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World Cup: A family affair

Written on November 28, 2022

World Cup 2022 is here and it’s been so much fun watching it as a family.

Being a family made up of several cultures means we have multiple teams to root for — United States, Germany and Korea.

It’s also the first time my kids are old enough to be engaged in watching the games. In previous World Cups, the kids could care less.

I’m hoping as the kids grow older we’ll be able to turn this into a tradition of gathering around and rooting for our teams.

The brilliance of the Arthur podcast

Written on October 7, 2022

Did you know that Arthur Read – yes, the aardvark – is getting his own podcast?

Brilliant isn’t it?

When I saw the headline, I thought it was such a good idea. Take a well-known character, and have them talk about various topics or adventures in audio form.

I mean take a listen to the intro episode.

It’s amazing!

I could see this being a great avenue for other well-known intellectual properties. For example, what if Marvel took, Thor, and had him do a podcast talking about different adventures or topics from the MCU.

I would definitely give it a listen. It would be a great way to have characters interact and perhaps fix story issues from the movies.

I’m excited to listen to the Arthur podcast and hope to see more podcasts shows in the future by well-known characters.

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

Written on August 25, 2022

If you’ve ever tried squeezing orange juice or lemonade, you know that the initial squeeze yields the most juice.

Once you get closer to the skin of the citrus, the effort increases while the yield of juice reduce to drops.

Was the juice worth the extra squeeze?

Your answer could be different based on perspective. You may be someone who doesn’t mind the effort because you don’t want to let anything go to waste.

When it comes to effort and yielded value; you get more juice (higher value) from the initial squeeze when the slice of citrus is plump with lower effort. Squeezing an already squeezed slice yields drops (lower value) with higher effort.

In the world of product development, this question is great to ask when approached with solving a problem.

For a product owner, with limited resources, asking the question could help determine priority of features or issues to fix.

For example, let’s say there’s a bug that affects only one or two customers. You have a manual workaround that takes less than ten minutes to fix. Getting your engineering team to fix it will take days or a sprint or two to fix.

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

For an engineer, when working on a solution to a problem, it’s good to pause and assess how close you are to meeting the criteria of a task.

Let’s say you’ve got a 90% solution to your problem and you’re able to turn it in today. Not finishing the last 10% isn’t noticeable to the end-user–the solution is good enough–but to finish it will take another half day of work.

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

In some scenarios the final few drops is worth the squeeze.

But often, the juice is better from squeezing another plump, slice of citrus.

Vin Diesel

Written on August 22, 2022

When you hear the name, Vin Diesel, you likely will think of the Fast and the Furious franchise, where he portrays, Dominic Toretto.

Shaved head, muscular and could probably punch a hole through a wall as any of the action film, characters he has starred in.

Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto

But did you know, Vin Diesel, also provides the voice for these animated characters?

The Iron Giant

Vin Diesel as The Iron Giant

Groot

Vin Diesel as Groot

And yes, even, Baby Groot

Vin Diesel as Baby Groot

I was actually surprised with Baby Groot. Marvel Studios recently released the animated shorts, I Am Groot. Seeing how they were short films and that the title character is Baby Groot, I thought that they might cast someone else to do the voice.

But, to my surprise, sure enough in the credits, Baby Groot is credited to Vin Diesel.

I think that’s neat.

Vin Diesel, can step out of his tough guy roles and portray fun characters that you might not other wise have guessed is voiced by Vin Diesel.

Keystone habit

Written on August 9, 2022

In Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habit, he describes a concept called, keystone habit.

Essentially a keystone habit is a habit that triggers other actions.

My keystone habit

One of my keystone habits is exercising.

I will either go for a run or do some bodyweight exercises.

Exercise for me leads to cleaning my bathroom.

I have a regular reminder in Things, that tells me to clean my toilet.

I don’t mind cleaning the toilet, but it definitely takes some willpower.

Meanwhile, if I exercise first, my chance of cleaning the toilet or even the shower is higher.

Why does the chance increase because of my keystone habit?

In The Power of Habit, Mr. Duhigg explains that a habit is made up of three parts—a cue, a routine and a reward.

In this case, my keystone habit, exercise is my cue.

My reward is a shower.

Since I’m already “dirty” from sweating, cleaning a toilet or shower doesn’t add to the dirtiness it just becomes part of the routine from cue to reward.

And since I’m going to shower anyways, having a clean bathroom is an added plus.

Turn off Keychron K3 backlight

Written on August 7, 2022

One of the keyboards that I use is the Keychron K3.

It’s a nice, low-profile, slim, mechanical keyboard.

One of its many nice features is the technicolored backlight that does crazy responses when you press on a key—one of which reminds me of the water fountain shows found in Las Vegas.

While very neat, some times I find the lights to be distracting.

I could also imagine when the keyboard is being used in bluetooth mode, it contributes to the battery draining quickly.

How to turn off the backlight on the Keychron K3

It turns out you can turn off the backlight on the Keychron K3 completely.

To do this, press the fn and the light bulb key in the top right hand corner.

This should turn off the backlights on the keyboard immediately.

If you end up missing the technicolor light show, press the fn and light bulb key combination again to bring the backlights back to life immediately.