Ryan Matthew Pierson

A Blog of Ersatz Savvy

Luke is almost three years old. He’s incredibly smart, energetic, and not a fan of boredom. The idea of keeping him at home when he would much rather be out exploring a grocery store or visiting his relatives for an extended period of time seemed like a nightmare. It certainly isn’t easy.

Practically overnight, millions of Americans found themselves working from home for the first time in their careers. For others, it means dramatic changes in how their companies conduct business in the face of statewide or nationwide stay-at-home orders.

Are you happy to go to work right now? Do you love what you do and where you do it? These are really important questions. The answer makes a big difference on your productivity at work and at home.

Throughout my time as a technical writer, I’ve been surprised to discover just how hard it is for some companies to determine where technical writers fit in their business.

Over the past decade, it seems like everything we do has moved from our local computers to the cloud. While less consumers are buying desktop PCs for their home, a rise in smaller, single-use edge computing devices is on the horizon.

The long-held tradition of critics hating Star Wars continues with The Rise of Skywalker. My experience with the movie left me wondering, “Are the critics watching the same film I am?”

Freddie Highmore is an excellent actor. This is evident in every one of his scenes on The Good Doctor, a hit drama on ABC currently in its third season. It is one of many reasons I enjoy watching, each week.

With all the talk about WeWork in the news, it might sound like coworking spaces are a fad that has past its prime. Luckily for me and my coworkers at Industrious in downtown Austin, there are companies out there doing coworking spaces right. Industrious is one of them.

Vampirina is an episodic cartoon show about a young vampire and her human friends. Vampirina, ancient by human standards, appears to be a 10-year-old child with blue skin and batwings in her hair. The show features her two in-the-know human friends and a clueless neighbor boy that is determined to capture the supernatural for his web show.

If there is one thing companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are making abundantly clear with their new generation of products, it’s that the role of desktop and laptop computers is changing. 2020 will bring with it a new cloud-reliant wave of devices that may have all the features and functionality of last year’s models, but that operate on comparatively smaller software platforms.