I need to relax


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I did another demo with the Vernier labquest product. This time it was simply to show off data collection and frankly it is an amazing tool. I can’t say enough about a toolkit that let’s you build your science and measurement solutions around it. I wonder if they will ever sell the service to data centers as a measurement solution ongoing.

I should probably add some sensors to my collection great product!

I have been playing Madden 13. It reminds me now of my favorite football game from the past (Playmaker Football) that I was addicted to for years. The coolest thing about Madden now is that you can play as the great players of the past. I can’t say how much fun it is for me to play with Walter Payton on my team. He remains my all time favorite player. (playing as Joe Montana is also fun).

Looking forward to a long weekend – I need to relax.

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Is it just me?


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There are times when I wonder. D and I went for a walk with the boys yesterday (well they went for part of the walk). We ended up wandering around the neighborhood for awhile. I have to say I laughed out loud when Dylan asked peed on a Mitt Romney sign. He wasn’t the first dog to do so from the coloring of the sign.

I watched a little of the footage of Hurricane Isaac. I truly feel bad for the folks near New Orleans. I hope everyone makes it out safely.

It was cool this morning makes me wish I walked in the AM rather than the PM. The PM walking comes from my days as a school teacher. I used to run at the end of the day to work through some of my stress. Now I have less stress but I still walk at the end of the day. I just don’t have the knees left for running.

Is it bad when you fall asleep at 9:30 on the dot virtually every night?

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The blessings of summer


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As August winds to a close I am thinking about my favorite summers of the past. I have had the fortune to have a number of wonderful summer experiences so the list is long. I cut it down to my top ten by year.

Summer:

1975 – I finished drivers education and spent the rest of the summer painted my grandparents cottages in Wisconsin. It was the best summer I had bar none.

1969 – Neil Armstrong landing and preparing to go into 2nd grade. I still loved school – plus I got to spend a week at my grandparents house by the lake.

2011 – moving to Maryland – driving across the country with my family and getting to spend extra time at home after all those years on the road was a blessing and remains a blessing for me. The bean graduated from High School which was huge!

1991 – Marrying Barbara that Summer and then moving to Cincinnati Ohio to start our life together.

1979 – graduating high school and ready to head off to college!

1996 – the year I joined Microsoft. It was fun in the beginning. My Grandfather also spent a week with us in Cincinnati Ohio which was a huge highlight.

1998 – the first summer owning a pool. Who knew what a pain that would become – but awesome none the less.

2001 – first summer hitting lake Lemon on the boat

1999 – the first summer the boys slept through the night (it was nice after a year to actually sleep again)

1972 – Thailand – a set of memories that I will hopefully never lose.

I’ve had many more summer experiences that were contributors to who I am but these are the big ones for me. There were a few summers that were downers (the year after my grandfather died. The year after my divorce). Overall I’ve enjoyed summers in my life – I personally prefer Fall (Football and crisp air) and winter (Christmas and Snow) to Summer but I’ve always had fun!

To everyone who contributed to those 10 years above – thank  you. you have all been blessings in my life.

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Not selected for the jury–I guess in the end I am no one’s peer :-(


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((the title is a joke))

I find as I move through my career there are four business books that I keep coming back to over and over. The first is the Blue Ocean Strategy. The second and third are two books written by Jim Collins (Good to Great and How the Mighty fall) and finally a toss up between the Tipping Point by Gladwell and The innovators dilemma by Christensen.

Not sure why those authors and their works have stood the test of time for me but they are in fact my fall back and go-to books. Two of them focus on the concepts around good and effective communication which is something I have found to be critical. The other two focus on how do you build and develop a market share.

Yes, all of the books above are in both my physical library as well as my kindle.

I was not selected for Jury Duty yesterday. Although I have to say I am very impressed by the overall quality of the people and the process that was used during the selection process.  I am Jury free at least in Montgomery County Maryland for the next 3-7 years.

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Are there 1000 words that explain your life?


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I watched (well we watched) the Eddie Murphy movie 1000 words last night.  The message that I woke up with from that movie this morning is that words have only the value that is attributed to them by the receiver.

That is a message I have heard in a number of ways over the years with my favorite version being “people are motivated by their needs.” It is a sad but true reality that people are motivated by the needs in front of them. But then again it is only fair that you are motivated by the things that impact you as a person. For example while I blog everyday I do forget to spell check every time I post and therefore some of my posts have misspellings. I would love to say that will never happen again, but spelling is really far down on Scott’s things that need to be done list.

The words you have ripple around you.

A paraphrase of another line from the movie. But if you watch words and watch what you say in fact you begin to realize that there is a rippling effect to the words you choose and the direction they head.

Your words have value and carry weight.

Now what would I do if I could only type 1000 more words in my blog? Which words would I choose to convey the meaning of my life? Are there 1000 words that cover my life?

It is my new quest, are there 1000 words that can cover a human beings life?

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All that was left was the quiet of his passing…


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“Houston, Tranquility base the Eagle has landed.”

Some six hours later he, Neil Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the Lunar Module (L.M.) Eagle and said to the world “One small step for “a” man, one giant leap for mankind!” the “a” is something he always asked historians to add, regardless of the what and how (lost transmission, forgotten whatever it doesn’t matter) the audio recording doesn’t have the “a” in it.

The year before July 1969 one of my friends did a report on NASA in school. Up until then I followed NASA as most Indiana kids did because of Purdue (many astronauts went to Purdue) and because of Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom who came from a small town in Indiana just South of where I was living at that time. From the moment of that report everyone boy in my class was obsessed with everything NASA. (at times even passing our Indiana addiction to the Indianapolis 500 mile race). We drew spaceships and talked about the possibilities of space and beyond.

For 12 minutes on July 20, 1969 I, my father and half of our country held our breath as the Eagle left the command module and landed on the surface of the moon. That event is one I will never forget, sitting in our basement in the Sherwood Oaks subdivision of Bloomington Indiana on the  on the edge of the couch watching that flickering video as the craft landed. Then again staring intently as the hatch opened and Neil Armstrong walked on the surface of the moon. 286000 miles away from me, yet right in my family room.

There are movements that shape and define the world. Truly that was one of the positive moments showing what humans could do if we focused more on achievement than on conquest.

I never met Neil Armstrong. We lived in the same city (Cincinnati Ohio) and I have been to the museum dedicated to him in Wapakoneta Ohio. I saw him speak one time at one of the few events he did, But no matter what he changed my life. I became dedicated to technology and the improvement of the world though bettering what we can do.

Neil Armstrong passed onto the next phase of existence yesterday, August 25th 2012. I hope he has the same successful touchdown in heaven that he had in my heart and on the moon.

“Quietly the hero left the room. All that was left was the silence of his passing.” Sandler Boggs (published 1983)

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Jury Duty…


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Finding a place in the sun. Does it in the end matter? You search for your place your entire life and sometimes you don’t even realize that you are standing in your place all the time.

My head hurts.

Not a headache just from thinking about things. I am not sure why every once in awhile my brain takes a sabbatical and I am treated to bizarre and wild thought rides. Maybe I need to ride more roller coasters so my brain doesn’t feel like it seems to do that. After all these years I still am not prepared when the bizarre things my brain thinks about pop into my head.

Yesterday after working all am, I checked into the Montgomery Country web site to find, that sadly I’ve been selected for Jury Duty. I have been a registered voter (and have voted in every election and have paid taxes every year since 1975) and I have never been called for Jury Duty. I suspect they will take one look at me and send me home, but still it was a fingers crossed please don’t call me thing that didn’t pan out for me.

I will finally experience the real work of a jury.

I suspect the county of Montgomery and the State of Maryland will regret that in the end. As of today I advocate life in prison for jaywalkers!!

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