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Month: February 2006

Crash

Katie and I recently watched Crash. Katie ad I liked the movie alot. It was a study on people’s motivations and the cause/effect relationships people have. It shows how someone becomes the way they are, especially in irrational moments. However, there was one scene. The one with the little girl. Both Katie and I YELPED when it happened. We almost started crying. I couldn’t breath. And when the reality was revealed, I felt this overwhelming sense of relief. I couldn’t think straight for the rest of the movie. I think they should’ve ended the movie on that scene. I gave…

Next Book

I just finished The Paradox of Choice. Somewhere in the middle of the book it switched from being an information architecture/usability/psychology book into a self-help book for coping with depression. All good interesting stuff, but I was given the book by a usability expert and thought it could have been more targeted for my needs. The next book, given by the same person, is The Wisdom of Crowds. Basically, it states that UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES (repeat that disclaimer), a group of people can actually be much more accurate that individuals, no matter how smart the individual. It has wide ranging…

No Problem

Lately Jared is being very sweet to me, although I hear not so sweet stories from Katie. This morning he said, “Daddy, I have something special to tell you… Thanks for throwing me on the bad, I liked it.” I said, “Your welcome, you are a good boy.” He replied, “No Problem!”. I like that he is saying Thank You and that he is being a good boy, however, I don’t really get the “No Problem!” thing he keeps saying. Why is he saying it? Like being a good boy is not a problem? Of course, being a bad boy…

The Paradox of Choice

I was recently, at work, given the book, The Paradox of Choice, to read. It confirms many anecdotal stories and observations I have had about human behavior and decision making. A long time ago, I heard a report on NPR about a study that said, “People who research decisions and review many alternatives are usually UN-happier with their decision than people who make “gut” decisions. The reason, says Barry Schwartz, has to do with basic human pschology; our aversion to loss, regret and avoidance of responsibility. Decision-making, says Napolean Bonaparte, is the most difficult skill to master and therefore, the…

A conversation in the White House:

Vice President Dick Cheney: I am the most powerful vice president in the history of the US! I rock! I can get away with anything! I rock so hard. Karl Rove: Hmmm, you never shot anyone. Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton while he was VP and got away with it. Vice President Dick Cheney: Aaron Burr? Bastard! Hmm. I bet I could shoot someone and get away with it. Karl Rove: No way, dude. You would get caught. Vice President Dick Cheney: Wanna bet? I am the all powerful Dick. I can shoot anyone I please. Karl Rove: I am…

Emotional Design

I bought the new Gillete Fusion Razor with battery. I didn’t have high hopes, but I had to know, would a battery powered razor be any better than a normal razor? The answer, I can answer from this morning is yes. The thing vibrates, so it feels like it is much harder to cut myself. It also makes me feel like technology is cool. Emotionally, I love my fusion razor. On NPR I heard an engineer saying he wanted to infuse my cell phone with a GPS and artificial intelligence so that it could tell where I was and figure…

Html Editors

I have been frustrated for years with Macromedia’s complete lack of support for Homesite. Even though it solves my problems, I do not like being treated that way. I want new Beta software, all the time! So I have been looking for something that is like Homesite, but actively being worked on. Dreamweaver failed the test for 2 simple reasons. 1. The Advanced Find and Replace feature was HARDER to use, not easier. I use this feature all the time. 2. The left file explorer would not allow me to split the tree so that the folders were at the…

Potty all the Time

This morning, something wonderful happened. Matthew (Age: one and a half) said to Katie: “Potty!” Katie brought the boy to the bathroom and had him sit down. The next thing you know… SLAM BAM THANK YOU MAMM! He did it! Matthew, I love you. Please keep it going. Let’s not make this a one-time thing. Follow-through, that is important. Don’t drop the ball. You da man! Today, is a great day.

Superbowl XL

Pretty good game. The Pittsburgh Steelers won the game. Several plays (interceptions) could have changed the game. Each team had a chance to win and the defenses stepped up. In general, the Seattle Seahawks wide receivers dropped the ball several times in several key plays. I think that may be the ultimate difference. This game could have gone either way. The commercials were pretty good. I really liked the FedEx commercial early in the game. There was another I laughed at, but I can’t remember it. Katie loved the United Airlines commercial because it looked so beautiful. I thought the…