From the Forge

The DIY ethic

A good friend of mine pointed out something to me about 10 years ago that never occurred to me, even while I was right, smack dab in the middle of it: “Nobody is going to help you.” Let me add some color and context to this. At the risk of bringing this up yet again …

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Data vs. Information

When I take on any project that will serve data to multiple users, I’ve found that there are two inevitabilities (or eventualities, if you prefer): This app will eventually send email This app will eventually require reporting. Granted, I’m a data nerd.  I love looking in piles of data for gold.  Virtually every time I’ve been …

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Idea vs Execution

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve tried to work on a few things about myself that aren’t healthy.  I was a notorious grudge-holder when I was younger, and somewhere along the line I lost my ability to be as patient with people as I used to be.  Another thing I’ve tried to hone is my perception …

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Would you rather be informed or outraged?

Photo by Phil Coffman on Unsplash I rarely venture out into politics with these newsletters, for obvious (and not-so-obvious) reasons.  Obviously, this is not the proper platform for it.  Not-So-Obviously, I just don’t believe that engaging in political discussion online does anything but cause people to simplify their opinion of you to a goofy bumper-sticker slogan.  This idea …

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All frosting, no cake.

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash Lately I’ve been seriously tempted to create an app that aggregates all the hilarious gibberish I see on LinkedIn.  Here are some gems: “I believe in embracing innovation today to solve yesterday’s problems and to serve tomorrow’s community”   “If a movement is to have an impact, it must belong to those who …

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