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Springtime means new beginnings

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I’m sitting in the airport in Panama City Beach, after a really energizing weekend back home to the redneck riviera. My flight is delayed because the Houston airport has called a ground stop due to a bad line of thunderstorms. … Continue reading

Discrimination is socialized (my review of Hidden Figures)

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Hidden Figures opens officially tomorrow, but I saw it tonight. This movie is about three African American female engineers who pioneered space travel at NASA. Oh yeah, the movie was set in the 60s, and they did this while fighting … Continue reading

On the dangers of a personal brand

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I’ve been hearing and reading more and more about personal brands again. To level-set, here’s a definition of personal branding from the Personal Branding wiki: Personal branding describes the process by which individuals and entrepreneurs differentiate themselvesĀ and stand out from … Continue reading

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Tech News Roundup week ending November 26

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Another week, another round-up. Squeezing this one in right at the last minute. CMS Wire has a nice overview of the 2016 Bitglass cloud adpotion survey. Oh sweet lord no. Simon Wardley has a great (long) post mapping how we’ve … Continue reading

Taking time to be thankful

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Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US. My family has decided not to celebrate in the “traditional” way this year. I just couldn’t reconcile the origins of Thanksgiving with the increasing escalation of violence against the Lakota and Dakota water … Continue reading

How do you keep on your path?

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I like to take my dog Fred on long walks on the weekend. One of the nice things about Austin is all of the nature trails that are in the city. The days we make it out there really early … Continue reading

Tech news roundup, week ending Nov 19, 2016

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Another week, another round-up. It’s getting hard to stay caught up! I have a request this week: if your official title is DevOps engineer, I’d like to talk to you, potentially for a future blog post. Email me! Here’s what … Continue reading

Talk to each other

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We have to talk about the election. One of the first and probably the most interesting conversations I had about the election was with my children. I told them that things *are* better than they were when I was a … Continue reading

devs vs devops engineers

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Words are important. I think it’s time we examined what we mean when we say “devs”. In my mind, there are two types of devs: A developer who creates the software for an application. A developer who creates the infrastructure … Continue reading