Saturday, May 23, 2015

Low Activity

Apologies for the low activity here. Work had an uptick with a combination of audit time plus presentation of the vision of what I'm doing with the group I lead for the next six months. All of my free time has been taken up with Seveneves. I'm just about done with the book, should be easy to complete in the three day weekend.

Back soon. Thanks for your patience.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"Stealth" Media Releases

This week I was made aware that Faith No More released a new studio album and Neal Stephenson blew up the moon in the first page of his newly released book.

I am pleasantly surprised by both of these events but a little concerned that I had no idea that either of these projects existed before their release. Maybe my intake filters need tuning. Or maybe they don't. Hmmm...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Star Wars Armada: Let's Play

SU&SD Play... Star Wars: Armada from ShutUpShow on Vimeo.

One of the other boardgames I'm playing a lot lately is Star Wars Armada. Here's the Shut Up and Sit Down folks running through a game.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Intro to Netrunner

I started analog gaming through Netrunner, but a site called Shut Up and Sit Down opened my eyes to the bigger world of board games. One of the site's founders, Quintin Smith, is a big Netrunner fan. Here's an article that he wrote for the Guardian that talks about the joys and satisfaction of playing the game from the perspective of someone who isn't already into these kinds of games.

In other words, it's worth a read if you don't play card games.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Since my parents bought me an Atari 2600 over 30 years ago I've been a videogamer. My peak was probably right after college when I had the time and the money to acquire and play all the games I wanted. It's been the core of my hobbies. I don't do fantasy sports leagues or even follow sports teams. It's been videogames up until about two and a half years ago. I played some poker pretty heavily back around my college days but never for more than a few dollars. My time came and went before the whole Texas Hold-em thing went off.

So I changed jobs in 2012 and for the first time ever I was working from home. If I wasn't on the road meeting with clients I was at home and on the computer for eight to ten hours a day. Then the family would come home and I'd be in the house and then the kids went to bed and I'd have to some time to spend on my own, in the house.

Right around this time Fantasy Flight Games released Android:Netrunner a reprint of the Netrunner card game that I played in college. I grabbed a copy and headed to the Friendly Local Game Store to see if anyone else was playing the game.

That was almost three years ago and unless I have family or work obligations you'll find me every Thursday night at the FLGS playing Netrunner and other games. It gets me out of the house, I get to socialize with people (not online) and I get to play some really cool games.

I still play videogames, but I'm a lot more selective in what I play. There's a lot of interesting things going on with board games and I spend the bulk of my free time on that side of the gaming world. But that's for another post.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Updates on Domains

Hey just to let you know if you use RSS/atom or any other method of monitoring sites now resolves to this blog.

Friday, May 8, 2015

First Post!

Well, not really. It's been while since I've done the whole blogging thing. I used to host on my brother's site, but that changed ownership and a few months ago the finally found me hidden in the crannies of that host and kicked me out. The land was pretty fallow, I wasn't really posting more than once or twice a year. I'm in the process of moving the domain over top of this platform. Pardon the dust.

My lack of social media engagement, not just blogs but Twitter, Facebook, Google+ etc., was primarily due to obligations with family and work.

Work has been interesting. After 14 years working for a total of two companies I'm working for my third firm in the past 4 years. I've broadened my views working on the vendor side, back to healthcare briefly, and now in managed services. Until joining Security On-Demand last November I've never worked for a company smaller than 4,000 people. We're going to break 50 employees at SOD real soon. More on that later.

Family has been fun. The daughter is now 5. The son is now 2. We're getting into the really fun times. My wife is my rock, she's been very supportive with all the changes not only professionally but also going from a couple to a family of four.

More to come later. I'll be posting about my industry, my family, my hobbies, and probably some philosophy sprinkled in there.