Archives for October 2008

“Things left undone” – a blog about my teenagers

Really, I should write this blog – and make it a photo blog detailing every instance of not shutting a cupboard door, not throwing away the empty fudge bar box in the freezer, not flushing the toilet, not putting a new trash bag in the can, not replacing the toilet paper roll, or not throwing the empty roll in the trash.

I could generate dozens of new posts a day just on “not shutting lights off”.

And *I* am the one with a T-Shirt that reads, “I never finish anythi” ???

First Vote

I voted early with my son.  It was his first time voting (in a general election).  It was pretty cool.  I don’t recall my parents ever getting me thinking about, or involved in voting.  I assume they voted, but I don’t really know.

In any case, the ladies at the polling place announced my son as a first time voter, and gave him a round of applause.

Took us only 15 minutes from the time we left the house until we got back home.

Another parental duty fulfilled – and hopefully my son establishes a life-long habit of not just voting, but becoming an informed voter!

I think Visually

In meetings, I don’t take notes.  I doodle.  The odd thing is, I can look at those little circles, oddly contorted human faces, aligned polygons.. whatever – and a month later, I remember the context.  I remember the meeting.

To anyone else, or even to me, looking at it looks more like I was bored, and not paying attention.  Unless I know the context.  Somehow those doodles remind my odd brain of exactly what we were talking about.  And what I need to deliver.  To me it makes sense.

I can’t explain it.

But I think of almost everything in “pictures” – mental images, that kick off a data retrieval process.  Certainly this involves a lot of mental tagging – in fact, there is probably a ton of “social networking shit” going on in my head. I also process relationships in contexts – that is generally what pictures remind me of.

So I bought 22 new white boards for the office (the big ones), and put them everywhere.   In the hallways, wherever.

And I watched people start to use them.  Some are always covered with technical stuff.  Some are always more like a graffiti wall.  But they all tell me either what people are thinking about, or how people are feeling.  Interesting more now than I realized before I started this post.

Since so many people draw, create, architect, or animate on these white boards, I wonder how many of them think more like me than I imagine?

Visually.

I’ve been (quietly) having fun!

I know I haven’t posted much lately. I’ve just been having a lot of fun learning about cloud computing, talking to customers, and working with employees.  I’ve missed that.  Especially the last part.

My kids are at the stage that they don’t really think I have anything to teach them anymore :)  The people I work with are older, and smarter, and believe that I do. So I have been having fun trying to lead them.

And I am finding new ways for us to talk to customers.  Twitter has been great, but a CampFireNow account has proven to be very useful – especially with Twitter.  I get a customer engaged on Twitter, and invite them to CampFireNow – where we can have a quicker, more intimate conversation.  We both win.

I’ve also been talking to more customers (and even competitors) 1:1.  Trying to help us all build a better cloud.

But I’m really having fun.  Talking to customers and trying to set an example to co-workers.

Work should be fun.  Or you shouold change jobs.

No Dogs After 9 P.M.

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I got a kick out of this sign in a bar window in Austin, TX.

“No Dogs After 9 P.M.”?

Double meaning there?

Perhaps not.

But I thought it was funny 🙂