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October 19, 2007

Crush Orange

Crush Orange! Simple idea...but nothing without execution.

Time for Alabama to show something here in the SEC West.

The hillbillies invade T-town this weekend at Bryant-Denny, bringing along with them the evil love child of Mayor McCheese and Grimace that they call a coach.

The Spawn Of Furry Character Love Which Dare Not Speak Its Name

Man, this guy's outfit just screams pimp...doesn't it? I love math...really I do. And check out the gang colors on this guy. He's gotta be a real gangsta. I'm talking...O.G. Mmmmmm...why is math so magically delicious? The coloring of this monstrous spawn of Satan makes me think that someone who wears a lot of red and yellow just might have had a good bit to do with its conception. Which immediately narrows it to a certain clown...and Kevin Harvick.

I would love nothing more than to see the final nail in the coffin of his head coaching job get hammered in right here by the Crimson Tide this weekend.

If so, I’ll be smoking a cigar in honor of the win.

If not…

Well, that hellspawn will still be getting canned at the end of this year.

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August 3, 2007

Blog withdrawals…

<visualize shaking hands>

Things you don’t want to see over a KVM screen…..

.NET freaking out

cryptsvc errors

Blue screens of death

And the thing you really don’t want to see over a KVM screen?

… nice huh….

Yoda in the hospital…stay tuned..

Bitzie aka Susan (ghost blogging)

(and thanks to Chris for providing the therapy site…. I’m calling my Mother next, I’ll put her on speaker phone…)

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June 29, 2007

In Fact, There’s Only One Person I Fear

For missing Symposium, that is…

Choppy choppy!

They don’t call her Lynnette “Ginsu” Eastlake for nothing!

Plus, I know I’ve earned a smack or 3 from the 2×4 at some point in the future. I did push Susan pretty hard (offline) to attend Symposium 2.0. But that’s because she’s the closest thing SMB/SBS has to a Pope.

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June 29, 2007

Too Much Nyquil Does Funny Things to People

The whining, bitching, babbling, so-you-can-speak-gibberish medicine.

Did I say WPC had no value? I’ve been upfront about my ideas regarding the value of Symposium and WPC for over a year now, including the very real value for smaller providers of something huge like WPC, even before the very real addition of SMB this year into WPC proper.

Most people simply don’t have the time to spend hour upon endless hours agonizing about whether WPC, as a primarily S&M show (sales and marketing, ya freakbags!), actually offers any value to the technically minded SMB IT consultant/business owner. But for those who do decide that WPC makes sense for them, when they get some insight from attending that shakes them to their foundations, that’s a fantastically good thing. An unexamined life (or business) isn’t worth living (or building).

But math is math, and as I’ve said before…

Sometimes, the math simply doesn’t work

There is always a point when you can and should push back from the table and say…

No thanks. I’m full.

My own post on tips for wringing the most value out of a big conference like WPC has, at its base, the central idea that you, as an individual, make the conference (or meeting, or whatever endeavor you are involved in), not the other way ‘round.

Perhaps that post doesn’t count tho, since it’s part of the damn dirty part of the Funboard that requires you, as an individual, to take action and register. Well, it used to be, anyway. That’s a whole different hissy-fit.

But primarily, just like anything you do, you should have a plan and execute on that plan. Sure, be flexible enough to not miss unexpected opportunities, but be disciplined enough not to get side-tracked.

And you make a plan by first figuring out what you will do and what you expect to get out of it. You can’t quantify those results precisely, but my own personal assessment was…

Too much cost; not enough return

Yeah, I used money to illustrate the point, but that’s only because it gets people’s attention. Even so, for those paying attention, there’s a major hole or 3 in a “You’re an idiot if you miss this” hissy-fit.

When you’ve looked at something like WPC from every conceivable angle, taking into account even all the intangible benefits, and it still doesn’t add up for you…should you ignore that conclusion and push ahead anyway?

Maybe. But that sounds an awful lot like sticking your head in sand.

And if it’s all about the other attendees, not the content or the speakers or some of the other stuff, then why would anyone skip any conference ever? Why avoid certain conferences because of a perceived lack of quality in the formal content?

Further, why would anyone in their right mind ever even think about taking a radical step like clearing their conference schedule for the rest of the year?

Because actually implementing what you’ve learned/discussed/thought about at a given conference is the only way you get any value back out.

Other words…

Thinking without implementing = Brain crack

There definitely is a point where enough is enough. That goes for everyone, and for everything.

But who am I, after all?

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February 26, 2007

sorry for the tonto-speak

even the lone ranger thinks my coding skills need work!

yours truly happened to use the wrong symbol in an embedded link code, which totally fracked the previous post.

note to self: never use a > symbol in the text of a link title

the previous missive should make much more sense now that it’s been corrected.

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