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Month: June 2012

Movie Review: Brave and Son of Rambow

Watched two movies this week. In the theater, I watched Brave.  I am a huge Pixar fan and have loved just about every movie they have ever done.  This one however, let me down.  Specifically, I loved the graphic design and attention to detail like the girls hair, but it was the story that left me flat. In Finding Nemo and Up, there were significant deaths in the first 10 minutes of the movie.  It created the whole backdrop to tell the story.  Those deaths were shocking and moving.  In Brave, I really thought the girls mom was going to…

Moving the Ball Forward

I was thinking about the problems I try to work on each day and the time I spend on different types of tasks.  Sometimes I am dealing with people and their issues.  Other times, I am trying to get consensus on a decision.  Lastly, there is just plain vanilla hard work that has to happen.  Illustration below: I believe that a good manager helps you focus on the hard work.  The other parts, if left unchecked can become a bureaucracy.  Sometimes, I think I am in the way of other people doing the hard work.  No one is blameless on this.…

The UX of the Nissan Leaf

I brought my car in for service today.  They gave me a complimentary rental, which was the Nissan Leaf.  I drove it for 10 minutes so far, so this won’t be too in-depth. Super Cool Golf Cart I didn’t realize this until today. The Nissan Leaf has NO GAS ENGINE at all.  This is not at all like the Chevy Volt.  The Volt is electric and then kicks in to gas after 50 miles or so.  The Leaf is 80 miles on electric and then you are done.  I could have sworn it was like the volt. How the heck…

The Microsoft Windows 8 Strategy

I installed my third beta of Windows 8 on my Samsung Series 9.  I am finally starting to see what Microsoft is thinking.  Up until this point, I didn’t get it.  It’s like Windows 7 but worse.  What I realized in this last version is that it is highly intended to be used on a touch screen device. The Metro UI is designed from the ground up to be used with your fingers, not a pen or a mouse.  The graphic design loses all the rounded corners, shadows and gradients that we are used to.  It’s all flat and simple.…