Tag - Blogging

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Why raising a daughter scares the crap out of me
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The Job Change Conundrum
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Set Your Data Free
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I need to start eating more carrots, I think
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From rags to riches: The power of industry networking
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Why I hate job titles
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Is there a limit to giving great customer service?
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A list of some of my favorite social tools and why you should be using them too
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Traffic cures, car boogie, and the death of Google Reader
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Why the act of starting is the hardest thing

Why raising a daughter scares the crap out of me

I remember the first time I had to change my daughter’s diaper. I looked down at the area I’d only known on a casual basis and gasped at the mess. A black tarry substance had coated itself amongst the, ahem, folds and other, err, areas. Gross. Nervously, I grabbed a wipe and proceeded to pat delicately at the soiled sections. Pat, pat, pat. I stopped to admire my work. The mess was wet and smeared quite a bit but otherwise, very little had changed. A nurse, whose breathing I could hear and almost taste behind me, let out a deep sigh. “No, no. You’ll never get it out like that. Haven’t you ever changed a baby’s diaper before?” “Yes, my[…]

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The Job Change Conundrum

Some groups of people in this industry change jobs like I change my underwear – every few months. Their own personal job satisfaction is apparently hard to achieve or maybe it’s because they climb to the pinnacle of that position quickly and realize they don’t like the view. Some people give consulting a try which seems to be a great fallback for those individuals suited to dealing with that kind of stress. I’m not but God bless ’em. Some get scooped up in acquisitions, then are forced to stay in a place they loath, surrounded by people who are just as dismayed at their own sense of diminished self worth. Eventually they leave, after their non-compete contracts expire and go off to create[…]

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Set Your Data Free

Soooooo, you ever hear the one about the software tester who walked into a bar? She ordered a beer. She ordered 10 beers. She ordered 2.15 million beers. She ordered -1 beers. She ordered a nothing. She ordered a cat. She tried to leave without paying. I’m sorry if you don’t get that one but it’s a nerd classic. Here’s another one. Any program that actually runs right, is now obsolete. Or, my personal favorite: A user will find any interface design intuitive…with enough practice. I kid software. I have a sense of humor about it because generally I have a sense of humor about almost everything. Nothing good comes from getting mad at the software you use. It’s only doing[…]

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I need to start eating more carrots, I think

I’ve developed a technique, that I haven’t exactly patented yet, which involves using my fingers in a coordinated effort to dip both ends of a french fry into a small vat of buffalo sauce. I have mastered the art of unfolding the burrito at Chipotle to pour in more hot sauce and put it back together again correctly so it doesn’t collapse into a total mess. I can eat hot wings without leaving a trace of meat and I enjoy cheese steaks with mayo and hots. I can toss a cheese ball in my mouth without paying attention. Girl Scout cookies don’t come in enough rows. I love to eat. I also make poor choices. My body responds to these terrible[…]

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From rags to riches: The power of industry networking

Without business networking, the telephone as we know it might never have existed. Forced to setup his seemingly unimpressive telephone prototype in the top floor of Machinery Hall at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was desperate. The hot summer sun had been assaulting guests through the glass roof all day and the judges, who had been forced to walk around in their formal suits, had reached their breaking point. They agreed to break early and judge just one more exhibit. With this being his last day, Bell had probably run out of time. Frantically, he made his way downstairs to where the judges and other exhibit presenters had gathered. It was then that Bell heard[…]

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Why I hate job titles

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” ― Wayne W. Dyer Nowhere in my neurologist’s office did it say History Professor but when I noticed the Biography of Thomas Jefferson behind his desk last year, the history buff in me had to ask him about it. Little did I know I would spend the next 30 minutes talking to him about American History during the early 1800’s. Turns out, my Neurologist is also a History Professor and loves talking about history. Go figure. People would want to classify his life with a job title so let’s go with HistoricalProfologist. People really love job titles. In a psychology sense, it’s how people are able[…]

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Is there a limit to giving great customer service?

Think of a company who gives great customer service and you probably immediately think of Zappos. The famous, insane and often heroic customer service stories are the things of legend. The 10 hour customer service call, how they refused to accept the wrong pair of shoes (donate them to charity they said) and sent the correct ones to the customer and how Zappos can even find local pizza delivery shops still open at 12am. These stories are feel good. They give hope that there are companies out there that really do care about their customers. The goal, of course, for all of these efforts is to create customers for life. Over the years, I’ve read endlessly about how customer service[…]

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A list of some of my favorite social tools and why you should be using them too

We’re all busy creatures. We don’t always have time to keep a backup of our lives, stay on top of the latest blog posts, check ESPN, backup your attachments from Gmail, save articles for later, or keep an eye out for that used table and chairs set you’ve been looking for on Craigslist. We need stuff to help out. Although I’ve been using these social media tools for over a year now, I’ve come to really rely on them to do all sort of cool stuff. I did another video to show you some more dance moves, share some personal stuff, and talk about some of my favorite social tools. I hope you enjoy it. I’ve included some links here[…]

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Traffic cures, car boogie, and the death of Google Reader

The Google Reader announcement, that it was shutting its doors on July 1st 2013, really shook me up. Okay, my emotional distress is a slight exaggeration, as it is just a software program, but still though, it compelled me enough to at least make a video again. I hope you like the topic, as well as the choreography help, for those stuck in their vehicles on the way to and from work. Linked to the very funny picture over at Spin sucks.com

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Why the act of starting is the hardest thing

“I grew afraid of the blank white screen with the flashing cursor.” You see that? I did it! Now I’m four sentences in! Can you believe it? You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. That’s a fair thing to ask. Most of you saw the first sentence in this post as just a sentence, an opening to a blog post that you hope won’t waste a few minutes of your time. Heck you probably didn’t even read the whole thing word for word; probably skipped the words “of”, “with” and “the”. To me that first sentence is the start to a project I’ve wanted to complete for months. Right now, at this very moment, my whole world revolves around those[…]

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