I like to draw my meetings doodles on nice heavy paper using very specific pens, but anything will do in a pinch. I scratched this doodle during a meeting at a conference room at a Marriott, on one of those hotel-provided notepads. The paper is inexpensive, ruled, and has a hotel logo on it. The pen is a cheap ballpoint, designed to be used a few times and get lost at the bottom of a carryon bag. But doodling doesn’t require anything more than that; the beauty of it comes from the unconstrained freedom of expression generated by a stream of consciousness. ...continue reading
Software systems are a collection of bits recorded on a storage device. It might seem that once a software application works, as long as the hardware it runs on is functional, it should just keep working for eternity. So, why is “software maintenance” even a thing? There is no physical wear and tear, and there are no materials that can rot or rust away. Software systems are not affected by the atmosphere, pollution, the weather, and there isn’t anything that can physically break. However, this argumentation doesn’t take into consideration an essential aspect: the context. ...continue reading
For the last few months, I have been focusing on a few big things that kept me away from my writing routine. During this time, many of you sent me messages asking when I’ll be publishing the next article. The answer is now clear: I am going to publish right now!
Here is what I have been up to:This summer I did some traveling in Europe. I spent a week in England, a week in France and three weeks in Italy. It was a wonderful time where I reconnected with my family and my roots, I cleared my mind and regained a fresh perspective on reality. I didn’t realize how caught I was in my professional daily life until after taking a break. When I returned home from my trip, I felt refreshed and had a new lens on life and work. Taking time off is essential; not only for selfish and personal reasons but also for business. After a break, productivity increases and you get much more stuff done. The fantastic company I work for,
DreamBox Learning, received a substantial investment ($130M) from the Rise Fund ...continue reading
It’s Doodle Tuesday again!!
This doodle started as a tangled rope and ended up being some sort of squid from the depths of some nightmare. This is also the first doodle that I publish from a new reusable Notebook that I just purchased and really liked. The notebook is the , which has a leather hardcover. Really sleek-looking and the “paper” is as good as the Everlast.continue reading
Parental Struggles with Screen-Time
As a parent, the general notion of screen-time is challenging to disregard. I spent a lot of time thinking about it, as it is a concept that bothers me. It is also an important concept that cannot be ignored as it hides real risks. What troubles me is not the widespread concern about the dangers of screen-related obsessive behaviors; that concern is healthy, and I share it. The problem I have is more about semantics, generalizations and dangerous nuances.
Screen-time is an expression that describes any time spent in front of a screen. Watching TV, playing video games, reading e-books, using social media, reading or watching the news, watching videos, coding, etc. It is all technically screen-time; but, is all screen-time bad? ...continue reading
It’s Doodle Tuesday again!
I have been an active (amateur) landscape photographer for well over twenty years. I took a break from photography a couple of years ago due to time limitations. However, glimpses of impossible abstract wide-angle landscapes crop up in my doodles, merged with three-dimensional objects.
I am not sure what this is, but it appeared on my page during a meeting.continue reading
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It’s Doodle Tuesday again!
As you might already know, I switched to a reusable notebook and Frixion pens a few weeks ago, and I still love it. I don’t think that I’ll go back to a Moleskine and conventional indelible ink anytime soon.
Now, looking at my most recent doodles, the underlying theme appears to be “gaping holes,” or something like that. I am not sure why. My subconscious makes that kind of decision without giving any explanation to my conscious.
This Tuesday doodle is part of that series (the first one I publish). What do you think? ...continue reading
a vivid mental image, especially a fanciful one of the future.
A Clear Vision
Everyone who lived before witnessing the Apollo 11 mission on July 20th, 1969, could only dream of touching the Moon. In 1865, Jules Verne, a French novelist, had that dream in the form of a novel that he titled “From the Earth to the Moon.” He told a story of a group of gun enthusiasts and their attempts to build an enormous space gun to launch three people to the Moon.
It took 104 more years for humanity to find a way to realize that dream. When it happened, it was one of humanity’s proudest achievements; a glorious moment that required an immense amount of planning and work. ...continue reading
It’s Doodle Tuesday again!
Sometimes I just feel like doodling a smoke tower, spewing a cloud of black smoke. A dark figure standing next to it. Call me a “ray of sunshine.”continue reading
The tech industry thrives on innovation. Building innovative software products requires constant design and architecture of creative solutions. In that context, I am not a fan of design by committee; in fact, I believe that it is more of a disease than a strategy. It afflicts teams with no leadership or unclear leadership; the process is painful, and the results are abysmal.
Usability issues plague software products designed by committee. Such products look like collections of features stuck together without a unifying vision or a unique feeling; they are like onions, built as a series of loosely connected layers. They cannot bring emotions to the user because emotions are the product of individual passion. ...continue reading