Design Challenge: Reducing Piles of Laundry in the Bedroom

Levels of Laundry My wife and I both had parents that used hampers but we trace our organic approach to our many levels of laundry to Bill Murray’s character in Ghostbusters 2 as seen in this clip: This system served us well enough until for years. Then we found ourselves in our mid 30s tired of dealing with occasional moth …

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Designing Weight Loss: Limiting Factors

Designing Weight Loss: Limiting Factors In every problems there are limiting factors to achieving success. Weight loss is no different. Designing a successful weight loss plan requires an understanding of the limiting factors which shape (and limit) what we can do. I typically classify these factors under the following intentionally broad categories: Feasibility – What is possible. We need to understand what …

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Weight Loss As A Design Challenge

Weight Loss As A Design Challenge I shy away from writing about subjects like fitness and health. I’d rather write about design, the future, and honestly, things that annoy me. I resisted writing this until I realized that weight loss is a design challenge. Breaking my weight loss down into repeatable patterns and creating a system rather than just setting a goal …

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Peel Smart Remote Dumb Decision

Peel Smart Remote Dumb Decision I really don’t want to write about the Peel Smart Remote dumb decision but since it took me so long to figure out what was happening with my phone I feel obligated to do so. You see after a random set of app updates to my Samsung Galaxy, Peel Technologies’ Peel Smart Remote must have …

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Cultural Consequences of Electric Car Charging

Cultural Consequences of Electric Car Charging The cultural consequences of electric car charging have the potential to reshape the gas station experience in a profound way. Gasoline powered cars can be filled at a filling station in a few minutes and with the exception of full service stations the refueling requires us to remain at our car should the automatic shut-off fail …

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Calculating the Citizen Offset Cost Savings of Cities Such As Pittsburgh

Calculating City Savings Offset by Citizen Action I was mowing the city owned lots next to my house the other day when an idea struck me. Technically I was doing a job that a city employee should be doing – maintaining city owned property. I began to think about calculating the citizen offset cost savings of cities such as Pittsburgh. …

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The Milk Bottle is Half Full

The Milk Bottle is Half Full I’m a somewhat optimistic person which is why when I see something that is inefficient or poorly designed I’m not afraid to think of solutions and ask if they can be implemented. You might say that I’m a milk bottle is half full sort of person. This is why I decided to try to …

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Why Batteries Not Included is the Movie America Needs Right Now

Batteries Not Included is the movie that America Needs Right Now The story of a villainous greed driven New York land developer, vulnerable people banding together, and intelligent machines performing jobs typically done by people sounds incredibly contemporary for a film that came out in 1987 and in many ways it’s the perfect film to explain where we are and what we need …

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What Do We Do Now

What Do We Do Now At a certain point last night I went from shock to mourning to asking myself, what do we do now? Now, a few hours later, I’m starting to piece that together. One thing has become painfully clear. We can’t move America forward in a progressive direction without moving all of America forward including rural America, America’s non-college …

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Heart and Soul

I’ve hear the phrase “poured our heart and soul into ___” several times recently and it occurs to me that each time has been in relation to a failure that could have been prevented if the person who did the pouring was less emotional and was more analytical. That is to say, sometimes its best to pour a little bit …

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