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Goals for 2012

Read at least 12 booksIncrease my net worth by $50,000Earn at least $150,000Launch; 100 percent functionalityLaunch; 100 percent functionalityLaunch health care web site; 100 percent functionalityBuild LiftClickit prototype with Go/No-Go resultsReplace backyard deck by the end of SeptemberMake and bottle 500 bottles of wineExercise on at least 150 daysReduce red meat consumption to 300 ounces (six ounces a week) with a stretch goal of 200 ounces (four ounces a week)Take four weeks (28 days) of vacationReduce bodyfat to ten percent or lessHave 100 percent of my CDs available as computer music files, i.e. they will be on my home server

How To Find Good Cereal

Simply go here.
Thanks for watching out for me, boring Do-Gooder.

Puerto Rico

Spent three days in San Juan last week.
Sunny, hot, gorgeous.
I was in the pools (plural!), the ocean, the hot tub. Enjoyed a cigar in the evening breeze. Sipped local rum while watching models prepare for a lingerie fashion show.
Yeah, it was enjoyable.
I did some work, too. Met some fantastic people. Rub elbows with the TV stars of Univision.
I can hardly wait to go back.

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Overdue post goes here.

On A Serious Note

Seriously, if you have a contagious illness, stay the fuck away from the office!

In Sickness and ...

Last week, a person at work showed no respect nor regard for anyone else and came in all week sick.
I complained, asked the person to leave and not come back until she was well, but my pleading was ignored.
In hindsight, I should have refused to come to the client's site all week and insisted on working from home. Okay, my bad. From now on...
So, of course, Friday I became ill at work. I spent the entire weekend sleeping, lazying, lounging, resting, drinking gallons of water. Not fun.
This morning, I woke up and immediately sent a text to my client that read
My turn to be sick.
His totally inappropriate response?
Ok. See if you can make it in later.
WTF?? No "Take care of yourself and get better" or "Please don't bring it to work".
Nothing. Nothing, trumps the Almighty Dollar as God.

Project Management

So I'm working on this huge project. Not huge in terms of lines of code, or in terms of number of people involved. Huge in terms of: It will be used by tens or hundreds of millions of people every year. Yeah ... pretty cool.
The project isn't being managed as well as it could be, in my opinion. Let me emphasize that: In my opinion.
So, I suggested -- to the owner of the company that is creating the software product -- that we use Basecamp. It's a web-based "Software As A Service" application.
Disclaimer: Basecamp is a product of 37 Signals. The founder of 37 Signals, Jason Fried, is a personal friend.
Basecamp is, arguably, the single most important piece of project management software ever created.
"Wow, Don ... that's quite a statement!"
Yeah, well, you use Basecamp and you'll become an evangelist as I am.
Basecamp allows all the important parts of a project -- artifacts, messages, schedules, etc. -- to be stored in one place. Any "stakeholder&q…

My Life Purpose Statement

My Life Purpose is to help others realize their full potential as a result of my own personal growth. Everything that I do to help myself now carries with it the responsibility to use it to help others.

Don's Black Bean Dip Recipe

I'll start the year by giving you my recipe for my amazing black bean dip. It's a wonderful dip for when you're watching football or hockey.
Or anything else, for that matter.
Don's Black Bean Dip

Two cans (15.5 ounces each) of black beans One small (4 oz.) can of green chili peppers One garlic clove, minced One teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or dried onion flakes or fresh onion) 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons chipotle sauce; I like Pass Out.
Optional: Hot sauce of choice
Real easy; Just dump everything into a food processor and blend until smooth enough to suit your tastes. I use a stick blender and blend it right in the container, so it can be stored in the refrigerator (assuming there are leftovers, which hardly ever happens).
Great with Green Mountain Gringo Tortilla Strips
Quick backstory: I fell in love with Desert Pepper Black Bean Dip, but at five bucks a jar I was spending at least $20 a month on the stuff. I checked out the ingredients and did a pre…

Looking back at 2010

Now that 2010 is safely behind me, I can reflect. What happened? What did I learn? How can I improve?

The year was odd. It started with my main client going out of business. That was followed by about six months of basically not working, save for a few checks here and there from doing work with my son. Cash flow slowed to a trickle, resulting in a lot of adjustments.

It's important to note, that the time spent working with and visiting my son in New York City was the best four months in memory. Being with him, watching him work, lead, communicate ... what a wonderful experience. The meals shared, the drinks together, the times walking around the city, talking ... I was given a gift that very few parents receive; The gift of time with my adult son. I wouldn't trade that for anything, and it was then that I realized that I'd rather lose my house and the junk I owned if that was the price to pay for the wonderful moments with my son.

In late July, I landed a poor-paying contract…