There's a reason why people have the impression that certain things are hard to do: they are.


Somehow I end up committing myself to things that fall into this category.

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Categories: Family | Personal | Professional | Rules to Live By

Mar 201205

Use the Right Tool

My whole life I've heard, "Use the right tool for the job," and I am a big proponent of that and tell people all the time.  But there are times that something is low-risk, and it's easier to try to use whatever is on hand than going to get the right tool.  So you take a calculated risk and move on with your life.  Sometimes, though, you're wrong.  You mess things up with the wrong tool and end up having to try to patch it, taking more time and effort that it would have taken to do it right in the first place.

This especially sucks when the "right tool" is your electric beard trimmer and the "wrong tool" is the safety razor you thought you could use to touch up your moustache.

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Categories: Personal | Professional | Stupid Things I've Done

Back when I was around 18 or so, I used to have a truck much like this one (65 Chevy).



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Categories: Family | Personal | Proud Dad

Aug 201131

There She Goes

It's been almost 5 years ago to the day since my daughter was born.  In many ways it seems like yesterday, yet I can hardly remember a time without her. In just a few hours, she's going to be starting kindergarten.  She was so excited she jumped into bed with her clothes on. Crazy.
Categories: Family | Personal | Proud Dad

Nov 200925

These Are Mine

What are yours? Happy Thanksgiving!
Categories: Personal | Family | Proud Dad
This is the fifth in my "Rules to Live By" series.  Like every other professional, in every other field, over the years I've picked up a lot of things that make my life easier, or better, both professionally and personally.  Most of these things can be summarized in a sentence or two, and I've decided to call them "Rules to Live By".  As much as any other reason, they are here to remind myself of things that I've decided to believe in, even if I don't feel like it one day. RTLB #... [More]
Categories: Business | Community | Personal | Professional | Rules to Live By

Sep 200903

Twitter

In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been a very faithful blogger over the last several months.  I wouldn’t say that I’ve abandoned it, because I haven’t, but other things have definitely taken priority. Aside from the typical “family and work distractions”, one thing in particular that has disrupted my blogging is Twitter.  I am much more active on Twitter, and you should follow me there. In the meantime, don’t unsubscribe from the blog just yet.  I have a few posts in mind f... [More]
Categories: Personal | Blogosphere | Professional
I have an HTC Windows Mobile phone (touch screen + keyboard).  For the last several weeks, I’ve been using a trial version of Twikini to access my Twitter stream. I really got to like it.  There are a few things I’d like improved.  For example, on refresh it seems to have to get the whole stream and reload it rather than just getting updates since the last request.  Also, it does a timeline refresh after I tweet instead of just adding mine to the list on the client side.... [More]
Categories: Personal | Community | Technology | Blogosphere | Tools | Professional
This is the fourth in my "Rules to Live By" series.  Like every other professional, in every other field, over the years I've picked up a lot of things that make my life easier, or better, both professionally and personally.  Most of these things can be summarized in a sentence or two, and I've decided to call them "Rules to Live By".  As much as any other reason, they are here to remind myself of things that I've decided to believe in, even if I don't feel like it one day. RTLB ... [More]
Categories: Business | Community | Personal | Professional | Rules to Live By
June is just a week away.  That’s insane.  It’s cliché to say it, but time goes so fast.  My son is already four months old, and my daughter is getting hilariouser by the moment.  (I know some of you may not consider hilariouser a word, but as I mentioned before, I make up words and add them to my dictionary to get rid of the red squiggles.) So anyway, I went to Tech-Ed a couple weeks ago and it was great.  I had a lot of fun, met a lot of people, caught up with a lot o... [More]
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