Change Leads to Grieving

I’m listening to a webinar Air University is putting on called “Managing Traumatic Transitions” with Dr. Allen. She is actually talking about managing any type of transition, because all kinds of transition are traumatic to people.

She asked:

How many of us consider how individuals will grieve when we introduce change?

It’s clear that some people do better with change than other people. Any type of change. But grieving?

A man in a business suit clearly disappointed about something.  Source:

Other sources agree, ‘change at work can trigger loss and grief’

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One-File Tools

Many of us use computers that are locked-down by some corporate policy. The restrictions prevent you from downloading software, or running anything that’s not pre-approved. Most of us have used workarounds of some type - Excel spreadsheets created by that one guy in the office, Word documents with macros, Sharepoint sites, maybe even the occasional Powershell script…

One-File Tools are open-source self-contained one-file utilities implemented as a webpage. These are easily shared, easily used, their saved versions may contain your user data. They don’t require an Internet connection.

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Quarantine Brisket

Well - the world is on lockdown - it’s COVID-19 time. We don’t have any toilet paper at the store, but there’s plenty of meat. Don’t ask me why there’s such a disparity - I guess folks are stocking up on other things…

The shelves at Broulim's - a few bags of all purpose flour remain, and a ton of large 25 lb bags remain on the bottom shelf.

Not much left…

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Scope: Not Just Mouthwash

I’m teaching a Python class which acts as an introduction to programming, for most of the students there. This is an awesome experience - for me personally because I enjoy this, and for my resume. I hope to do this full-time someday, but today I’ve just got 3 sections of the same class. We’re doing a lot of cool things that I should write about some other time - one of them is using a free, open source textbook called, Runestone - How to Think Like a Computer Scientist.…

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Idaho Pork Butt

I’ve smoked a couple things here in Idaho, and learned that it doesn’t really matter where you’re making the meat, as long as you have a good starting point. Costco, in MD, and Sam’s Club here, have both provided excellent canvases on which to add smoke. Here in Idaho, though, I haven’t done pulled pork yet. Sam’s had a 10.8 lbs’er, $1.98 per pound. Well, it’s time. We’ve got a baby coming any day now, and it’ll be nice to have a ton of extra meat in the freezer.…

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Deploying Github to Dreamhost

One feature I lost moving from Wordpress to Hugo for this blog was the ability to write a blog post from anywhere. I really liked being able to do that… I could be riding in the car, or smoking brisket at 2 AM, or on vacation without a computer, and just login and write something. I wanted that back - a posting solution from my cellphone. The reason I lost that ability is because the simplest update process for Hugo is:…

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First Do No Limiting

I recently saw a quote from an old boss of mine. The full paragraph is below, placing it in context, but the part that seems notable (pointed out by a friend of mine) is the, “it is important for a leader to … not limit the potential of those they serve.” The command sets the tone/culture – which is difficult to quantify. I believe the best culture allows decision capability to those “closest to the fight,” while still maintaining a sense of responsibility should a problem arise.…

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Comparative Advantage

This morning I finished Planet Money’s Episode 963: 13,000 Economists. 1 Question.. These fine folks make one of my favorite podcasts - each week is a different look at something weird from a weird perspective. It sounds like it’s very market/economy focused, but it’s really focused on everything economics. In the past decades economics has branched out to look at nearly every field of human endeavor with a mathematical eye. It’s not always very successful, but the economist perspective does make me look at things differently.…

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A January Experiment: Intermittent Fasting

A friend and coworker told me about intermittent fasting a few years ago. She was doing it as part of a weight loss competition at work… She was one of those folks that says they want to lose weight, but - I’m not really sure why they actually need to? My wife does that too - doesn’t need to lose weight but makes plans to do-so anyway. Anyway - this woman was doing intermittent fasting by not eating for most of the day.…

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