Tag: Random

  • Resumes in Design Recruiting

    Resumes are not useful for design recruiting. Glen Lipka, 2021 I spoke with a recruiter today and they asked, “What should I look for in a designers resume?” My answer was “Nothing in their resume will tell you anything useful.” When I am recruiting, I literally do not even glance at it. What if they […]

  • Quick Bits (2021)

    Mirrored Video I don’t know why, but I really have never thought deeply about how my image looks in zoom or on videos. When on zoom, my own image looks (to me) like a mirror. If I raise my right arm, it looks in the video like I raise my left arm. We are used…

  • Tying a Tie

    My son just started an internship with our Congresswoman, Jackie Speier in Washington, DC. He arranged for housing and got himself settled there this week. This is the first job that he has where he needs to wear a suit and tie. We were on zoom and I was walking him through how to tie…

  • Streaming Live Sports 2021

    Every once in a while, I upend my family room and change how everything works. My family loves it. (not) Well, guess what, it’s time again. I currently have a lot of services. Netflix, Hulu, Prime, HBOMax, Disney+, and YouTube TV. All of this streams through a Roku sound bar. Platform I love the Roku…

  • Terrible UX: Kia’s new logo

    Sometimes I just shake my head in dismay. Today, I was watching the Australia Open on television. In the back of the court is a giant logo that looks like this. My son and I looked at it and said, “What company is that? KN? Maybe the n is backwards. KVI? Maybe the V and…

  • When Prophecy Fails

    About 15 years ago, I read a book recommended by a mentor at Intuit (Bill Mirbach) called When Prophecy Fails by Leon Festinger. (Wikipedia Article) The book, published in 1956, studies a small UFO religion in Chicago called the Seekers that believed in an imminent apocalypse and what happened when the world did not, in…

  • Cartoons Sketches from 1992

    I used to doodle all the time. My brother just sent me an old notebook he found. I had this running series of comics about the Assumptions. Creatures from the planet Assump. Get it? Anyway, here is a good sampling of them. Anyway, they aren’t great pieces of art, but they made me smile.I hope…

  • Post Office Idea

    Years ago, I used to write holiday cards for all of my coworkers. I would hand write the card and leave it on their desks. Now, in the age of Covid, we are all working from home. This presents a problem. How can I get everyone their holiday cards? I don’t have their addresses and…

  • Covid Protocols and Tennis

    There are Rules My kids (the older 2) are pretty strict about Covid protocols in general. When playing tennis with others, we were following the Official USTA Rules. The rules say “Bring your own can of balls and ONLY touch those. Don’t touch any other set of tennis balls”. The invitations to play tennis also…

  • A Brief History of Me (So Far)

    Can you put your life into bullet points? Can you summarize and really boil information spanning decades down to its essentials? Let’s give it a try. Act I (Growing up) Born outside NYC in the foresty suburbs Was pretty bad at school, but I read non stop Got into Art pretty early. Loved to draw…

  • Covid Decision Making Framework

    I don’t know what the question is, but the answer is a spreadsheet. – Glen Lipka I love collecting weird data and making charts out of it. In the last year, there has been a ton of interesting data. Decisions are made often with lots of bad bias. One area my family struggles with are…

  • UX: Putting a Chair Together

    My son (16) put together a new chair for his home desk last night. It wasn’t very complicated, but he struggled with it for a few hours. This was his first attempt at putting together any kind of furniture. I didn’t help him because I wanted him to experience the feeling of trying to put…

  • Live anywhere?

    What if… What if all information companies and information jobs were given permission to work remotely? Several companies have already announced that their workers can work from home permanently. Each of these workers has to decide, “where do I want to live?” For the majority of my life, I had to commute to work; which…

  • What do you believe?

    My sister made me listen to a Joe Rogan podcast about a guy claiming to have worked in Area 51 on flying saucers. After 5 minutes, I knew the guy was lying about everything. I tried to listen, but it sickened me to my stomach. There are people who believe: QAnon is a real guy,…

  • Unsafe at Home by Just Jared

    My seventeen year old son just released his second music album. It is a big step forward from his original Album. He has been upgrading his home studio and learning more about mixing and music theory. He is planning on attending college for music, but because of Covid is going to take a gap year.…

  • Government Sponsored Design

    I was listening to a podcast by Malcolm Gladwell about a 20th century U.S. General named Curtis LeMay. He is a fascinating and influential character by the way. In the episode “May the Best Firebomb Win” Gladwell tells of a contest for our nations elite universities (Harvard, Yale, etc) to design the best incendiary bomb.…

  • Personality Test 2020

    I take a Myers Briggs quiz every year or two. I am having my design team do the test for a remote bonding exercise. Here are my personal results from the past: 2014: INFP | Mediator/Idealist. 2017: INTJ – The Architect 2019: INTJ, -A/-T The Architect 2020 INFP-T – Mediator/Idealist. I think these two personality…

  • New Host: A2 Hosting

    I have been hosting with asmallorange.com (ASO) for 6 years now. They were a decent host for the most part. I was using a simple shared hosting package. However, in the past year I became a bit disgruntled and disappointed. Complaints Complaint 1: Free SSL Google has long said that they will optimize for secure…

  • Letter -> GPA Spreadsheet

    I love spreadsheets. I believe the spreadsheet represents the most innovative and amazing user interface ever created. Imagine explaining to someone how a spreadsheet works assuming they had never seen it before. They would absolutely laugh at you and say that is unintuitive and difficult to use. Yet it is used for millions of different…

  • Used to…

    Things I used to do and believe, but don’t anymore. Wear jeans and a watch. 1 year ago. Build computers from parts. 30 years ago. Think I could work at startups forever. 5 years ago. Believe my hair would always be thick. 25 years ago. Read books non stop. 15 years ago. Have nightmares of…