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  • once upon a time…

    Life used to be simple. You got up, you went to work, you came home, you ate dinner, you watched TV. On the weekends you’d go to the movies. There was a very clean line between TV and movies – small screen vs big screen, at home vs in a theater. Ahh, the simple life.…

  • running blades

    Blade Runner 2049, while not crushing the box office, certainly has some people excited (my artist/wife being one of them). We saw it last night and my 3 word review is: Brilliant, flawed, beautiful It did provide a new tag line for me to use – “if it’s real, it should be messy.” The context…

  • design patience

    I’ve often commented on industry’s lack of “tactical patience” – in our case, meaning that they are usually not willing to invest in longer term research, instead wanting technology that is close to being ready to market. I understand the reasons for the stance, but often it is incredibly short-sighted. This is a very good…

  • ease of use

    Content creation is often all about ease-of-use of the tools. While a great tool won’t make the next Spielberg, it does allow for non-experts to do interesting things – even if they are only interesting to a few people. The task of obscuring things in videos is usually a pita – but youtube to the…

  • ganzfeld effect

    After seeing James Turrell’s amazing Breathing Light piece at LACMA, I am now wondering about how the Ganzfeld Effect might come into play in VR and AR. Time for some experiments…

  • eagle has landed

    The Dutch have an analog solution to an increasing digital problem. Score one for the big birds…

  • coding for all

    Nice op-ed piece about Obama’s new initiative to teach computer science more broadly. There certainly is value in learning how to code, but the trick is going beyond just a “trade.” Programming can be stultifying, or it can be a vehicle for learning formal logic and critical thinking, while also being a tool for creativity.…

  • teller the truth

    An interesting article on the connections between teaching and magic from the silent half of Penn and Teller. Worth a read.

  • 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.  Often the best lessons for your work can come from totally unrelated areas of your life like sports or music. 5-time Grammy winning…

  • quilling

    VR is certainly in the heavy exploration phase. Especially considering most people have never experienced it first-hand yet. One of the more compelling/interesting experiences have been around creating “art” (broadly construed). Gestures in 3D space are interesting to a subset of visual (and performance) artists. My wife, a visual artist who does primarily sculpture, is…

  • sprouts for all?

    I’m trying to figure out if this is genius and the next big thing, or an attempt to salvage various parts in the bin and top it off with some lipstick in order to make a buck. I’m leaning towards the latter, but for non-total-tech-geeks (NTTGs), workflow is everything. If this is really point-click-scan-3dprint then…

  • creativity vs productivity

    I polled my MBA students today, and nearly all of them had been asked in their job to be “more productive.” Interestingly, the same students had also been asked to be “creative” at work. A recent HBJ story indicates the two are at odds with each other. While the overall premise seems sound – that…