Posted at 18 May 2016
Seven Questions for Toph Tucker
The Businessweek designer and developer elegantly flips our questions on their head! Plus: endless pasta. Photo by Evan Ortiz.
Who are you?
Who am I? I don't know. So lucky! I am an extremely lucky person. Surrounded by good people, overwhelmed by indebtedness. I am Buridan's donkey on a metastable career path.
I studied Maths in college but am self-conscious about the motives behind how quickly I always mention that. I graduated and went to Businessweek, where I've been for two and a half years, doing data graphics, web design and programming.
But every really meaningful, interesting bit of who I am is hard to say, here in writing, talking to a website.
What are you working on or experimenting with at the moment?
Being a less selfish son, friend and employee. Managing obsessions. Learning discretion.
What do you have on your desktop?
On my laptop desktop I just have a shortcut for the Anaconda data science platform, which I never use. On the top of my office desk I have an unopened Amazon package, a gift of chocolate truffles, and books. I have two copies of H.W. Fowler's 'A Dictionary of Modern English Usage'. One is my dad's old copy; the other is new, for foisting on unsuspecting passersby. It is my favourite English reference book.
What are the last three sites in your browser history?
Twitter, Google Calendar, Google Search.
Name three apps you currently can’t live without.
Should I question the premise, and on what level? Is it a good thing, to not be able to live without? Should we aspire to make more things people cannot live without? They say it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. Is it easier to imagine the end of your life than the end of apps?
I use all the standard things a lot. I like my New Oxford American Dictionary app. I remain a believer in Foursquare/Swarm as a journal and city guide. And I've been trying to use Voice Memos more, to do more with conversations I treasure. Sometimes I miss people's voices, and sometimes it teaches me how I don't listen.