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The ultimate Walt Disney World itinerary

There is a LOT to do in Walt Disney World, and many people can only afford to go once a lifetime. If this is you, and want to get the most out of your Disney trip, here are my thoughts…

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Lessons in #UX: On Discoverability and Learnability, where Apple doesn’t “just work”

A couple of months ago the New York Times features a very interesting article discussing the newest features that were being added to Apple’s iOS devices. More an op-ed than a news story, the piece interviewed developers and end user…

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Simple and easy tips to maximize your Walt Disney World vacation

I’m a Disney fanboy. Specifically I’m a Disney Parks fanboy. Even more specifically, Walt Disney World. As I live in Atlanta, I’m only an hour and a half flight away from the (second) house the Mouse built, and I try…

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How would you rank all the James Bond movies?

I’d rank them based on six criteria: Plot – Does it make sense in the context of the world of James Bond? Or does random weird stuff just happen? Action – Are the action sequences impressive, even after repeated viewings?…

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Lessons in #UX: How a Design Thinking workshop can help create new experiences

In my many years as a user experience designer I have tried many different techniques and approaches to “kickstart” projects. After identifying what worked and what didn’t, I “landed on” the Design Thinking workshop as my “go forward” strategy. Design…

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War for the Planet of the Apes a great finale to the prequel series

A quick mini-review noting that as an apeophile (that is, a fan of the Planet of the Apes series) I am incredibly pleased with the newest and final film in the prequel trilogy. If you had told me in 2010…

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Remembering Robocop 3, a middling finale to a series that should have had no sequels

It’s hard to believe that the original Robocop came out thirty years ago this month. For young me, that film was a revelation. It was one of the first movies I saw in the theatre that completely blew me away…

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Becoming Bond is an entertaining look at the forgotten 007

George Lazenby was a good Bond. That is not a popular opinion, and his one-and-done turn as 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a semi-obscure pop culture punch line for the “worst career decision ever”. The full story…

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A celebration of Adam West

This one was tough. I heard about the passing of Adam West from a text message from my sister as I was about to set sail on a seven day cruise with my family – I was sitting in a…

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Star Wars at 40

40 years ago today, a little movie called Star Wars was released. I hear it was pretty good and was fairly well received. In all seriousness, and with no interest in blasphemy, our pop culture should be split into two…

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RIP Roger Moore

When you think of our culture, there are very few things that people ages 8 to 80 have in common. McDonalds, Superman, Coca Cola. And 007. When I heard of the passing of Roger Moore this morning, it was on…

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Why do movies made by Orson Welles struggle to make money in the box office despite many of them being considered masterpieces?

Several reasons. First off, he was doing independent films for a significant chunk of his career. Because of that he did not have the studio system to promote and distribute his films, so he was facing significant headwinds even getting…

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Will the new season of Twin Peaks be based upon Mark Frost’s book, ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’, that came out last year?

Somewhat. As I understand it, the book is a “backstory”/prequel that fills the gaps between the ending of the last episode and the new season. Some things that are detailed in the book (like SPOILER Pete dying in the bank…

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How does UX help a company innovate (and/or create “disruptive” innovation)?

User Experience, or User Centered Design, allows you to look at how people work and what they do. The key is to focus on the user needs, to uncover and document opportunities to support people’s workflows and therefore define solutions…

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Photos: National World War Two Museum in New Orleans

I recent had the great pleasure to travel to New Orleans with my wife. While she spent much of her youth living outside the city, I had never been there. While we were only there for a weekend, we made…

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UX Trends (I hope to see) in 2017

Here’s the article I wrote for Content Science Review last month, reposted here. In part one, I wrote about the UX Trends (I think) we will see in 2017. In this follow-up, I list trends that I hope we will…

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