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It’s a glorious day when Apple fixes your bug (UPDATE: oops, still broken)

March 13, 2016 Uncategorized

UPDATE 3-16-16: I did some more thorough tests on my iPhone and MacBook Pro and have run into the Smart Reminders linking bug again – specifically when adding links from Safari on my Mac, then opening them up on my phone. Back to Apple Support forums. Ugh. It takes a minor miracle to get Apple to fix a bug in any of its software or services. Just look at all the discussion threads about bugs on their forum. The thingRead More

Eight months, in an office

March 8, 2016 Uncategorized

10 months ago, I was living what I thought was a dream: working remotely for a decently-buzzed tech startup where I was the lead product guy. I could work in my underwear, start and end whenever I wanted, have free reign to work and travel wherever I pleased. Then in May, said startup laid me (and pretty much everyone else) off with a week’s notice. I had seen this coming for almost a year for various reasons I won’t getRead More

On malaise in tech, or how I learned to find products that embrace true problem-solving

February 26, 2016 Uncategorized

I originally wrote this for the Mathys+Potestio blog, this really cool employment agency based in Portland, Oregon. Here’s the link to the original post. Apple and Google and Facebook and Microsoft and Amazon. These are the big 5 in consumer tech, and the most commonly used apps on your phone are probably made by some or all of them. Nobody is going to knock them out of their ivory towers. If you go on any tech blog you will almostRead More

Product Hunt for abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

February 19, 2016 Uncategorized

The other day I came across Telescope, a product that lets anyone launch their own community site, Product Hunt-style. Just when you think you’ve seen too many “Product Hunt for X” sites, someone gives you the ability to generate as many of them as humanly possible. It’s not inherently a bad or stupid idea, I swear. But every time someone develops some sort of platform that “lets you make your very own X”, I get a little terrified at theRead More

Peak live music, or no more surprises

February 3, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

What do you do when you stop caring about something you used to love? I moved to Salem, MA and basically stopped actively seeking live music. I still see live music – say, when my girlfriend and I go out to brunch and a jazz band happens to be performing there, or when a once-in-a-lifetime performance in the city happens – but for years I would spend hundreds of dollars almost every month trying to see as many bands asRead More

On Macs and focus

January 27, 2016 Uncategorized

I own an iPad, but I really only use it to watch Netflix in bed with my fiancée since my iPhone 6s Plus is just too small enough for both of us to watch simultaneously. Outside of this pretty obvious use case, I’ve struggled to find a purpose for the gorgeous device in my life. Everywhere I turn, though, I read about another person finding the iPad completely invaluable in their daily lives. It now exceeds the processing power ofRead More

On Maker Overload, or why I’m okay with not solving all the problems

January 15, 2016 Uncategorized

Following up on this, which was dead on. In the words of indie darling Courtney Barnett, sometimes I (want to) sit and think, and sometimes I just (want to) sit. I’m a product manager, which means I spend virtually every weekday (and some weekends) doing two things: solving problems and making things happen to ship good, need-fulfilling products. Anyone who does product management can obviously break this up into many more buckets of duties, glorify it, debate its role inRead More

You Won’t Be Successful, Unless This Post Is

January 8, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

You’ve probably seen a ton of #content appearing on your various social media feeds lately offering inspirational stories, Life Hacks and general tips that might make you a better person. It might not, but at least it’s yet another new thing to try at some point in your miserable life-in-need-of-constant-stimulation-and-improvement. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. You clicked on this post because I wrote a highly-targeted, urgent, actionable title that caught your eye. I got you withRead More

On “pop writing”

January 5, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

I’m gonna repeat the chorus, and I’m gonna sing it ’til I’m blue in the face This is a note in response to various posts written on Medium in the last few weeks: one of which was effectively a ripoff another, one of which brought up the fairly obvious point that top content producers (by means of likes & shares, not quality, which is subjective) might simply rip each other off, and a final one which brought to light theRead More

Earthside reinvigorated my faith in prog, and took me back to my roots

December 17, 2015 Uncategorized

Music that challenged me in 2015, part two As part of my reflection on the music that inspired me in 2015, I started writing a bit about those albums and songs that will largely be overlooked by Big Music – but are still ambitious, challenging and exceedingly interesting. In this post, I’ll discuss the first progressive metal album I’ve listened to in years, Earthside’s A Dream In Static, and why this album is particularly important to me. Why do youRead More