I had a revelation while I was getting prepped for the Martin City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I have no idea why it hit me then; maybe there’s something about my green Master’s jacket (thanks, Dad – it’s my favorite jacket) that just brings out the introspection side of me, or maybe it had to do with me reviewing my interviews from last week (I like to do that to see what I could do better, etc.). But either way I was pondering and realized there are some things I’m good at…and some that I’m not. And then there are some that depend entirely on context.
One of the things I’ve found I’m good at is Continue reading Assumptions
Sometimes things just fall apart.
Life is going grand and then the pitcher throws you a knuckler that dances like Fred Astaire and you swing right through it. Suddenly the 12-game hit streak you were on means nothing and you’re in the midst of a 1-23 slump, floundering below the Mendoza Line and praying for a pulled hammy so you can have an excuse for riding the bench for 15 games while you figure out what part of “and then you hit the ball” you’re failing at.
Yes – I’m going Continue reading The Slump
If you program you’ll probably recognize the term “development environment” (or “dev environment”) – it’s, effectively, a test setup that (in theory) mirrors your production environment (where the real data sits). Dev environments are a vital part of software development because you can test various changes to the system without fear of damaging the real world application if you screw up (and if you program you screw up – it’s really that easy). If you accidentally overwrite all the customer’s account balances with “$1.11” in the dev environment it’s no big deal; if you Continue reading A Dev Environment for Life
At least that’s how the theory goes. And by “theory” I mean “reality” – everybody makes mistakes. Maybe we don’t think something through enough and make a rash decision that wasn’t the right one. Perhaps we spend too much time thinking about something and miss our opportunity. We let our brains make decisions our hearts should be making; our hearts make decisions our guts should be making and our guts make decisions our brains should be making.
All in all – we’re Continue reading Batting Averages
Life is hard.”
I went to go find the contract I signed when I was born – you know, the one that says “from this day forward until your body returns to the earth from whence it came life will be good, pain will be minimal and the good times will roll” – and apparently I misplaced it sometime over the last 30-some-odd years and however many times I moved. Which is a bummer – I was hoping to invoke some liability claim against the world for the fact that life isn’t all peaches and roses (or whatever that cliche is – that’s not my forte, nor are the punctuation marks that are supposed to top the “e” in both of those words). I’m sure there’s some clause in that agreement that will get me a credit of a few extra years or some additional happiness if some level isn’t met and I’m going for it.
But Continue reading Dear Diary…
For the vast majority of my professional career I didn’t take vacations. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I took an entire week off of work and didn’t check e-mail or take phone calls. Part of that we could call “dedication” and “loyalty”; part of it is a complete lack of any sort of work-life balance. And a last part probably had something to do with the fact that I loved what I did, even if I needed out because I’d been doing it so long.
But regardless, the Continue reading Slackin’
Looking back on it now as the year comes to a close it’s hard to classify 2012 as a “good” or “bad” year. Much like most historical years there were good and bad elements to this one, but one didn’t necessarily play dominantly over another.
I made some decisions this year, did a lot of new things and found a few regrets. Some of what I did was what you’d expect me to do; others were completely out of character for what you might think of “Paul Gillespie” as. I went from blue to green; rekindled an old passion; found a new one. I learned, I lazed and I leapt.
So let’s recap what 2012 was and we’ll save prognosticating 2013 for another post.
Starting with Continue reading 2012 In Review