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I’ve been on social media for over a decade, between Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, Google+, etc… it really is a full time job to keep up with all of it. So I decided to slowly walk away from it… The biggest step was Facebook. It was crazy on how much I lost contact with what I called life. I lost friends, news, and so much marketing that I didn’t need. …


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I’m very list oriented. You give me a to-do list, I’m all about completion. It works well for me. I think we all need to figure out what works for them. I am reading a bit more and trying to learn about blogging, posting, social media, etc… I know I code, but sharing my experience with coding is something I love to do to also. So I am going to use this post as a reference sheet for me to build a little content calendar concept.

Before I go into that, I want to share what I have continually read from various sources about blogging. …


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It’s Christmas time in the city, that city being NYC. It really is a beautiful time of year here in NYC.


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Social media damages

We love how connected we are but at what cost? Bullying at all times, less consequences for actions, and less empathy. We have forgotten how to be polite, how to wait, what it feels to earn something. The sense of entitlement is ridiculous. The lack of consequences for inappropriate behavior. When did emotions become a crime in America? When you have a bad day or week or even a few months, it is called life. Life doesn’t have to be enjoyable at all times. Actually, if it is then you are missing out on so much. I have been through military training, a bad break up, my parents getting divorced and several funerals. Those moments made me. They taught me resiliency and persistence. I work hard because I like to earn things and learn things. I think that is all for now. …


I did not grow up in the social media world. Truth is, the internet didn’t exist when I was growing up. However, I have setup my Facebook account, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and even a YouTube channel. I have watched people strive to go viral. Create random posts, create posts that portray the image of their life that they want people to see. However with all of this “connection”, suicide rates are at the highest on record (CDC Mortality Rates).

With all of these tools, we have the perception of connection. We don’t really connect. We compete for followers, for likes, and then judge others for not having enough. We have created a social marketplace for popularity. Not for information, not for friends or connections, but for popularity. But what are we really gaining? We created a sense of FOMO (which only became a term when social media began). …


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Containers and Containers and Containers

I have spent some time recently working on Kubernetes on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) using Google Kubernetes Engine. I have learned a lot and have read SO many tutorials, documents, and blogs. Watched videos, set up tutorials, and even posted requests for help.

Here is what I have learned.

  1. Documentation is not up-to-date.
  2. Tutorials are great if you are doing exactly that
  3. Everything has limits
  4. Success is an amazing feeling after you struggle

So I’m going to explain — in detail what I have learned and have actual sample code that works. …


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I do not consider myself a gamer. I have played games and was a huge street fighter player back in the 90’s but since, I don’t really play much. Sure, I played candy crush for a few week. I played some World of Warcraft and City of Heros for a bit. But nothing like I play Brawl Stars.

Now, let me start by saying, because I play alot does NOT mean I’m good. It simply means I play alot. I have watched twitchTV of good players play. I am not one of them.

For those who don’t know, #BrawlStars is a new game by SuperCell, the makers of Clash of Clans too, and some other games. There are different “brawlers” with different skill sets that you acquire throughout playing the game. You play with other people online in games like Showdown (a battle royale on a map, similar to Fortnite), Brawl Ball (a 3v3 soccer match with weapons), Gem Grab (3v3 gem collecting first to hold 10 gems for a certain time, I think 15 seconds, wins), and a few other games. …


In the middle of last year MIT released an article about FAST is better than SMART. I’ll explain the basics and then give my thoughts on the matter.

SMART goals came up in the 80’s by George Doran, but Drucker introduced “management by objectives” in the 50’s. What it stands for is: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Based. A quick translation, make your goal as specific as possible and not have ambiguity in what you are trying to achieve. Measurable, how do you measure your success. Achievable (this was originally assignable but has morphed into this) make it something that is possible. …


We all have heard the phrase from the Declaration of Independence, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. It is considered an unalienable right. Interesting phrase given the current immigration climate. Not my topic today though. We are allowed the “pursuit” of happiness. It is not a guarantee, it is not an entitlement. We are allowed to pursue it. If we attain happiness, then good for us. If we are miserable because we didn’t attain it, then no one owes you anything.

When I was a teenager, I worked as a cashier at a grocery store. I was told that I was going to work outside for the 4th of July sale. That meant I would be outside in a tent, sitting down handling customers as they came in for our 4th of July sales (hot dogs, buns, etc…) I showed up, a little early for my shift as usual, and someone else cancelled so they needed me to cover the store inside. I did so but was frustrated that I didn’t get the “fun” job outside. I went on my break and talked to the store manager, he was stocking dairy at the time I approached him. “I was supposed to work outside today, but now I’m inside covering someone else’s shift. Can I go outside and work?” I’m sure my tone was a bit different then knowing how I am. He looked up at me (keep in mind he was on a milk crate stocking dairy). “Do you think I expected to be stocking dairy today? We need you inside because someone called out sick. …


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I spent most of this week working on Google Cloud Platform (gcp). I have done some extensive work with Azure of the past several years, and have done some light work on AWS. I think it is important to experience something before judging it.

There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance — that principle is contempt prior to investigation.

I have met people who told me they hate Microsoft, and they hate Azure. I have people tell me that Google is evil, which is really funny since there big claim is “Don’t be evil”, which was removed this year from their code of conduct (cited). And the opposite extreme for Apple fanboys who swear the “next” iPhone is the second coming of Christ. So I am given the opportunity to work on GCP and because of that, I went all-in with it. I learned about Compute Engine, AppEngine, Template Instances, Instance Groups, Kubernetes Engine, IAM, BigQuery, Storage Buckets…

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