Can’t Control It All


controlAs a Systems Administrator I am always working on applications and different projects that affect many different systems and end users. I am always focused on getting the job done on time and for the students who depend on what I do for their education. Sometimes my plans or the set goals for a project depend on other people.

It’s at that time that I have just recently found that I can’t control the outcome. Even though the project is mine as the technology lead, I can’t do it all and I cannot always make decisions that need to be made, happen when I want them to happen. This has led to a change in my thought process on how I am going to approach projects in the future. What am I going to do?

I’m going to do my part, lead to where I can then pass on the direction to the other parts of the project that I cannot control. When those parts are complete I will take the project back up to completion. I can’t be the person always prodding or emailing that this or that needs to be done.

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Sunday Snippet – Birthday Edition


This year, I’m not so sure as I’ll probably just spend a quiet day at home watching football and zombies – Michael Kwan

My friend Michael Kwan celebrated his birthday Sunday. The quote above is from his own Sunday Snippet post on his blog, Beyond the Rhetoric. Reading that quote made me think about the time I have known Michael.

Years ago when I started commenting on BTR, Michael was all Social Media and single. He was very much into all the tech stuff, going on trips for his freelance work and other writing gigs. As the years went by, the travel has slowed down, but not his outgoing social side. Food porn, and what not close to home. I chalk that up to his longtime relationship with his now wife and settling into his “30’s”. He is correct in that he is not middle aged, nor is he a whipped snapper. He’s become comfortable.

Now, he is a father, husband and self employed. That means he gets to see that beautiful little girl as much as possible. I admire his choice today and respect him for how he has grown.

Happy birthday my friend.

Something Positive In This World


Ted Talks are one of my favorite ways to spend some free time. In a recent release on TED.com was from Megan Washington, who is is an Australian singer/songwriter.  She has won Australia’s version of the Grammy for her music, but listening to her music you wouldn’t know that since childhood, she has had a stutter. In this Ted Talk she talks about her life, her stutter and her immense fear of public speaking. This is an outstanding talk, one that made me think that Ms. Washington is very admirable person with a lot of guts to stand there to be honest with people as she puts it. The one thing that she has done all of her life is sing. Why? Because, when you sing you brain cannot stutter.  At the end of this talk, she does what she calls “Ted Sing.”

Listen to her talk and then listen to her sing. Have the Kleenex handy.