Monthly Archives: August 2016

Finishing a Fitness Micro-Challenge (and Starting a New One)

A week or so ago I shared that I had been working on a fitness micro-challenge which was essentially exercising every single day on the elliptical for at least 60 minutes.

Today is the final day and I’m moderately excited to be done with it mostly because I’m going to have to figure out a new challenge for the month of September and I’m not always good at coming up with new challenges on-demand.

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On Standups and Daily Engineering Activities

As we all know, the most important thing when putting together a new project and/or product is that you actually build something that people want (among the other two important ingredients):

You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible.

Part of the process of putting together a worthwhile endeavor is getting that second thing right and it really is the hardest thing to do of the three. There are a lot of products out there that are fun, neat to use, and even entertaining but they aren’t essential to life and/or business.

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On EpiPens

You’ll never forget your first EpiPen experience, especially as a parent.

Strangely, I had my first experience this weekend amidst all of the swirling controversy around the big pharma company that’s been price-hiking the darn thing into the stratosphere.

Thankfully, apparently, they are going to reduce the cost by 50% less but I believe there is a much larger systemic problem (but this post isn’t about that).

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No Room for Tone or Irony

via Wired and their profile on social media and teens:

Then there is the rule about likes and comments. According to Lara and Sofia, when your friend posts a selfie on Instagram, there’s a tacit social obligation to like it, and depending on how close you are, you may need to comment.

The safest option, especially on a friend’s selfie, is the emoji with the heart eyes. Or a simple “so cute” or “so pretty.” It’s too much work to do anything else. If there’s any deviation, “you have to interpret the comment,” Sofia says. “If it’s nice, you’re like, is this really nice or are you …” “… I don’t know,” finishes Lara. Is the comment sincere? Or slyly sarcastic? Formulaic responses breed zero confusion.

Instagram is not a place for tone or irony.

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A Quick (and Different) Look Into My Morning Routine

As some of you know, I’ve been writing about a new project I’ve been putting together over the last few months that is still tentatively called “Pinpoint” – I’m still not sure if that’ll stick long-term but, as many things go, the longer it sticks around the harder it is to remove it from my psyche…

Anyways, I’ve been iterating on the product and did an exercise yesterday that captured quite frankly my morning routine, especially the actual behaviors that currently make up that morning part of the day. If you’re curious, give it a read here.

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Building for Real Behavior

The challenge with building products that people really love is identifying real behavior, not fictitious, manufactured, or fabricated behavior.

From another angle, it’s so easy to deceive ourselves into believing that what we are building really is the problem that most people are having when it’s actually not. I think many product builders and engineers are susceptible to these fallacies; I know that I am.

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ASD? Test Software.

This is sad:

More than 50,000 Americans with autism become adults each year, but more than 80 percent of them are unemployed.

80% unemployment is too dang high… although, since ASD is a spectrum disorder there are many who are not literally able to work.

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