Bartleby the 8 Ball

I would prefer not toIf you’ve worked in a corporate office before, you’ve likely come across someone who continues to be employed there despite seeming to do no work at all.

One former coworker of mine seemed to have an endless supply of one-liners that masterfully deflected work while leaving his facade of competence untarnished.  Over time, I began to associate him with the Melville short story Bartleby the Scrivener in my mind.  I also started to keep a list of his work-defying quips.

After a while, I felt strongly that ALL workers EVERYWHERE should have access to this magical power, and thus the idea of the Bartleby the 8 Ball Android app was born: A device, much like the Magic 8 Ball, that produces a suitable retort whenever someone comes at you with unpleasant work to do.

Bartleby the 8 Ball

Introducing a Gradual Alarm Clock for Android phones

No more snoozin', no more losin'!

My application-focused side-project, Dead Letter Enterprises, just launched our first Android app: the Gradual Alarm Clock.

Think of it as a snooze in reverse: GAC sounds once at 30 minutes before your alarm, twice at 15 minutes, and three times at 5 minutes. At the alarm’s set time, the alarm repeats until dismissed.

Theoretically, waking gradually will ensure that you’re really ready to get up by the time your alarm goes off.

I and my DLE colleague Mark Henderson concepted and wireframed this app, while the ever-patient Alexey Tchernykh handled the code.

The app is available now for a mere $1.99 in the Android Market:


Introducing a Gradual Alarm Clock for Android phones