Oilfield Security (Or: How A Server Is a Safety Valve)

It’s been a while since I shared my thoughts on the world as a whole or on any situation in particular, but on this dreary, damp, fall Monday I’m renewing my effort to do so. I’m finding myself, once again, in a situation where an organization is…

Dating Bites (Or: We Can SWOT This Thing)

I was chatting with my cousin Elizabeth recently at our mutual cousin Meg's wedding about my dating life. She has a unique and interesting job, and related to that, we began discussing project management strategies and I brought up that I do (and have done) a SWOT analysis on every…

A Great Guy (Or: Why Food Network Has Its Own Problems)

"You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time." - Abraham Lincoln It's true, too. And this missive is about pleasing people. I love to cook; I…

Nice Guys (Or: Why You Shouldn't Be Luke Skywalker)

Yesterday, this rolled across one of my social network feeds: http://elitedaily.com/dating/an-open-letter-to-the-girl-who-let-the-nice-guy-go/589089/ I am a nice guy - I'm friendly, open, honest, supportive, and forgiving. I'm reliable. I atttempt to actively maintain my friendships. I'm a damn eagle scout of interpersonal relationships, really. What I'm not…

Restless Knights (Or: How Derring-do Is Sometimes Derring-don't)

I'm never going to be anybody's White Knight. It's an important realization, but the fact is once you start rescuing someone, many times they will develop a ready assumption that you will always rescue them. At the point one can't or won't do it any more, the failure becomes that…

Gamer Tags (Or: How Everything I Know About Management I Learned From Castle Wolfenstein)

Honesty time: I think most video games suck. It's true. I've never been a 'hard core' gamer, really... though I am the favorite type of gamer for the financial side of the industry. Why? I like the interactive stories. I like the immersion. I will play a game all the…