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  • Grad ceremony and cameras (and little girls)

    Omg, so much to share, don't know where to start. (Maybe, we'll only share one story right now) FYI: If you bring your 4 year old granddaughter to a one-time event, such as someone's college graduation ceremony, don't let them play with the camera before taking the pics. Camera "setting" icon was supposed to be on "green/auto". Ended up set on an icon of a "track/field runner". Which, if you're not a Canon camera owner, means "Sports mode". What does "Sports mode" mean, you ask? It tells the camera, for every click of the shutter, the photographer wants the camera to shoot a "burst" of pictures. For example, you want to take pictures of someone pole vaulting, or a relay runner doing the hand-off, or a quarterback throwing a pass, etc. Just how many is a "burst"? Anywhere from 5 to 10 … [More...]

    McDuffs Buildings – Main building – update

    Spent the evening working on McDuff’s main building, adding in the (teal) portico (“drive-through”) scaffolding, weathering the walls be scuffing them, the weathering really shows well on the red walls, but not as much as the driftwood colored walls. Going to have to try another method for those. Added the (teal) lower storefront windowed / front door wall - that was almost a fiasco because I’d somehow inverted the windows/doorway putting them upside down in the frame and had already glued it in. Noticed what I had done after a few mins, and had to use a razor to cut thru the glue, in order to take it off and put it in, right side up. That was just a bit embarrassing. Oh, added the light brown corner trim post work all around. And, put in the first (of 17) windows, on the 2nd story front … [More...]

    Toastmasters Speech #3 – Inspire the audience!

    I’ve been a late bloomer in some areas of my life: ok, a late bloomer in most areas of my life. But, a really late bloomer when it comes to my home life. I figure this was partly due to not having a father figure after high school, as well as not becoming a home owner until my mid 30’s. I never thought I had the skills to do homeowner type projects like the usual improvements of painting, woodworking, wallpapering, or even deck building. It wasn’t until I was in my early 40’s that I began to develop these skills that some people have by that age. I’m here to tell you today that it’s never too late to develop these skills. I am living proof that you can learn how to do these types of things late in life – even if you’re in your 40’s, 50’s and, yes, even you, (John)! I want to share … [More...]

    IT departments – different standards, different policy/procedures

    It's interesting: "large" (Fortune 500) companies with IT depts, each of them have their own way of doing things, their own policies and procedures, etc. Unisys was a bit "loosey-goosey" with the app I worked on, allowing the developers to move new code into production (I.e., having privileged / admin access). While, both Wells Fargo and USPS, definitely did NOT and do NOT allow this to be done (aka: IT 101, separation of duties - an auditing requirement - to prevent programmers from putting in code that will either 1., crash the system if said programmer is fired, or 2., take a penny out of each account, each day, and place it into said programmers checking account - if you have a million customer accounts, it adds up). Well, without mentioning the name of this new company I'm work for, … [More...]

    IT departments – different standards, different policy/procedures

    It's interesting: "large" (Fortune 500) companies with IT depts, each of them have their own way of doing things, their own policies and procedures, etc. Unisys was a bit "loosey-goosey" with the app I worked on, allowing the developers to move new code into production (I.e., having privileged / admin access). While, both Wells Fargo and USPS, definitely did NOT and do NOT allow this to be done (aka: IT 101, separation of duties - an auditing requirement - to prevent programmers from putting in code that will either 1., crash the system if said programmer is fired, or 2., take a penny out of each account, each day, and place it into said programmers checking account - if you have a million customer accounts, it adds up). Well, without mentioning the name of this new company I'm work for, … [More...]

    Knight and Day – With me, without me

    From the spy comedy movie "Knight and Day": Tom Cruise is talking to Cameron Diaz, about her life expectancy...raising his hand, then lowering it, raising his hand, and lowering it. "...out there on your own, with me, without me, WITH ME, without me." [guess you had to be there - to see his hand gestures.] The scene is about one minute and twenty seconds in. youtube of knight and day … [More...]

    First day at Thrivent

    Day one over. Mostly on-boarding stuff, getting access to all things Thrivent. Reading some docs. Met two members of my team who are based here (both are almost straight out of college and are really nice fellows). The third member is based in MPLS and is on vac this week (but I've already met him during the interviewing process). The HQ here is a really nice, relaxing, gorgeous (huge) campus, lots of green courtyards, glass, and outside fountains, and benches in the courtyards. They have a huge cafeteria with lots of things to choose from. I think it would be nice to work in this building, but I still like "big city" living rather than "small town/rural". Looks like (maybe), my contracting firm will be picking up either a portion (or all) of the travel expenses (hotel, meals, and 50 … [More...]

    Las Vegas – Gun Control

    It’s been a horrific day. I’m going to turn off FB for awhile, for the rest of the night, I hope, and, maybe, for a bit longer. But one final thought: There are several “industries” that create products that kill our own kind on purpose. Some products are regulated by government such as cigarettes or explosives. Some products have been banned/made illegal, such as addictive drugs such as Meth, Cocaine, Heroin, etc. And, then there is the gun industry. What all of these products and their manufacturers/dealers/sellers have in common are two things: Firstly, the manufacturers/sellers completely understand their products are being used to kill or hurt people on purpose, and do not care. Because... Secondly, these same people continue to make and sell these products since they … [More...]

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