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Rands nails it. Especially his point about outsoucing design to your customers.

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Rands nails it. Especially his point about outsoucing design to your customers. 

Great video of.. Life@Jive!

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Great video of.. Life@Jive!

Great video explaining what Jive Software does!

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Great video explaining what Jive Software does!

Whereas I completely missed the 31 Heroes CrossFit WOD yesterday, I did a first: ran my first 5K on …

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Whereas I completely missed the 31 Heroes CrossFit WOD yesterday, I did a first: ran my first 5K on the road. To veteran runners, I'm sure my time (32:29) is stupid slow, but I didn't walk the full 3 mies. This is a huge deal for me. When I started CrossFit and paleo almost 2 years ago, a 400 meter run killed me. Mind you, I still absolutely hate running, but I'm reminded again and again to work on your "goats", or you exercises you aren't very good at. Running definitely qualifies. 

Next year, no excuses for the 31 Heroes. It's a partner WOD, so hopefully partner with  my wife, too! More information: http://www.31heroes.com/

Going away party for one of the two founders of Jive Software, Bill Lynch. Thanks, Bill!

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Going away party for one of the two founders of Jive Software, Bill Lynch. Thanks, Bill!

Every time I read something new from Tracker Earth, I get more and more impressed. This post underlines…

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Every time I read something new from Tracker Earth, I get more and more impressed. This post underlines the importance of food in family and community, a concept near and dear to the heart of the Paleo community as well. http://trackerspdx.com/blog/posts/2013/07/18/food_community

Danica and I had one of our sporadic date nights last night, with Eve giving me a night putting the little…

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Danica and I had one of our sporadic date nights last night, with Eve giving me a night putting the little ones to bed as a Father's Day present. We got them pizza and went on our way a bit early to have a beer or two before the movie started. (Any other beer drinkers out there, if you haven't installed Untappd on your phone and friended me, what the hell?) I love Cinetopia, as long as you get your tickets early enough. They oversell on Groupon, probably to ensure a full house, so you need to get there earlier in the day to get your tickets.We watched Man of Steel. The previews and early reviews had my pretty excited about seeing it, and those hopes were born out. I loved the move. I'd say 4.25 capes out of a perfect 5, and a new definitive Superman movie for the times. The old Christopher Reeve movie was good, but a product of it's own times, and very much 1980's. This movie is darker, more realistic, and made to hook into your emotional center and pull hard. This is a study of Clark's/Kal's effort to come in terms with his dual identities of Earthling and Kryptonian, as well as focusing heavily on his relationship with his parents. I loved the nods to the fanboys too – look for Lexcorp and a certain 18 wheeler tanker scene.What kept it from a perfect 5 capes? I would have loved to see a deeper exploration of his relationship with Lois, and toward the end (and I hate saying this!), the violence got a little bit over the top. That's saying something for me (I loved the new Judge Dredd movie!).We saw it in 3D, and I think it worked better than most I've seen. Maybe they're figuring out the darkness issue, or maybe Cinetopia is figuring it out. I think it worked. So, highly recommended all around, especially for the comic book nerd out there.

So, I read comics, and a fair amount of them. In an effort to simplify my life, I don’t buy hardly anything…

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So, I read comics, and a fair amount of them. In an effort to simplify my life, I don't buy hardly anything media-related that's not digital. That goes for movies, TV shows, music, magazines, or yes, comic books. (Books I'm 50/50 on — I just can't give up paper books entirely, even though I probably do 75%+ of my reading on my Kindle and Kindle apps.) This is a good thing, and it counters my tendency to OCD-ify things into "collections", at least partially. It also reduces the chances of me being on Hoarders any time soon, which I'm sure my family appreciates.I've had to make my piece with DRM, or digital rights management to do this, of course. Except for music, the other industries refuse to give it up, even though it's not good for anyone except for the companies coming up with DRM schemes. Oh well. For comic books, the clear leader in digital is a company called Comixology. You buy the comic book from them (it's actually buying the rights to view the comic book with limitations), and you can read it on the web or on a variety of apps. They look spectacular on the iPad, by the way, and with their guided view, I find I can read them faster and more immersive than I can with paper. I can also read them anywhere, like a lunch with a burger, without having to carry a bunch of paper around (not to mention redlining the geek-meter!). They're fantastic.But. I do have a complaint, and it's one I realize they're constantly asked. It's still a complaint, however. This is really targeted to the publishers, too, by the way. The issue is pricing. When I bought paper comic books on Discount Comic Book Service on the web, you get a standard 40% off the list price, plus $8/month shipping. If you bought 30 books a month, that's a pretty huge savings at $3-$4 a pop. Every comic book store I've ever seen gives a discount if you have a "pull list" and a box. At least 20% if you order a significant number of books. On Comixology, however, it's full price. Up until a couple weeks ago, after a month, DC Comics' books would drop a buck (25%-33% off). This worked for me, and the math showed the digital to print cost about even. Sure, I was a month behind, but that's fine. Now they've pushed it to 8 weeks before they drop the price. Really, this has given me two choices: order less books or wait 8 weeks. I guess I'll wait 8 weeks, even if I now can't really partake in comic book discussions online, read reviews, and have to pretty much avoid all DC Comics marketing. It's really a bizarre decision. I actually believe that DC Comics is trying to slow the adoption of digital books on purpose, perhaps due to some desire to save the brick and mortar stores. If so, that effort is doomed. Like bookstores and record shops, some comic book stores will probably survive, but as a niche service. 

I’d like to think myself not one of those parents who over-protect/worry/coddle their kids. And I’m not…

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I'd like to think myself not one of those parents who over-protect/worry/coddle their kids. And I'm not. And all things considered, I'm very fortunate to have extremely healthy, well-adjusted kids. Still, Grace sometimes acts like she's flirting with borderline ADHD. The careful phrasing is deliberate; it's on my radar, but so far, the issues haven't surfaced beyond mere annoyances to those adults interacting with her. So, while I haven't searched this information out, when I saw Chris Kresser post a link to the "Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit", published on the NY Times Magazine, I was interested. The article highlights research indicating that many kids (and adults) that suffer from ADHD — and that would usually be proscribed some Ritalin type of medication — are actually sleep deprived, and are being misdiagnosed. This sounds plausible. As a big believer in the efficacy of the paleo template (http://robbwolf.com), which underlines the importance of sleep to your physical, mental, and phycological health, this is easy for me to understand. When you don't get enough sleep on a chronic level (going on for weeks, months, or even years), you suffer decreased performance on every level. That it can manifest itself as ADHD-like behavior? No surprise.This does make me want to redouble my efforts to reduce the light in Grace's room, and makes me happy that she'll be able to sleep as long as she needs very soon, at least on most days.

This hits a little too close to home. And damn it, I am on a saison farmhouse ale kick! 

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This hits a little too close to home. And damn it, I am on a saison farmhouse ale kick!