Persona Platform

After a multi-year hiatus, I’ve decided it’s time to begin rebuilding my online persona again.

Site Capture from 2009 through 2012

I started posting content my first website in 1998. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with online publishing ever since. Some people do a great job of creating fresh content and posting new information on a regular basis. I, on the other hand, have been somewhat hit or miss.

I’ve worked with many of the popular content creation platforms. Blogger, Movable Type, Squarespace, DasBlog, Subtext, ExpressionEngine, TypePad, WordPress, BlogEngine.NET, etc. I was never quite happy with any of them, but that was mostly my problem, not a problem with the platform itself.

Being a developer, I decided to try my hand at building my own platform. I was sure I could do it better than anyone else. I picked up a few clients, and worked really hard on it. Unfortunately I never set a definitive road map for the product, so it floundered before I closed the business a little over three years ago.

This site will be less blog and more individual articles that I decide to publish. If it goes well, the content should range all over the place.

Control Z

So, remember a few weeks ago when I posted that I was taking a new job?

Oops.  Things didn’t work out.

As of Friday, I’ve gone back to Associated Bank and have been able to resume my previous position with the Online Banking team, and I’m definitely looking forward to the challenges that 2009 will bring.   So, it feels like I did a Control+Z and did an Undo of most of December.

I never had a problem with the work I did at Associated, and I’m very happy to return.  When I chose to leave, It felt like it was time for a new challenge.  Unfortunately, the new challenge came with a price - more driving than I was able to handle.  With over 800 miles in four days, I felt like I was farther away from the boys than ever.

I definitely could handle the job, it wasn’t a problem of skill set or anything else.  When I was consulting with Integrated, I was generally limited to the Northeastern Wisconsin area.  When I joined with TCS, I found I was all over the state, even down in Illinois.  I’ll take responsibility for not understanding the requirements of the job, but as a single dad, it was too much to be that far away.

So, when the opportunity to go back to Associated Bank presented itself, I decided to take it.  And it turns out, I’m happier for the experience and definitely appreciate my position with the bank that much more.

Painful Season

Abandon hope all ye who enter here.

It has been horribly difficult to watch the Packers play this year.  They looked okay at first, although Ryan Grant’s running game was a little off at first.  They they had a few losses, and then a huge win against the Colts.  Going into the bye week, it looked like there were finally coming together.

Oops.

Since the bye week, they’ve lost 6 of their last 7 games.  Too many of those have been close games that have been lost in the last few minutes.  Unfortunately though, it just doesn’t matter how well you play for the first 55 minutes when you lose it in the last 5.

Don’t be fooled, there’s talent there.  Somewhere.  But it obviously just isn’t coming together as expected.  I’ve seen reports that the Packers have been eliminated from the playoffs… no kidding.  But that’s not the worst of it.  The worst part is the last regularly scheduled game on the 28th… against the Lions.

I know, I know… my hometown team is having one of the worst seasons on record.  But here’s the problem.  If they lose against the Saints, and they most likely will, they’re going to throw everything into that last game.  Everything.  Plus, all eyes will be on the game at Lambeau to see if the Lions go 0 for 16.

The Packers had better make sure they take that game seriously and win it, because they keep finding new ways to lose them.  The Pack CANNOT be the team that gets beaten by the 0 and 15 team…  this town gets cold when the team loses one game.  Imagine how frigid it would be if we lose that one.  Imagine the questions that will be asked for the next 6 months…

Daycare Parking

Okay, rant time.

In front of my daycare, there are four handicapped parking spaces, with two on either side of the main entrance.  Now that it’s getting colder, every day, almost without fail, at least one of those spots is filled by a empty, running car.  Somebody who’s dropping off their kids.

Now, I’ve been going to this place for over a year.. you get to know people.  I know who drives the car, and I know they’re not disabled.  Maybe the daycare shouldn’t have quite as many disabled parking spaces, but that doesn’t make those spaces become disabled and 5-minute loading/unloading, either.

Park in the regular parking spots, jerks.  It’s not going to kill you to walk the extra 15 feet… and that applies to the cute women who do it because they figure that nobody will yell at them.  I suggest voluntary compliance, otherwise I’ll make a new rule that the cuter the women are, the farther away they have to park.

Which then means that all the single guys can watch them walk in.  Hey, don’t judge me!

Changing Jobs

After five and a half years working for Associated Bank, it feels like it is time for a change.  I have decided to take a position with Tushaus Computer Services, working as a consultant geared primarily towards enterprise design and engineer services.

It’s always hard to leave an employer, especially after being there for so long.  There are many, many great people who work there, and after you leave a place, it never quite feels the same.  There have been lots of great changes at the bank, and a few not-so-great changes, but all in all it was a good place to work.  The friendships alone that I take away with me are more than worth it.

So, I’m pretty excited about the new job.  I’ll be starting in a few weeks, and I’m looking forward to the challenges it will bring.  I still plan to be staying in Green Bay, as the kids really like their schools.

If you haven’t already gotten the details on the going-away party on Friday and wish to attend, let me know…