The Tens

A decade ago I wrote up a short recap of some major events that’d happened to me over the previous ten years. Let’s do it again!

Some notable things that’ve happened to me since January 1, 2010:

  • Amazingly, didn’t have any more kids (went a wee bit overboard in the previous decade)

  • Left Ning for a job at Moonfrye

  • Left Camera IQ for a job at Ring

  • Proudly watched my wife go back to (and thrive at) teaching

  • Said goodbye to our first family dog, then went out and got the one owned by Charlotte from Sex and the City

  • Became a battle-hardened veteran of the parental controls/gaming device setup wars

  • Became much more open about my faith (and the ongoing struggles I’ve had over the past several years)

  • Watched my music and movie collection turn from files on a hard drive to files on various cloud services

  • Took some big steps in my longtime mental health journey (perhaps a topic I’ll address more publicly over the next ten years)

Accurate Anger

Just to clarify a bit on the Arbonne/multi-level-marketing portion of my latest post (as I watch the Instagram story responses roll in):

1. You’ll notice in the piece that I don’t take up the issue of whether or not these things are technically pyramid schemes from a legal/business model sense (though of course methinks they doth protest too much). That’s irrelevant.

2. Ditto for whether or not “cleanses and detoxing” are effective or not. While as a general rule I find it best not to get health advice from a company’s marketing presentations and materials (or “experts” cited within), if it works for you and your doctor, great!

3. As mentioned in the piece, what’s troubling to me is the fusion of religion and commerce, which is just one of many disturbing mergers (religion and politics, religion and guns, religion and law enforcement idolatry, etc.).

You may disagree with me entirely (and Lord knows I’ll hear about in the ol’ Facebook comments section), but at least be accurately angry with me! 🥊❤️🥊

Deep Cuts: Volume Three

This is the third and final entry in my walk down House of Kyle memory lane (see parts one and two), highlighting a few 2000-2005 flashbacks from my old Blogger-powered site:

9/30/05: You Can’t Take The Sky From Me

8/31/05: My First Mac

5/12/05: Dudes

1/21/05: Testify

6/7/04: Four Years at FOX

2/25/01: Rainy Day

11/29/00: Pilot

Interested in more (or older) relics? I’ve got you covered.

TPS Coversheets

Between childhood summer jobs and my time as a working stiff, I’ve been in or around offices for the better part of three decades. Some unsolicited tips that I’ve found to be useful:

  • Have an issue with someone? Engage with them directly first before widening your rage net.
  • Never whine about the quality of a free lunch.
  • Don’t talk about how busy you are. Nobody’s impressed.
  • If Bob introduces you to Sally over email, immediately move Bob to BCC when replying.
  • Speaking of email, you should actually respond to emails. Even if the answer is that you don’t yet have an answer (or your reply is delayed), extend the courtesy of an acknowledgement. “Just making sure you received this” notes should make you feel bad.
  • When you do reply to an email, take the extra few seconds to respond coherently. A clear, jargon-free response will save immeasurably more time anyway. A “Sent from my phone, excuse the typos!” email signature should be a federal crime.
  • Stop being so serious. When others are out there literally saving lives (and sharing gallows humor), I have a hard time keeping a straight face as you panic over a downturn in your daily Facebook likes.

Deep Cuts: Volume Two

Continuing my trek through House of Kyle history that I began last month, here are some additional flashbacks from 2006-2008 on my old Blogger-powered site (more from earlier days still to come):

12/11/08: My HighEdWeb Keynote

3/12/08: Owen and Stewart’s Leprechaun Trap

8/6/07: Web Services Update

11/17/06: 20-Year Personal Console Timeline

10/13/06: Media Weather Report

3/1/06: Annoying Meme Day!

2/13/06: First Time