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Paying my dues

I’m not proficient in Jazz but I took a jazz theory class with the amazing Ryan Keberle and it has changed the way I listen to it. I particularly like John Coltrane’s music. A thing I learned about, then, is the idea of paying one’s dues. What a commenter on this forum calls: “Having put in the requisite amount […]

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Trying Particle’s Photon

I was excited to receive four ESP8266 ESP-01 but I ran into a few issues. I anticipated a few power issues from Arduino to the ESP8266 so I ordered a 5V – 3.3V adapter. The ESP8266 is not very breadboard friendly, so that made it easier without having to worry about power. Well, it turned out that […]

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First IoT steps

I have been building with Arduino for a while and one of my initial goals was to connect one to the Internet and experiment. Finally, I have decided to take the next step towards this goal. IoT hardware There are many ways to connect an Arduino (I use Uno for now but I might get a Mega soon—more […]

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To Be Designed

Cocktail hour by yumikrum -CC BY 2.0

On Tuesday, April 25, I attended To Be Designed, a one-day virtual conference produced by Rosenfeld Media. Topics were AI and UX heavy—awesome. The speakers were stellar. My notes are copious and I will probably have to watch some presentations again to absorb ideas. What are my key takeaways? IoT is about service Mike Kuniavsky‘s talk,  The UX […]

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Second paper

Dropbox Paper

On Saturday, I went down a productivity app rabbit hole while my son was taking a nap. Every so often, I reassess the tools that I use and decide if I should try others or stick with the same ones. The tool that bugs me at the moment is Evernote. I’ve tried it many times and, […]

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Reframing

A few months after our son was born, things started to look up: My wife and I were getting more sleep and I was getting more help with I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. Pockets of spare time started to emerge—oh, joy! I started brainstorming about things I should do with this time, things that I loved doing and was good […]

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Web, Email, Social Media and French Accent

This Spring took me by surprise. I had a couple of big projects at Cornell (our second Giving Day was one of them—I’ll write about it at some point) and I spent the whole month of May in France, on parental leave. I didn’t have much time to plan my posts, let alone to write […]

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