Category Archives: Philosophy

Draw outside the lines!

Our first product was Eye Candy and it was successful because it figuratively and literally drew outside the lines. The lines in question are the “marching ants” at the edge of a selection in Photoshop. In 1993, filters were not allowed to … Continue reading

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Communicating with Clients

I ran across a story of a bride who was dissatisfied with her wedding photos. What is the lesson from this experience? It’s not, “Take better photos.” We all know we should learn more about our craft and do a good … Continue reading

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Teaching

I stopped programming about six years ago. That used to be my passion. At times I have missed it, but the company needs me in another capacity, so that’s what I do. For a while I was sad about not … Continue reading

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Don’t Work. Have Fun!

When I was young I was confused by people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates who kept working after they got rich. I thought that money brought happiness and work was the unpleasant thing you did to make money. It … Continue reading

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Stop trying to fix open plan offices

I recently read a New York Times article about how companies are tweaking open plan workspaces to make them less irritating. The problem is that workers don’t have privacy or quiet in a cubicle farm. The most creepy solution is … Continue reading

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Hire people who are better than you.

Recently Terence solved a hard image processing problem that has bugged us for years. I’m pretty good at math and image processing, but his advanced technique was a little over my head. Am I sad that I can’t follow Terence’s … Continue reading

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$12,000 in Donations

Once a year, each team member at Alien Skin chooses a charity to receive $1000. This year we donated a total of $12,000 to the following organizations. Some people split their money between multiple charities. American Red Cross Amnesty International … Continue reading

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Calculator Millionaire

I’ve witnessed the following speech many times from entrepreneurs. “This new product idea is great! The potential market is everyone in the USA who owns a computer. To be conservative, let’s say that’s 100,000,000 people. [The calculator comes out.] I think we … Continue reading

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Who feeds your fish?

In my yard there is a tiny pond, just four feet across. I tried to keep goldfish in it, but they always died after a few months. Years ago a friend named Lin used to mow my lawn. One summer Lin put … Continue reading

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You need less process than you think.

There are many people and tasks involved in getting a software product out the door. In our early history there was a lot of chaos around a product release. Near the end we frequently discovered forgotten or very late tasks. … Continue reading

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