Willys Jeep: Rims and Tires for the Badger

Just a quick photo update for some stuff. I am so severely backlogged on the blogging that I just need to put something up here to show myself that progress is actually being made.

Pre-Cleaned Rims Read more…

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Please…

March 10, 2014 6 comments

It’s the text message that you never want to get at 3 a.m.

“Dad is in the hospital. They have ruled out a stroke. They think it’s an atypical seizure but are waiting for results to find out. Right now he’s unconscious but they are waiting to move him to the ICU.”

You may never want to get it, but eventually it will come. Someday, for someone you care about. For me, it came almost two weeks ago. Read more…

Brocade and Evaluator Group’s Really, Really Bad FCoE Study

February 7, 2014 4 comments

It’s been almost four years to the month that I took on Gartner’s horrible anti-FCoE diatribe, and since then I’ve jointed Cisco, written a few more blogs, and even gone toe-to-toe with the technology’s largest critic – Brocade. For the most part, the tete-a-tete has been cordial, if a little snarky (just the way I like it!), and generally falls within the general margin for error afforded to marketing excesses.

Something happened this week, however, that brought up the ugly spectre of blatant dishonesty that exposed a disturbing trend of vendor-media collusion that I feel harms people, especially those who would otherwise be the most helped.

For that reason, I’m posting these thoughts here. These are my personal thoughts, and do not reflect those of my employer, my manager, my friends, family, or the direction of the technology I work with (disclosure for those that don’t know me: I’m a Product Manager for Storage working for Cisco – at least at the time of writing this blog!).

So, something snarky this way cometh. Read more…

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Willys Jeep: Ballad of Porkchop’s Brakes

November 29, 2013 8 comments

Not surprisingly, Porkchop needs new brakes. All of them. Front brakes, rear brakes, parking brake, brake lines, master cylinder, everything. So, I went ahead and bought everything I needed for a complete rip-and-replacement of all the brake parts I need.

So pretty... so pretty...

So pretty… so pretty…

With that, I got ready to get to work. Read more…

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Review: Namale Resort (Fiji)

November 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Bula! Bula!

After spending a week in Namale, I feel like I can finally get my head wrapped around the experience enough to write a review of the resort. Since we never left the resort, I can’t make any claim about Fiji, the Fijian people, or any of the cultural experiences that were on offer while we were here. So, take what I write as a resort review, rather than a Fiji review.

Definitely worth spending a week on this spot

Definitely worth spending a week on this spot

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Thought for the Day, From Cicero

November 1, 2013 4 comments

“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome, interpreted to mean ‘more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.”

Can read more on Cicero here.

Welcome to the Participation Ribbon Generation

October 14, 2013 Leave a comment

I can’t even begin to express how much this troubles me. I saw this infographic last week and tried my best to put it out of my head, just one of the many emotional gut-grabbing ideas about “believe in yourself” stuff that gets a zillion ‘likes’ and ultimately winds up doing far more damage than good.

PrintThis is the result – and perpetuation – of what happens when you create an entire generation of people who have been told that they have reached the pinnacle of achievement just for showing up.

This is the reason why we have parents pitching to their own children at little league games, where there are no strikeouts.

This is the reason why we no longer have “championships.”

This is the reason why Americans consistently fall in the lowest category for general knowledge amongst our international peers.

This is why cheating is so rampant in schools.

This is why people are so easily offended and have lost any precepts of shame.

This is why too many people do not understand the difference between “deserve” and “earn.”

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