Book Review: Packing for Mars

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach ($15 @ Amazon) is a ton of fairly interesting trivia about the space program, space travel, and the challenges of trying to go to Mars. She talks about doing tests on Earth to figure out how bad body odor would be if someone didn’t bathe for an extended period […]

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Corporate Culture

One of the things I enjoy about work is seeing the various cultures that evolve. Some companies are rigid, some are fun, some very loosely organized, etc. It’s almost magic how it happens, and it’s rarely all done on purpose. Each manager has a style, each employee has a work rhythm, and they get combined […]

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Work Goals for 2011-Part 2

It’s been a few weeks since I wrote my early thoughts on my goals for this year, and you can tell it’s a struggle when it takes me to the second week of February to get them finished. Why such a struggle? I think it’s because I’ve lived in nearly a constant state of change […]

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One Simple Doorstop

I saw an article in American Woodworker by Alan Lacer about making wooden doorstops and decided to try one. You start with a chunk of wood about 1.5” x 1.5” x 8”, turn the knob on one end, and then slice the remaining square chunk diagonally. If you do it well you can turn knobs […]

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PASS Update #52 (ERC)

We’re doing weekly calls for the ERC (election review committee) and we seem to be making some progress. This past week we came up with a good outline of what we hope to see as the process for selecting the nomcom (look for a post from Bill Graziano for details), and you can from that […]

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Who Changed Jobs in 2010?

Linked in sent me an email saying that an astounding 209 of my connections changed jobs in 2010, out of about 800 contacts in my network. That seems like a lot doesn’t it? I don’t know if it’s accurate, but if it is that’s a lot of job moving! LinkedIn did a nice job on […]

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A Mish Mash of Stuff

I don’t generally post bits of this and that, but I’ve accrued a few things that I wanted to share, so here goes: Silicon Valley Code Camp has more than 3000 registered. Wow, that’s an awesome sized event. I’ve forwarded that to the PASS marketing team, we should find a way to participate and I […]

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