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Why I threw out my bucket list. Should you?

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014
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Like many people I’ve kept a so-called bucket list of things I want to do someday. Unlike most of you, I decided to throw mine out about a year ago. I happened to run into an old copy of it in my archives this week, and it made me think about explaining why I got rid of it. I realized the bucket list was an excuse to not do anything. It’s a fake accomplishment. It makes you think you’ve done something, by deciding that you’ll do something “someday”, so you don’t actually have to try to make it happen....

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Review Wednesday: Towards Better Eating

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014
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When I left Apple I was a mess, and so was my diet — it was pretty literally burgers and fries six days a week. Since then it has been that long, slow trudge towards a healthy diet, one salad or turkey sandwich at a time. You don’t just wake up one morning and eat a healthy diet. You can try, but you’re fighting lots of ingrained habits, and breaking bad habits and rebuilding new better ones is stressful and hard. It takes a solid six weeks for a new habit to become something you’re really comfortable with —...

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Review Wednesday — I have committed Keurig

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014
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If you had told me a year ago I was going to buy a Keurig, I’d have laughed. And yet, here I am, owner of a Keurig. A couple of weeks ago I bought a Keurig K60/K65 — and to be honest, so far, I really like it. Why? Since I’ve started my new job I’m working at home more. That means I’m not out and about as much, which means fewer opportunities for an easy stop by the local coffee shark or a convenient Starbucks. One day I found myself seriously thinking about getting into the car just to drive a few blocks to grab...

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A followup on Facebook

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014
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It’s always fascinating to watch what happens when a blog posting goes a bit viral. This is what it looked like on my blog: The peak of this sequence is about 100X my normal traffic levels. Not quite what I’ve seen on the occasions I’ve been Fireballed, but close. The feedback has been fascinating, and to everyone who emailed or commented in some way, thank you. There are a lot of people out there who are really uncomfortable with the disclosures that this study have brought to light; if I were Facebook, I’d be looking...

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State of the Sharks, the “Oh my God We’re All Gonna Die” edition…

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014
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(but first, a quick digression. Because of my Yellowstone trip and going off the grid for most of that week, I never posted my prediction for the final round of the playoffs. I did, however, predict the Kings to come out of the west and I did predict that whoever came out of the West to win the cup, which in fact happened. In the earlier rounds, I was 9-3 and the only significant miss was Boston doing better than it did, and picking Boston for the Cup. Ooops. I did pick the Kings out of the West, and I was 2-0 in the conference finals and had...

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Back from Yellowstone

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014
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8 nights on the road, 3050 miles driven, 1400 images taken, 135 images added to the library. What an amazing trip. I’m worn out, but energized. Emphatically glad to be home, looking forward to going back. Still sorting this stuff all out, but here’s a taste. Lots to show, lots to talk about. But first, sleep (and a shower).  ...

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Yellowstone HO!

Posted by on May 30, 2014
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It’s been an incredibly busy couple of months and the lack of activity here on the blog shows it. With very little warning, I found myself changing jobs and joining Cisco and diving into the final preparations for our first ever Developer Conference tied into Cisco Live! Cisco Live was last week (you can find my retrospective here), when 25,000 people descended on Moscone Center for the big annual conference here in the U.S. This was my first visit to Moscone Center in a long time — 15 years? — and a fascinating leap back...

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2014 NHL Playoffs, round 3

Posted by on May 17, 2014
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Time for the conference finals, and time for me to sneak in my picks — as I write this the Rangers/Habs game has just dropped the puck. Summary so far: First round: 6-2, and my cup final picks made it through. Second round: 3-1, but my eastern pick to make the finals — Boston — goes down to Montreal. Boston was also my pick to win it all, so, oh well. Overall: 9-3, which is pretty good. Now we’re down to four teams and the conference finals. Winners of these series fight for the cup. My predictions: Eastern Conference:...

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Come join us at Cisco Live

Posted by on May 14, 2014
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I need to apologize for the extended quiet here on the blog. No time or brain cells to write, and  I finally hauled myself out and fired up the cameras for the first time in six weeks on Sunday, but I haven’t yet had time to process them…. l’ve been busy getting going at Cisco and with the planning for Cisco Live (my high water mark happened today with two Webex meetings on two devices and five simultaneous chat sessions on various things). In any event, I’ll be manning the DevNet zone with the team at Cisco Live next...

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So….. Now what?

Posted by on May 6, 2014
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The Sharks go up against the LA kings again in the first round of the playoffs, and once again lose and end their season too early. This time, however, they were up in the series 3-0, only to lose 4 straight. The fans are pissed. With good reason. The team is pissed. The coaches are pissed. The GM is pissed. The exit interviews are fascinating. What happened? What does the team do? What can it do? One thing is clear. Changes are coming. What are they? I don’t think anyone knows — although I’m sure Wilson has some ideas...

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