Lots of New – About the About

I wanted to draw attention to something that has changed recently. I have always had a blog, well it seems that way. Mostly I have had a website that I have tinkered with over and over again going through many iterations. I recently came to the realization that over the years I have written a relatively large collection of materials some of which will never again see the light of day. Why bring this up? …

Be The Mistake Maker – or – You are Going to Screw Up At Some Point

Mistakes the teachers of the titans of industry. They cost so much but probably have the largest return on investment as any commodity or service. In my years of work I have made a few epic mistakes. I think the last medium sized one was not confirming that a particular super hero of a developer knew that a tricky project was actually responsive. I could hear his face wrinkle and contort into the visage of horror …

Personal Case Study #1 – The Project That Would Not End

This is a story about Project Management and the many pit falls, challenges and utter victories that it holds. The name of clients and team members have been changed to protect the innocent. When I accepted the job of project manager I was fresh out of three years of writing procedural code in a Apache server with a Tom Cat server piggy backing on a windows OS. Needless to say I was a developer with …

Vacation to Austin – An Introspection

Texas Capitol

Vacation, I have not really taken one in about 3 years. A few day trips here and there maybe a day or two at home but an actual honest to goodness vacation is not something me and the family had done in quite a while. Goodness I love these two.   So what did we do? We planned a trip to Galveston. This was great, I was not really looking forward to another trip to Galveston …

Here We Find Revenge

I feel excited. I thought I would be terrified but the vast nebula and planetary system demands my exploration and I must find the navigation systems. They could have left me a map. I punch the door release and hold my breath as the the door slides open. A single corridor stands before me running left to right. Johnny Cash plays softly to the left so I go right no need to seek revenge. The …

How to Loose Your Vision

I have never been without a plan in practical things of life, especially my job. I have worked for my current employer for 2 years. It has been the hardest, highest stress job I have ever had. I loved the company. Well let me clarify, I loved the vision I had for it. I took the job as Project Manager at the small business leaving behind development for a season. I wanted a few things from …

On The Wings of Moths

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made; I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed. It echos faintly through the crawl spaces, halls and walls of the Aposolith. I think the artist is Johnny Cash. When I get quiet enough to hear it, my blood boils. The Aposolith is a womb of sorts. My own universe they told …

When I Could Not See The Sun

Moon and an space man

It was so small so insignificant. It pierced the hull of my ship the Aposolith letting in the greedy vacuum of space. I wore my space suite constantly as a precaution against such things. After the red warning lights stopped and the alarms quit screeching I moved through the Aposolith looking for what had done the damage. I found it. It seemed to be your run of the mill micro asteroid but when I reached …

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft – A Review

At The Mountains of Madness

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was my second trip into the world of H.P. Lovecraft. It was a fantastic look into the impossible speculation about things that we can not fully understand yet are shown to be no less real. I loved the way the book is presented as part journal, part confession and all warning. The style of telling the story is one I …

Viewing The Connections – Practicing Compassion

I have heard some thought provoking sayings before from strong minded, kind people. I have read proverbs at least 15 times. Recently a quote caught my attention….. “Be kind for everyman fights a hard battle.”