selfish ways to profit from their position. Those ones.

What I like about the attorneys I know and like is that they are well educated, rational more than most of us, know how to use the system hopefully for good and are generally informed about so many things they are a pleasure to speak with. Just wanted to put the record straight about that...

15.05.2017

When I first moved to Europe I was terrified to discover that the most used language in the EU was English! I guess I thought that way because I don't consider England to be a European country - although they are a member of the EU. I thought the primary language would be French.

I am super curious to see how that shakes out after brexit is finished but I am told by many folks working for the EU that English will still remain the dominant language. Most newer entrants will demand so.

Put your work into having a product (or service). Hyping your new thing should only come about when you actually have something tangible to work with. I thing we've all arrived to the point where hearing about this or that new future service, sign-up-for-an-annoucement, etc., has grown irksome.

There is this new space in language from the past 10 (?) years where we express ourselves in a super brief way - like a tweet and/or emoticon. But, while the dust is still settling on this new medium you see people awkwardly explaining the trigger of an emotion in plain language. I've done it many times in this journal, too (the previous version). I wonder what linguists would call this?

14.05.2017

I thought I was making something cultural and bigger than myself. In reality, I was just making myself go broke. C'est la vie.

06.05.2017

I'm not going to say which nightly news I'm watching from this hotel but holy geezus why can't they just report the news instead of all the opinion, guffaws, hand gestures and attempts at meme-making.

Have you seen the movie "Idiocracy"? It's a worthy watch.

05.05.2017

It's a weird thing on the net how you have so many people who rush to the newest and hopefully most profitable thing so they can "monetize". I'm not much of a fan or advocate of advertising on the net. Well, I could be if it didn't involve so much crap and tracking. But, now, it's just turning the net into a giant cheap strip mall.

Anyways, Youtube. I would posit that perhaps 5% of these daily vloggers (entertainers?) have real skill and creativity involved in the making their videos. The rest of them, the ones that are trying to build communities and earn a living, are involved in the latest and perhaps most convenient gold rush on the net. It had to end at some time.

Yes, it's a still and new and exciting platform, but being entitled to those advertiser dollars does not make sense. It's not a job. It's a hobby. When the internet became this amazing thing where everybody's hobby turned into a job (happened to me, too) is when passion eventually begins getting tossed out the door.

So, when I hear people complaining that Youtube is no longer paying enough money all I can think about is what their real passion was in the first place.

04.05.2017

I've dreamed since I was a teenager that David Byrne and Penguin Cafe Orchestra would make an album together.

03.05.2017

You have to marvel at how much easier flex is to use over float. If you don't know what that is just Google 'css flex'. And maybe next year grid will be ready. Maybe (?), it's getting easier to build websites? Well, now that we're not worrying about older IE as much, that's a pretty dumb statement. Of course, things are getting easier. I wonder how many billions were lost debugging things around IE.

02.05.2017

Damn, I was plotting to do something like this! Except, with crayons and it would be different.

With the massive number of gun related deaths in the US every year I'm surprised that Europe (EU) hasn't implemented any travel alerts of their own?

You know, because this. All. Of. Europe. What?

Note: if you didn't know, I'm a US citizen. ;)

Sometimes it happens and sometimes it does not.

01.05.2017
Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented by human beings to imagine, decipher, and depict the world.
~ Jerry Saltz
29.04.2017


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27.04.2017

The job of a designer is to be curious, raise questions and find creative answers. The job of a developer is ultimately to answer all the questions in an efficient manner (which is also a creative act). Programming is a yes/no propositional paradigm (?!) while designing is a much more ethereal minded way of solving problems.

I wish I could get that statement down to a single sentence. Maybe another day.

24.04.2017

Years ago I had a rare disease called sarcoidosis. One of the nice things during that time was that I could sleep on my back. I loved crawling into bed, laying on my back and then I'd be out in a couple minutes. Of course, having that disease was a whole new level of tiredness.

But, now I'm recovered and I sleep on the left or right side. Which leads to me question - do most people sleep in similar positions on both sides?

Mostly I prefer sleeping on my right side. I have this habit of extending my arms and legs straight out together, with my toes and fingers just barely off the edge of the bed. It's a weird position according to people who know about it but I find is so comfortable.

And, like most people, I toss from side to side during the evening. My left side position is more - fetal - I guess I would call it. I end up with my left hand under my face. I also occasionally have some numbness in my left arm from this position.

I honestly feel that the quality of government could be vastly improved if more students were encouraged at younger ages to study the subject of working in government. Civics?

As it stands, a massive percentage of politicians are attorneys. Their skillful bending, manipulating and parsing the laws and language of the country do not necessarily serve it well.

When I was a student, and I believe it's similar today, I was encouraged to study math and science. Yes, these are great pursuits but do these qualify one for certain kinds of jobs? I don't have the answer, but when you see interview after interview with politicians parsing every damn statement, you just have to wonder how in the hell they got there?

We need less of those people. We need people who understand a true responsibility to national interest. Would it be so bad that more young students would say "I want to grow up to work in government"?

18.04.2017

Tap, swipe, rotate is the new button, lever, knob.

17.04.2017

Btw, this site runs on Indexhibit. It's using a never publicly released journal add-on and a customized Documenta theme. I'm planning to release it in a few weeks. If you are interested in using this setup let me know.

13.04.2017

I'm quite certain I have spent most of my life not sleeping well.

You know those people who live to be 115 years old and who claim that eating vats of butter and drinking whiskey every day is the key to longevity? Well, I think their real secret (aside from not giving a fuck) is that they sleep really well. For whatever reason, as children, they learned how to sleep through sibling attacks, hurricanes, godzilla and even a Trump administration. This, is a real skill.

My own theory is that true sleep leads to preventing stress, obesity, cancer, all kinds of mental disease, etc. Plus, they are rested and have a head start every day. They can focus and get stuff done!

Only lately, I've found my own method for getting better sleep. Proper restful sleep most nights. I'm not going to live to be 115 but it sure helps.

12.04.2017
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This is my Twitter, my Facebook, my Instagram, my LiveJournal, my Blogger, my Friendster, my Snapchat, my Pinterest, my Tinder, my Zombo.com, my moodboard, my trainwreck, my real-life, my whatever-the-fuck-I-want-it-to-be. The internet was once a damn fun, cool, awesome, creative, democratic and mostly ethical place to hang out.

I'd love if you follow me here. Maybe I'll make a phone app out of this site. Maybe I'll steal all the interface ideas from Facebook. Maybe I'll call it VaskaChat. I think I need at least three hundred million to make this happen. Oi vey...

My TOS, you ask? I don't track you, I don't monetize your existence, I don't use your name for my own profit, I'm just having fun so if you don't like the weekly color scheme or think the usability sucks (you know who I'm talking about) it's going to be ok. ;)

The implications of this existing are amazing.

I don't believe in social media the way that you might. I understand for business it could be an OK thing. But, for the average person to be spamming their near every thought, trying to be a social influencer (and making money from it) - how would you feel if I showed up at your doorstep with a sign trying to sell you things? Ok? Please stop doing it...just be a regular person.

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