Marketing is too important…

July 31, 2009

… to be left to the marketing department.

It’s an hour long, but this is a great speech. If you are building software, you need to be telling a story. And it needs to be a story that other people will want to tell their friends.

If you can do that, you will succeed.


Conspiracy Theories

July 30, 2009

Wired Magazine cracks me up…


The busiest airport in the world

July 30, 2009

As someone who grew up in Wisconsin (my brother is a professor at UW – Oshkosh), this is not news. But it still amuses me. Outside of children’s clothing (this is where Oshkosh B’Gosh comes from) has anyone heard of Oshkosh?


Science doesn’t know everything

July 30, 2009

Here’s a very funny, very anti-homeopathy comedian. You can guess what my favorite line is…


Tori in the pool

July 27, 2009

Victoria has been getting the typical second child short end of the stick in terms of early swimming. It’s much harder to take both of them, especially if it is just me, so Tori hasn’t been in the pool as much as Danielle had at this age.

Turns out it didn’t really matter.

It started in Milwaukee when we were there for my Mom’s memorial service. I spent a little extra to stay in a hotel with a roof deck pool. I figured the girls would need entertainment and I’d need the distraction. It was a good call. Tori has a swim suit with a floaty built in and she quickly figured out that she could float and move around by herself. So she did. At 2 1/2 Danielle spent most of her pool time with her arms around my neck. Tori would just take off by herself.

Last Saturday the three of us went to our local YMCA which has a very nice pool. Danielle has become such a good swimmer that it’s not as hard for me to watch them both. I can focus on Tori while Danielle happily swims around.

At the YMCA they have those backpack style floaties that just clip around your belly. It took a while to convince Tori to wear one. But she eventually figured out what it’s for and she was off.

She would go to the deep end and just jump in. Didn’t need me to catch her. Went underwater and just popped up happily, swam back to the ladder and did it again. I don’t think Danielle would jump in the pool without me catching her until she was 5.

We’ll be going to the pool a lot…


Smarter than your average bear

July 25, 2009

This article amused me…


Things I don’t miss

July 24, 2009

I was recently talking to a former colleague who was complaining about dealing with the Finance department. My first reaction was, “I don’t miss that”. My next reaction was, “you know what else I don’t miss? Having to wear socks”.

Which of course led me to think about all the things I really, really do not miss about corporate software development. So, in no particular order, here are ten things that I really do not miss.

  1. Having to work inside on a beautiful day.
  2. Mediocre colleagues
  3. Really lame colleagues
  4. CYA (this should probably be #1)
  5. Conference calls that are not useful (if you are saying to yourself, “there’s no other kind” you haven’t worked with a team of four really smart people).
  6. Time tracking
  7. Decisions that take longer than five minutes
  8. Socks. (seriously, other than for running, weddings, or funerals, I haven’t worn socks since April).
  9. Long pants (see #9).
  10. Any activity that doesn’t lead to better software (other than drinking, which occasionally still does)

I’m sure there are more. I do miss people, but just specific people (see #2 and #3).