Thoughts on Effectiveness and Hope 

I’ve long been a devote of Steven Covey. To this day, I try to keep his principles in mind.  One of the central elements is the importance: urgency grid.  The upper right grid is the key place: but urgent and important. Urgent and important grab priority, followed by urgent and not important. Not important and Read More …

Oh, what a weekend 

It’s been quite a dramatic few days for my circle. Saturday, we buried a friend, and supported his family.  That evening we joined with other friends celebrating Mardi Gras…just a smidge early.  Sunday found us with my pastor announcing his resignation. It came as a shock, and led to many emotional conversations.  From that point Read More …

AutoCAD | zero to 60 in 1 over infinity seconds

One of the great things about a new job: learnings. This one is no different. I love learning new software. Well, AutoCAD really isn’t “new”. But the last time I did any real work in the product was, well, a version for DOS. Yeah, it was on a computer running Windows 95, but still…. Anyway, with Read More …

Thoughts While Crafting A Memorial

I’ve spent the past few hours creating a presentation for a friend’s memorial service. A full range of emotions accompanied. Professionalism is one of my core values. Approaching even the most difficult things with calm competency is something I strive for. The pictures, though…his kids…so young. Reminding of my birth-mother’s death when I was 15. Read More …

Reflecting on opportunity

I remember, immediately after getting out of the Navy, walking around downtown Seattle. Looking at the high-rises, at all the well-dressed office folks going about their business and seeing opportunity everywhere. Buildings filled with business, with people doing things, making stuff, having brilliant ideas and creating amazing, new things. The mid-90s, the dot-com world was Read More …

Paper vs Digital Notes and Vanishing Information

Today I was thinking today about the past. I worked on at project, in the mid-nineties, for Amazon. They were located in a single building in downtown Seattle, very close to Pike Place Market. Nothing to dramatic, just installed terminals in a new call center. I had fun. My main memory: a guy brought his Read More …

Fan Engagement: Zoe Keating

I’ve been a fan of Zoe Keating for years. Besides enjoying her music greatly, I’ve also been very interested in the way she interacts with her fans. She’s used today’s social media landscape exceptionally well to build her brand, and a career as a musician within a very unique niche. Her main tools for engagement Read More …

Visio & Office Versions – Troubleshooting Fun

For some time I’ve been using Visio 2007. It’s worked fine, but it won’t let me import .dwg files (CAD files, if you didn’t know) that have been made recently. So, finally, we buckled down the budget and upgraded to Visio 2016. And, well, things got screwy. I ended up with this error as I tried Read More …