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Random thoughts by Ryan

In Defense of the MVP

Most people misunderstand the concept of a “Minimum Viable Product”. They get distracted by the word “minimum” and forget that it also requires the product to be “viable”. This graphic sums up the difference nicely.

Do school pictures still matter?

It’s picture day for my 5 year old, which reminds me of picture day when I was growing up. As I recall, school pictures were a really big deal. It was one way to reliably get a good photo of me every year. But now we take photos of our kids daily with high-resolution cameras and probably have more pictures than we’ll ever know what to do with. Sure many of them are candid and certainly lack the professional polish of a studio shot, but a few of them are brilliant.

Now, I’m guessing my kids won’t think that school pictures are all that special. What do you think?

Handmade Door Handles

Something about watching craftsmen make something makes we want to buy it. It’s not just a door handle any more, it’s something that people have labored over to ensure that it’s just right. I really respect that.

Now more than ever?

What compels us to use phrases like, “…greater pressure on margins…”, “…busier than ever…”, or “…less free time nowadays…”?

Is there really a greater pressure on margins now than there was 20 years ago? Are we really busier than we were 50 years ago? Is everything really more amplified now than it was in the past? Or is it just that we’re personally busier than we were when we were kids and there’s more pressure on us individually than there was earlier in our careers?

We have a tendency to use our personal experiences and extrapolate them to apply to the rest of humanity. I’m pretty sure that my great grandfather had tremendous demands on his time. If he wasn’t working in his fields he was losing money. If he accepted a lower margin on his crops, there was one more thing his family had to do without.

Is it appropriate to use terms like these without clear evidence to back them up?

Meat Mountain

Have you heard about Arby’s new “Meat Mountain” sandwich?

  • roast beef
  • angus steak
  • brisket
  • corned beef
  • 3 strips of bacon
  • ham
  • turkey
  • chicken tenders
  • 2 kinds of cheese

It’s pretty much every single kind of meat they have on the menu held together with some cheese.

What do you think? Awesome or nasty?

Carpe diem!

Robin Williams

Cereal Killers

Those horrible people at Kellogg’s murdered this poor Mini Wheat while she was expecting.

Sickness

It’s been a rough few days.

The Happiness Principle

Everyone has the same goal: to be happy. Every single thing you do, every product you purchase, every restaurant you visit, every song you listen to, every place you go is an attempt to increase your happiness.

That’s powerful knowledge. Once you recognize it, it gives you new insight into your own motivations. Now you can ask yourself, “Am trading long-term happiness for short-term happiness?”

Springtime & Old Brick

Just a snapshot I took on my way to work.

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