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Blogging and Shoemaker’s Shoes Syndrome

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Real Life, Technology | 0 comments

Spent a few minutes just now beginning to renovate the personal blog again. I work around WP and Magento developers all day, and yet I haven’t been keeping up. I have begun to realize that I spend far too much time organizing and not enough time doing.

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Clarinet Practice, Despair, Vade Mecum, and You

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Music | 0 comments

Despite considering myself a serious musician for most of my adult life, I’ve had a difficult relationship with practice. Most musicians are less than thrilled with practice, so this is not unique to me. I don’t know what motivates (or should I say de-motivates) most people not to practice, but for me it’s been a heady mixture of overwork in the day job, some technical and sometimes even orthopedic difficulties brought on by the overwork (I work with a keyboard on the day job), and 99% good old-fashioned despair. I recently...

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Lies, Big Lies, and Time Management Lies

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Real Life, Technology | 0 comments

Another game of putting things asideAs if we’ll come back to them some timeA brace of hope a pride of innocenceAnd you would say something has gone wrong – Something’s Always Wrong – Toad the Wet Sprocket Note – I started writing this post in April and had to leave it and come back to it. That’s both a meta-commentary and a sign of how painful this topic is to me. I went through a bit of organizational hell a month or so  several months ago  a year-and-a-half-ago- I converted my Time Management system from...

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Obscure Sayin’ – Adam Clarke on the Book of Judges

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Bible Study, Books | 0 comments

Obscure Sayin’ – Adam Clarke on the Book of Judges

I’m working on material for our Wednesday night study of the book of Judges. This isn’t going to make the cut, but it’s interesting: Adam Clarke on Judges 6 and the incident of Gideon asking for the signs of the golden fleece: Gideon was very bold, and God was very condescending. But probably the request itself was suggested by the Divine Spirit. On the miracle of the fleece, dew, and dry ground, Origen, in his eighth homily on the book of Judges, has many curious and interesting thoughts, I shall insert the substance of the...

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Well, this is odd

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Internet Geekdom | 0 comments

I discovered that this blog shows up on my work network (which uses Untangle) without the stylesheet showing up because the firewall strips it – it flags it as using an anonymizer service.

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Updated to a pretty ho-hum theme

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Site Info | 0 comments

My beloved Silverlight theme was getting pretty out of date, and I discovered some security problems in it, so I’ve reverted to a stock theme until I have time to do more with it.

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My Best Mistake: Taking Someone’s Word on Taking a Job

Posted by on Aug 3, 2013 in Marketing, Real Life | 0 comments

In the spirit of this series on LinkedIn, I offer you a tale of a five month hiatus from the family business I worked in when I was younger. For years, a marketing professor who had acted as sort of a mentor to me when I was in school had been encouraging me to apply at a business in the telecom industry where he’d done some consulting work. He told me: the owner had a very hands-on management style (that certainly proved to be true). they valued individuality. they were looking for people who could produce long-term results. The job...

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Standards and Smith’s Law of Marginal Utility

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Gadgetry, Internet Geekdom, Technology | 0 comments

Standards and Smith’s Law of Marginal Utility

Smith’s Law of Marginal Utility: The abundance of chargers or removable media of a given type* is directly correlated to their obsolesce . e.g. *Motorola chargers, mini USB chargers, micro USB chargers, iPod connectors, floppy disks, USB drives, SD cards, Mini SD cards, Micro SD cards…

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The E-Mail Scam That’s Alive and Well

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Internet Geekdom, Marketing, Real Life | 0 comments

I hate to admit it, but after ten years in e-commerce I very nearly fell for a message similar to this a few months ago. It’s a slightly slicker variation on the various e-mail schemes that are out there, mainly distinguished by asking for something specific that the company I work for sells (custom imprinted USB drives): —–Original Message—– From: [Bogus Company] [mailto:[deleted]@ gmail.com] Sent: Friday, May 03, 2013 1:42 PM To: Gary Smith Subject: Swivel USB Drives   Dear Sir/Madam     We wanted to place an...

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Get-It-Done-Itis

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Real Life | 0 comments

The AOPA regards “Get-There-Itis” as a syndrome that “claims the lives of dozens of pilots and their passengers yearly.” My own term “Get-It-Done-Itis” isn’t quite as serious (nor does it roll off the tongue half as well), so I don’t know if it will catch on. But it’s a syndrome that has weakened quite a few work days for me, and maybe you. I’m a morning person, which means that I tend to wake up before the alarm and go through the transition from bedraggled sleeper to productive...

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