• Job Titles and Hierarchy

    I have been thinking recently about job titles and hierarchies. They really a different depending on the size of the company you work for. Status is often attached to these words and make a big difference in how we treat…

  • A Tennis Miracle!

    In 2019, I was honored to be a part of an enormously successful USTA 4.0 men’s doubles team. We went to Nationals in Arizona and played our hearts out. I will remember that year of tennis for a long, long…

  • Perfectionism

    I have noticed over the years how perfectionism can be a blight on both work and personal relationships. It is a cultural issue and often is the cause of poor user experience. You would think it would increase quality, but…

  • WordPress 6.4

    Update Part 2: I tried again. I find the way the editor works sometimes difficult to manage. Ultimately, I think I am close. If you see a bug, let me know. UPDATE: The Twenty Twenty Four theme is causing me…

  • Website and Desktop Pattern History

    Once upon a time, in the late 20th century, we had rich desktop software patterns. Each program was creative and interesting in its structure and design. Programs like Winamp, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Lotus Notes, Quicken, Act, and more all were…

  • Who is in my brain?

    Hold your breathe for as long as you can. I assume it is your brain that decides to do that. Eventually, you can’t continue and you are forced to breathe. What decided it was time to stop? Again, your brain,…

  • Good Times Theme Song

    This is dating me, but I used to watch the show Good Times. It’s a comedy-drama, created by Norman Lear, about a poor family living in the projects of New York. I remember the opening credits song as happy one,…

  • HCI Program Wishlist

    These are things I wish they taught in UX bootcamps and HCI colleges majors. Design is Everywhere Seriously, look around you. Everything you see, touch, taste, hear, and smell. Everything has passed through human hands in it’s construction. When you…

  • The Creative Rhythm

    Someone was asking me about the process of blogging. I thought about how it has changed over the last 25 years. For a long time, the process was simple and went like this: The problem recently has been that I…

  • Dueling Principles

    People sometimes confuse direction with dictation, both as an IC and a manager. One technique I often use is dueling principles. They are delivered two at a time and are contradictory. I ask the individual to use practical wisdom and judgment to…

  • Beeper Refer Code

    I use Beeper to consolidate all of my messaging apps. Here are the supported networks. It’s now free! (I paid, silly me) Anyway, if you want to give it a whirl, please use my refer code. It works pretty well…

  • Bluesky Social

    I was recently invited to try Bluesky Social, the Twitter competitor founded by the original Twitter founder Jack Dorsey. It seems pretty early days. There is no iPad app or WordPress Plug-in. Not many influencers have accounts yet. My account…

  • Oppenheimer Movie Review

    I just watched Oppenheimer in San Francisco in true IMAX 70mm. To cut to the chase, I have not been this annoyed by a movie in decades, first some background, so you you know where I’m coming from. I have…

  • Brand Destruction

    Lately, I have seen some examples of brands being obliterated. The two that stand out are HBO and Twitter. HBO Home Box Office has been around for half a century. It existed at the dawn of the “cable” revolution. Before…