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  • fit just a bit (or not)

    A recent study indicates that fitness bands/watches don’t necessarily help people lose weight. And in some cases, it can cause weight gain. The telling quote in the piece: So should you bin…

  • facial dance

    One criticism of virtual (and video conferencing for that matter) is that the subtle non-verbal cues are lost in translation (or not captured at all). These are critical for human communication, and…

  • ear for the band

    I wrote this back in 2013 for the Navy’s Project Athena. Still relevant. Sometimes people get locked into certain ways of thinking, or look to the same places for inspiration or ideas. …

  • succeeding to fail

    “Failure” is a popular word these days, especially in business/entrepreneur circles. “Fail early and often” is heard a lot – and even sometimes from me but in our case I’m talking about…

  • the last nanometer

    In the telco industry (for those not old enough to remember – that refers to telephone, as in copper wires strung between locations), the saying was that the “last mile” was the…

  • think with your pencil

    For 5 years (actually a bit more if you include grad school), I taught chemistry. In particular, organic chemistry tends to be vexing, and one joke I use when giving talks is…

  • design research

    Two terms that maybe don’t always (ever?) go together. This article makes the case for combining them, and I can’t disagree, at least in theory. Research has always been a mix of…