Category Archives: Life

On Leadership

[NOTE: This essay was originally written for a now-defunct publication, and was never published. The exclusivity period granted to them has expired, and it is being reprinted with minor edits.] It’s rare that I quote the US Military, however they … Continue reading

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Generating Work

Accidents happen. No seasoned analyst, admin or engineer I know hasn’t typed ‘reboot’ in the wrong term window, deleted the wrong file, created the odd network loop, etc. These are generally accidents: what was being done was judgmentally sound, however … Continue reading

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Ruminations on "The unspoken truth about managing geeks"

Jeff Ello wrote a great piece in Computer World about managing “geeks”. It’s getting a lot of press, good and bad, and really sparked me back into this conversation. If you replace “geek” and “IT pro” in the article with … Continue reading

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Distributed By Design

The Internet, by taking its name literally, means “the network between networks”. 40 years ago today, the Men and Women that first started implementing the technologies that grew up to be the Internet didn’t want to create one network- they … Continue reading

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Recipes

For whatever reason I’ve never posted recipes on-line. Which is weird, because I handwrite them on $^#$@%$ index cards for people. So I’ve created a new category for recipes and hope to update it soonish and on-going.

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They Lie Because They Can

Bruce has an excellent post about the data you’re voluntarilly giving to corporations. While he takes a consumerist view, and makes excuses for you frittering away your privacy (which I’m sure you’ll appreciate), the meat of this article is that … Continue reading

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Kill Your TV

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I hate TV. What a waste of time. Parents who plug in their kids shouldn’t have kids. Kids need to be doing THINGS, building motor and cognitive skills vastly beyond what the Dummy … Continue reading

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[Essay] The Myth of the Modern Knowledge Worker

After rewriting the conclusion more times than I can count, I decided to yank it all out and end it abruptly. So, yeah, here’s the essay, finally.

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Of Hemlines and Oars

naach na jaane aangan tedha Aada theriyadhava koodam konal endralam Árinni kennir illur ræðari Buruk muka, cermin dibelah Altíð bagir illum barni okkurt Złej baletnicy przeszkadza rąbek u spódnicy Whether the proverb is Hindi, Tamil, Norse, Malay, Farose, Polish or … Continue reading

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Training–

A student asked me in class last night, how I “keep up” with changes in technology. Without hesitation I answered “by doing”. People frequently think there is some magic to being good at something. There isn’t. Whether we’re talking about … Continue reading

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