Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Reading in 2013

February 4th, 2013 Comments off

Looking back over 2012, and 2011 for that matter, I recognize that I’ve let my reading lapse. I’ve read only required material and that with little enthusiasm. I’ve focused more on the mundane, the mechanical and not the transcendent aspects of life that produce fertile ground for fresh ideas.


SOA Education

March 2nd, 2011 Comments off

I’m reading Thomas Erl‘s SOA Principles of Service Design now. I’ve had some months now to gain a corporate context for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) but this is my formal engagement of Erl-espoused principles.

Sometimes we engage material without context; sometimes we engage it from a self-defense perspective.  I’m learning it because I want to be much better at some of my new responsibilities.  The learning process is exciting as is the opportunities I have for using this knowledge.  I like both the technical aspects of my job and the interpersonal opportunities I have.  The SOA domain isn’t new but it is germane to my job and an opportunity to grow in knowledge of principles and practical application in a challenging professional environment and that’s a great context for testing my understanding and application.

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I Bought a Kindle 2.0

March 7th, 2009 Comments off

I’ve been eyeing an Amazon Kindle for several months now and recently discussed purchasing a duplexing laser printer with some friends.  One pointed out that if the bulk of single-side prints was the impetus for my purchase then perhaps I should revisit the Kindle for about the same price.  Great idea.

My Kindle 2.0 will be here next week (chick’s hand not included).

Kindle 2.0

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Hard Work

December 18th, 2008 Comments off

A friend from work mentioned something that is sticking with me as I work tonight. 

He said something to the effect of “Hard work is the most valuable resource.”  I find that appropriate recently as I work on kicking off some blogs. 

I work in IT for a vertical business and there have been times when I worked so hard while sitting in my seat that I just went home and passed out.  Thinking creatively and strategically while solving problems eight, ten or twelve hours takes mental effort and can drain you.  Lately, that’s not been the case.  I work but the work is more rote and, therefore, less mentally draining although it remains somewhat demanding by its volume.

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