Daily Reading List — September 24th

Five Useful Cooking Techniques No One Teaches You

Going to need this article in spades once the Whole 30 session kicks in.

Technique is for peaches.

All Boards Need a Technology Expert

Only a multi-year, board-level sponsored effort can ensure a responsible IT overhaul. But without IT expertise at the director level, how can a board truly make an educated decision and, more importantly, follow it through until the end of the project, adapting the design of the overhaul over the course of years to take advantage of rapidly changing technology and consumer behavior?

If your industry hasn’t been completely disrupted yet…

We cain’t have NUTHIN’ nice! Ferrari dealership at Wynn Las Vegas to close 

Tires, coffee and people

And mostly, we run classified ads to find the cheapest common denominator employee and spend all our time building systems to protect our customers from people who don’t care.


I like to relate everything to rugby and triathlon though:

Spending money on jerseys instead of spending time on fitness.

Buying an expensive bike, instead of riding the piss out of the crappy one you already have.

Also, yoga pants. Wait…no…I like yoga pants (not on me).

New IBM Tool Wants To Bring Shadow IT Under Control

I hate the word “control”, but “managing” this stuff is crucial. Management helps you set you direction and figure out what capabilities you need to be driving toward.

The Unexpected Influence of Stories Told at Work

It seems we are especially lifted up by stories of those at the bottom behaving generously and particularly discouraged by stories about higher-ups misbehaving.

I’m just going to leave that right there.

Why Wrestling Matters

I get chastised about being a wrestling fan a lot. Well, not chastised, but I know people are making fun of me in their heads. Just read it.

What is your decision making style?

I did some research and determined I’m a data driven decision maker.

And that was before I took the assessment.

Daily Reading List — September 5th

8 of the Best Hikes Close to the Valley – Going to make a big dent in this list soon

How to Make Your Own Bitters for a Signature Stamp on Every Cocktail – Easier than home brewing. And gluten free!

The Most Violent Man in Wrestling Lays Down His Staple Gun « – New Jack. One scary dude.

This is What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising – The biggest reason I clicked on this article was because I expected to see a picture of me on such a popular site.

Very disappointing.

How to Make Flavored Spirits That Are Way Tastier Than Store-Bought – Some good tips here. None of my previous attempts have been widely successful, but I haven't had anything come out undrinkable either.


3 Families Every Young Man Needs – Worth your while to read the whole thing.

The Next Wave Of Enterprise Software Powered By Machine Learning – Some pie in the sky here, but I hope it pans out. There are several industries I can think of off the top of my head that are ripe for disruption *coughcough*

It’s Your Fault Email Is Broken – Limiting participation seems to work pretty well. Soon people start realizing that's just not the best way to communicate with you. That, or stuff gets solved without you intervening.

Either way…

On The Road To Fluency

The main advantage to being able to speak at least a little Spanish is that I get to be privy to both sides of stuff like this:

Pair of ladies with a couple of push carts gets on elevator speaking Spanish, and this makes the elevator really crowded.

They realize the elevator is going up when they try to push the buttons for lower floors, and comment (in Spanish) “Oh…I wasn’t paying attention. It’s going up.”

Two guys on the elevator comment to each other (in English) that there are ten other elevators, and they’re irritated that these ladies crowded the elevator up.

The ladies pay them no mind, but are laughing and talking (still in Spanish) about the idiots who think they don’t understand English and are talking…uh…mierda about them.

Daily Reading List — July 15th

Money, Sex and Las Vegas Pool Parties – The only surprising thing about this article is that anyone is surprised by what is revealed in this article.

It seems like (almost) everyone likes to be around pretty people and pretty things. And for the most part they expect to pay a premium for that and are ok with it. And I suspect the people who aren’t ok with it simply don’t participate.

So what’s the problem?

The Case For Letting Kids Design Their Own Play – Yesterday we went on a hike, but never made it to our intended destination. We came across a lean-to/tepee someone had built, and the kids wanted to play in it. An hour and a half later, they’d cycled through several characters each and moved countless logs and sticks to create a fire pit with seating to facilitate their story.

Yeah. I’m bragging.

But we also got to relax in the woods at 68 degrees and no humidity while they played. Everybody wins.

Man blames tequila for taking Las Vegas’ Blarney Stone – I want to start a Twitter account for “Vegas Man”. Unfortunately, most of those headlines would involve shootings and pedestrian-on-vehicle incidents.

This is one of the funnier ones.

Sony Pictures: Inside the Hack of the Century – Pretty fascinating read. Not the technical parts so much, but the culture and politics inside a company that create an environment that this kind of damage can be done.

honest toddler: Open Letter To The Child I Hit At The Park – “It’s utterly confounding how possessive adults are about their own belongings whether it be a remote control or wallet, but preach about communal property without even a twinge of guilt over their blatant hypocrisy.”

Exactly. I’m always reminded of the phrase printed on the button Alex P. Keaton gave his little brother Andy to wear at pre-school:


Disney World will ban selfie-sticks from theme parks – The Disney enthusiast and judgmental/authoritarian/GrumpyOldMan side of me cheers this decision by The Mouse. And I hope this thinking eventually finds its way into our National Parks.

The libertarian side of me wants to use a selfie stick (which I don’t currently own) to take a picture of myself drinking a can of Falls City beer (which I don’t currently drink) I sneaked into SeaWorld.

Just because I can.

And because they won’t care.

The Influence of Fathers on Children – Some of the stuff here is correlation over causation, but it still rings true to me. Being a dad is the most important thing I do. I’m not always the person described in this post, but I sure as hell want to be.

Are dating apps to blame for STD increase in Southern Nevada? – I’m going to throw out a pretty crazy notion here…

I’m not a native, and I’ve only been here a short period of time, but I’m pretty sure Southern Nevada is to blame for the STD increase in Southern Nevada.

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Daily Reading List — June 12th

Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine? – “A computah too yo’ place Daddy!”
– The American Dream Dusty Rhodes

Chick-fil-A is coming to Nevada – There goes the neighborhood.

The article doesn’t specify how many video poker machines they plan on placing in the children’s play area.

What’s the over/under on how different beers will they have on tap?

Video: Brawl breaks out at Palo Verde graduation – The 702 at its finest. Total shoot fight–not a single Stone Cold Stunner.

The American Dream Has Died – Hard Times

When is the best time to visit US and Canada’s National Parks? – I’m batting 1.000 on these so far.

Labs And Incubators Fuel Enterprise Innovation

What Will It Take to Run A 2-Hour Marathon? – 6 packets of GU and some shorts that don’t chafe too badly. I can’t guarantee I could do it even given those things, but I’d have a much better shot.

Happy Vegas Season! – Bring Gifts Please (cash) – These are actually pretty funny ads. Although I think they should include a surgeon general’s warning about the dangers of being a pedestrian here.

It’s also a tough place for people who like to go to bed before 10:00 pm.

Daily Reading List — May 8th

Practice – It's been 13 years. Never forget.

Exercise or Games? Why Not Both! – Bring it! I have high hopes for stuff like this motivating people to get moving. #NotAvailableOnGarminDevices

Your online project management software tools – I don't think there's a one size fits all tool out there. And if there was, it would probably be too complicated to use. But this one seems worth checking out.

13 Recipes That Take Boxed Wine To The Next Level – Boxed wine is already next level–if you get the right box. It's important for the box to open easily so you can get in there and squeeze every drop out of the bag.

Hey, part of the reason you bought this was to save money, right? No sense in being ashamed of that fact once you've almost emptied it.

The Case Against Competing – HBR – Competition and "beating the other guy" is so overrated. Unless you are talking about rugby. That changes things.

I once heard a very inspiring pre-match speech in which the (very gifted) orator stated the team's objective of the day should be to not only wanted to defeat the enemy and spend the night in the arms of their women, but also cause their club to fold and burn their town to the ground. Additionally, we were encouraged to do everything possible to ensure that, even if the town was rebuilt, no one would ever dare consider starting a rugby club there again.

Salting the pitch, if you will.

Holsteins’ Cereal Bowl Bamboozled Shake puts Cap’n Crunch to good use – I will be making this with Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead of Cap'n Crunch.

Oooooh…or Apple Jacks!

Innovation is Eating Consumer Finance | ThoughtWorks – This series focuses on financial services, but every industry that hasn't been disrupted yet is ripe for disruption.

What’s the Hurry? Building a Digital Enterprise – "Again, the strategies of the past that focused on efficiency led many CEOs to view IT as a cost center to be run as efficiently as possible. The legacy leaves many organizations with huge technical debts—from poorly maintained legacy systems to outdated processes to staff with trailing-edge capabilities. Organizations are, in general, moving far too slowly to build their technical capabilities for the burgeoning digital era."

Daily Reading List — April 28th

SoundCloud Opens Its Podcasting Features To Everyone – This is cool. I could see it being used for doing things like leaving really long voicemails for people. Why would you want to do that? Well, if you do it as a podcast, it’s like leaving a voicemail without having to call and take the risk that they’ll actually pick up the phone.

“Soundcloud – Talk To The People You Don’t Want To Listen To”

Help out South Doyle Boys Rugby – Nationally ranked, and in need of travel money!

If You Add Drunk People to Fitness Quotes, Things Get Hilarious – Finally someone speaks the truth.

4 Reasons Introverts Make Some Of The Best Entrepreneurs – Also, we’re probably less likely to say something that ticks someone off. That is, until we say something.

The Future Of Big Data Looks Like Streaming

Nevada among most financially illiterate states – The hell you say!

10 Small, Unexpected Things That Will Make You Happier – And a tiny speck of dust rugby.

‘Millionaire Next Door’ author dies in crash – Sad to hear. As I was opened up my feed reader this morning and scrolling through the posts of all the blogs I followed, I actually thought, “Man…Thomas Stanley’s is one of the only blogs I read every single post from.”

Daily Reading List — February 24th

What Tinder Did For Dating, Tableau Wants To Do For Spreadsheets – Very cool, but my issue with this is that it seems to encourage spreadsheets and emails. I guess if you can't beat 'em…

50 Kitchen Tricks to Help You Become a Master Chef – In our kitchen, we cook them good groceries. So good it will make you smack your mammaw down. Still, there's always room for improvement.

New Cosmopolitan CEO shares vision for improvements – @soximus Step 1: Replace outdoor furniture on balconies

Sean O’Brien’s monster ruck cleanout against France – After a weekend of watching a bunch of fast guys play in space at USA 7s, it does my heart good to see some good grunt work happening.

6 Flavorful Affordable Whiskeys – "Affordable" and "Whiskey" are two of my favorite words.

USA Sevens Rugby tournament bringing its party atmosphere to Las Vegas – I'm just going for the rucking.

The Matrix of Vodka Mixology – Spent so much on vodka that you can't afford all the mixers? Then this chart isn't for you.

IKEA land purchase sets post-recession high | Las Vegas Review-Journal – Uh oh. I thought I'd escaped the IKEA death grip. Now it will be 11 miles away.

National Parks Tour – Death Valley

Death Valley National Park

Ussie at Badwater BasinSince it’s so close, we decided to make our first big “National Parks Family Trip” venture to Death Valley in a single day. January and February are the prime visiting times for this park, and it still wasn’t very crowded. Maybe people have the idea that there isn’t anything to see here, but that’s not the case at all. As soon as we arrived at the visitors’ center and saw the campground, we wished we made it a two day trip. This place is absolutely amazing. There’s a ton of cool stuff to see in Death Valley, even with little kids, and we’ll definitely be making another trip when the weather cools off again in the late fall.

Death Valley Stamp

At the Furnace Creek Visitors’ Center we bought each of the kids a National Parks Passport book to collect cancellations–we plan on hitting a lot of parks, and wanted them to have something they could use for their rest of their lives. I hope they’ll try to see as many of the Parks as possible. And hopefully, this is the first stamp of many we’ll collect in 2015!

Pupfish at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

Our first stop was at the Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. We love to see stuff that you can only see at one (or at least only a few) places in the world. Believe it or not, there are fish in Death Valley. This trail is a boardwalk that crosses Salt Creek several times, and it gave the kids a chance to get a close up look at the Death Valley Pupfish. They were stranded in Death Valley at the end of the last ice age and have adapted to this environment. Pretty cool!

Death Valley Pupfish

Sand Dunes

Hiking the Death Valley Sand Dunes

The first time I ever came to the Mojave Desert, I was surprised that weren’t at least some sand dunes to see. I was just looking in the wrong place. For our next stop, we visited Death Valley’s Sand Dunes. This was definitely one of the highlights of our visit. You go for a couple of miles on these dunes, and when we come back we’ll definitely come armed with more water and some snacks. The kids had a great time running down these–almost as good as playing in snow. Almost.

Death Valley Sand Dunes

Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park

This was the stop I was most excited about personally. Being here in January, I can’t imagine getting out of the car here in July, much less running 135 miles from here to Mt. Whitney. Temperatures were in the upper 70s for us, but it felt much hotter, even with a little bit of an overcast sky. The girls had fun pretending the salt flats we were walking on was snow–any chance they get to play “Elsa and Anna”. It was a little tough keeping them off the untouched cracked sections. I’m sure that was very tempting to them. What kid wouldn’t love to feel that crunch under their feet?

Salt Flats at Death Valley National Park
DSC_0476Because of its proximity to Las Vegas, Death Valley was the first on our long list of National Parks we want to visit while we’re living out West. One of the best things about living in Las Vegas so far has been the proximity to so many amazing things we never had access to on the East Coast, and we’re taking full advantage.

If you’re ever in Vegas on a cold day and want to see something cool, I’d definitely recommend a quick road trip to Death Valley. Much closer than the Grand Canyon, and you can enjoy the warm sunshine on a cold winter day.

We’re also enjoying the Ken Burns documentary on the United States National Parks (my second time watching) and found this great companion to the show.


We can’t to return to Death Valley this November or December. It’s such an easy drive from Las Vegas, and stopping in Pahrump for dinner on the way back was a treat as well!

Daily Reading List — January 26th

An Exercise to Get Your Team Thinking Differently About the Future – Looks like a good investment of a couple of hours. We may not be able to predict the future, but we can skill up to more effectively handle what it throws at us.

Why Telecommuting Can Be Dangerous For Your Company Culture – It's with great sadness that I have to agree with this. I was telecommuting for 6.5 years, and as that time came to an end I was beginning to realize I wasn't getting (or giving) all I could by being remote exclusively.

But the productivity and life satisfaction you can gain from working at home at least a few days a week is no joke.

Want to Have Successful Kids? Let Them Fail. – Agile parenting–fail fast. That means making mistakes (such as not listening to your wise Old Man) early, while the stakes are relatively low.

What’s Your Big Data Resolution for 2015?

Ditch The Five Year Plan – It is a mantra at our house–"If you'd told me five years ago, this is where I'd in the situation I'm in today, I'd have told you that you were insane." Life doesn't care about your plans.

There should be a 6th piece of advice here though–don't take career advice from a blog post.

How to create a data lake for fun and profit – Everything I work on seems to lead back to this stuff. Thankfully.

For Goodness’ Sake, Get Your Enterprise Mobile Act Together in 2015 – Should we take comfort in the fact that this situation exists in lots of large enterprises? I don't think so…seems like an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage is just being missed by a lot of people. It's turning into a missed opportunity to stay average.

What Type of Legacy Do You Want to Leave? – I don't make resolutions, but if you do, you'll find some good potential resolutions rightcheer.

White Rock Loop Trail Run

My intention was to write a long descriptive post about how awsum this run was. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to blog, and have now forgotten most of the details.

That’s a good thing, because the sooner I forget how much this run beat me up, the sooner I’ll go out and do it again.

Enjoy the photos!!!







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