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Quoting out of context – just don’t

As part of my book marketing back in April, 2016, I answered a reporter query about whether it made sense for states to put together commissions to look into cybersecurity. The reporter quoted me out of context. This is what I said: “I’ve seen many of the pieces...

RIM – Ridicule, Ignore, and Marginalize

All my life, I’ve been the guy who comes up with ideas people ridicule, ignore, and marginalize. In my life, RIMing is so common, it should be a verb. Back in 2005, I pitched telecommuting to the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce after listening to a presenter talk...

How to communicate with tech people

I keep trying to figure out why so many find it so difficult to communicate with tech people. My artistic friends tell me it’s because we have our own private language. If we would stop trying to impress people with our technology words and just dumb it down for...

Life Lessons from Middle School

I was eleven years old when I got my first newspaper route. That experience taught me lessons I’ll carry to my grave. The minimum age for paperboys was twelve, but I figured I could say I was twelve because the Arizona Republic wanted paperboys, I wanted to...