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Experience Product

Don’t Fear the Unknown

Beginning research is an acknowledgment that we don’t know. There are many things that we may not know, and we can try to articulate them by listing hypothesis as assumptions and then testing them with research. We are always better off knowing sooner because our ability to pivot is improved and our sunk cost will be lower.

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Experience Product

I’m not here to be in a relationship

I went to a happy hour with a friend at a local bar called Hops Scholar. I’ve been to the bar before, and I really like that they have a wide selection of beers (47 taps) and an easy-going atmosphere. They have a chalkboard which typically lists their beers, but this time they told us, “We have our menu on this app, it is called [pause, while the bartender turns a placard around] ‘Untapped'”. We said, “Great!” and ordered a round based on the bartender’s initial suggestion and sat down at a table across the room.

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Experience Product

Help me, I can’t get out!

My wife, Patricia, and I went to visit my parents for the weekend a while ago. My stepdad drove us to breakfast in his Ford Fiesta. When we arrived, Patricia tried to get out but realized that the door was somehow locked. Upon further investigation, there may be some interesting design safety considerations about the locking mechanisms on the car doors.

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Design Motivation

Algorithms to Live By: Bucket Sorting Laundry

I am currently listening (Audibling?) to the book “Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions” written by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths. In the book, they describe how algorithms used in computer science can also be used in the real world.

The next time I followed my usual laundry process, I realized that I had used something similar to the Bucket Sort.