The Art of the Possible?

It’s finally happened; we’ve created a podcast!

The Art of the Possible, co-hosted by my friend and colleague, Dan Morrison, is a conversation, often animated, between Rob Page and Dan Morrison about customer experience, technology, culture, and ethics.

Special guests join the fray to share new perspectives and explore the challenges of the day.

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By having two (2!) episodes we’ve outlasted twelve percent (12%) of all podcasts. Join us. We’d love to hear your voice.

Check out the podcast home page or listen directly on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts (more links available on the site).

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The (Yet Another) Case for biometric authentication

Seriously, this makes my physically upset.

Two guesses left….

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Programmer is likely to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in bitcoin.

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The Right to Repair & the cost of e-waste

Is this the beginning of the end of our disposable-everything modus operandi?

The cost of disposability is getting high.

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Boss-ing versus Leading


The difference between boss-ship and leadership.

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Balancing focus, deep competence, and diversity

Mental Models Interconnect Disciplines

This post is nothing more than a pointer to an excellent article by Michael Simmons entitled, “People Who Have “Too Many Interests” Are More Likely To Be Successful According To Research.”

Click over there now and read it.  It’s a sixteen (16) minute read (so says Medium).


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Servant Leadership – a Prime Minister cleans up his own spilled coffee

The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, sets the highest examples to leaders everywhere.  The people there will never, NEVER, forget this.

THIS is servant leadership.

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Teaching/Learning Paradox

We advance in our individual lives and, as a species by learning.  If we didn’t learn we’d still be in caves.  For the most successful and happy people, learning is a pleasure.  I can’t get enough of whatever brain chemical is produced when I have an “ahhhh – NOW I get it!!” moment.

Learning is hard – teaching (well) is even harder.  This is particularly true when you have core truths that have either complex and/or experience-based reasons/drivers.

In both cases we can make good use of metaphor to close some of the knowledge gap but those metaphors are dangerous.  The teacher understands  the effective boundaries of the metaphor but the student does not.

This is because the only thing that is true is THE TRUTH; at some point the metaphor WILL break down.

Learning based purely on truth requires focused and lifelong study.

I recommend the brilliant video below:  🙂

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Tesla manufacturers mobile computers

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On May 23, Consumer Reports declined to recommend the Tesla Model 3 due to higher-than-ideal stopping distance.

Seven (7) (!) days later Tesla released a software update that reduced stopping distance which, in turn, provoked Consumer Reports to issue a recommendation.

On 20 Aug, 2011, Marc Andreesen wrote a seminal essay for the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Why Software is Eating the World.”

At the 2013 unsEXY Conference Jeff Lawson gave best voice to the definition of A Software Person and the opportunity for them.

If it’s not clear…  the future belongs to Software People.

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Apple missed a HUGE boat

I love my Apple Watch.  The modular watch face with complications from each of:

  • personal calendar (Apple cal)
  • work calendar (Fantastical)
  • weather (Accueeather)
  • battery level (built-in)
  • fitness circles (built-in)

is EXACTLY what I want in a watch face.  Soon, I’ll get the Watch 3 with embedded LTE and I’ll be set for a while.

HOWEVER, I love my Alexa devices MORE.  If I could only have either Alexa in my house or Apple Watch on my wrist I’d TOTALLY take Alexa.

Now I’ve added my Insteon-based, ISY-orchestrated home automation to Alexa and, now, even my wife Cheryl wonders how we could ever do without.

Apple made a BIG (BIG) blunder grabbing Smart Watch territory before Smart Home / screen-less UX territory.

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Simple: The national debt DOES matter; make legislators responsible

2018 interest expense on US national debt


$175B in interest alone…American economic and political hubris is a dangerous thing.

If the American (nay, the global economy given how inter- and co-dependent we all are) economy never falters and continues on its way up then, I’ll concede, our national debt is not economically dangerous (though I’d still say it’s a terrible example…) But we KNOW what is going to happen to entitlement spending as the boomers retire.  We KNOW what is going to happen to the tax base with the boomers retire.  Wait…   increasing cost and decreasing revenue ties to the same event?

… and borrowing more is a good idea ‘cuz why?

Imagine you’re twenty years old and have $1k in credit card debt and you believe that your income with never do anything but increase.  If that “confidence” is well-placed and your income never takes a gap, always rises, you never need to take parental leave or, god forbid, disability then you can rationally allow your personal debt to increase along with income.

This is the fundamental argument of the “US National Debt doesn’t matter” crowd.

If, however, you stumble, there is a recession and you are laid off or need to take a disability NOW your ability to service that debt is in danger.  You may need to borrow just to pay the interest on your other debts.  What happens if that gets out and the cost of capital increases – you end up taking payday loans at usurious rates to pay the interest on the loan you took to pay the interest on the first loan.  Moreover, if you KNOW (see point about boomers) that your costs will increase and wages will decrease you’re an IDIOT to borrow more.  Yet, this is what we do.

How about this – legislators must each put $100k into T-bills for each $1T that gets added to the US debt during their term.

Legislators, you are welcome to borrow the $100k (at full recourse and ineligible for discharge during bankruptcy) to fund the t-bill purchase.

If our borrowing costs don’t exceed 0.75% of GDP (roughly current/2018 levels) during the ten (10) year period after their term then they get to redeem the treasuries.  If that costs exceeds the threshold they forfeit their t-bills with proceeds going to pay down the debt.

It is unhealthy and dangerous to separate Authority and Responsibility in any/every situation and yet we’ve done it with our nations treasure.

Stanley Druckenmiller, founder of Duquesne Capital Management

STANLEY DRUCKENMILLER: ‘This is the most unsustainable situation I have ever seen in my career’

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