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Why is Everyone So Upset About the Groupon Super Bowl Ad?

Here’s the thing. I get that people are feeling mislead, that their heartstrings are being tugged ever so gently by a message of social or environmental responsibility, only to be snapped back to the hard reality of consumerism, all in the space of 30 seconds. But what I don’t get is why anyone is shocked or outraged by this ad. I mean, I know someone who is addicted to Groupon and Gilt Groupe and Daily Candy and the like, and to be honest, she is pretty much obsessed with shopping, deals, “hot items” and “hot spots”, and little else. Is it possible that Groupon just knows their audience really well?…

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Competition, Accountability, Food.

Last year, my boyfriend Josh and I decided that we needed to make some changes to our diets. We’re generally very good eaters – anyone who knows me knows that I love to cook and I do it often – but it was the middle of winter, energy and morale were getting low, food was generally of the comfort variety, and we realized that we could make some incremental changes that would help us start getting in the right mindset for spring. For me, that meant cutting the wheat and gluten out of my diet, eating more nutritious, less filling meals, while Josh was beginning to realize that his soda…

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Hello, My Name is Christin

With SXSW right around the corner I think it’s time to dust off ye olde blog. We’ve been through some rough times around here the past couple of years, from losing my original domain at xinroman.com to almost losing the second one (turns out that the customer service people at GoDaddy are actually extremely helpful – who knew?). But I figure it’s not too late to resurrect some old posts and finally get around to writing some new ones. For those of you who don’t know me or know why you’re here, my name is Christin Roman and I am a User Experience Designer in NYC. I started this blog…

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3 Reasons I Love “Undercover Boss”

You know how every once in a while you hear one of those statistics about how lazy and tv-obsessed Americans are and you think “how is that even possible?” Like the one that said 40% of Americans will sit and watch a television show they don’t like just because they don’t want to change the channel? Well I guess the disclaimer here should be that I think I might be one of those people. I’m not a tv-holic necessarily (I haven’t had cable since I was in college, and have lived long stretches of time with nothing but a laptop for entertainment without complaint), but when I do turn on…

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Robot Bathrooms (or Why I Hate Automatic Toilets )

Automatic flushing toilets were either not designed with women in mind, or not tested extensively on women before they were deployed in millions of bathrooms across America. Without getting into graphic detail, let’s just say that sometimes there are “other things” that women are trying to do when they are on the toilet besides simply relieving themselves, flushing, and going. Sometimes these “things” take a little bit of time and a little bit of agility. How that movement doesn’t get translated into a “she’s finished now, it’s time to flush” signal to the toilet is too technical for me, but that’s exactly what happens (sometimes multiple times in one “sitting”).…

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