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The uncanny valley – The Daily PPILL #195

The uncanny valley – The Daily PPILL #195

The “uncanny valley” is a term first translated in 1978 from professor Masahiro Mori’s ‘bukimi no tani genshō’, and it was first used to refer to human replicas that appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings and how these...
Skeuomorphic – The Daily PPILL #194

Skeuomorphic – The Daily PPILL #194

You know that thing that looks like the old version of it? The “radio” app on your smartphone that looks like an old timer radio, with dial and all? Or the eBook reader that turns pages and has a spine and you can see the edges of all the pages? The...
Six no-BS Metaverse use cases – The Daily PPILL #193

Six no-BS Metaverse use cases – The Daily PPILL #193

I don’t think there is a more popular buzzword today than “Metaverse”. So if we let other people smarter than me define it, I particularly like Karina Nobbs’, which goes like: “a persistent, live digital universe that affords individuals...
The origin story – The Daily PPILL #192

The origin story – The Daily PPILL #192

Every superhero or super villain has an origin story. We understand the heroes we grew up with, because we are familiar with them. But if we were to encounter one of them for the first time, there would be a lot of things that would not make sense and that would raise...
Eat my brains out – The Daily PPILL #191 Halloween Edition

Eat my brains out – The Daily PPILL #191 Halloween Edition

Americans, we are suckers for zombie shows and movies. How many more can we have? I have heard that we even make special weapons for those who want to prepare themselves for a zombie apocalypse. (I am not sure which part of that sentence is more wrong). Decomposing,...
The Republic of letters – The Daily PPILL #190

The Republic of letters – The Daily PPILL #190

Just because something has been recently made more convenient or more widespread, doesn’t mean that it didn’t exist before. Take for example, message boards, online forums, and blogs. We tend to assume these are mostly a product of the Internet, and even...
Turning into a Soviet – The Daily PPILL #189

Turning into a Soviet – The Daily PPILL #189

Every single one of us is running their own Agitprop. That’s the name used for the soviet Ministry of Agitation and Propaganda. It was an entity tasked with creating the official version of the facts, and drown out every other version. In that effort, they would...
Distressed slacks – The Daily PPILL #188

Distressed slacks – The Daily PPILL #188

Yeah. Faded work pants with holes on them. Or how about embellished work boots? Se where I am going? Why is that some categories go together “well” and we have decided that they don’t with other categories? Who is going to be the one to break the...
Change before change gets to you – The Daily PPILL #187

Change before change gets to you – The Daily PPILL #187

There is nothing worse than getting caught in something that you did not expect, that you did not prepare for. When you know something is coming, it allows you to build the necessary skills, strength, or resources to be in a better position. In addition, it also...
Crappy parking – The Daily PPILL #186

Crappy parking – The Daily PPILL #186

There is always a way to add more value. Here is an example. Imagine a good restaurant. Good service, better food, great ambiance. Put with terrible parking. Parking is scarce around the area, and the closest lot is four blocks away. Not good, Right? Well, now hire a...
No throwaway comments – The Daily PPILL #185

No throwaway comments – The Daily PPILL #185

In our completely mediatized and always on society, there are no throwaway comments anymore. Take for example the one in the picture: Theranos has been defunct for four years now, but their HQ’s address is still featured on Google Maps. What’s even more...
Poetry vs prose – The Daily PPILL #184

Poetry vs prose – The Daily PPILL #184

There are times when the words we are using do not work. We cannot get our point across, or worse, they are hurting or offending even when we mean well. When something like this happens, it leaves us asking ourselves what we could have done differently, or if there...
No problem? No innovation. – The Daily PPILL #183

No problem? No innovation. – The Daily PPILL #183

It took me a while to get a “yearly” physical with all the pandemic stuff going on. Skipped almost two years without going to a doctor. On top of that I changed cities TWICE. So when I finally landed I had to make it happen somehow. So at the beginning of...
The Peloton – The Daily PPILL #182

The Peloton – The Daily PPILL #182

As much as I believe in team collaboration at work, my workouts or sports tend to be “lone wolf’ things. More of a “me time”. So for example, while we lived for close to 20 years in Weston, FL, a city that prides itself for having bike lanes...
Joshua Bell – The Daily PPILL #181

Joshua Bell – The Daily PPILL #181

Have two and half minutes? Give it a watch. How many people can you count that leave a tip for the musician? It is hard with the time-lapse, but let’s say it’s like a dozen. Out of hundreds of people passing by. How many people stop to listen to him? One...
The real impact of AI – The Daily PPILL #180

The real impact of AI – The Daily PPILL #180

I know what you’re thinking, “yet another one of those”. Well, yes, but no. I really just want to set the record straight. In recent days I read yet another article about how self-driving vehicles may put truck drivers and taxi drivers out of their...
Code injection happens to humans too – The Daily PPILL #179

Code injection happens to humans too – The Daily PPILL #179

It used to be, that all of us would watch the same show, the same sitcom on a Thursday night. The Internet, and the disaggregation of content brought to us the wonderful world of infinite possibilities. Now we can watch, or listen, or read, whatever we want, when we...
Jeopardy and the URL – The Daily PPILL #178

Jeopardy and the URL – The Daily PPILL #178

My better half was watching on TV a show that’s something like a European version of “Jeopardy”. The competitors were formidable. They seem to know -at least as a collective- the most obscure trivia, geographic and culture-related details. The sport...
If you love somebody, set them free – The Daily PPILL #177

If you love somebody, set them free – The Daily PPILL #177

Can you stop hearing Sting’s catchy hook in your head? Anyway. I get as much email as the next person, and I am a “relentless unsubscriber”. When I delete a particular newsletter a couple of times or more, I just hit the Unsubscribe link, and make it...
Insignificant – The Daily PPILL #176

Insignificant – The Daily PPILL #176

When you don’t complete your plans. How bad does that make you feel? Sometimes, we spend a sizable amount of time fleshing out every detail on how will we achieve our objectives. And we put a lot of effort in executing every step. But sometimes things get in the...
Criticize the idea, not the person – The Daily PPILL #175

Criticize the idea, not the person – The Daily PPILL #175

In most organizations, and in our modern world, we have to coexist with those who don’t necessarily share our points of view, beliefs, or even customs. A fundamental part of coexistence is to be able to debate ideas in a way that doesn’t develop into...
Ciclo LAER: El ERROR DE CAPA 8 es ahora también nuestro problema

Ciclo LAER: El ERROR DE CAPA 8 es ahora también nuestro problema

En un mundo donde cada vez más los servicios están substituyendo a los productos, es importante entender el rol que juega la atención al cliente y cómo esta puede afectar el ritmo de atrición de los usuarios. En el universo XaaS, donde cualquier cosa se ofrece en una...
The reply all storm – The Daily PPILL #174

The reply all storm – The Daily PPILL #174

You may know by now, that one of the thins I do is pro-bono work advising small businesses and early-stage startups. I do this through an association whose sole purpose is this, and all their services are provided by volunteers, just like myself. In that peer group...
Algorithms – The Daily PPILL #173

Algorithms – The Daily PPILL #173

Algorithm. Such a fancy word. It has a pretty disappointing origin. It doesn’t come from the greek “algos”, and has nothing to do with rhythm. Some trace it back to the name of a Persian mathematician. Wikipedia defines it as a “finite sequence...
Values drive performance – The Daily PPILL #172

Values drive performance – The Daily PPILL #172

People of the channel, those involved in the design of compensation plans, and even smart policy makers know that incentives drive behavior. The proper design of incentives can drive behavior at scale, in a statistical manner (meaning that not everybody may follow the...