VR, AR + MR: Designing the New Reality Experience

UPDATE: this post was refined and published on InVision’s blog on March 6, 2017. You can read that version here.  Seven days after the release of Pokémon Go, more than 65 million people were playing it. SIXY-FIVE MILLION PEOPLE. How many people live in your whole town? County? State? Here’s some perspective: in the whole…

Merry Christmas, Dad

Well, it’s been a whole year since you left, already. There are still days I think of you constantly, times when I see you driving the car next to me, stepping onto the train, riding your bike along LSD or walking just ahead on the sidewalk. Once I saw you standing in line ahead of…

Trends, once, again.

Change is a big theme this time of year, the only time we seem to be collectively on board with change is now, at the changing of the calendar.  Oh, funny life. In any case, we all enjoy taking a look back, and a look forward, at trends, methods, tools and strategies that worked well,…

This Year’s Introspection Perception Reflection

Dear, Daschel, I love this time of year, I love winter and snow and all the festive spirit floating around. But not as much as I love you, of course. There are some emotions only parents have access to. For example, listening to you discovering your own identity, expressing your own point-of-view, these things are…

Heavenfaced: Gratitude and Grieving

When we’re grieving, it’s easy to forget it’s a mysterious process. I’m grateful for the music, stories and art that are also mysterious, the way they find us when we need them and help catalyze the process, which can seem to take such a long time. When Dad died around this time last year, I…

Happy Birthday, Grace

Grace Murray Hopper was as cool a lady as ever there was and I say that not just because we share our birthday but because Grace made some significant contributions to our world. Grace was born on December 9, 1906. Before she passed away on January 1, 1992, “Amazing Grace” made significant contributions to the…

Dear Loneliness

Dear Loneliness, I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written. I thought for a while that I might be different but, no. I’m fair-weathered like all the rest. I come to you only when there’s no one else. I have no excuse. Meanwhile, you’re true blue. You’ve always been there, no matter what, no…

Thanks, folks.

Dear Mom + Dad,

Thanksgiving was your favorite holiday, bar none. It was the most special of them all, the only day of the year everyone else acted the way you two did each and every average Sunday: preparing food for the ones you love in a most festive way, with great attention to detail for the ritual and sheer joy of it.

Perfect is the enemy of good

WARNING – This is a long post. Something Dad used to say came into my mind yesterday, a variation on Voltaire’s wisdom: “Don’t let perfection get in the way of your best!” He used to tell me this especially while I was stymying myself by procrastinating on this or that. His words resonate today, even…

Show up. Do your best.

This is the best advice I’ve ever received. It’s so good and I am so grateful, it is the only advice I ever offer. Not surprisingly, it’s transmitted directly and indirectly by some of the greatest characters in fiction. I offer it to my 5-year-old each day when I drop him at school. He answers…

Blending : Building A New World Family : Part II

This is the second time I’ve written about this (first was back in March) and, since then, we’ve taken huge leaps forward together, and each on our own, as our little family continues to evolve. On August 12, 2016, we (all of us!) officially marked our marriage and new family during a festive celebration at…

The illusion of ‘independence’

Independence as a concept, a word, a holiday, is a big word. It means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Without launching into a lengthy and divergent rant about how specific cultures may or may not value the individual, or how everything is connected to everything else, how an impact…

Adaptation, Semiotics and Being Cool with Things

My awareness of adaptation began in Mr. Johnson’s 6th grade class. I was a 5th grader who, after extensive testing, school administrators felt belonged there for core subjects rather than with peers my own age. This, unbeknownst to me at the time, required a great deal of adaptation. Being smart in school was not sexy…

In the not-too-distant future

I will describe keyboards to my son one day in a not-too-distant future when he asks about them. That is when he and I will ask the computer to show us some examples. We will spend a rainy afternoon making make-believe keyboards (QWERTY and Dvorak) out of cardboard and crayons and pretend to type in…

experience

Experience is the move. The move to a new understanding, a motion towards a richer perspective. We spend our lives chasing it, striving to open up new opportunities for it, while surrounding ourselves with those who have it. A simple thing shrouded in complexity, we go to great lengths and take risks to pursue it….

Living With Dementia

Mom passed away three years ago today. After initially being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, it was a few months later, at the University of Iowa Hospitals, when she was diagnosed with vascular dementia. As her world (and ours) fell apart, I realized that Mom’s behavior suddenly made perfect sense. I also became startlingly aware that,…

I didn’t go to university. I learned from Linux instead. 

TOUGH CHOICES When I chose to forego college, preferring instead to join the working world confident that doors would open, there were a lot of the kinds of reactions one might expect. Most asked things like: “what are you thinking?” “why would you do such a thing?” “what are you planning to do instead?” My…

Changing without changing

Many of us make great sacrifice to avoid it. Laws are written and put into place to stymy it. Large, expensive buildings are built to protect against it. Minds are made up against it and reject ideas that even hint at it. Blockades of all sorts are built against potential outcomes that may lead to…

Blending: Building A New World Family

This is the first time I’ve ever done this and, since I’ve spent seemingly countless middle-of-the-night hours reading everyone else’s opinion about it on the Internet, I will offer my own out of respect for others – now knowing just what it feels like, having only imagined it up until now. If you are like…

“I Dunno”

Around here, we’re preparing to move into a new house, which means going through things, throwing many away, uncovering other precious gems. It’s always an introspective experience to stumble onto artifacts, proof of moments long past. It is odd how stumbling onto a trail left by the past comforts us into the future. I found…

#PrivacyAwareDay

In anticipation of #PrivacyAwareDay, the smart people (including Jon Callas) at @SilentCircle, in collaboration with @Guardian (journalist Aleks Krotoski), made this rad documentary about privacy and security. It is worth 30 minutes of your time. Please watch it.