November 24, 2014

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10 Rules of LinkedIn

I am a reluctant but early adopter of LinkedIn. Turning a skeptical eye to this platform helped to inform best practices. LinkedIn is truly a fascinating platform that is easily misused. It amplifies your professional identity, a terrible idea if you have poor understanding of your industry or outright bad professional judgment. There really aren’t any hard and fast rules about how to use this LinkedIn. There is only your judgment and examples of good, bad and undecided.

Based on my personal, albeit limited experience with LinkedIn here are some rules I would propose.

June 12, 2014

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Workplace Hazards: Home Office Edition

The home office hosts many hidden dangers from sassy cats yowling during client calls to pre-meeting printer failures, things can go wrong. Dangerously wrong. This is a story of my home office hazard. Coffee disasters happen, ruining work, keyboards and eroding freelancer morale. Good workplace habits and can save lives, increase productivity and keep your socks dry.


Here is my story.

April 12, 2014

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Don’t Forget! Important WordPress Steps

WordPress is the CMS du jour for several years running. Its popularity is the result of a super easy to use Dashboard and content editor. The extensive documentation, massive plug-in library and developer community to answer questions are all pluses.  I’m a developer. I’m unashamed to admit: I love WordPress.


There are some things as a user and a developer you should remember. Here they are:

June 13, 2013

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The Day I Agreed with Clarence Thomas

Screw Local Business – Myriad Genetics Can Go To Hell

The US Supreme Court ruled that Myriad Genetics cannot own patents on isolated strains of human DNA. Myriad Genetics is a Salt Lake City, Utah based biotechnology firm. I LOATHE this company for a myriad of reasons. The top reason: the overpowering arrogance and inhumanity of creating genetic tests to determine the likely hood of inherited cancers, then charging obscene amounts of money for these tests.


The test Angelina Jolie took to determine her likelihood of breast cancer was created by Myriad Genetics. It was Jolie’s vast fortune that allowed her to afford the test and the subsequent elective double mastectomy. The highly publicized tale of her bravery, failed to note how her celebrity and resulting privilege afforded her the opportunity of self-determination in the face of near certain cancer. This is the ultimate luxury, more valuable than yachts, property in Dubai or the front cover of US Weekly for 5 straight weeks. If you can afford Myriad Genetic’s price tag, you too can shed unwielding organs, glands and appendices doomed to metastasize.