Jul 012016

Working on photography processing tonight and I look up to see this photo hanging on my wall .. I can honestly say this is one of the top 3 pictures I’ve ever taken.  I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at it.

City by the Bay

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Jun 192016
Not my normal Saturday

So I spent most of yesterday staring at a computer screen which is definitely not how I prefer to spend my weekends. When you work in technology there’s an understanding that some portion of your nights and weekends you’ll spend ‘practicing’ for your day job.  If you’re in a startup there’s the added fun that often your job SPANS nights and weekends.  For once though neither of those were a factor, instead I was doing projects for uh.. fun? At least that was the intent.  I’ve been playing around with various IoT techs over the past year and decided I’d […]

Jun 122016
Where in the world is Mike?

Well I’m San Francisco, obviously.   Or perhaps not so obviously?  We travel around a lot so it can be hard to say where we are on any given Sunday.  Today though?  I’m sitting at my desk, Cat firmly ensconced in my lap with a stunning view of our high rise neighborhood behind my balcony garden.  The dogs are snoozing on the couch, there’s music playing on the stereo, and coffee maker is squawking as it brews.  It’s so easy to get caught up in what we don’t have and what we haven’t done that it’s easy to forget what […]

Jun 082016

I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of storytellers and how they’ve evolved over time.   I’ve been a heavy reader since first grade when I taught myself the basics.  I never really learned how to sound out words, I’d point to words and get someone to say them and I learned to recognize the shape and match it to the word.  Since that day I rabidly read anything I could get my hands on, sneaking authors like Dean Koontz, Steven King, and V.C. Andrews as early as fourth grade.  Like most people who are heavy readers I’ve always wanted to […]

May 222016
I might not agree with myself in a year

But I probably will. If you’ve known me for any length of time, you probably know I’m a big Aisha Tyler fan.  Not literally big; despite what the picture here portrays she’s VERY much taller than me.  Very much.  She crouched down to make me feel better.  The title of my post is a quote from her in fact. I respect her for a lot of reasons. She’s smart, opinionated, has an impressive vocabulary, and has hustle. Lots and lots of hustle.  On top of that she’s probably one of my favorite comedians which is how I was introduced to her […]

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May 172016
Why do I take so many damn pictures?

Good question! Glad no one asked. It’s definitely not to make money. It’s easy to assume that no one can make money as a photographer anymore with the proliferation of tools that lower the bar of entry, but photography has almost never been about the technical prowess of the photographer.  Instead it’s about telling a story and evoking feelings and that is VERY hard to do well.  Tools like Instagram or Facebook and services like Blurb can go a long way from making a mediocre storyteller into a decent one, but there’s really no substitute for someone with vision.    For […]

May 162016

After a 3 day weekend camping it’s looking like a quiet week this week. I’m looking forward to having tons of time to work on my backlog of photos to process and develop as I’m already 2 trips behind and if I’m not careful it’s going to get even more out of hand at the rate we’re going.

May 022016

Since I’ve posted anything here. I could have held off another 12 days and made it exact but that seems overly arbitrary and a bit OCD.    I’ve fallen into the easy trap of using FB to power my little life stream, but the format there for deep thoughts just isn’t there.  Plus old content is very hard to find. I think I owe myself several posts, and I have ideas for new ones, and I’m going to talk about my hobbies and passions more than work from now on. I think that’ll make it easier to stay engaged 🙂 […]

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May 172014

Part 1 is here if you missed it. First off let’s agree on this: there is no such thing. The rockstar / high performer will have zero social or soft skills. The rock steady consistent performer probably won’t wow you with their ingenuity. The friendliest most agreeable most likeable person will probably be useless. This isn’t news to anyone; there’s tons of strategies out there where people tell you what characteristics or traits to look for, or guidelines to judge how much a fit is acceptable and still keep the team moving.  I personally don’t believe in either of those […]