You don’t know how it feels

October 3, 2017 RIP, Tom Petty… This week I’m at the United Way’s Finance, Talent, and Technology Management Forum in Dallas.  It’s my first time here — the UW has recently added “Technology” to the roster of this conference, and it’s been a wonderfully refreshing opportunity to learn and discuss all the big-picture tech issues, […]

What? And give up Show Business?

My favorite joke about working in Nonprofit Leadership.  From the Vaudeville era: The circus comes to town, and everyone turns up for the grand parade down Main Street.  There’s the Strong Man, the Bearded Lady, and Lions and Tigers in cages, pulled by beautiful horses.  Then, at the end, come the Elephants marching in single […]

Unintended Consequences

September 24, 2017 Like most of the U.S. (of a certain age anyway), I’m slogging my way through Ken Burns’ Vietnam on PBS.  Since I was a youngster back then, it’s been educational to fill in the blanks of my memory on the War that Won’t Go Away.  I’ve been relearning the terms “Viet Minh,”  […]

Jury Duty Eclipses the Eclipse

August 25, 2017 Okay: you can say I told you so. Since July 5th this year I’ve been “on call” with the US District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma.  Every Friday after 5:00 pm (all Summer) my ritual has been to log on to their eJuror site to see if I had to report the […]

Telco Hangover

July 31, 2017 There are things, like drinking to excess, that one does and, while you’re in the throes of worshipping at the shrine of the Porcelain God, your brain goes:  “Right! NOW I REMEMBER why I haven’t done this in a decade…” I had the same experience over the weekend trying to move my […]

The Dyson of…Firewall/Routers!

I love my Dyson vacuum. It’s a DC14 Animal, and I regularly take it apart and put it in the dishwasher by itself to clean every cyclonic chamber and HEPA filter.  I always say:  “I like things that just WORK.”  With proper maintenance and care, this thing does.  It’s 11 years old now and still […]

A Code of their Own

Last week, my daughter participated in the Tulsa STEM Alliance’s “Code of their Own” camp, at the Tulsa City-County Library downtown. Sidebar: if you’ve not ventured down to the new remodeled library yet, you owe it to yourself to visit.  I used to spend a lot of time there doing research on the 3rd floor, […]

Volunteer Tech Opportunities in Tulsa

OR:  “What’s a Community-minded techie to do?” Yesterday I had the opportunity to go meet with a roomful of new IT folk (developers mostly) at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma about the many ways they can contribute to the life of the community through tech service.  BCBSOK has been a great partner to us […]