Ping, BackTrack, Gimme Some Slack Jack

A blogging friend of mine IM’ed and basically said, “Hey man, your blog sucks. You should kill yourself before you write another line. I can’t ping it or trackback or anything.”
This particular guy is ‘mac guy’ AND a ‘cat guy’ but he does now how to say cool things like, “consolidate the blogosphere” (whatever that [...] . . . → Read More: Ping, BackTrack, Gimme Some Slack Jack

Life Insurance, Motorcycles, and Barbed Wire

November 10, 2005: I get a large? life insurance policy cuz I’m doing the responsible thing per Suze Orman.
December 25, 2005: My wife gets me the “MEXICO MOTOCROSS ADVENTURE” for Christmas (possibly encouraged by Suze Orman as well).
Luckily, my brother (a motocross madman) comes down for the day. We’re in rural Mexico. We’ve got unlimited [...] . . . → Read More: Life Insurance, Motorcycles, and Barbed Wire

FLOW (and a dude’s name you can’t pronounce)

I have the attention span of a shrew. Sometimes at night (when I’m tooling away on my laptop) my wife asks questions and inevitably gets mad at me.
Wife: Are you gonna fix the air conditioning this weekend?
Me: Yes
Wife: Are you even listening to me?
Me: Yes
Wife: Are you going to drown yourself in the bathtub tonight?
Me: [...] . . . → Read More: FLOW (and a dude’s name you can’t pronounce)

Overseas Outsourcing; Long Distance Relations

Prior to getting married my wife and I had a very successful long distance relationship. I was working for Merrill Lynch in Chicago and she was finishing her Physical Therapy Masters in Dallas. We didn’t have a “plan” to handle the relationship, but basically it went like this: (1) call frequently to check in just [...] . . . → Read More: Overseas Outsourcing; Long Distance Relations

Fluorescent Lights, Starbucks, and Management Effectiveness

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Day One (10:00 a.m.): I get a shiny, new job as a “manager” for the first time. I show up on my first day and the overhead light in my 8?x 8? office doesn’t work. (There is a small techno-industrial-I-shop-at-Sharper-Image desklamp and plenty of light from outside.)
The guy I will be working for bounds [...] . . . → Read More: Fluorescent Lights, Starbucks, and Management Effectiveness

Cheap Fishing Rods are like Cheap Programmers.

So I’m fishing the other day at lake Dixon with a brand new rod/reel set from Wal Mart. Dixon grew a world record bass recently, so I thought I’d blow an afternoon hiking the banks – throwing cheap lures into the drink. Upon arriving, I immediately hiked to the furthest point. After about three casts, [...] . . . → Read More: Cheap Fishing Rods are like Cheap Programmers.

Cans of Worms, Software, and a Lesson from a 2 Year Old

You can see in the photo that my son is excited and repelled at once upon opening his first can of worms for fishing.
It immediately got me thinking: In software development someone inevitably uses the analogy, “opening a an of worms” for probably half the projects in which I’ve ever been involved.
[...] . . . → Read More: Cans of Worms, Software, and a Lesson from a 2 Year Old

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