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Microwave Time Remainder Temporal Disorientation, a definition

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:16:55 +0000

Microwave Time Remainder Temporal Disorientation – definition: The disorientation experienced when the remaining cook time on a microwave display appears to be a feasible but inaccurate time of day. Example: 1:15 PM: Suzie puts her leftover pork chops in the office microwave, enters 5:00, and hits Start. After 1 minutes and 17 seconds, she hears … 

Why an open Web is important when sea levels are rising

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:52:49 +0000

Cory Doctorow speaking on episode 221 of the excellent Changelog podcast: “[t]here are things that are way more important than [whether in the internet should or shouldn’t be free]. There’s fundamental issues of economic justice, there’s climate change, there’s questions of race and gender and gender orientation, that are a lot more urgent than the … 

Watch this person use Excel for an hour

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:50:09 +0000

Joel Spolsky, of Stack Overflow, Trello, and Fog Creek, did an internal presentation where he just walked through how he uses Microsoft Excel for about an hour. It’s riveting for two reasons. First, I learned a bunch of techniques that I didn’t know existed (transpose! named values! oh my!). Unfortunately, many of those don’t apply … 

Design sprints and healthcare

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:26:27 +0000

With the help of a few of my co-workers, I’ve written about a new design sprint process we’ve been using at silverorange, and how it applies in healthcare organizations. It started as a post on our silverorange blog, but was pulled into GV‘s Sprint Stories publication (thanks to John Zeratsky). If you love design processes … 

On Surplus

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:25:22 +0000

“We as human beings find a way to waste most surpluses that technology hands to us.” —Stewart Butterfield of Slack speaking on The Ezra Klein Show podcast. He also makes a good analogy between our difficulty managing the new ability to communicate with anyone/anytime and the difficulty of dealing with the abundance of easy/cheap calories … 

I hate deals

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:30:01 +0000

One of my favourite tech-writers, Paul Miller from The Verge, has articulated something I’ve always felt, but have never been able to express well: I hate deals. From Why I’m a Prime Day Grinch: I hate deals by Paul Miller: Deals aren’t about you. They’re about improving profits for the store, and the businesses who … 

silverorange job opening: Back-end Web Developer

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:56:49 +0000

Silverorange, the web design and development company where I work, is looking to hire another great back-end web developer. It’s a nice place to work.

Recommended Reading: Trajectory Book 1 and 2 by Robert Campbell

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 13:13:13 +0000

Years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Deb Richardson and Rob Campbell, a couple who were both working at Mozilla at the time. They came to our Zap Your PRAM conference in Dalvay back in 2008. Rob was working on the Firefox dev tools, which had begun to lag behind Chrome, and have since … 

Fri, 27 May 2016 17:50:14 +0000

You know what they say: Big hands, small horse.

Thu, 05 May 2016 12:33:54 +0000

I’ve written an article about the surprising way the credit card industry is forcing Internet Explorer 10 out of use.

Things I’ve Done and Things to Come

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 01:05:37 +0000

When I look back on my life so far, the things that are the most satisfying and fulfilling are those I have built myself or with others. I’ve never built a house, a piece of furniture, or much of anything physical at all. I have, however, helped to create some less tangible things that have … 

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:43:48 +0000

I’ve written a post about why our web development company has annual retreats It’s over on our company blog, in case you want to engage with our brand. Why we retreat

Chronic Belonging

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 18:13:39 +0000

When I was in grade school, I was in a Church youth group. The group was interesting and fun, and I was able to really feel a part of it. I took comfort in belonging to such a group. My response was to jump in with both feet. If there was a related event, activity, …