Users aren’t stupid, your UI is.

IOS Product Development, Life and Philosophy, Midnight Ramblings
tl;dr; version: Get your head out of your ass, stop adding complex features that 90% of the world won't care for. Instead, learn to stop, breathe, and make your software products simple by focusing on usability consistently. Users aren't stupid, your UI is. In a big bad world of federated software product development, Usability is usually a bullet item way down at the bottom of a list of priorities for anyone but designers, at best. When your entire product team (including designers, developers, qa, etc) lives and breathes a particular software product for a period of months or years, *any* product becomes easy to understand. It's easy to understand because you're paid to think about, live, and breathe that product for 8 hours a day or better, for very long…
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The story of Freddie Kreuger, the brave three-legged cat.

Life and Philosophy, Midnight Ramblings, Photo Posts
This is the story of Freddie Kreuger, the cat who taught me what patience and love are, and what it means to be brave. Freddie Kreuger and her 3 siblings were born in a neighbor's backyard in May of 2010. The four kittens were born to a feral mother, who we mistakenly named "Mr. Bond" before we realized she was a she. Mr Bond was named as such, because she was very sneaky and clearly feral and scared. She would only come to our back porch to eat in the dead of night, and only when other animals were not around. One evening Mr Bond failed her mission, and a neighbor's cat, named Cinderella, fell in love with her and gave her babies. Cinderella, a sweet male cat, was jokingly…
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Tough Luck: The comics industry is crazy.

Midnight Ramblings
Remember way back when, in high school, when your friend introduced you to that great album that you instantly fell in love with? Remember going down to the record store or perhaps online and buying a copy of that album you liked so much? How did that go? What happened if the record store didn't have the album in stock, did the clerk tell you "tough luck"? Did the clerk tell you it was too bad that you liked that band and that it was unfortunate that you didn't come by when the album was in stock earlier that month, b/c the album was only printed once, in limited quantities? Did the clerk try to upsell you after your big let down, something like "but now that you're into music,…
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Midnight Ramblings: The Taj Mahal

Midnight Ramblings
A few years ago, there was a big cross-organizational management summit, and my division's director was the host of the event. The whole point of the summit was to exemplify and foster cross-division collaboration, which was rare in the company (rare in any company of size, really..). Our division director purchased a massive 6,000 piece lego set of the Taj Mahal for a team building exercise during the multi-day summit. That's all I knew to be true about the summit. I was a grunt, not first line management or higher, and certainly not middle-management or director level, so I was not invited to the summit. I had to deal with the results though, and they were not good. The Taj Mahal team building exercise lasted only an hour or two,…
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