Lunar New Year (Tech) Cleaning

Chinese New Year of the Tiger

January 31, 2022 One of the traditions we honor from our daughter’s Chinese heritage is Lunar New Year, which starts today. It’s the Year of the Tiger, which happens to be the astrological birth year of my wife and me. Depending on what you read, it could be a good year or a bad year […]

The Grabbing Game

In Asian cultures, there is a traditional event that takes place on a child’s one-year birthday that portends the child’s life choices going forward. Called Zhua Zhou in China, it’s literally “first birthday pick” or The Grabbing Game, where parents lay out a collection of items on a mat, and whichever item the child picks […]

Working with Gary

December 10 2021 I often include links in these posts, which add detail to whatever point I’m making from other people. But this time, I have to go all Fanboy on how much I love this document from Claire Hughes Johnson, COO of Stripe since 2014. I’ve read Claire’s observations for a while on Twitter […]

Husbandry

This last weekend marked my Meyer Lemon’s annual trip into the house for Winter. Since lemons require a long growing season, I always bring it in just before Thanksgiving laden with lemons while silently praying that none fall off while being GENTLY coaxed through the door, where it will stay until February. Then it’ll go […]

Welcome the Stranger

November 1, 2021 Yesterday, the Tulsa World published an opinion piece I wrote recently, urging us all to help the new Afghan refugees who are being resettled in our area. The link is above, and I’m pasting it below also. After hearing about their needs and the special conditions that allowed their admittance to the […]

Be your own COP26.

Reel mower on lawn in front of house

October 30, 2021 Hello again…I took some time off in my writing to do other things. Client projects, home projects, and a new venture to be announced shortly. It’s been good to, as Michaela Coel put it: “…do not be afraid to disappear. From it. From us. For a while. And see what comes to […]

Epiphany: The Marketer and the CIO Should Be Friends

Remember the movie “Working Girl”? I’m remembering the scene where Melanie Griffith’s character Tess tells Trask her train of thought that led to putting two very different companies together. TESS: See this — this is from the Wall Street Journal, just your basic article about how you were trying to expand into broadcasting, right…okay, now […]

The Soul of (All) New Machines

Remember the Tracy Kidder book, “The Soul of the New Machine“? Required reading in business school from almost the day it shipped, the author embedded with teams at Data General in Massachusetts, in their quest to build a new and better mini-computer (remember those?) in those in-between days between big iron mainframes and the eventual […]