KEXP Inside Paul's BoutiqueOn July 24, 2015, KEXP played Paul’s Boutique. Really played it. They broke down the Beastie Boys album track by track. In the process they played all 100+ sampled tracks in their entirety. For good measure, they also threw in some B-sides, interviews with the Dust Brothers and other rarities. A Herculean effort, indeed.

I was busy doing something important that day, so I missed the whole thing. Fortunately, all 12 hours of the KEXP Steps Inside Paul’s Boutique broadcast is available to stream.

Like many, I came late to Paul’s Boutique. When Licensed to Ill hit, I wasn’t much of a fan. A few years later, it seemed like every place in Boston–shop, store, bar etc.–was playing Check Your Head. This piqued my interest, so I found a copy of Paul’s Boutique and played the shit out of it. To this day, it is one of my favorite albums.

It’s great to hear the KEXP DJs give this album, and all of the music that went into it, the attention it deserves. KEXP rocks for this and so many other reasons. If you enjoy listening, please consider donating to KEXP.

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I hadn’t heard the term page parking before reading Page Parking: Millennials’ Multi-Tab Mania. Page parkers open several tabs in succession, as part of the same task. This is frequently done to gather several options that will later be compared. While this behavior isn’t exclusive to millennials, Nielsen Norman Group’s research shows that they are more likely to do it than other users.

In addition to going into some depth about this page parking behavior, the NNG article lists 7 guidelines to follow to support this behavior. As with most solid guidelines, they benefit parkers and non-parkers alike.

Thumb Zone

How one holds a device dictates the zones that are easiest to touch. These are the spots where we should be placing our controls. But, just how do people hold their devices? Josh Clark has some answers in How We Hold Our Gadgets. He pulls together information from several studies on various devices from phones to hybrid laptops and maps out the easiest touch areas for each device. This is a great article for reference.

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