Procedurally-generated LinkedIn profile images

We've all seen spam social media profiles with avatars from stock photos, real users' profiles, and random images. For some spammers, that has perhaps become too much work. What if you could instead click a button, right click to save, then...

Books I read in 2021

“…as a wonderful singer once remarked: ‘An image is a stop the mind makes between uncertainties.’” Nathaniel Mackey, Bedouin Hornbook As in 2020, in the last year I read a lot of science fiction. It's really interesting to see how the scope of...

Creativity Exercise: The Scribble Grid

Courtesy of a very fun 8-year-old, this activity is great for filling a little time in a creative way. It could also be used as an icebreaker or as an ideation warm-up. First, divide a drawing surface into a number of cells. If it's just you and...

James Joyce on Product Management

Finnegan's Wake (1939). Book 1, Episode 7: He went without saying that the cull disliked anything anyway approaching a plain straightforward standup or knockdown row and, as often as he was called in to umpire any octagonal argument among...

How to take a Full-Size Screenshot in Chrome

I wrote and published this on an internal wiki earlier this year. There are times when you need to show an entire page in a screenshot. Instead of capturing the page section by section and pasting each together, you can use a feature in the...

Books I Read in 2020

2020 was a good year for reading. Madeline Ashby, Company Town (2016) One of a number of books on this list that I found browsing through the ebooks available thanks to my local library system. A mystery that replaces a proper detective with a...

How to say No to a Client

Client ideas for change or improvement are almost always an indicator of their investment. It can be an investment in the product itself. It can also be an investment in some meaningful aspect of organizational culture or operations to which the...

The Traditional Way

Traditions are often thought of as connective, a way of carrying the past into the present. But their character as rituals makes them very powerful demarcations, too. If they connect you and your ancestors, traditions can also be a reminder that...

Forgetting is Learning's Friend

Were you to ask, I think a lot of learning and education professionals would tell you that they’re at war with entropy. They’d probably call it “forgetting,” or “failed knowledge transfer,” or the like, but the word would indicate the same thing:...