January 2012

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I can’t decide what I like.  Beard and receding hair or shaved head and face.  What do you think? (Animated GIF below) It’s less work to have the beard at first, but trimming it can be a pain.  Plus, I hate how I can see my hair going away.  With a shaved head, it’s all gone, so I don’t think of the hair that is especially missing.  The beard gives some interesting...

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Tips for Interviewing Someone

Interviewing is like golf.  Anyone can do it, but it’s hard to be good at it.  The goal is to quickly ascertain if a candidate is a worthy member of your team and if they are then to inspire them to want to work with your company.  Here are tips to be successful: Blink (From the book by Malcolm Gladwell) Your subconscious is better at interviewing than you  are. It can...

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Public Speaking Tips

I’ve been asked recently about my abilities related to public speaking.  I feel very comfortable in front of a crowd and can tell stories and relate information in an engaging way.  I don’t want to sound too conceited, but I am pretty good at it.  The questions, however, relate to whether it is something you are born with or something you learn.  Probably it’s both, but it got me thinking...

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The moment that defined my character

From kindergarten through 2nd grade I lived in a lower-middle class neighborhood in New York called Spring Valley.  I had friends.  In fact, in second grade, I was popular; mainly because I was tall, athletic and smart.  A girl even kissed me under a big stone turtle statue.  Teachers loved me because I learned quickly.  I was a leader and I was happy. Then, in the middle of 2nd grade, I moved...

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The UX of Buying A Drum Kit

Two things I am good at are Pool and Tennis.  Each requires a specific piece of equipment that makes a big difference in how you play.  If someone asked me to help them buy a pool cue or a tennis racket, I would be able to explain to them the subtle differences and help evaluate ones you might find on craigslist.  At its simplest, I could pick up a cue...

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