Archive for August, 2013

Pretty much says it…


Love, love, love Mark Twain.

He had a way of saying those things that we all want to say, but few of us can really phrase in just the right way.

And the winner is…


If you recall, Mrs. Technocrat and I have had a blog challenge going for a while now. “HAD” being the key word here.

You see…I WON!

Despite Mrs. Technocrat’s boasting, superior blogging experience and general pompous attitude, she slipped up last week and didn’t blog.

CHA-CHING!!! It’s over!

To be fair, she’s had some hellaciously busy weeks.

But that’s all the sympathy I’m going to give her.

/Gloating_mode = ON.

Oh YEAH. The sweet smell of victory.

I saw a quote last week that pretty much sums up my feelings right now.

“Winners never fly higher than when they are bouncing up and down on the corpse of their defeated foes.”

Yup. LOVE that.

So while I get nothing for winning other that bragging rights….brag I shall.

And frequently.

And for the foreseeable future.

So you’ll have to excuse me if this is a short post today.

I need to go get on my IM client and remind Mrs. Technocrat that I won the blog challenge.

Do I ever…


I think that of late, I’m starting to appreciate this more and more.

Being a kid is a hell of a lot more fun than being an adult.

Not saying that being an adult doesn’t have it’s perks (Driving, voting, sex, drinking, buying cool shit), but being a kid has a level of freedom that can only come from one thing. A lack of responsibility.

Yup that’s it. The key difference between being a kid and an adult. Lack of responsibility.

Mrs. Technocrat and I have been talking a lot of late about this sort of thing. It really hit home last night that we are getting “older”. With that comes increased responsibility.

Some of our friends are starting to transition into this. They have kids going to college.

/scared_face = on

Yes, friends of ours (that are our age) have kids going to college.

What. The. Holy. HELL!!??!!

How did that happen?

Several of them (the parents, not the kids) have remarked that they wish for a simpler time.

Now don’t get me wrong. We (the parents) wouldn’t trade our lives. It’s just that we don’t consider ourselves “old”.

Hell…many of us have trouble considering ourselves “adults”, much less “responsible adults”.


My two kids are a ways a way from college, but it’s not THAT far away.

Driving is the next big thing and that frightens me.

Teaching them how to drive, and drive safely, in today’s world.

Heaven help me.

So, I return to the above image.

Peter Pan had it right.

I particularly like that whole “flying” thing.

Plus, Tinker Bell was HOT.

Thought for the day…



Summer is drawing to a close here in Wisconsin. At least I suspect it is.

August is halfway done, and I walked out of work the other day and there was a hit of that “Fall” feeling/smell in the air.

The students are moving back to UW (sort of like swallows to Capistrano, only in Bucky T-shirts), traffic is getting bad in Madison again and my kids are gearing up for school.

I’ve seen a lot of Facebook posts today about kids back in Kansas going back to school today, but here we’ve got another two to three weeks of Summer Vacation yet.

The end of Summer means a variety of things to me.

It’s a new fiscal year where I work. New year means time to start getting serious about project planning. The new budget has been approved and I’ve got stuff to buy, computers to replace, projects to start and expectations to meet.

It always kicks off a busy time (the Fall) as lots of the staff here return from vacation and the docs seem to find new ways to make my life interesting. Not always in a bad way.

On a personal level, my kids are heading back to school.

The oldest will be in the 8th grade and the youngest in 6th grade.

The big thing here is that 6th grade is middle school. That’s a change for me.

6th grade was still grade school where I grew up. You were the “bosses” of the school in 6th grade. You had your own wing of the school. Didn’t have to walk in “lines” anymore. Could go to the library on your own. But you still had a classroom and it was still grade school.

For the youngest, he went to Orientation Day today. He found out he’s in the same “block” (they break the students up into groups called blocks for organization and scheduling) with his best friend. He’s excited about that. But he really only knows one or two other people in his block (there are three blocks total) and his girlfriend is in a different one. He’s bummed about that.

Got his locker assignment. Lockers!!??!! His homeroom is right across from it so he’s pumped about that.

But it’s a huge change. Class transitions. Social pressures. Gym class. Etc.

He’s gong to do fine. I have no doubt, but it’s a big change for him.

The oldest, well, 8th grade is a bit of a nonstarter. Kinda boring. It might be different it he went to a traditional school, but he goes to virtual school, so it’s the same old same old for him.

LIttle does he know, he’s got a busy year ahead of him.

He want’s to return to a brick and mortar school next year, so he’s got some progress to make int he areas of organization and time management. I have no doubt he can do it. But again, challenges and changes for him.

Good luck to both of you kiddos. You’ll do great.

On my end, I’ve got some changes to make also. Both personally and professionally. Not all of them are going to be easy. But I’ll be better off for them.

More on those in later posts.

Mrs. Technocrat makes fun of me for getting “reflective” at times during the year. My birthday and New Years are the two big ones.

But the end of summer has always been one of “those” times. I just don’t advertise it as much as the other times. 😉

So here’s to changes.

It’s been a good summer.

LOL…love this!


Love the Irish Coffee one!!





I’m back from vacation and slowly recovering.

Why is it that a “family” vacation always seems to tire you out more than a “business” trip?

/puzzled_face = on

Anyway, I came back just in time to deal with a huge email migration that’s been brewing for months at my work organization.

Basically, the idea was (NOT my idea) to take all the different groups within our large health care organization and merge everyone onto a single email/calendaring platform.

Great idea. Truly. I’m all for it.

Pretty poor planning is the problem.

It’s done now, and I can honestly say it could have gone a LOT worse than it did. However, it could have gone a lot better.

The main problem is that it was rushed. The whole project was rushed for a variety of reasons (a few are legit…most just plain silly). There wasn’t enough time to test things like the deployment package for the clients, or the overall connectivity, much less to really validate the process of moving all the accounts and associated massive quantities of email to the new system. This left out part of the whole process to scramble and try and predict what “might” go wrong.

A mentor of mine in the journalism world once told me, “You plan for the 90% of what can go wrong and roll with the other 10%. Truer words have never been spoken.

So it’s all done and we are on the “end run” of the whole business.

How’d it go?

In the words of a politician….”Mistakes were made”.

However, we survived and things are returning to “normal”.

But what I wanted to mention is that one of the main reasons it went so well…at least for our little part of the organization was the people I work with.

They all did a hell of a job prepping for this mess and then working through it.

As I said, it could have gone a LOT worse.

Thanks to those people, it didn’t.

That’s how things should work in a company. People outlining a project, knowing their roles, and doing the work, and then executing it.

So I’m thankful today for the great people I work with.

People make all the difference.