Monthly Archives: March 2007

My StressMaster Chair is Stressing me out

I’ve had a stressful last couple of weeks. One of my clients is in a bind as far as needing enterprise software, I have a couple of contracts that are ending, some of my students are starting to ask really cool but in-dept questions like ‘what makes a good type?”, and I have a few new business opportunities that I’m having to juggle all at the same time.

But I’m ready. A month ago, I purchased a brand-new, black leather, StressMaster office chair. Normally costing a cool 300 bucks, I found one on sale for 100 bucks. It has heat, 3-levels of massage, a timer, programmed massage options, and 9 different massages.

The thing is driving me nuts.

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Trying to be Mistaken

As I’ve said before, I have my doubts about the Global Warming political movement and debate. So much of it seems emotionally-based and overblown. In addition, I have major concerns with end-of-world scenarios. From both history and personal experience, believing that we’re bad people somehow morally at fault for evil in the world seems a sign of a troubled emotional state, not reasoned discussion.

But that’s the politics side. On the science side, I don’t know Jack. I am skeptical, which is a good thing to be when talking about science. So, I’m ordering a series of college lectures on Global Warming by a leading authority. Wil lthat make me an expert? Hardly. But I want to know more, and if there’s something there, I want to know about it. I strongly feel that the highest duty we have as humans is the duty to try to be mistaken — the duty to not only challenge and examine our beliefs, but to actively seek out people who can tell us we’re wrong.

After all, if you’re right and the other guy is wrong, you need to be able to discuss the issues on his/her terms. And if you’re wrong and the other guy is right, you need to give them the best chance possible to convince you of your error and help you out. Either way, it’s win-win.

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Grokking the Geeks

I grok geeks. Since I do, it was fun to be a presenter at the Code Camp in Roanoke last weekend. Big crowd! Lots of neat stuff. Plus, I won the grand prize, an X-Box 360. What more could you want?

Here are some pictures from the shindig. My presentation was on the beauty of CodeSmith and NetTiers.

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