Removing the Charm

Several movies I have seen recently (Karate Kid, The Last Airbender) made me think of movies that were based on previous works.  This isn’t universal, but a common theme I see is that the newer … Continue reading Removing the Charm

The Apprentice System

Imagine you received this letter: Dear [You], I am about to graduate high school and have been accepted to several good colleges.  However, I believe that the cost and the potential benefits of the college … Continue reading The Apprentice System

Movie Review: The Karate Kid (Remake)

Worst Remake Ever. Previously, this honor was held by Willy Wonka with Johny Depp; what an abomination. However, my current winner of the prize was the recent remake of The Karate Kid with Jackie Chan … Continue reading Movie Review: The Karate Kid (Remake)

Different Kinds of Leadership

Most of us are not the CEOs of our organization.  We are somewhere in the middle. Yet we all have, every day, an opportunity to provide leadership from the middle.  Leadership comes in several flavors.  … Continue reading Different Kinds of Leadership

The UX of Chevron OilStop

One annoying thing about Hybrids is that oil changes are expensive.  Doing the maintenance at Nissan was over a hundred dollars.  Last time I did it, the service was mediocre and I had to wait … Continue reading The UX of Chevron OilStop

Hiring UX Designer (Marketo)

Marketo is growing on all fronts.  As the engineering team grows, their appetite for more shovel-ready projects increases too.  Thus, the design team needs to scale.  I am looking for a UX Designer who can … Continue reading Hiring UX Designer (Marketo)

Perception is not Reality

Of course, the expression says the opposite.  However, I reject the expression.  If a tree falls in the forest, it does kill the rabbit it lands on and it does make a sound.  Reality is … Continue reading Perception is not Reality

The UX of Stress

I was feeling stressed the other day and I wondered how much stress I feel compared to others.  I decided to ask around a bit. Me: You ever feel stress to the point where it … Continue reading The UX of Stress

A game of inches

In sports, you either win or lose or tie.  And when it comes to final championships there are no ties.  If you win in Basketball 110-109, you get the win and they get the lose. In … Continue reading A game of inches


make-work [meyk-wurk] –noun work, usually of little importance, created to keep a person from being idle or unemployed. Origin: 1935–40, Americanism ;  n. use of v. phrase make work Sadly, I see this every day.  The building I am in just had the outside repainted.  It wasn’t in disrepair or dirty.  I looked at it before and … Continue reading Makework