Randomness related to information technology, web development, user experience design, project management, higher education and life in general at an edu.
July 10, 2014
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May 19, 2014
“Sometimes in meetings, I sense people seizing up, not wanting to even talk about changes, so I try to trick them. I’ll say, ‘This would be a big change if we were really going to do it, but just as a thought exercise, what if …’ Or, ‘I’m not actually suggesting this, but go with me for a minute …’ If people anticipate the production pressures, they’ll close the door to new ideas—so you have to pretend you’re not actually going to do anything, we’re just talking, just playing around. Then if you hit upon some new idea that clearly works, people are excited about it and are happier to act on the change. Another trick is to encourage people to play. Some of the best ideas come out of joking around, which only comes when you (or the boss) give yourself permission to do it. It can feel like a waste of time to watch YouTube videos or to tell stories of what happened last weekend, but it can actually be very productive in the long run. I’ve heard some people describe creativity as ‘unexpected connections between unrelated concepts or ideas.’ If that’s at all true, you have to be in a certain mindset to make those connections. So when I sense we’re getting nowhere, I just shut things down. We all go off to something else. Later, once the mood has shifted, I’ll attack the problem again.”
— Pixar director Pete Docter
(Source: maxistentialist)4 months ago • 1,520 notes
May 6, 2014
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March 27, 2014
March 21, 2014
Education is what people do to you, learning is what you do to yourself.
March 19, 2014
March 4, 2014
March 2, 2014
March 1, 2014
When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don’t consider the bloody ROI.
Apple CEO Tim Cook • In a passionate rebuttal of a question during a shareholder meeting. The question, from a representative of the conservative think tank the National Center for Public Policy Research, questioned the company’s decision to go green and asked the company, point-blank, to only do things that improved the company’s ROI. (Short version: They are conservatives, and they are trolling.) Cook went further, adding: ”If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock.” (via shortformblog) 6 months ago • 215 notes
February 27, 2014
The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders.