Why raising a daughter scares the crap out of me

Posted by - Nov 6, 2015

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

The Job Change Conundrum

Posted by - Aug 10, 2015

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

Set Your Data Free

Posted by - Jan 30, 2015

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

I need to start eating more carrots, I think

Posted by - Jan 9, 2015

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

From rags to riches: The power of industry networking

Posted by - Jun 26, 2014

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

Why I hate job titles

Posted by - Jun 17, 2014

“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

Is there a limit to giving great customer service?

Posted by - Feb 4, 2014

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

Google Reader closing down July 1st

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

Posted by - Mar 14, 2013

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

Why the act of starting is the hardest thing

Posted by - Jun 6, 2012

“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