Look At These Great Thai Eggplants

Aren’t they great? I imagine you might have some questions. Q: Wait, is this a food blog now?  A: No, it’s not. I do cook a lot, though, and there may be more food pictures for a while. I like food. I like taking pictures of food. It’s soothing. Q: Eggplants, though? Really? Yes, really.

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Product, UX, Content: Some Thoughts on Titles (and Venn Diagrams)

When I talk to folks interested in tech careers, as I did last month, I’m reminded how utterly baffling tech job titles can be. For example, I’ll mention to folks that I’m looking for a role in Product or User Experience, but that I’d also be happy doing Content Strategy. Non-tech folks then have to

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Starting Over

The One Thing PhDs Wish Someone Had Told Them

On October 12, I gave a talk (slides online here, and posted below) to Vanderbilt’s history PhDs, about finding non-academic jobs. Before presenting, I talked to a lot of amazingly helpful PhDs in industry, and I always asked them one question: “What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you, while you were still

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Minimum Viable Kitchen

In the last two weeks I have gone to Nashville to give a talk to PhD history students; wrangled interviews for several jobs (I’m looking, by the way); and moved. Though I’d like to write about any and all of these things, eventually, I’m only going to write about the last one, because a) it’s

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design process

History as User Experience (And Other Tech Things)

Featured image by Marsyas, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. UPDATE: I tried this pitch on an actual UX employer. I’ve added some material below on how that went. Talking to liberal arts folks and employers alike, I keep coming back to some the same disturbing fact about humanities: employers aren’t seeing the connection between humanities research and anything

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