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  • Interviewing as a proxy

    Unless we’re interviewing for people who have interviewing as their job, there isn’t a lot of evidence that doing a great job in the interview means you’re going to do a great job. Learning to interview decently is a skill I’ve acquired over years of effort. I’m glad I have it now, but agree it…

  • Adobe‘s subscription goes long

    The US government is suing Adobe for allegedly hiding expensive fees and making it difficult to cancel a subscription. Whenever I start a monthly subscription I immediately go in and cancel it. If I need it I’ll renew again the next month. I I’ve been through the pain of trying to cancel an Adobe subscription…

  • Canva for the rest of us

    You can’t blame individuals for taking the path of least resistance. Creating a Canva design takes minutes and requires no skill. It’s fast, cheap and gets the job done for cash-strapped small businesses, students, nonprofits and others who can’t afford a professional designer. An original design carefully crafted from scratch is always going to look…

  • Julia Chesbrough: Subscription business model for fractionals

    This week on Fractional we had the privilege of interviewing Julia, a freelance designer who has been running her own subscription based product design business. As a product designer myself I found this a lot of fun to chat with her. If you’re in the design field, or interested in design or starting your own…

  • Where did Apple get its content?

    Everything was fun and cool until they showed generative image creation that spits out slop “resembling” (strong word) other people; and in this post, everything was cool until they mentioned how – surprise! – Applebot had already indexed web content to train their model without publishers’ consent, who can only opt out now. John nailed my sentiment. The slop part had…

  • Assassin’s Creed

    I’m a very casual gamer. And up till now I so no reason to update my iPad. I’ve been tempted by the new Apple Pencil, but that’s not enough. Seeing that Apple has released one of my favorite franchises on iPadOS has me wondering if I might upgrade this year.

  • Portable gaming podcast

    This new podcast has been such a delight to listen to. It’s reigniting my passion for pulling out some portable gaming again.

  • Not a nameless face

    For years I’ve read stuff from other authors, and often been hesitant to let them know my appreciation for what they’ve written. Now, as I write things I so much appreciate when the smallest note, where a friend or stranger lets me know that my words were helpful. I’m trying to do the same these…

  • Beautiful death

    A year ago a fire swept through this area. It was terrifying and thankfully nobody was hurt. Now I find beauty in the devastation and it reminds me that potential is always waiting.

  • Finity delights

    Finity is the perfect little game. Myke Hurley recommended it recently on a podcast and I gave it a try. It has a great mix of fun puzzle, with a gradual challenge curve, and makes a simple concept feel truly delightful. I’ve been turning to it more than Reddit or other apps recently, enjoying an…

  • Leaders leading

    Leadership is hard. Few do it well, and the ones the figure it out are a joy to watch. You see their humble strength, mixed with care for others, and are excited to see where things are going to go. In my experience great leaders don’t want it. They choose to accept the role because…

  • Open

    Having a take on things is hard. It means getting the nuance of a situation enough to understand it and then having the time to think about why the thing matters. This is something I greatly appreciate about writers and podcasters I’ve followed for years. They try to figure out the details and meaning of…

  • When ability matches interest

    Years ago I heard that your taste starts out right, but it takes time until your skills can match your tastes. This is so true. I’m interested in so many things, have a sense for how they should be done, but when I sit down to do the thing, the results are far short of…

  • Downstream changes

    I’ve been an avid listener of Downstream for the past two years. It’s the best resource I’ve found to understand why streaming companies make their decisions, where they’re doing well, and what’s looming on the horizon for each of them. This interest started before I joined a streaming company, and continued as I keep trying…

  • It works!

    I’ve been pining for a solution to write short form posts to my blog from my phone. Last year I tried out the WordPress app, and ran into issues publishing. Since then I’ve scoured for other solutions. It seems the app is working now. – Sent from WordPress on my iPhone

  • Tinnitus help

    Apple just worked with the University of Michigan to conduct the largest study to date of tinnitus. While I don’t know what this means long term, it seems to see a baseline to understand just how much tinnitus affects people. I want to look more into Apple’s Research app listed in the article. Somehow I…

  • Doing something hard

    For the last six months I’ve been working with a small team to build up something new. We’re working within a larger startup with a beloved product, and looking at ways to increase delight and impact for users.  The thing I’m seeing, and reminded of from past experiences, is that building something from scratch is…

  • The best smoothie

    Every day, for the last few years, I’ve made a smoothie to replace breakfast. Here’s the recipe for others who may be interested. It was shared with me by a local coffee shop, and I’ve tweaked the ingredients a bit based on what I like. Recipe for 2 people A few notes:

  • KJayMiller: On personal blogs and AI

    “If writing is not your thing that is okay. There are other ways of communication that you can lean on to help. If you are better at talking through a point, then create audio or even video (you can also publish these) and use AI to transcribe your content and then modify it to read…

  • Pour one out for the Touch Bar

    In light of Apple’s recent event with new hardware announcements, my friends and I got together for our latest episode of Ultra Pro Max to chat about it. We did a quick overview of things and then focused on a few things that stood out to us.  Listen now on your favorite podcast player.