Finding Balance 2020, General

Some video game time

I’ve been getting out of the habit of writing more here, but it’s not for lack of things to write about. Therefore, I’m taking a few minutes this morning to talk about some of the video games I’ve been playing lately. Earlier this summer I got into Animal Crossing and was pretty much addicted to […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

Garmin woes

So for folks wondering about the Garmin outage, here’s my two decades of Enterprise IT experience “guess” at what’s going on. Just my speculation, but I’d put money on some of my predictions being right. The report is that they got hit with ransomware. That most likely means that someone got socially engineered and downloaded […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

Sleeping platform for the car

Recently we’ve been talking more and more about our future camping setup. Our Coachmen Clipper 9.0 is a decent tool for camping, but we sometimes muse about other options. We’ve spent some time talking about the difference between camping trailer vs camper van, and the pro’s and con’s of each. For the time being we’re […]

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The privilege of my whiteness

I grew up poor, living with just my mother. My early childhood involved her working various teaching assistant jobs, before ending up on welfare, and eventually disability. The only reason we had an apartment in a duplex was because of the Section 8 housing program (government subsidy). Growing up, I knew that we didn’t have […]

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Let’s not pretend this is new

The current situation of inflamed racial tensions in Minneapolis is distressing and frustrating. The video of George Floyd being held down with a knee to his neck is sickening. The disregard for the life of another individual is the epitome of pure evil, and thankfully, charges have been brought quickly against at least one of […]

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The Potato Guardian… a reading

Yesterday I came across an opinion piece in the Washington Post written by Alexandra Petri, about Trump’s comment to farmers regarding the need for strong second amendment rights to guard potatoes. I’m not making any comments here about the politics, that’s not what this is about. What I am doing is sharing a dramatic reading […]

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A quick blog check-in

One may think that because of the pandemic and working from home full time, that you end up with all kinds of extra time to tackle all those big projects you’ve been planning. However, in reality, I’m still working, just as much as I did before. I have a little more time from not commuting, […]

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Some pandemic financial musing

A friend of mine and I had a conversation recently, and he was lamenting the fact that some folks are making more on unemployment (with the federal bonus) than when they were working, and now that some businesses are allowed to start working, they’re struggling to find people who want to come back to work. […]

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Interviewing Wes Allen

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m doing some more experimenting with content creation in the audio/visual realm. I’m doing some interviews in the coming weeks with some folks, and I wanted to test out my setup with recording the call and then post-production. My friend Wes was kind enough to be my guinea […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

Doing more video and audio stuff

I’ve always enjoyed making videos and recording things, and with the current lockdown there’s a lot more opportunity to use video and audio to communicate with folks. In particular in my role as the president of the board of our regional trail running non-profit. In the past couple weeks we’ve done some videos to promote […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

Missing “spaces”

I’m a person who derives energy from being around energy. Despite being an extrovert, I do NOT require constant interaction with people. Sure, I enjoy it, but what matters more to me is being around the energy of humanity. I remember a blog post I made many years ago, after I had moved back into […]

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