Life Has Changed

Life Has Changed

Two months ago tonight, my wife was going through the final hours of labor. She delivered our beautiful daughter, Rose, at exactly the stroke of midnight. My life has never been the same. It is also never more apparent then right now, as I sit in a hotel room in New York City on my first business trip since her birth. It is hard to quantify how life has changed. There are the tangible things, like our grocery and household…

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Barack Obama’s Last Stand

Barack Obama’s Last Stand

When was the last time the candidate of the incumbent President actually wanted the President to campaign for them? I’m really fascinated how the best campaigner in recent memory will take on Trump. Good writeup on this. I hope for our sake Obama has one last great campaign left in him.

Book Recommendation: NutureShock

Book Recommendation: NutureShock

With my rapidly (just over one month if everything is on schedule) approaching Fatherhood, I have been reading more about parenting. I highly recommend the book NutureShock, which is a fascinating explanation about how children learn best (which often goes against conventional wisdom), backed up with clear facts from studies with sound practices.

Spending my mornings learning

Spending my mornings learning

I fell into a trap a few years ago that I have been slowly digging myself out of, bit by bit. Being all consumed by my working life, I left little room for reading and learning. I don’t claim to have resolved this issue, but I do feel I made substantial progress this week with one tweak to my morning routine. The root cause of the problem: I wasn’t prioritizing reading and learning in the morning. For years I tried to do this…

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Two months until our life changes forever

Two months until our life changes forever

Seven months ago, my wife shared with me the news we had been waiting for: we are going to be parents. Right now, we are under two months to go. House wise we are getting there, but have a bit more setup to go. We completely refinished the floor in the nursery and painted the walls, both look great. The baseboard needs a coat or two of paint and then we can move everything into the room. We have taken to this…

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Home Network Rebuild: Early April 2016

Home Network Rebuild: Early April 2016

Over the past couple of months, I have slowly begun collecting the pieces of equipment necessary to revamp my home network for higher performance, customization, and reliability. Working for home 3-5 days a week, I need rock solid connectivity. My efforts are starting to show progress, despite some fairly significant work remaining (mainly around wiring the house). The Router: Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite The first piece of my Home Network rebuild and while there is a learning curve on the setup, I have…

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The Nerd Handbook

The Nerd Handbook

This classic Rands in Repose post explains a lot why I’m into so many projects right now outside of work. Nerd’s always have to be building and tweaking. It also explains why the recent changes in the past six months have made me so much happier and productive…I wasn’t getting time to work on these types of projects.

Duct Tape the Cord – Apple TV, HDHomeRun, and Comcast

Duct Tape the Cord – Apple TV, HDHomeRun, and Comcast

The Problem I feel like my home theater setup is always a ticking time bomb. “Universal” remotes suck, I haven’t met anyone who likes their Comcast cable box, switching inputs is annoying at best or never worked at worst, and it was rare for my wife and I to use the TV & not get an input or device out of sync. Thinking with my Product Manager and Support Engineer trained mind, I eventually figured out the core problem to solve: it is too damn hard to consume media…

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Switch strategies

Switch strategies

Derek Sivers really hits home here: Early in your career, when you are searching for success, the best strategy is to say yes to everything. Reach way outside your current circles. Do it all, and give it your all, no matter how small. The more things you try, and the more people you meet, the better. (They’re a little like lottery tickets.) You never know what random tiny connection could become your big break. He has an excellent site, by the way….

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