Category Archives: From the Forge

Data vs. Information

When I take on any project that will serve data to multiple users, I’ve found that there are two inevitabilities (or eventualities, if you prefer): This app will eventually send email This app will eventually require reporting. Granted, I’m a data nerd.  I love looking in piles of data for gold.  Virtually every time I’ve been […]

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Idea vs Execution

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve tried to work on a few things about myself that aren’t healthy.  I was a notorious grudge-holder when I was younger, and somewhere along the line I lost my ability to be as patient with people as I used to be.  Another thing I’ve tried to hone is my perception […]

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Would you rather be informed or outraged?

Photo by Phil Coffman on Unsplash I rarely venture out into politics with these newsletters, for obvious (and not-so-obvious) reasons.  Obviously, this is not the proper platform for it.  Not-So-Obviously, I just don’t believe that engaging in political discussion online does anything but cause people to simplify their opinion of you to a goofy bumper-sticker slogan.  This idea […]

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When (and how) good companies lose their way

We’ve all seen it happen.  A trusted brand releases a bad product or changes their logo to something ridiculous, or gets sued.  We all wonder what the hell happened when our favorite brand of automobile starts building garbage.  I’ve written many, many words on this subject, but one or two bad decisions can sink a […]

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All frosting, no cake.

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash Lately I’ve been seriously tempted to create an app that aggregates all the hilarious gibberish I see on LinkedIn.  Here are some gems: “I believe in embracing innovation today to solve yesterday’s problems and to serve tomorrow’s community”   “If a movement is to have an impact, it must belong to those who […]

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Complex problems, simple solutions

“For Every Complex Problem, There Is an Answer That Is Clear, Simple, and Wrong.” – H.L. Mencken Hate to say it, as he’s a pretty controversial character in history, but he’s right about this one.  Is there anything worse than someone who waltzes into a problem (typically a middle manager) and starts out by saying: “Why can’t […]

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The Cargo Cult of Software Development

Photo by Bobby Johnson The Cargo Cult (for those who haven’t heard of it) is an incredibly fascinating phenomenon.  Most widely known during and after World War II, Cargo Cults are the result of tribes on remote islands coming in contact with military occupation.  Planes would come out of the sky and land nearby, containing […]

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Balance (and why I think it’s critical)

Had a great chat this weekend with one of my favorite human beings.  It really gave me perspective after a rough month of April. I’ve been lucky enough to be around some incredibly talented people in my life.  Some of them are talented to the point of “I didn’t even know that was possible”.  Others […]

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A Bite-Sized Treatise on Capitalism

I promise not to go too far into the weeds with this one.  It’s more of a bite-sized treatise, I promise.  Capitalism can sometimes get a bad rap in American society (and the world, for that matter), but it’s easily the closest-to-perfect economic system ever devised.  Let’s see if we can get through this without […]

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