Hanging on the Telephone

image of 45 record: Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone"

It’s a fact: you run a business, you need a phone. And once you grow to the point where it’s more than just you, you need a phone system. It’s no secret that all the original telcos (Ma Bell and all the Baby Bells) have largely merged together again, and are seeking to get out […]

Don’t tell the parents…

Counting backward, I realized that I’ve been using my tech skills to support nonprofits off and on for the last 15 years. That’s this time around * Since separating from the Tulsa Area United Way I’ve been doing some consulting and chatting with nonprofits in Tulsa — some who are partner nonprofits and some who […]

Hiding in Plain Sight

Cheetah and Gazelle in chase

A colleague and I were chatting (okay…texting) this week about recruitment issues, and I was reminded of one of our challenges back in the Dot Com Era in Seattle. I was Director of IT during the mid-to-late 90s at a couple of higher ed institutions in the Pacific Northwest, and it was at this time […]

The Post Office gets Smart

Cyber Postman

July 9, 2019 I’ve written a lot about my enthusiasm for smart homes. My two WiFi-enabled smart thermostats, the sensor that alerts me via App when my garage door goes up or down, etc. But the US Postal Service has an offering that makes one’s physical mail smart: their free Informed Delivery Service. In the […]

Under the Tulsan Sun

One of the things I harp on is that creativity and invention are, contrary to popular opinion, hardly ever the result of bolts out of the blue. Instead, they are a result of synthesis — reading, studying, or seeing things that later come back to you in new and different ways. Stand by for an […]

Happy (Step-Grand) Father’s Day

For Father’s Day weekend this year, I bring you a pic of my step-grandfather, Joe Duran. This is his certificate of naturalization in 1944 and recently found in a safe deposit box, along with his original birth certificate. He was brought from the Hacienda de Burras (more now known by the nearby San Jose de […]

All good things…

Flammarion woodcut

June 10, 2019 Last week I severed my final tie to the Tulsa Area United Way, my wonderful employer for 8+ years. I maintain the highest respect for their mission and the great folks who work there, doing so much for our 5-county service area. My first volunteer activity for them was the very first […]

A Tale of Two Cities

Keystone Dam

May 23, 2019 Here in Tulsa, we’re facing flooding on the Arkansas River. Many towns in Eastern and Central Oklahoma are dealing with too much water. My daughter’s school canceled the last 2 days of classes since Keystone Dam is forced to release over 250 cubic feet per second (cps) of water — a controlled […]

Quality Hires

Lots going on lately — at the office we’ve been working on replacing staff vacancies, retool with new positions, etc. I’ve also been cleaning out and consolidating boxes, which means I find notes and documents from previous gigs. One folder contained info on an employee I had to let go. These things together make one […]

The Hairdresser’s Paradox

Have you ever gone to a new stylist for that first appointment, and you can just sense the silent (or not so silent) judging about your hair? The subtle looks and clucking that subtly declare:  “Who came up with this hot mess?  Why did they do it this way?  I would never have done THAT,”  […]