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Ignite Denver 20

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So they posted my Ignite Denver 20 video. If this link breaks I’ll be sure to update it. Hope you enjoy it.

There were some staunch differences between Denver and Fort Collins. One thing that I am still undecided on, although it helped, is the two run throughs before the event. I think I did pretty good up in Fort Collins without the run throughs, but I do admit that in this case, it helped the overall presentation. I suppose that in the case of Fort Collins, I ended up practicing it more because there wasn’t a mandatory run through, where as with Ignite Denver I simply threw something together and worked it out in front of the group.

Here is my Ignite Fort Collins talk:

What do you think?

Ignite Denver 20 preparations

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So tonight are my Ignite Denver 20 preparations. I am getting ready to give my talk. It starts at 7PM and lasts until the late evening. My talk tonight will be on things you can do before calling a computer tech.

 

If you are interested in tickets, they can be purchased here:

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Otherwise, I hope to see some of you there. There are a lot of great talks tonight. Here is the list: (subject to change)

Kerstin Caldwell – You Really Are Fucking Brilliant
Jacob Anderson – The 10 things every computer repair person wish you tried/knew
Ravi Raman – Why You Should Quit Your Job To Travel The World
Elizabeth Boese – You Love What You Find Time For
Joanne Burke Peterson – Destination: Procrastination
Meridith Grundei – Don’t just sit there…go out and fucking PLAY!
Gabriel DiCristofaro – Lizard Brains and Black Marbles
Shelsea Ochoa – Toolkit for a New Paradigm
Helene Kwong – Ni Hao, Hot Dog Vendor!

I know that some of the above are no longer being given due to the presenters backing out, but I’d say most are still a go.

 

Regardless it should be a fun evening. I’ll post a YouTube link when they post it. I’ll let you know how it goes. Now, I’d better get back to practicing!

 

Hired by Trustwave

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So yeah, I got hired by my company. I’ll admit that Trustwave is difficult. It isn’t something I was used to. However, I think I am starting to get the hang of it. Actually, I’m starting to enjoy it. Aside from a few products and a few major issues on some of our products, I think I understand it. Good pay and benefits make this a great place to work. Most of the people I work with are very relaxed as well. There is very little drama here.

I’ll stick with this one for a while and see what comes of it. Either way, I think it will be an enjoyable experience and one that I will learn from. When I graduate from CSU global, that may improve my career field as well.

2014 Year in Review

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I know it has been a bit since my last post. Often times, it can just be hard to find anything really relevant to write about. 2014 was a roller coaster of a year.

 

At the beginning of the year, I took a trip to Arizona with my then Girlfriend. I had never been there and it was exciting to go somewhere new. We saw the sights and generally did the tourist thing. We were there for an energy conference (think hippy energy not oil). It was interesting. Admittedly, it’s not my thing but I still enjoyed myself. What was funny is the fact that the day we left, it snowed in Denver. Then it was clear the entire time we were gone. Then it snowed again the day we got back.

 

I got a job working for Center Partners (now called Qualfon). While it wasn’t the best job I ever had, it certainly was nice. I actually liked coming to work every day. The atmosphere was relaxing once I got my stride on and it was nice to have a boss that was so relaxed about IT.

 

It wasn’t all happy times though. Around June/July my father was rushed to the ICU with a brain bleed. He did end up pulling through, but it was quite the ride. He is very lucky that he did. Between my mother and sister, hardly anyone left his side. I filled in when I could.

 

In July, I moved to Lakewood with my then Girlfriend.

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I also started a new job up in Black Hawk working for one of the Casinos. I do admit that it isn’t my most favorite job ever (that would be Laser Storm), but it pays the bills and gave me some experience I didn’t have.

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It was nice to finally be working in Denver. I spent just about every weekend down here as it was, so it made sense to find a job down here and just move. It brought me closer to my friends and basically allowed me to branch out.

Sadly, things didn’t work out so well with Girlfriend and we ended up breaking up. I lived with her for a time until I could find somewhere to live. Eventually I did, and it is where I am today. It’s a rather small place for the price, but it’s somewhere to call home. I now live in Arvada.

Just prior to moving to my new apartment, I met Julia. She was smart and funny and while it took me some time to fall in love, I did. I met her at a singles night and while, at first, I wasn’t sure what her intentions were, she made them clear and we started dating. My family seems to like her which is a big plus.

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It is now 2015 and I am happy at this stage of my life. Admittedly, I am keeping my eyes open for other opportunities, but overall I am extremely happy. I am almost finished with my degree and hopefully that will open more doors for me.

 

31 years of age

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Another year, another time for recap.

First and foremost, I found a very good job. It pays well and challenges my skill set somewhat. My co-workers are also very nice to work with. Admittedly it was a bit unnerving at first when people got laid off within a few weeks of me coming on, and then again when we were acquired by another company. However, I made it so far through the changes and it would be difficult for them to cut any deeper.

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By June/July, I’ll be moving to Denver. I’ll be moving in w/ my GF of a year and it seems like it’s the time. Plus I’m in Denver most of the time anyways. The misgivings I mentioned in this post have been alleviated. Now it just a matter of when I move. It will be sometime in June


 

School goes.

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I’ve lost some drive but I’ve found that taking a break for a few months restores it. I want to get it done and while I don’t expect to enjoy it, it shouldn’t be a chore like it is. I return in the fall and if the pattern holds, I’ll do two more groups of two classes and then want another break. In the end though, I only get charged when I take classes so I can do this at whatever pace I want.


 

As for health, I think I’m ok. Admittedly, my drive to be active just isn’t there. I want to play DDR more but I just don’t have the energy or lungs that I used to. I’m going to play at laser tag nationals in the fall so I need to at least get my sprinting up or I’ll be unable to compete. Hopefully, when I move to Denver, I’ll be able to run in the park near her apartment.


 

Honestly there isn’t a whole lot to report. But I’m here.

 

Ignite Fort Collins Presentation

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At last, I can show you the YouTube video of me speaking at Ignite Fort Collins

Link to the Powerpoint presentation

So long 2012

2012-2013-2It has been an interesting year for sure. Lots of changes in life. Lots of new friends crawling out of the woodwork, putting some good friends sadly to rest. Loss of a job yet new vistas opening up before me and some promising prospects in sight for 2013. Relationships ending, but new people entering my life. Acquaintances choosing to become a larger part of my life and become inner circle friends. All in all, a very good year if taken as a whole.

We shall see if this trend continues into 2013. I sure hope so!

 

Now for those of you who don’t know the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne

Classes

 

 

Well, my second round of classes are done. Thus far, it is going well. I am really enjoying this school over my last one. I just got enrolled in the portfolio class so I will be testing out of some of my classes. It should be interesting.

Ashford class one. Done!

So I just posted my final paper for the first class of my second attempt at college. So officially, class one is done! Now, I still have to do a post or two so that I do not get failed due to attendance, I can easily accomplish this. Still, this whole online experience has been interesting. I look forward to future classes and eventually finishing my degree. Since I do not know what will happen job-wise in the future, this seems to be the best option at the moment. Working on a degree while going to school.

 

One of these days though, I will have to visit Iowa and see the campus. Someday……