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37 day writing streak

Phishing emails

When I first started with my second client, I received an email my first week indicating that I needed to complete some compliance training. I didn't think twice about it because a) it looked legit to me and b) I had just started, and it would make sense that I...
2020-12-29 15:18:44

Life Hacks
Life Hacks: Technology

Along with The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names, I picked up another book. For the bargain price of $2.99, I found a book published in 2014 called Life Hacks by Keith Bradford. Apparently, this guy runs a blog at 1000LifeHacks.com, and he compiled all his favorite hacks into...
2020-12-28 17:43:28

The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names

I found a book at a discount store that is right up my alley. It's called The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names, and just as advertised, it provides an alphabetical list of band names and the origins. See if you can guess this one.

This band formed in El...
2020-12-27 17:58:28

Time off policies

Years ago, I remember a problem with people coming into the office sick. When I was a supervisor, I had to send people home who clearly should not have been at work. Why do people insist on coming to work even though they are sick? My theory is that this...
2020-12-26 21:51:14

The Season of Receiving

People like to refer to this time of year as the "Season of Giving." By definition, that means it's also the Season of Receiving. All that giving has to be received otherwise it would be a waste, no?

There is an art to gift-giving. A gift card is an easy way...
2020-12-25 16:18:46

Contracting greetings

My girlfriend got a text from a mutual acquaintance who told her to "Say hi to Brandon for me." We've all done this, but why do we do it? The acquaintance has my number, and she could easily text me directly to say hi. I refer to this as contracting...
2020-12-24 21:06:33

Pandemic travel update

I have not traveled since March, so I was unsure what to expect for my recent trip from Arizona to North Carolina. The biggest change at the airports is closing down gates and shops. This is a strategy aimed at reducing the volume of people concentrated in certain locations. 

The Southwest...
2020-12-23 15:03:23

The Man With Three Laptops

I know it doesn't sound as cool as The Man With the Golden Gun. Nevertheless, I have become the guy who travels with three laptops. 

The primary laptop is the MacBook Air of course. It is my primary writing tool, after all. By the way, the M1 processor is worth the...
2020-12-22 13:46:45

Seven screens

I shared a picture with folks in the 200WAD migration Telegram group showing my home-office set-up dubbed "Mission Control." I stepped back and counted the number of screens that I sit in front of on a daily basis and that number is seven.

My iPad mini and iPhone are with me...
2020-12-21 19:35:44


The scary thing about the coronavirus is that you might be just minding your own business and end up getting it anyway. You could be peeping into your neighbor's window or rummaging through their trash. Maybe today's the day you take a few packages from people's porches. Here you are,...
2020-12-20 14:41:21