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  • January 2017

    • Every System Has A Leader
      I was on my way out of the store, pulling out my keys to unlock my car. A man and woman were walking away from their car, parked next to mine, when the man addressed me. "Hey man, you know, I think Trump's gonna turn us all into chaos." Uh. Okay sir. Then he pressed … Continue reading Every System Has A Leader
  • January 2016

  • September 2014

  • May 2014

    • Moved to Denver

      , I packed most of my worldly possessions into a truck and drove a thousand miles across the country with my girlfriend to set up a new place to call “home”. So far so good.

  • March 2014

    • Moving to Denver

      In two weeks, I’ll be packing all my worldly possessions into a truck and driving across the country, a thousand miles from the only place I’ve ever really called home. It’s a lot of work and a little terrifying.

  • January 2014

    • Lessons from a Funeral

      Today we buried my grandfather. His passing has helped remind me of some important ideas that we often ignore or neglect to consider.

  • September 2013

    • Opportunity and Chaos

      Today is my last day at the company where I’ve spent the last six years. Tomorrow is my first day of exploring a world filled with potentially terrifying opportunities.

  • May 2013

    • Worse than gone

      There’s some county-owned parkland in my city. It’s not much, just some gently rolling hills with a few lightly-worn walking paths, but it’s nice. And it’s about to be ripped up for a construction project.

  • April 2013

    • Why is there no maximum wage?

      Johanna Drott (@sargoth) had a great series of tweets yesterday on the possibility of a post-work society, where our worth as humans isn’t determined by our ability or need to work all the time.

  • October 2012

    • Time for Life

      After spending a weekend trampling around in the woods, I came to a realization: I am tired of having my life dictated by when I have to be back at work. So I’m considering becoming purposely unemployed for a while to enjoy life.

  • June 2012

    • Things for Other People

      Very little of what I own is actually for me. It’s for other people. Chairs for other people to sit on. A tiny little overburdened window-mounted air conditioner so other people don’t die of heatstroke when they walk into my tropical apartment in the summer. Blankets so other people don’t lose appendages to frostbite when they walk into my meatlocker of an apartment in the winter. But owning stuff for other people doesn’t make any sense.

    • My Top Five Strengths, according to some report

      I recently completed a “strengths finder” analysis through my work, intended to highlight areas in which you excel or are naturally inclined to. The result of the analysis is a list of your top five strengths that are "very important in maximizing the talents that lead to your successes." Without much further comment, I’ll just leave these here: Intellection, Analytical, Input, Harmony and Deliberation. Shocking.

  • May 2012

    • White male privilege; Or, the simplicity of equal rights

      I rarely consider just how fortunate and privileged I am to be a heterosexual, middle-class white male. Not everyone is born with the good fortune of having a particular skin color, a particular set of reproductive organs, or the right parents. Their human and civil rights shouldn’t depend on any of those factors.

  • April 2012

    • Death and Your Digital Posterity

      You are going to die. It happens to the best of us. But what happens to your digital self once your physical self is gone?

    • What would life be like immediately after a pandemic?

      Post-apocalyptic fiction is a popular genre, and there’s no shortage of it. But from the books I’ve read and movies I’ve watched, most of it is set either during the early phases (pre-apocalypse) or years later, with people aimlessly roaming the countryside. Being fiction, and being meant to entertain, most of what I’ve seen has been lacking on the discussion of logistics. What would actually happen?

  • March 2012

    • Two simple rules for managing my work life

      I have two simple rules for managing my work life:

      • Don’t think about work after office hours
      • Ask why, and don’t be afraid to say no

      As simple as these two rules are, they’re invaluable for maintaining some semblance of sanity and a reasonable work-life balance. These were my only two pieces of advice to a new employee, and I wish someone had told them to me.

    • Document the Why, not just the How

      Documentation is important. Everyone knows this. Unfortunately, documentation is too often confined to the how of the work, and leaves out the why.

  • January 2012

  • October 2011

    • Round-up: Accessibility References for Non-Tech People

      Just because someone has a disability of some kind doesn’t mean they aren’t using the web, and just because someone’s using the web doesn’t mean they don’t have some kind of need that would benefit from even basic accessibility practices. The following is a short list of references collected via Twitter in response to @drinkerthinker’s request for non-tech-savvy resources.

    • Your House is Burning – What Do You Grab?

      A thought experiment, if you would. Your house is burning. What do you take with you? What are your priorities when faced with losing everything? It’s good to take a step back sometimes and evaluate your life, what you’ve surrounded yourself with, and what you could (or couldn’t) bear to lose if it came down to it.

  • September 2011

    • Five Things I Wish People Knew About Me

      We live with a stream of constant tweets, check-ins and status updates, and yet how much about these social media “friends” do we really truly know? And how much about ourselves do they know? My guess? Not much.

  • May 2011

    • Losing the Signal to the Noise

      In the world of social media, you feel a need to be posting often. *Really* often. Depending on who you’re following and when you check in, your activity stream can move very quickly. You toss something of your own in, and it’s already been washed downstream in the blink of an eye. But you’re so damn clever/inspiring/knowledgeable/informed! People want to read your every joke/quote/link! However can I make sure they don’t miss out? Obviously the solution is to just post more often. Fight the flood with a flood of your own, right? Wrong.

  • April 2011

    • #nerdhumor

      A tweet of mine got some serious attention yesterday. It was posted totally on a whim; I expected maybe a handful of people to star or retweet it. Instead it took off and got massive visibility. As of the time of this writing it had been retweeted 1231 times using Twitter’s native retweet function and – according to a quick search via the Twitter API – over 600 times by people copying and pasting it, retweeting others who had commented, etc.

  • March 2011

    • Pre-SXSW Overload

      I’m ridiculously excited about geeking out for a week at SXSW, but I’m also a bit hesitant. It seems the theme of this year’s SXSW is complete information overload.

  • January 2011

    • Own Your Data

      A partial reconstruction of a Twitter discussion on the merits of self-hosting social content rather than aggregating locally from external sources.

    • Be social more. Be “social” less.

      imjoshdean: Be social more: I don’t mean tweet or check in on Foursquare more, I mean go out and interact with people more. I have a lot of acquaintances, not many friends. More often than not, I stay in, and don’t go out. I could be around more people more often. Stuff like that, you … Continue reading Be social more. Be “social” less.

  • December 2010

  • October 2010

    • Learn When to Say No.

      The one skill that’s been most helpful to me professionally, more than any tech knowledge, is knowing when and how to say “No.”

  • September 2010

  • August 2010

  • July 2010

    • Notes from the July MKE UX meetup: Mobile UX

      The July 11 mkeUX meetup was amazing. The back room of Sugar Maple was absolutely packed with people evidently interested in mobile UX, the topic du jour. (See photos from the event by Michael Seidel on Flickr.) The two presenters were obviously well-qualified and well-prepared, and the discussion amongst the group was always intriguing. Clearly … Continue reading Notes from the July MKE UX meetup: Mobile UX

    • UX Beyond the Web

      UX is extremely important to websites, and not nearly enough designers/developers/content managers take it into consideration properly. But the concept of user experience is by definition not solely about websites. It’s about… well… the user’s experience.

  • June 2010