these little thoughts

A collection of 23 posts

Aug 5, 2015

Dogfood

Dogfood

Eating your own dog food, also called dogfooding, is a slang term used to reference a scenario in which a company uses its own product to validate the quality and capabilities of the

May 4, 2015

Sightreading

I once heard of a concert pianist who prepare for concerts by reading the scores. On the plane ride over to a particular concert, he will look at the score and think about

Apr 13, 2015

Perfection is Arrogance

We’ve all worked with these people. Perfectionists. Exacting people who want things done a specific way. Their way. The perfect way. At least that’s what they hide behind. This idea that

Apr 12, 2015

Ownership to Accessibility

The world is shifting from valuing ownership to valuing accessibility. I use Rdio to access music. I own very few CDs. I use Kindle to access books. I trim down my bookshelf every

Apr 11, 2015

Good Design, Bad UX

Good Design, Bad UX

This parking sign project popped up in my newsfeed a few times last week. LA is piloting this new signage design. The two problem with the sign? It’s not usable and it

Apr 9, 2015

Genuinely Curious

Genuinely Curious

I once sat down at a lunch table with some strangers, and we started chit chatting. It was one of those situations where we talked to fill the silence, because awkward noise beats

Apr 8, 2015

The Space Around Us

This past weekend, a game developer (friend of a friend) showed me his workspace. It’s an environment like I’ve never seen before. The layout was open and the room was dark,

Apr 7, 2015

The Green State

In 3D printing processes like Stainless Steel and Ceramics, there is a Green State during the production process. During this part, the model is very brittle and fragile. The part needs to be

Apr 6, 2015

Look at What People Do

I was in a discussion about interviewing strategies and the merits of behavioral questions versus hypothetical questions. Behavioral questions start with “Tell me about a time when…” Hypothetical questions start with “What would

Mar 18, 2015

Am I Talking to the Right Users?

For the past month or so, I’ve been playing around with the idea of developing a CAD add on for Blender. Blender is a free and open source tool for animators and

Jan 27, 2015

Luck is Hard Work

Luck is Hard Work

I once asked a successful entrepreneur what was the turning point of her company’s success. After thinking about it for a few seconds, she said that she was lucky to run into

Jan 12, 2015

Play the Whole Concerto

Play the Whole Concerto

I started working on the second movement of Chopin’s first piano concerto last year. When I learn a new piece, I go through a few lines at a time. I work through