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We are all of us

It’s so easy to say, “I didn’t break the law, he did!” or “I am not racist, those guys are!” or “I wasn’t unkind, they were!” It’s finger pointing at its finest. It’s easy to avoid responsibility for things we didn’t explicitly do ourselves. However, we didn’t do anything to stop them either. We didn’t create an environment where those misdeeds were infrequent or impossible. I see people on the...

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How Essential is WiFi at work?

We had some WiFi problems at work. It went on and then went off. On and off, back and forth. I think the problem is that we have added too many people in the room and the hardware is getting overloaded. It raised the question in my head, “How much do we need internet to work? Could I work without it?” Meetings I am often in meetings. Usually, I don’t...

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Cord Cutting 2nd Try (2019)

I had tried cord cutting before, but it didn’t work. (Parts 2, 3, and 4) However, that was a while ago and I felt that it was time to try again. My internet access is from Wave communications, 500mbits and pretty stable. I have 8 eero devices scattered around my house. Starting (monthly) costs before cutting the cord: Internet: $97 Modem: $13 Cable TV: $140 (Including HBO) Netflix: $16 Hulu...

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5 Good, 5 Bad, 5 Wished

Things I am good at Designing software applications, especially B2B SaaS products. Creative thinking Metaphors and wordplay Mentoring (Hard to confirm this – but I think the evidence is good) Writing (and maybe blogging) Things I am bad at Directions – I get lost in my driveway Singing Math Making and maintaining friendships Being normal (this might be a good thing, but I am decidedly bad at this) Things I...

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Risky Moments in US History

I’ve been thinking recently that our democracy has been showing signs of wear and tear. It’s easy to think, “Oh everything is going to be OK” or “OMG! We are going to turn into Mad Max!” Historically, there are plenty of examples of democracies which have fallen into dictatorship. Usually, people didn’t see it coming at the time. I’ve been playing with a list of times the US was in...

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Tokyo Trip 2019

I just finished my first trip to Tokyo, Japan. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am a terrible traveller. I have a rotten sense of direction and hate planes. Plus, I am a creature of routine. Traveling is the exact opposite of routine for me. With that said, I had a wonderful time in Tokyo and highly recommend it as a city destination. Some of my memories:...

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Game of Thrones Sucks Forever

How can a show fuck up so badly? They started off so strong with a tapestry of characters following their adventures in this rich world of Westeros. But now? Now, I don’t give a shit about any of it. I am not even going to watch the prequels over this. Here are a few reasons: <RANT> Throwing away character arcs Jamie had this long journey from total pretty-boy-asshole to a...

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3

You know that one person who picks on all the little inconsistencies or details? Yeah, that’s me. For years we have been hearing “Winter is coming! Winter is coming!” like some Chicken Little story. We kept hearing about the magic and the origins of the night king. All that build up. I am imagining the writers room had a conversation like this a few years ago: Writer 1: Ugh, this...

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A Big Problem #boycottSafari

Note: This post is fairly technical, using (without explaining) many marketing concepts. It has a big impact, but may be complex for many people, especially designers. Many people in the world would prefer that everything online be free AND that their privacy is ironclad. The problem is that this ignores the economics of how everything we use on the internet is funded. The simple answer is Advertising and Marketing. And...

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All Roads on Twitter Lead to Hitler

I try hard to avoid Twitter. I use it (and LinkedIn) to publicize my blog posts. I click publish and voila! Insta-tweet. Sometimes, I will tweet a little joke or pun, but I hardly ever participate in the normal Twitterverse. The main reason is that every time I get into a conversation on Twitter, I feel like people are yelling at me and regularly misunderstanding my meaning. Part of the...

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