There is no undo

I see life as a series of choices. Choices to take this way to work, or that course. Choices to how we respond, or how we behave. Positive choices. Choices to be who we want to be. Choices to share ourselves with others.

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On the (job) road again: Of data and progress

I talk a lot about jobs and careers and such. For the past few weeks, I've talked about how I ended up moving on from a great opportunity, and how I got to my next one, and in the past I've mentioned gathering data on th

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On the (job) road again: Of the long (job) road

I am not a fan of looking for work. I've learned a lot about it, of course. It's always challenging though. Somehow, you need to distill who you are — as a professional, as a person, as a potential co-worker — into somet

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The lazy fan and getting things done

I think we are all inherently lazy. That's not a bad thing of course. Laziness prevents us from starting projects that we'll never finish, or that we didn't really want to start. Laziness helps us to ask all sorts of que

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On the (job) road again: Of acquisitions and departures

Working at a startup can be pretty crazy. But, for some reason, I seem to be inexorably drawn to them. Maybe it's because of the ability to learn and grow so much, so fast. Maybe it's being able to work on multiple proje

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Close Encounters of the Book Kind

Last we left our less-than-intrepid writer, he had made contact with the great and powerful publisher. The publisher was well-prepared, with arcane scrolls in hand, quill at the ready to lay out the contract, set out the

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Times are-a changin'

Last Post: 2013-07-08 I have not been the best at updating my blog. Last Tweet: 11 Oct 2013 ... or updating my twitter, for that matter. It has been a rough year. I don't want to blog about blogging, or make thingsto

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Getting Better All the Time

Sure, it's important to do something every day, and, to be honest, that will take you a long way. If you make something everyday, you're doing pretty well. But sometimes, making things is not enough. That is to say, ther

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Writing a Technical Book - First Contact

I have never written a book before. This past November I managed to write fifty-thousand words, which is by some measure a novel (hence National Novel Writing Month), but, at best, was the beginning of a story; barely ev

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Hiring is (mostly) bullshit

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about a possible fit at our company. We'd worked together in the past, and are good friends, and I thought that our rapport would help to solidify our engineering team. U

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HotelTracker - Beginnings

I might have mentioned going to Anime North a few weeks ago. I might have also mentioned, as part of that, the hotel troubles that I had gone through before hand. Organizing everything for attending a convention can be s

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How to Get Noticed

A recurring theme on this blog is that of careers and the job search... not because I'm constantly looking or anything, but mostly because of my own track record, and how I seem to have accumulated some experience on the

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Right Person, Wrong Team

It's not surprising that I've been talking about how we lost a team member lately. Firing people just sucks, for everyone involved. It sucks, and as much as I had said that I'm over it (which I am), there's one little le

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In Over Your Head

As you may know, the last couple weeks have been hectic, to say the least. The combination of different stresses from work and hotel shenanigans really got me down. For the first time, in a very long time, I felt in over

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Why You Shouldn't (Have a Bad Time)

I have been putting this off for a while; almost two weeks at this point. At first, I was going to entitle this Why you shouldn't fire your first employee, launch your first major customer, and have your hotel reservatio

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Customers Don't Care About Your Code

Wow, I sure hope that this code was written using test-driven development in an agile environment ... said no customer, ever. Let's face facts. Customers don't care about your code. It's nothing personal: They don't ca

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Running Out of Ink

I might have mentioned that you should do something every day. Lately, I haven't been the best example of this, but its a goal I strive for nonetheless. However, there comes a time when you just run out of steam; the ink

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My Leaky (Job) Honeypot

Jobs. Jobs jobs jobs jobs. Hopefully you won't get too sick of that word, because I reckon I'm going to be tossing it around quite a bit in this here blog. Have you ever had to look for work before, and conduct a real jo

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Do something everyday

I'm not one to toot my own horn, but I may have covered this before. Please, bear with me, as I feel it necessary to reiterate the point. Originally, I was going to call this Why you should do something everyday, but tod

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Finding Focus

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to get focussed; difficult to get centered. When one area of your life is well-maintained, like your career, other areas can wane, like your health. It's difficult to just get everything s

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