Go Gators!

#

“If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.”
Beryl Markham

#

“I like good company, but I like hard work still better.”
Camille Saint-Saëns

March 11th, 2014 @ 9:50 pm
On My Career …

My 3 ½ year old son was asked at school to say what his dad did at work all day. His answer? “He works around and sings.”

January 24th, 2014 @ 7:49 am
Friday Five: Teenage Wasteland

I did a bunch of odd jobs before I turned fifteen and was legally allowed to work in Florida. I had gigs mowing lawns, selling airbrushed license plates at the Daytona Beach Flea Market, selling ice cream during the races at Daytona International Speedway, going door-to-door selling Christmas wreaths for charity, &c. Once I turned fifteen, though, I was able to get a “real” job. Here are the five best “real” jobs I had before I turned twenty:

  1. dishwasher / prep cook · Carmichael’s Sports Pub
  2. Sandwich Engineer · Subway
  3. line cook · Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips
  4. counter man · TCBY
  5. pool cleaner / lotion sales · Hawaiian Tropic

Evidence Based Scheduling

How to Work with Software Engineers

August 23rd, 2013 @ 8:23 am
Friday Five: Things I Thought I’d Be When I Grew Up

Battlestar GalacticaIn no particular order:

  • Space Fighter Pilot
  • Cowboy
  • Lawyer
  • Author
  • Archaeologist
January 3rd, 2013 @ 10:28 am
Office Quotes

There’s a guy in my office who surreptitiously records the absurd things we all say, then sends a company-wide email with his collection to ring in the new year.

January 11th, 2010 @ 8:00 am
Dangerous Mistakes

I was blessed — or cursed, I suppose, depending on your point of view — to have my first “real” programming job in the medical field. I wrote software which managed the processing of human tissue (knees, fascia lata, femurs, etc.) for implantation into human patients. I was very young and very stupid at the […]

December 18th, 2009 @ 8:36 am
Friday Five: Time-Wasters at Work
  1. reading RSS feeds
  2. checking my email
  3. Twitter
  4. instant messaging
  5. Metafilter
October 9th, 2009 @ 7:54 am
Friday Five: Worst Business Meeting Times
  1. any time on Monday
  2. any time on Friday
  3. 1 o’clock in the afternoon
  4. 10 o’clock in the morning
  5. any time after 3 o’clock in the afternoon
March 26th, 2009 @ 9:48 am
Elevator Warning

Both elevators in my office include this notice: SHOULD THE ELEVATOR DOORS FAIL TO OPEN DO NOT BECOME ALARMED. THERE IS LITTLE DANGER OF RUNNING OUT OF AIR OR OF THIS ELEVATOR DROPPING UNCONTROLLABLY. PLEASE USE BUTTON MARKED “ALARM” OR TELEPHONE (IF FURNISHED) TO SUMMON AID. Here are a few of the issues I have […]

March 5th, 2009 @ 8:28 pm
The Office Musical

I just cannot understand people that don’t like The Office. Yes, I will agree that the Ricky Gervais / English / original version of the show was very well done and a grand comedic achievement. But after fifteen years I finally love NBC’s Thursday night TV again for two main reasons: The Office and the […]

March 2nd, 2009 @ 11:10 am
Web-Community Manager Job Opportunity

Looking for work in the Los Angeles area? My company, Brandissimo!, Inc., is hiring! Read on for the details …

February 19th, 2009 @ 11:05 am
Eloise: Los Angeles Music

There’s a woman in my office who also happens to be the lead singer of Eloise. If you happen to be in Los Angeles and you get a chance to catch a show, you really should. I haven’t been able to see them live yet, but I have several of their songs in heavy iTunes […]

January 28th, 2009 @ 4:45 pm
Frankfurter Fling (Flash Game)

In the last two years my company has published almost 100 Flash games. That, my friends, is a lot. It’s very nearly a new game every week. We have a tremendously talented group of unbelievably creative artists and some of the sharpest web developers on the planet. The games we produce are generally targeted at […]

November 21st, 2008 @ 7:08 am
Sexual Harassment Training

Alexander McPherson, a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at UC Irvine’s school of biological sciences, wrote a bitchin’ letter to the LA Times on the subject of sexual harassment training. This is a must-read for anyone that has a brain. As far as I can tell from my colleagues, it is worthless, a childish […]

October 10th, 2008 @ 6:06 am
Out of the Office

Just for fun, let’s take a look at what has happened the last few times I’ve taken a vacation. Late August, 2005: I go to Europe to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday. Katrina wipes out New Orleans. October, 2007: I go to Hawaii to get married. My good friend, mentor, and business partner dies of a […]

August 1st, 2008 @ 1:01 pm
Rude Fortune

A few weeks ago I wrote about how annoying it is to get an “affirmation cookie” instead of one with an actual fortune. Well at lunch today one of my co-workers got what we thought was a horribly rude fortune cookie. Instead of the usual mindless drivel, instead of even a useless affirmation, the “directive” […]

May 22nd, 2008 @ 9:45 am
Vaginal Architecture

More proof that Los Angeles is the world headquarters for Club Awesome™: In how many other cities can you get to the office one day to find you’re now working in Madonna’s crotch?