Almost Done: The Touchscreen Kiosk

I’ve been working on and off to get this kiosk finished since December. It was scheduled to go “live” to the public yesterday, but since my boss is out, my colleague and I are going to wait till the boss gets back (unless he tells me otherwise!). I need to figure out the best way…
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Book Groups Strategic Planning Meeting

Let’s be honest: I haven’t felt much like blogging, thus the radio silence here. I’ve been thinking about where I want my career to go and I’m considering more support/strategic/teaching in my current work objectives. I tried to express this desire in an articulate way to my boss but floundered at it. The next day,…
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Importing Excel into MailChimp for Mailing List

Yesterday I was presented with the challenge of taking an Excel xls file and bringing those contacts into MailChimp for a mail merge. I won’t go too much into the specifics since I’m sure it’ll change rapidly, but this should give you a headstart. First, I had to split the PatronFullName column into two columns…
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High School Graduation: 10th Anniversary

I’m exhausted right now, so this will be short. Today’s importance would have slid right past me if it had not been for a high school acquaintances on Facebook. The day of graduation: I went to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with my friend Alex. It was a mad rush to get…
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The UX Intern

I am fortunate to have the opportunity for an UX intern. He’s a local high schooler and while his “bread and butter” task is to work on a digitization project, I also try to provide him with plenty of other educational opportunities: 3D design in TinkerCAD and printing using a MakerBot Replicator printer Image editing…
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First UX Project: Flowchart and Personas

In my final year of college, I took an interactive design class. As part of the deliverables, I had to create a workflow, personas, storyboards, UI, and wireframes. I worked at a major retail store at the time of this class and wanted to design a better way to wire money. A large chunk of…
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Travel: Day 4

Thomas and I arrived at his mother’s apartment on Saturday to find her quite ill. She spent the whole day in bed, dozing and refusing to eat due to her stomach. The rest of us went out to the flea market to see the sights. My MIL says that the flea market is very popular…
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Travel: Day 3

We went on an adventure! My spouse and I conquered our fear of heights and sailed high above a mountain side. The funny thing about that story is that I’m the one who felt brave. After a very frustrating experience, we managed to figure out exactly where we’d go on a train ride to go…
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Travel: Day 2

I’m writing this as a reflection on Saturday for Thursday. The pattern appears to be to go on an adventure and then take a day of rest. Day 2 of my trip was restful. I had pretty bad jetlag still, so I was just exhausted. My spouse and I walked from our AirBnB apartment to…
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