Back in December, I was browsing the internal Microsoft forums (Yammer) and stumbled across an announcement for a new volunteer outreach program – MySkills4Afrika, part of the larger Microsoft for Afrika program. They were accepting applications from full-time employees to share their skills and expertise to energize the tech industry and entrepreneurship in [...]
In the past 6 months I’ve had the opportunity to use the new Disney World MyMagic+ system as a guest at Animal Kingdom Lodge on two separate trips – my honeymoon in October and a trip at the end of January. In October, we got to test the Fastpass+ system – which allows you to [...]
I can still remember when the TiVo interface was a beautiful creature of simplicity, a thing to be emulated and learned from. They accomplished so much with a simple directional control.
But the TiVo – and all modern DVR/interactive guide systems – were designed for a different scale of television. A world where each network [...]
(Disclaimer: I am a Microsoft employee. However, these opinions are my own.)
It’s been about a month and change since we resolved the myriad A/V issues and got our Xbox One added to the entertainment center. The best answer I have for people asking what I think is simply “potential”.
The automatic recognition of [...]
Over the course of a year, I talk to hundreds of students and young professionals interested in the field of UX and looking to start a journey through reading.
1. For those looking to pursue this as a career change, I will caution that books won’t be enough – most design [...]
My new camera is no Muggle camera.
Pictures have always been a big deal in my family, and as my memory is a bit suggestible I very much value having the physical record of my adventures. Particularly because we tend to travel a great deal. I had terrible luck with digital cameras early on – [...]
I threw out my scale today.
I’d LIKE to say that it was some sort of grand New Year’s statement breaking free from an image-conscious culture.
…But in reality, the battery died this morning and it’s a super old relic left by an exboyfriend years ago. I just need one that’s prettier and easier to [...]
It’s been pretty quiet here on my blog in 2013, as it will go down in my personal history as the year I got married (on September 29, 2013). I’ll blog about the wedding separately once we’ve got video and official photos, but it was a whirlwind as you might expect (and we were even [...]
Back in 2012, my friend Jeannine – also the founder of one of the theater companies I worked for – placed a new show on the company’s calendar – ‘Wedding Horror Stories’. [...]
“And I thought, well, Cheryl’s someone who has her shit together!”
This was a statement uttered by a mentee of mine when kicking off a conversation a few weeks ago. And though it was meant as a compliment, my brain rebooted in a moment of cognitive dissonance.
“You really have your shit together.” Why do [...]
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