Whatever–Balmer living shouldn’t be blaming Balmer…


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I have to find an automation package for the iPad. I love it for producing blogs but I don’t have all the automated components that I have with ActiveWords. If the guys at ActiveWords still read my blog perhaps an ActiveWords for iPad and the Macintosh? There are a couple of solutions on the Macintosh but they are no where near as good as AW.

22 minutes late last night for those of you playing along at home.

I got 102 emails yesterday about Balmer retiring.  One of them (a really good friend) even said the water’s fine now – come on back. It actually made me laugh. I didn’t leave Microsoft because of Steve Balmer. I joined Microsoft because of Bill Gates. I left Microsoft because of the horrible middle management problems the company has. I had a number of great front line managers while I was at MS. But when you get far enough up the chain you end up with well the worst managers I’ve ever had in my entire working career. I’ve had a lot of great managers over the years but once you get to the middle layer in Microsoft you get to people who were promoted for the wrong reasons. That’s the primary reason I left MS.

In my quest to take more good pictures I was going to take my good camera with me to Dallas. But I realized as I was packing my computer bag that I don’t really have a good way to transport both the PC and the camera in a rolling bag. I am going to have to look for one. My mom gave me an awesome camera backpack that I use when I am driving somewhere, I can take all my camera stuff in it safely. I have a great computer bag, but I need one that is good for both.

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Its time travlerer…


I don’t get some people. Seriously. If you are telling me something that is supposed to help me, isn’t it important that I believe that is an issue? It really is a communications style although I am really not sure if it is a pattern or an anti-pattern yet. The intention is to help the person you are connecting with but you are only approaching them from your perspective. So in effect this the foxhole issue. You are so wrapped around your specific foxhole that you cannot see where I am only where you are.

Just something I’ve been thinking about.

It scared me a bit yesterday how easily I was able to “reconnect” with my inner traveler. I was in line and rolling along within 10 seconds or so. In the end you just have to wonder. You can take the boy out of the airplane but you cannot take the process out of the boy.

The other problem is of course I’ve been up since 4 am CDT. Oh well. I am home tonight. Although there are no guarantees I am home tonight. Friday night back in the heavy traveling days was always the worst day it seemed for travel. Partially I suspect because I had been gone for a week or two weeks at that point and I was struggling to get home on a Friday. But it always felt like everything conspired against me on Friday’s. At some point it’s a balance. You want to get home but you also have to understand that the airline professionals are doing their jobs. I guess as you deal with travel its important to get out of your foxhole, look around and then determine if there is a problem that needs to be solved.

Time to get rolling.

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I posted new podcasts over the weekend. I also posted several “The most boring man in the world” thoughts on Facebook and twitter. Good response overall to all of them. Dylan mentioned, as the world’s most interesting dog that I should include a few of his quotes as well so I added a couple from the world’s most interesting dog. I finished my 5th serial story on my Docandersen blog and managed to squeeze out a post on the IASA blog (Architects Should) and SafeGov. I love writing but sometimes it gets a little daunting when all the deadlines seem to arrive on the same day.

Today is my first day of travel this year. (which after 15 years of traveling seems strange to say in August).  I picked up a new project as I was leaving work yesterday so things are going to be stressful for the next 3 weeks or so. Luckily its an interesting project so it should be fun.

The boys start high school this morning at 7:25 am. IMGP0127

I am arguing with myself now because I don’t take my good camera enough places. I am going to do a better job of taking the good camera and to stop being lazy and using the point and shoot camera. Its easier than the good camera but as you can see above doesn’t take the same quality of pictures.

Unless there is water involved. Then I am taking the point and shoot camera. Its waterproof.

It is time to get rolling. Still have to drive to Dulles.

“I don’t often ask for people food, but when I do it better be good food.” The world’s most interesting dog.

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The most boring man in the world


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I started posting some stuff on Facebook and twitter yesterday about the world’s most boring man. It was in response to the beer commercial the world’s most interesting man. For every force there has to be an equal or greater force.

“I don’t often jump from airplanes, but when I do they better be burning.” The most boring man in the world.

“I don’t often sleep in but when I do YOU BETTER NOT WAKE ME UP.” The most boring man in the world.

“Its always his bad, he’s married. He is the most boring man in the world”

The commercials are interesting, they at least have caught my ear. I’ve noticed the pattern and concept enough to borrow it for the most boring man in the world.

“I don’t often drink beer, but when I do I prefer someone else pay.” The most boring man in the world.

A couple of one’s I’ve posted already are above. I am modifying some with this blog like the one about it always being his bad the new one is below.

“Of course its his bad, he’s married.” He’s the most boring man in the world.

"I don’t often stop for the flowers. I probably should have while mowing." The most boring man in the world.

“I don’t often go to ballet’s, so when I do don’t wake me up.” The most boring man in the world.

“I don’t often color my gray hair, so when I do, please don’t notice it.” The most boring man.

“I don’t always come to a full stop, unless there are cops present.” The most boring man in the world.

“I don’t always cut people off while driving, but when I do I give them the finger!” The most boring man in the world.

“I never get lost. So I never ask for directions” The most boring man in the world.

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The power within the words we use…


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Words have power. Not the kind of power owned by your boss or the president for that matter, but power. The power to start someone’s day off well or poorly. Over the years I have fallen in love with the words of various writers. William Blake reminds me of a time when I fought the tigers in the forest of my night. Neil Young reminds me of a time before I found the love of my life, a time when I was seeking (heart of gold) someone to be with.

Humor, a way to use words to entertain can enlighten as well. I once heard a great line that said never use humor to redirect. It was a simple statement but meant to remind us that humor is entertainment not course correction. Satire is course correction a view of what is there now, mirrored against what could or should be there.

Angry words should be retracted. We all say things we don’t mean when we are angry. Taking those words back, owning them for the person we said them to makes for a better long term relationship and conversation. Angry words have a life so far beyond the moment they were uttered. They grow within you like a cancer you cannot purge or remove.

Happy words float around us but are oh so suddenly gone. As if seasonal butterflies whose lives are measured in seconds not hours. Those fleeting seconds when the happy words move around us like angels on gossamer wings only to float away as angels are wont to do. Gone in the second it took them to take flight.

There is power within the words we use. As there is power in destruction as Tom Robbins wrote in the book “Still Life with the Woodpecker.” all power leading to questions. Questions that run deeper than the conversation you are having. The questions become the reminder and the remainder of the mathematical equation that is conversation. Words have power.

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I was a traveling consultant for many years. I never realized what it meant to be home every night. In the next two weeks I have to travel twice for the first time in a year. By travel its of course without the family, for business and overnight in another city. I travel around the DC and Baltimore Metro area’s every week. That however, other than traffic that sucks, isn’t really traveling. In fact the reality of my situation now is I travel more for vacation with the family than for work. What a relief that is, and I didn’t even know it was stressing me.

Last night was chicken tika night. It didn’t go over as well as I would have hoped. I love chicken tika. The boys liked it, jackie “ate it” but in the end gave more than 1/2 to Dylan. Barb didn’t even try it. I guess they are all spoiled by good cooking.

A software package I got for Barb (Kickstarter) releases today. I am really looking forward to it. Its an iPad application called Clevermind written for the type of patents Barb has. I am hoping it is as cool in reality as the mockup screen shots were. You never know, but it looks pretty solid. It makes it to the apple store today.

Anyway, its Monday. Long week ahead. Time to move to the next early morning task!

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A day at the beach…


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IMG_1028There is a quiet in the ocean. A gentle rocking quiet that reminds me of being younger and having fewer cares in the world. My first memory of the ocean is looking out over the Gulf of Siam as an 11 year old. I may have seen the ocean before then but it is my first solid memory of the water and the sea.

We are comprised of mostly water inside our bodies. Water that maps back to a sea that hasn’t been on this planet in a couple of million years or so. That connection back to the sea is a part of what we are. I love the ocean. I certainly enjoy fresh water as well. We’ve owned boats for many years off an on. We had one in the Ohio on the river. We had one on a lake in Indiana (Lake Lemon just north of Bloomington and just South of Indianapolis). We have canoes now, quiet boats that you can easily haul around. My grandfather lived on a lake and I have many happy memories of zipping around that lake in a boat.

Water is a part of who and what we are.

IMG_0664It doesn’t matter where the beach is (North Carolina on top, Delaware on the bottom) it is nice to live near the ocean.

Dylan loves the beach as well Smile.

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