Creativity is just connecting things.
— Steve Jobs

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A Quick Profile of Me at the Invision App Blog

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WHAT IS THE MOST FRUSTRATING ASPECT OF DESIGN?

I don’t like when people quit. And I don’t mean quit the job; I mean quit on an idea. You can tell they’re starting to quit because they start saying, “No,” or, “This is difficult,” or, “I don’t know how to do that.” Well so what? Figure it out. It’s tough because it’s called work. We can do this. We’re all here, we’re all capable, we’re all creative. We can figure this stuff out.

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Once a Month?

I just noticed that my attention has been siphoning off to facebook and it’s been a month since I’ve written anything. That kinda makes me sad.

The big news is that I’ve been interviewing like a madman. Constantly on the phone talking to recruiters, talking to companies in many different states, selling my house, and spending a ton of time with my family, which has been really nice.

We’ve also had some bad news lately. My wife’s grandmother passed away. It’s been very difficult for everyone in her family to deal with. Hell, it’s hard for me to deal with. I constantly feel like I can’t really feel anything at all because any minute of any day I could be on the phone trying to get a job and that requires that I’m upbeat and ready to go. I’ve had a few days where I’ve been able to let everything soak in and it’s not fun.

I’m pretty far down the road with one particular opportunity and hope it comes to fruition soon. This massive amount of uncertainty has been trying…

The time I get with my new boy Miles helps me let go and forget all the problems swirling around us right now. He’s such a great source of love for me. Before I left to interview out of state, I had a quiet moment with him and told him I wouldn’t let him down.

It seems like someone knocked everything in my life up in the air and nothing has landed. I know this will all settle down and we’ll be okay but it’s getting hard to keep up this positive attitude with so many unknowns.

When anything becomes a new constant in my life, I’ll post about it here first, instead of facebook. Deal?

12 Notes

I just read a so-so interview with Eddie Van Halen and he had one interesting response to a question that I think really sums up his entire approach to music:

“You only have 12 notes. Do what you want with them.”

I love that notion.

In my college band days, I never wrote the lyrics but loved writing music. One night in my apartment, I was trying to write some new stuff. I became annoyed after a little while because I kept starting with chords that I already knew so I grabbed a 20 sided die that I had laying around in a junk drawer.

I started to roll the die and write down each number in the order they were rolled and tried to make a song from it.

Here’s the result of that night. This track was recorded in a studio in one take:

Driven

iPhone Tidbits

From an interview Steve Jobs did at D 2007 via Engadget:

12:42pm – But the iPhone doesn’t REALLY have the whole OS X operating system on there…

The answer is: yes it does! The entire Mac OS is gigs, a lot is data. Take out the data — every desktop pattern, sound sample — if you look at Safari it’s not that big. It’s REAL Safari, REAL OS X. We put a different user interface on it to work with a multi-touch screen… it’s an amazing amount of software.

and on 3rd party apps:

Q: All indications appear that the iPhone is closed, we’d love to develop apps…

This is an important tradeoff between security and openness. We want both. We’re working through a way… we’ll find a way to let 3rd parties write apps and still preserve security on the iPhone. But until we find that way we can’t compromise the security of the phone.

I’ve used 3rd party apps… the more you add, the more your phone crashes. No one’s perfect, and we’d sure like our phone not to crash once a day. If you can just be a little more patient with us I think everyone can get what they want.

Did Anyone Else See That?

“The sales rate has been lower than we thought,” Mr. Leclair said in a telephone interview on Tuesday evening. “We think that is a continuation of a trend of changing consumer preferences away from traditional, truck-based S.U.V.’s toward more fuel-efficient models.”

Um, that’s from an exec at Ford this Tuesday at an earnings-lowering press conference. The part that kills me is the use of the word “think.” Do people still wear Izod shirts and parachute pants in Dearborn too? I mean, HELLO?! Ever hear of Toyota or Honda?

I really hope that this means we’re going to get some better quality, higher gas mileage CARS from U.S. manufacturers this year. I have never bought an import before but the way things are going, either the Big 3 will have to recover or I’ll just have to switch on my own.

Don’t get me wrong. If I could put an electric engine worth a crap in my Jeep Wrangler, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I originally got the Jeep because I wanted to learn a little more about combustion engines and how to repair my own. But at the rate I’m learning, the 2014 SpaceCar will be on dealer lots and I’ll have just purchased the Chiltons Service Manual for my 04 Wrangler.