Pygmy Nuthatch
  • My Top 5 Sci-Fi Films of 2016

    This year has been a banner year for Sci-Fi and Superhero blockbusters. Some of my favorite movies of all time in this genre have come out, one after another, and it’s challenging to pick and rank the winners. But I’m not one to give up a fight, so here is my ranked Top 5 list of the best Sci-Fi movies of the year, with a couple of surprises which I’ll explain as I go.

    Thursday, December 22, 2016

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  • AirPods Up in the Air

    I recently attended a conference for music professionals and, in particular, a class on careers in the music technology industry. We were tasked with putting on our product manager hats and coming up with basic specs and a marketing message for new headphones.

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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  • The Pundits are Wrong about Apple. Again.

    I really should expect this by now. As an ardent enthusiast for all things Apple over the past fifteen years, I have been constantly taken aback by the level of hostility and vitriol directed towards Apple every time they come out with a major new product or significant upgrade.

    The pundits and forum-dwelling nerds hurl accusations of all sorts: Product XYZ is underpowered. It’s pretty but can’t get any real work done. It’s incompatible with (fill in the blank). It’s overpriced. Apple’s gouging. You can buy a (PC/Android/whatever) for $500/$1500 less! Apple doesn’t care about professionals. Nobody’s going to buy this thing. Jony Ive has lost his mind. Apple’s CEO should be fired. And on and on and on it goes.

    Then something curious happens: Apple sells a ton of Product XYZs and the actual people who buy the product love it. A year or two goes by, and the conventional nerd wisdom on the product subtly changes from It Sucks! to It’s Cool. Until the next big product rolls around, and we are treated to this bizarre ritual all over again.

    Thursday, November 10, 2016

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  • So Why Pygmy Nuthatch?

    It all goes back to a story from my youth. One day long ago, at the tender age of young whippersnapper, I opened up my bedroom window and heard the strangest sounds coming from a nearby tree. There was a high staccato tweet, then a pause, then another tweet, then another, in increasingly rapid succession, followed immediately by a raspy response from a nearby bird in a much lower tone. This strange trilling and chirping went on, and on, for many days throughout the springtime of my youth.

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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  • My Top 3 Favorite Writing & Productivity Apps for iPad

    Everyone is always asking about the apps I use to write, collaborate, and stay productive as a blogger and a freelancer. And by everyone, I mean no one…but that’s certainly not going to stop me from telling you anyway!

    I’ve tried out many different apps for authoring, mind-mapping, and task management. The good news is, if you’re an iOS user, there are a variety of options to choose from. The bad news is…there are options to choose from! Allow me to save you time and effort by recommending what I believe are the best apps in their respective categories. They are:

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

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  • Installing iOS 10 Public Beta

    Taking a break from heavy-duty news headlines and on to something near and dear to my heart: prerelease OS software from Apple. 😋

    Friday, July 8, 2016

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  • Tragic Shootings

    The Twitterverse is in a uproar today over not one, but two recent police-involved shootings of black men. Philando Castile’s death is still breaking news. Alton Sterling’s death has received wide report and is now under federal investigation. My question is: why is this still happening?

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

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