Category: Random Thoughts

Two Lessons From Jerry Brown 0

Two Lessons From Jerry Brown

The California Sunday magazine has a great writeup on the tenure of Jerry Brown. It’s a great read.  There were two points that struck me in particular as with regards to managing projects and getting stuff done. The first is:...

Interview Question: Describe a Day in the Life

Interview Question: Describe a Day in the Life

I recently conducted an interview for a managerial position and one question I wish I had asked was “Describe a day in the life of this role”. I thought of this later as I was driving, but I really like...

The Future of the Automotive Industry

The Future of the Automotive Industry

Lately, I’ve been having a lot of discussion with various folks on my thoughts on the future of the automotive industry. Within the next 10 years, we will see a huge transformation in the industry and how consumers use cars....

The Science of Organic Milk

The Science of Organic Milk

If you’re like me, you’ve noticed that organic milk tends to have a longer shelf life and tastes better so I tend to spend the extra money because aside from our 1 year-old, the family drinks milk erratically and I...

Why Cursive Should be Taught in the Age of STEM

Why Cursive Should be Taught in the Age of STEM

It’s a topic that comes up from time to time in various channels on the topic of education and modern curricula.  NPR just had an article today on it and how Alabama passed a law requiring it to be taught. ...

Pau Gasol on Kobe Bryant

Pau Gasol on Kobe Bryant

SI has an excellent “farewell” from Pau Gasol to Kobe Bryant. One of the key takeaways, for me: He was challenging me because he expected more from me. When somebody cares about you, that’s when they challenge you. When they...

5 Pitfalls to Software Project Failure

Poorly Controlled Scope Scope is enemy number 1; it is the amorphous blob that threatens to consume and grow until it is an uncontrollable monster, swallowing all of your carefully planned man hours. Increases in scope are often the result...

Adding The Google Test to Your Interviews

Adding The Google Test to Your Interviews

On a message board, I read a thread where a poster — a research scientist — was describing how he ended up becoming the defacto IT guy in his department simply because of his superior Google skills and willingness to...