Monthly Archives: October 2013

Lifelet: Things you don’t think about on Halloween

I went to get some cash out of our Bank of America ATM and found this handwritten sign. Sometimes you just have to let the pictures speak for themselves: Lifelets are brief glimpses of daily life that are small creative acts … Continue reading

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Twas the night before Halloween and I couldn’t resist. My lovely bride stocked our house with our annual sugar overdose and I dove in. The Heath Bars and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups somehow leaped into my hand. As the sugar … Continue reading

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Lifelet: He made me think!

While writing my blog post today on “Epistemology of Software,” I credited Drew Paine with “making me think.” In 1981, I worked for an executive vice president at Digital Equipment Corporation, Don Busiek. Whenever Don would introduce me to someone, … Continue reading

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Epistemology of Software?

While in the middle of a UW HCDE committee review of Drew Paine‘s dissertation research proposal, I was fascinated by the first sentence of his project goal: “The driving philosophical goal of my dissertation is to critically examine the epistemology … Continue reading

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Lifelet: Growing Alice

On a beautiful fall, sunny day in Seattle, Alice’s parents asked us if we could give them a break and babysit for the little girl. Oh, twist our arms. The day before, my loving bride uploaded eight months of photos … Continue reading

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Lifelet: UW ESPN Game Day

No way I could get up at 4am to be a part of ESPN’s College Game Day at the University of Washington. But the next best thing was scheduling a meeting with my HCDE colleagues the day before the game … Continue reading

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The Lost Power of Why

Way too many moons ago I was introduced to the Deming “Five Whys” through interactions with the Digital Equipment Corporation Manufacturing Division as part of the Japan Study Mission: “Systematically asking why an event occurs or a condition exists. The … Continue reading

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Lifelet: Kickin’ it in Silicon Valley

One of the treats of collaborating with a wide range of entrepreneurs is the occasional working trip to Silicon Valley. Enjoy a few images from the many forms of “creative environments” to bring out the best of the entrepreneur. For … Continue reading

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Lifelet: UX joy of the day

Now that I am returning to road warrior status, I am reminded of the “joys” of travelling. Getting a hotel room in Silicon Valley is getting to be a challenge. Here is what awaited me at the Days Inn last … Continue reading

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Lifelet: Travelling Protected?

During this time of government shutdown, it is always fascinating to experience what is essential and non-essential government work. On my trip to the airport to spend a week in Palo Alto, CA, we started our journey on the Seattle-Bainbridge … Continue reading

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