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The AwkEng vs the Wii

The AwkEng vs the Wii

Hi all, Turns out, that despite my struggles with distractions from the internet, the internet is really really great*. Today's post is about video...

The AwkEng Explores Calendar Visualizations

The AwkEng Explores Calendar Visualizations

Hi all, Today's post is about exploring some ideas in calendar visualizations to support mid and long range planning. While I generally love Google...

Nutrition Works for the AwkEng [warning: discusses diet / weight loss]

Nutrition Works for the AwkEng [warning: discusses diet / weight loss]

Hi all! [ content warning - today's post talks about weight loss and diet ] Today's post is about correlating real world effects with data, and mor...

All Children Love Trains (and Other Insights from the AwkEng)

Hi all! No deep insights or problems to solve today, just some notes and thoughts from things I've seen or that occurred to me on my daily walk....

The AwkEng Hot Cocoa Recipe (and Cooking Cheat Sheet)

The AwkEng Hot Cocoa Recipe (and Cooking Cheat Sheet)

Hi all, Today's post was an excuse to talk about cooking, thermal engineering, graphic design, and hot cocoa, all in one post. I love cooking, and ...

The AwkEng Gives Away Free Ideas

The AwkEng Gives Away Free Ideas

Today's post is about two things. I want to talk about time and I want to talk about free ideas.

I want to talk about time first, partly because this blog post is late, at least by my standards. Normally I write over the weekend and then schedule the post to ship on Tuesday morning. Clearly that didn't happen.

Under other circumstances, I might catch up during the week, but I'm starting a company, (oh! There's a website up now! www.interrobang.ai), and unsurprisingly, it can be Intense, with a capital "I".

Which comes back to the question of time, and what we make time for. For me, writing this blog is therapeutic and a creative outlet that I've found incredibly cathartic during the pandemic, and it's a habbit I'd like to maintain. That makes it Important, but the Tuesday publishing deadline is entirely self imposed, so it's not truly Urgent either. The Eisenhower matrix would tell us to schedule it, which I think I'll do this weekend.

The AwkEng Super Condensed Book Report: April 2021 Edition

Hi all! Here's my super condensed book report, covering what I've read in the last few months, sorted by rough order of recommendation. User Story ...

Street Art from the AwkEng's Neighborhood

Street Art from the AwkEng's Neighborhood

Hi all, Today's post is just sharing photos from a walk through my neighborhood. I love street art and art in public places. I love public art beca...

The AwkEng Applies Cyclic Graph Analysis to Playground Design

The AwkEng Applies Cyclic Graph Analysis to Playground Design

Hi all, A few years ago, the city tore down the playground by my house and built another one that wasn't as good. Today's post is about showing mat...

Change the AwkEng's Mind: The Salad Crisper is a Lie

Change the AwkEng's Mind: The Salad Crisper is a Lie

Hi all, The salad crisper is a lie. That's what today's post is about. Spoiler alert (pun not intended, but I'll roll with it), I've concluded you ...

The AwkEng Quits His Day Job (And Starts a New Venture!)

Hi all, My last day at Amazon was March 19th, 2021. I'm leaving to start a new venture. After spending close to two year and a half years at Amazon...

The AwkEng Rethinks Performance Reviews

The AwkEng Rethinks Performance Reviews

Hi all, Today's post is written in response to reading Andy Grove's High Output Management, and also shares some ideas of my own that the book help...