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  • Blog Post: students involved with technology 2014

    January 24th Mr. Chuck D was on the Arsenio Hall show. Arsenio was discussing his old show "We talk about my old show...I fought for groups like you and NWA and one situation I lost a fight with Paramount because your song was called 'By the Time I Get To Arizona'." "Tell young...
  • Blog Post: a lesson for the rest of us

    so somehow i missed these two videos until this evening – kanye west interrupting  taylor swift as she accepts the best female video award at this year’s mtv video music awards – ouch! taylor swift’s best female video acceptance at mtv’s vma 2009 awards what i wasn’t aware of is how gracious beyonce...
  • Blog Post: be different–what i learned from steve jobs

    this is likely my tribute to steve jobs post.  it originally was going to be a post about acting and thinking differently, but based upon the events of this week and some reflection, it seems more appropriate to also serve as a what i learned from steve jobs post.  my mom and steve jobs could...
  • Blog Post: my friend martha

    when i made the transition from consulting to training, i met a woman named martha at my soon to be full time employer. martha was my mentor and has continued to be a great friend. although we don't see each other that often, it has always been easy to pick up where we left off. martha and i took our...
  • Blog Post: 20 years since paul's boutique - beastie boys still going strong

    the first (and possibly only) full rap song i have memorized is "sucker mcs" by run dmc. on take a bite outta rhyme, lords of brooklyn and everlast turned it into a song. on "in the beginning there was rap" wu tang clan covered it. if you go over to youtube you can watch an original performance from...
  • Blog Post: movies about dreams and virtual reality

    this week i saw the movie inception for the second time and it reminded me of another movie when i was young that i really enjoyed brainstorm. brainstorm is a movie staring christopher walken and natalie wood about two scientists that perfect a machine that allows one person to "playback" the real world...
  • Blog Post: are you a windows ambassador?

    i've been using windows since version 3.0 so i considered myself an ambassador even before joining microsoft 3 1/2 years ago. here's your chance to become a windows ambassador . the windows social media team is looking for 40 windows brand ambassadors that will carry out weekly challenges from microsoft...
  • Blog Post: joy division limited edition zune!

    i've always been interested in music. in high school i discovered the band new order - in college i learned that before new order was a band called joy division (and that their lead singer was ian curtis). when i first heard joy division i didn't like ian's voice at all (haunting and almost out of tune...
  • Blog Post: 5 years ago - yesterday

    …was my last day as a full time employee of the information management group.  a couple weeks prior i sent the following email entitled “going forward”: please use my hotmail account for email.  i've turned in my full time resignation effective april 1st (one of my favorite days), but will...
  • Blog Post: the it crowd series 4 coming soon...

    this evening i noticed that a brief description of the it crowd series 4 is up on channel 4's website http://bit.ly/cp47vt and couldn't help being a little sad that we weren't able to see a taping. i have made it my personal mission to ensure that everyone at microsoft knows about this brilliant show...
  • Blog Post: influences - bill gates

    in my continuing posts about people that have i nfluenced me in one way or another (in no particular order - just as i think about them), bill gates has been on the list for most of my life (family members are probably the only ones that have been on it longer). my dad purchased our families first pc...
  • Blog Post: my best year in college

    in the summer of 1987 my mother received a call from millikin university in decatur, il.  apparently they had over booked dorm assignments and they were looking for approximately 40 students that would be willing to live off campus in a hotel.  i was hoping my mom said “yes” but she took it...
  • Blog Post: redefine christmas

    i just recently learned that someone i met at a church conference a year and a half ago is the vice moderator of our denomination (the internet and facebook are pretty powerful indeed!). byron wade talks about what you want to give or receive this christmas and it reminded me of an organization i've...
  • Blog Post: mrs. cinnamon–inspiring first graders

    as my daughter finishes up 1st grade i have met and gotten to know another inspiring teacher.  our kids have both had great teachers that have inspired and encouraged them and it’s one of those jobs that i admire people for doing (especially those that provide role models for girls!).  mrs...
  • Blog Post: hobbies

    it's friday afternoon and seems like an appropriate time to post a couple paragraphs about things i've been doing in my spare time both computer and non computer-related. a couple of things i've been doing on the computer include learning the dvorak keyboard (i'm downloading mavis beacon software right...
  • Blog Post: the it crowd complete second season dvd is here!

    i noticed up in my netflix watch instantly queue that the second season of the it crowd is available on demand.  i quickly checked the availability of the dvds and best buy has the first and second season in stock.  the third season is scheduled to be released here in september.  i am...
  • Blog Post: my father and uncle phil

    friday my uncle phil passed away. i have known him most of my life (he married my aunt when i was very young) and he always had a gentle tone and served his family, church, state and others selflessly. when i think of my dad who has so many of these same qualities, it reminds me just a week before father...
  • Blog Post: dan - checkered shirt, edward - white shirt, tie

    my first day at microsoft (october 31st, 2005) i started with a couple other people. that's the day i met edward - we started as windows client technical specialists. we went through a lot together starting at microsoft - we both hold the record of the shortest time with a manager - 1 day (our hiring...
  • Blog Post: dr. bob - the value of my time/15 more installations (somewhat automated)

    i was thinking of someone who taught me the value of my time when i was much younger (and had time to spare!) today as i setup another 15 computers with windows 7 at work. "dr. bob" as he was known to me, was technical, an entertaining presenter, and one of my first mentors. i had just spent over 24...
  • Blog Post: brian regan

    thursday evening my wife and my 10 year old son went to see brian regan with 10 friends. since i just saw him and he's got a new comedy central special coming out tonight, i decided my fourth influence post should be about brian. i first heard brian regan's comedy over 15 years ago with my wife. he was...
  • Blog Post: looking forward to 2010 – 10 things

    so it’s early january and i usually spend some time updating what the family has been up to in the past year.  this year i’ve decided to look forward to what we will be doing in 2010 – as a family, at work and for fun. 1.  today a friend put the following as their facebook status:  Put...
  • Blog Post: bill gates makes richard feynman physics videos available

    i just got back from a 20 mile bike ride, had lunch with the family and am now watching microsoft research project tuva – a series of videos about physics which inspired bill gates.  the first video starts with a 5 minute intro and then feynman begins:  “it’s odd, but on the infrequent occasions...
  • Blog Post: the it crowd comes to ifc

    just got a heads up from a coworker that the it crowd is now on ifc. along with the henry rollins show, this is the 2nd thing i'll watch on ifc.
  • Blog Post: mrs. farley

    mrs. farley taught math and she was one of the most influential teachers i had in high school. i remember her making entrances on roller skates and making almost every day in her classroom entertaining and unpredictable. she gave me extra points on senior skip day (my dad was on the school board at the...
  • Blog Post: my youtube channel - whoops!

    i haven't posted a lot of videos to youtube and a couple that i did post were apparently marked because of the musical soundtrack (since i "created" the photo and video portion and own the music, i didn't think about using it to impress my grandma and other family members with my computer skills). i...