Oh, the Humanities

Posted in Learning, Rant

For some fields and majors, universities serve as little more than an expensive – both in terms of time and money – confirmation of employability in modern times. The educational curricula which mattered to the …

Designing for the 1%

Posted in Rant, Web Design

I guess it’s pretty common to come across software design whose main contribution is looking good in a screenshot or on a dribbble portfolio page. It’s a bit less common to find a design that …

The Distorted Numbers of Company Founders

Posted in Rant, Startups

This article came across my Twitter feed today. It talks about how as a founder, one of the nice side benefits of success is being able to reward those loyal and faithful employees with equity …

What Happened to Final Fantasy?!

Posted in Games, Rant

This generation of consoles has not been kind to Japanese game developers. The quality of games from “western” game developers has leaped ahead in terms of innovative systems, advanced technology and worldwide appeal; while Japanese …

Reaction to the Playstation 4 Reactions

Posted in Games, Rant, Technology

As expected, Sony announced their next-gen console today. The keynote filled in some of the juicy details, including apparently some sort of social network and video sharing, game streaming, the usual cacophony of motion + …

App Permanence is Vastly Overstated

Posted in Apps, Rant

Mobile apps are far from perfect. In fact, it’s remarkable how popular and ubiquitous they are on mobile devices, despite being difficult to discover, closed off (both from each other but also across mobile platforms), …

The Right and the Wrong Kind of Recruiters

Posted in Hiring, Rant

Maybe it’s hiring season, but I had a particularly bad day today fending off tech recruiters. I count: 4 LinkedIn requests 2 random emails[1] 23 unsolicited cold calls Sadly, the increasing volume of spam no …

Romantizing the Trivial

Posted in Computing, Rant

Everybody loves a good Apple rumor. It seems like for the past few years, predicting what kind of hardware and software big companies will show off is a sport in and of itself, and the …

The Hubris of Front-End Developers

Posted in Engineering, Front-End, Rant

A colleague pointed me to an interesting article by a senior Yahoo front-end engineer. It goes through what companies need to do to hire “great FE engineers”, that A developers are attracted by other A players …