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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...

The AwkEng Thinks That Dune Knows the Future of AI

Hi all, As always, my mind tends to wander, and lately, I've been drawing connections between advancements in AI, science fiction, and articles I'v...

Are Voltmeter Clocks Coming Back? Mini update!

Hi all, This is a mini-teaser update on a few things we've been up to. We'll save the Clocks for the end, so scroll on down to the bottom if that's...

Evolution of the AwkEng's Every Day Carry

Evolution of the AwkEng's Every Day Carry

Hi all, Today's post is about designing my "every day carry", or the things I bring with me every day when I leave the house. The punch line is tha...

The AwkEngs Fights Off Distractions from the Internet

The AwkEngs Fights Off Distractions from the Internet

Hi all, Those who know me personally know I haven't carried a smartphone on a regular basis for a long time. That isn't to say I've given up the sm...

The AwkEng Encounters the Spousal Veto

Hi all, I have a confession to make. I have a selection of ideas I haven't told you about. That's because they haven't made it past the napkin stag...

The AwkEng Goes Meta - Writing About Writing

Hi all, This post is going full meta. I'll be writing about writing, and more specifically, how I'm trying to improve my writing at work by using a...

The AwkEng Finds Art All Around Him

The AwkEng Finds Art All Around Him

Hi all, This post is about finding and capturing art in the world around us. It starts a few years ago, when my oldest kid was finally big enough t...

The AwkEng Finds An 80 Year Old Telegram

The AwkEng Finds An 80 Year Old Telegram

Hi all, I found some nearly 80 year old telegrams recently, sent to my grandparents on their wedding day. It tickled my brain, because the telegram...