November 29, 2013

Google Glass: Initial Impressions of Explorer Edition 2.0


I've had a chance to use Google Glass Explorer Edition 2.0 (Glass) for the last few days, and wanted to share my initial impressions of the technology. In general, Glass has a lot of potential because of the ease with which it delivers information, but there are some areas for improvement that Google needs to address before I think Glass will be widely adopted.

October 15, 2013

Let's Get Off The Clock: Arbitrary Weekly Work Hour Requirements

An interesting article from Inc Magazine made the rounds on the Internet over the past few days with its showcasing of a "less than 40 hour week" startup perk. While at first glance the notion of a work week capped at some amount less than or equal to 40 hours sounds promising for employee retention, long - term morale and even worker productivity, it nevertheless highlights a problematic approach to thinking about work.

Specifically, by framing work weeks in terms of the amount of hours employees are expected to commit, employers are suggesting that the number of hours worked is the most apt measure of productivity. Unfortunately for those supporting 40 hour work weeks, this is the same logic that they problematize in their critique of "80 hours a week" thinking.

March 7, 2013

5 Proven Tactics to "De-stress"

Cold and flu season are in full swing, application deadlines are looming, and major life changes are on the horizon; in other words, stress is in the air and odds are you are suffering from it. Here are 5 tactics I use to deal with my stress, hopefully some of them will be useful to you.

1. Be Disciplined - This one may seem counter-intuitive at first, as we often hear about "letting loose" as a way of combating stress. I agree and therefore advocate being disciplined about when and how you "let loose." For some, letting loose may mean developing a craft while for others it may be having a nice meal with some friends. Whatever your "letting loose" lever, make sure you regularly set aside time to use it. Personally, I like watching movies, reading a book with a nice cup of black tea or meeting up with good friends. I make it point to do at least one of these things every weekend, most often on Saturdays.

February 3, 2013

Super Bowl Blackout 2013: During and After

The lights went out at the Super Bowl, and it was probably the most exciting event of the game for me and all other 49ers fans out there.

Here are the top 4 things to happen since.