Thursday, April 16, 2015

Another New Adventure...

For those keeping track, about 3 or 4 posts back I mentioned that I left my position at Factual Data to become the Director of Information Technology at Magpul Industries.

Well, that's over.  The company decided to restructure, and IT is not really part of their long term plans.  Nothing but positive things to say about Magpul - they are an awesome company that makes some of the greatest products that there are.

That said, I have accepted a position at the Senior Product Manager for Helion Cloud Computing at Hewlett Packard.  I officially started yesterday, and cannot be more excited to work with such a fun and dedicated (and super tech-geeky) team.  It should be a blast!

New Star Wars Trailer Released...

Not that I am excited or anything, but I had to share this screenshot:

I know the release is still months out, but Han and Chewie back in the Falcon?  Come on...

Here is a link to the newest trailer:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mike Rowe is Awesome!

Mike Rowe is generally an awesome guy.  His responses to flames on his blog / website are the stuff of legend.  This is one of the latest (lifted from Mike Rowe's FB Page):

Some Unsolicited Marketing Advice From Mike Rowe at 37,000 Feet.

Jim Green: It is ALARMING when we do the demographic post mortem on this election, because it is probable that it was decided by our RACISTS--voting against President Obama, who wasn’t on the ballot—that gave the Republicans their election wins—OUR GREED AND IGNORANCE,

Jim Green:
Why is the media avoiding that we have a U.S. Senate bought and paid for by the Koch Bros/1%--and what they want for their dollar is to cut THEIR taxes [for pure GREED], and cut regulations to increase the bottom line [for pure GREED]….in short “OUR GREED AND IGNORANCE” [Amazon] ruled the day

Jim Green:
Why on Earth would ANYONE vote Republican? A reptile has more decency than the Republicans in Congress! Only an odious toad would pass Ryan’s budget or gut Food Stamps—and these depraved snakes made them THEIR HIGHEST PRIORITY! If only one child in America goes hungry because of the Republican’s War on Children it explains why---IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE A CHRISTIAN, AND VOTE REPUBLICAN, Amazon/Kindle

Jim Green:
A CHALLENGE….will you PLEASE explain to the American people why you vote/are a Republican—because for the life of me I cannot understand WHY WOULD ANYONE VOTE REPUBLICAN! (NO trashing the Prez as a reason—it may make our RACISTS happy—but it is an idiotic explanation/justification.) See: “IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE A CHRISTIAN, AND VOTE REPUBLICAN,” on Amazon/Kindle

Hi there, Jim

Greetings, from somewhere over Colorado. It appears you’re still trying to sell some books on my Facebook page. Personally, I haven’t read them, and based on your marketing strategy, I suspect I’m probably not alone. Since part of your approach seems to involve me, I thought perhaps I might offer you some unsolicited marketing advice. I hope it’s not too presumptuous, but these tips have served me well over the years, and I can’t help but think you and your marketing team might benefit from their immediate implementation.

1. Consider starting off each blurb with a friendly salutation. In my experience, a little cordiality goes a long way, especially when you’re trying to persuade someone to give you money.

2. Think about addressing your audience as something other than “racists,” “reptiles,” and “toads.” I get that you want to be provocative, but if your goal is to sell your book, a number of well-known studies have proven it’s best not to insult your potential customers.

3. Reconsider your commitment to caps and exclamation points. These are excellent choices when warning people about a fire, a volcanic eruption, an ebola outbreak, or a looming tsunami. But I’m afraid their use in the context of a book sale implies a level of urgency that may exist only in your mind. If you really want to persuade thoughtful people that Christians can’t vote for Republicans and remain Christian, you’ll need to appear credible - not hysterical. Lower case should work just fine.

4. Consider limiting each blurb to a single entry. When you post the identical screed four times in a row, it looks very much like a broken record sounds. This will lead people to conclude that you’re either a) inept at posting, or b) deliberately obnoxious. Neither conclusion is likely to lead to a sale. Remember, most people see posts like yours as small piles of vomit that they can quickly step around. But when the same vomitus post appears multiple times, you force my friends here to slosh through a virtual lake of spew. Ironically, this will not only make more people like you even less, it will decrease the odds that someone who might actually share your world view will feel inclined to purchase your book. (I’ve deleted all of your redundant posts from this morning, but left the original. You’re welcome.)

5. Regarding your overall claim, I’m not an authority on Republicans or Christians, but last I checked, America is still populated by plenty of both. Unless you wish to alienate a majority of the country, you might consider something a tad more conciliatory. Something like - “There is no "R" in Jesus - But There’s G-O-P in Gospel!”

Finally, with respect to your "challenge," I’m not a registered Republican, but from time to time, I have voted like one. If you really want to know why, ask me in a fashion that incorporates the aforementioned steps, and I’ll try to explain it to you.

In the meantime, GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


PS. As you can see, the captain has given me some plastic wings. So clearly, I know what I'm talking about.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Billiance From Hillary...

The 2016 Presidential Campaigning has already begun (yes - I know we are not even through the 2014 midterms yet).  The Democrat frontrunner at this point seems to be Hillary Clinton.

Yesterday, at a campaign rally for a Democrat Massachusetts Governor candidate, Hillary let her true colors shine through:

“Don’t let anybody tell you that its corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly."

- Hillary Clinton, October 24, 2014, Campaign Rally for Martha Coakley (Mass Gov Candidate)

Make no question - this is a gift to the Republican party. I PROMISE this is not the last time you have heard this quote.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Solution?

While I am not the "All Things Texas" guy, I thought this to be pretty funny...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello Again!


Well, it has been more than a year at Magpul, and the job is still outstanding.  Needless to say, it has been an extremely busy year, full of challenges and accomplishments.

I am going to make an effort to visit this site more often, keeping everyone informed of the latest with Magpul and the craziness in my life.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Adventure Continues!


Lots of life changes for me in the past several months, with the largest being leaving my job at Kroll Factual Data and starting a new on at Magpul Industries!

There have been lots of changes (some good, some not so good) happening at KFD.  Then, in April, my boss at the time (and very good friend) announced that he was retiring. I knew then it was time to re-evaluate my professional life.

In comes Magpul: almost exactly at the same time, I am trading messages with a friend at Magpul.  He arranges for me to interview for Director of Information Technology position, and a few days after leaving KFD - whamo! - new job!

Magpul is such an exciting company to be working for right now.  They have a great company culture and values.  I am blessed to be offered the opportunity to help them get to the next level with the technology infrastructure!

Hopefully with this new change means more opportunities to blog again.  We'll see how the coming weeks work out.  I can share with you that it has been a BUSY couple of weeks since I have started.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

R.I.P. Neil Armstrong...

The world is in desperate need of heroes, and we lost a great hero and space pioneer over the weekend. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Well, my travels continue.  I am not lost, but was away from the world of computers and blogs visiting the land of Milk and Cheese.

Not much time to write today, as family is visiting, and I'm as busy as ever.  But I saw this and had to share it.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Picture of the Week: Mickey Lu's BBQ...

Yes! While this is not exactly a "new" picture, I will be going here this week. Can't wait!