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Suburban Kryptonite 2: Electric Boogaloo

"Bet you're not going to be so positive about Detroit now, huh?" - sample message I got over the last few days "Why the $#@% would you think that?" - me Nine years ago, I wrote "Suburban Kryptonite" after getting some blowback from…

Don’t Be That Guy: King of ASSumptions

"Assumptions are unopened windows that foolish birds fly into, and their broken bodies are evidence gathered too late." - Bryan Davis "You are making assumptions without all the facts, and that's not a sign of intelligence." - C.C.…

Biggie Smalls Guide To Sales

“Who they attractin' with that line, "What's your name what's your sign?" Soon as he buy that wine I just creep up from behind And ask what your interests are, who you be with Things to make you smile, what numbers to dial” – Notorious…

The Politics of Dancing

"The politics of dancing... The politics of, ooh, feeling good... The politics of moving, aha... If this message's understood" - The Reflex, lyrics, The Politics of Dancing Four years ago, I attended my first Penguicon. To say it changed…

IT in the D presents 2016: A Year in Review

“When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat!” – George Carlin What a crazy, insane year 2016 has been. Crazy? Insane? Insane?  Crazy? (that's a Weird Science…

Garbage Pail Colleagues

I remember the Garbage Pail Kids from my childhood fondly. If you're too young to remember them...well, I'm sorry for you.  You can go read something else. This is one of those ones that's basically designed to make myself laugh.…

The Reunion Reaction

My 25th reunion (shut up, I know I'm old) was last weekend, and literally right up until the night before, I wasn't going to go.  I didn't feel like taking the time to head back to New England with everything going on with our group, our…

Lessons Learned from the Comic Book Shop Trip

"I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in to arguments with strangers." Ah, the internet. Truly the best and worst of…

Sanity Check: I Am No Hero

“I am not a role model” – Charles Barkley I will tell you that I am many things. I'm a father of two kids. I'm a guy who gets obsessive about gaming. And hockey jerseys.  I have a lot of hockey jerseys. I'm someone with a…

The Path

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao-tsu, Chinese philosopher, about three thousand years ago "The world doesn't owe you an MTV cribs lifestyle" - me, a little over two years ago Can you imagine what would…

2015 Penguicon Review, Part 2: The Geek Goes Home

As Bob noted in his point of view in Part One of our recap, he and I spent this past weekend at something called Penguicon.  Bob had his eyes opened to a whole new world that he was completely unaware even existed, but that doesn't mean…

The Post Where We Launch a Podcast Network

We're launching a podcast network. There.  We said it.  It's out there in the wild and there's no turning back now. After two years of running our own show and a whole bunch of conversations since we started running in our new studio…

The Bachelor Party Hypothesis

By now, you've read our entries in the Networking Basics category, and even a few of the How Not To Suck realm. You've probably started to build up a network of your own. Well, now I'm going to tell you how to properly categorize and…

Thoughts On Basements and Networks

"Those who fail to plan...should plan to fail." - unattributed, many sources "I am never doing that again...and this time, I really mean it!" - me, the day after every St Patrick's day I've mentioned a few times in past entries, I…

The Road Ahead

Back in May of 2010, on the anniversary of our first Pink Slip Party, I took a look back at the growth of the group. About eighteen months later, I talked about the evolution of our group since its beginnings. And so now, sitting here…

You Can’t Always Get…What You Want…

You can't always get what you want, no! You can't always get what you want (tell ya baby) You can't always get what you want (no) But if you try sometimes you just might find You get what you need - The Rolling Stones I want to…

Through The Looking Glass

"Who am I?  Why am I here?" - Admiral Stockdale, October 13, 1992. “Will you step into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly - children's fable Have you ever felt so completely out of place somewhere that you swore you had to have…