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Don’t Be That Guy

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.…

Don’t Be That Guy: The Keyboard Commando

I eat Green Berets for breakfast. And right now, I'm very hungry! – John Matrix A fun little situation has evolved after one of our recent meetups. It seems someone took it upon themselves to become a keyboard commando to one of our…

Don’t Be That Guy: Premature Movie Critic Guy

“Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and yours stinks" – Nietzsche Look, I come from the early days of BBSing and using actual message forums pre-social media. I get it. I know that being first is the best. Having that “FRIST"…

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…

There Is No Silver Medal In Job Searching

“If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there.” – Martin Blank For the past 15 years (or so), I have been in 100% control of my career. I switched jobs a couple times and usually it involved with being…

The Call Center Experience

“If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there.” – Martin Blank I rarely Tweet, however I sent a Tweet to @ATTCares the other day stating, “Congratulations, it’s official. I’d rather go to the dentist than…

The Humble Sales Guy

“That's nice, you look like a Helen. Helen, we're both in sales. Let me tell you why I suck as a sales man.” Truth be told, I don’t really suck, but wow have I felt like I do lately. September 16th was my last official day at Cisco…

Why and How To Act Like a Human

If you’re in sales, you can mass email 1,000 people with the same message and hope to get business from a small percentage of them.  If you’re a job searcher, you can do a quick search for “java”, click “select all”, and mass-apply for 200…

Is It Time To Stop Networking?

“If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there.” – Martin Blank I do a lot of reading to keep up with the industry. Lately, I’ve been coming across articles like this one from Forbes called, Why You Should…

The Detroit Lions: Nepotism and The Dark Side of Networking

"I would probably say that I'm not qualified to run any other NFL team, but I think I'm qualified to run this one because of the connection to the Ford family" - Rod Wood, Detroit Lions President "If I show up at your door, chances are…

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.…

Don’t Be That Guy: Oily Weasel Guy

"If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there." - Martin Blank, Grosse Pointe Blank. A little bit earlier, we mentioned that there were people that were begging to be called out as "That Guy". It's time…

Don’t Be That Guy: Political Pundit Guy

“Brace yourselves…political posts are coming...” If you rank the worst times to be alive on social media, election season is clearly #1 with pumpkin spice season following closely behind it, with “I’m at the Kid Rock concert!!!1!” coming…

The Alphabet Soup Recruiter

"If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there." - Martin Blank "Bachelor’s degree in area of specialty or related experience as a Web Developer is required. At least 2 years of experience in the field or in…

What Would You Say You Do Here?

You see, what we're actually trying to do here is, we're trying to get a feel for how people spend their day at work... so, if you would, would you walk us through a typical day, for you? – The Bobs You see, some days I wish I could make…

Self Important Twitter Guy

Consider us the Martin Blank of the IT industry. It's not me, something you did brought me to your door.... OK, that's it. I seriously can't take it anymore. I thought I was going to pull my hair out from "Linkedin Class Guy", but…

LBN…WTF!?

I sensed a strange disturbance in the force yesterday evening...as if 9 voices were screaming in pain. Right at that very moment, Dave called me, letting me know that he was going to check out this "networking function" that was being held…