Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

“To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, October 3, 2014

Reaction to anything

My colleague: What is the customary waiting period with this type of thing before turning it into a lifelong feud?

Me: Two weeks is good.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Who you hang out with determines what you dream about and what you collide with. And the collisions and the dreams lead to your changes. And the changes are what you become. Change the outcome by changing your circle."

Seth Godin

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Unconscious Bias.

Love this video by Dr. Brian Welle from Google.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Translation Management

When my colleague tells me how it really is:

"Can you image how difficult it would be to translate our manuals if the translators were NOT free to come up with whatever UI strings they liked? People who speak these silly languages probably prefer it. I think most of those weird words mean the same thing anyway."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Email to my colleague:

Me: I still have the flu.

Colleague: When administration stopped sending status updates on your illness, I assumed you were dead. I was getting ready to put your job posting up.

Me: I almost died.

Colleague: I would prefer it if you didn’t die although I would very much like to write a combined obituary/job posting. So my feelings are very complex.

Me: My feelings are complex on this too.

On today's agenda:
Today we're making Matisse cut-outs as an adjunct to our technical documentation suite​. I need scissors and construction paper.

And heard about town:
Person in coffee shop: "I know several people at Google."
Me: "I know people who started there years ago. Years. A-go."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Overheard in the ether regarding UI design.

"I'm not asking for yesterday, but could you at least be 10 years ago."