So I was recently trying to support some Fortinet switches – 348Bs – wow, what a pain in the ass. Why were they a pain in the ass? Because of one damn thing. There have been times in the past, where when I’ve looked through manuals I would think to myself “why are they rehashing […]

I’ve written a couple of posts on On Combat as I was listening to it and well the previous posts were none too flattering. Grossman is either outright lying about rates of violence or he’s mixing rose colored memories of his childhood in the 50s with some out of focus view of the present. Given […]

If you didn’t read the last bit I wrote on On Combat by Dave Grossman, you should read it here. I’ve been continuing to listen to On Combat for the last few days and again there’s a lot of useful information in understanding the ramifications of life or death struggle and how to condition people […]

US Homicide Rate 1900 - 2002

I recently started listening to On Combat by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Loren Christensen. The first section of the book is dedicated to responses to extreme fear and getting ready for a life or death struggle. It’s very common for one’s bowels and bladder to evacuate (yeah, crapping and pissing your pants is a […]

There’s a really beautiful elegance in getting under a weight you have to struggle to move and then moving it repeatedly. The human body and mind have evolved to overcome obstacles, either through direct action or by getting around them with ingenuity. With weightlifting you develop good form which maximizes your ability to generate force […]

Why are video games and YouTube lectures so addicting? I think it’s because they both leave you feeling like you’ve accomplished something. I’ve thrown hundreds of hours into playing Fallout, and while I don’t regret spending the time – the feelings of actually accomplishing something outside of taking some time to unplug and relax are […]

Sisyphus cursed to spend all day pushing a boulder uphill, only to watch it roll down the hill at the end of the day. When you’re stuck in the middle of working toward something it feels like everyday you’ve worked hard only to start the next day and feel like nothing changed. But as cheesy […]

The question of what exactly makes a Martial Artist an “artist” is something that has crossed my mind more than a few times over the years. I don’t know that I can really call myself a “martial artist” but I have been something of a “martial craftsman.” But I think I’ve come to a good […]

Let’s face it IT professionals aren’t typically known for their social skills. Like I said in my previous post on “Stupid Users” you need to keep in mind that your job is to help people who aren’t as knowledgeable on IT matters as you are. That involves communicating with people. Communication is a “soft” skill. […]

Early on in my IT career I worked in tech support hell – I did tech support for a web hosting company. If you want the biggest bunch of ungrateful, cheap-ass SOBs, try proving support for people who expect to run an internet based business making “thousands of dollars and hour” from an account that […]