How the Washington Wizards Got Their Name

A contest was held to choose a new name and the choices were narrowed to the Dragons, Express, Stallions, Sea Dogs, or Wizards.

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And these were the ones that made the cut.

6 Things I Learned While Getting My Teeth Cleaned

Honestly, no one really likes a visit to the dentist’s office. Certainly not me. But as I was lying there on my back, mind wondering, it occurred to me there were a few lessons I was not expecting to find.
 


Trust the Professionals

If you’re going to outsource anything, make sure it’s to someone you can count on. Referrals make this easier. Ask a friend. Find a good review online. Do whatever research it’s going to take for you to have confidence in the person.

If you do this right you’ll stop worrying and quickly get back to more important things. If you don’t, you’ll be micromanaging and distracted the entire time (which defeats the point). Do you’re homework and build trust with the professional, then stand back and let them do their thing. What you’re really paying for is piece of mind.

Dental Wisdom: Find a good dentist that people you trust, trust. You’ll sleep better at night.

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New Features… You Didn’t Even Know About

Today’s demo was exciting.

At BigDoor, the developers (myself included) demo to the entire company everything we worked on during last week’s sprint. 

Honestly it’s one of my favorite parts of the job. We move so fast that the demo has become a greatest hits list of killer features that makes our platform so great.

With so many awesome things coming down the pipe weekly, we set the bar pretty high. So to demo something truly impressive it’s got to break the mold of normal awesome and become uber awesome.

Today, Harley Holt gave us that opportunity.

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Make it easy for users to interact - no matter how small the feature.
SendGrid reduces the “Was this article helpful for you” survey in to a one click response.

Make it easy for users to interact - no matter how small the feature.

SendGrid reduces the “Was this article helpful for you” survey in to a one click response.

Movie descriptions always let me down. They usually seem super cheesy, lame or totally off base. More importantly they never seem to describe the movie the same way I would.

"not-so-nice dog-headed beasties with lazers"

Thought I got a completely different movie.

…yeah, I guess they were kind of lasers-like. But really?.

Don’t take yourself too seriously. If you’ve got to let the user know some bad news, make it a little less painful with some humor.
Example: Dropbox

Don’t take yourself too seriously. If you’ve got to let the user know some bad news, make it a little less painful with some humor.

Example: Dropbox

I’ve heard tales that somewhere deep within “The Shack”, there exists the remains of an old Radio Shack - a place where someone could reliably find electronic parts for projects.

But that’s just a ghost story to scare children who buy cell phones every 9 months.

Yaaa sure, seems like a good idea now.

Yaaa sure, seems like a good idea now.

Now that I’ve seen behind the curtain, the magic is lost.