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Cover Letter Work in Progress

Per always, cover letter editing follows a tight deadline. I’m going to do my best to get updated versions up at https://pad.riseup.net/p/coverletter, but I figure posting the current text here won’t hurt.

I write to apply for the Business/Systems Analyst 2 position. As a former Systems Engineer at Epic, and having a master’s degree focusing on Systems Analysis, I have the education and experience to excel in this role.

Project-based work is where I succeed. On top of my long history of coaching, and event planning, I have implemented multiple technical projects. While working for UNC’s School of Medicine, I implemented a video microscopy system. Later, I spent a semester in graduate school implementing an inventory system for the Communications Department. At Epic, I had multiple projects, but the one where I most lead the project was in developing an internal Linux laptop program. More than other projects, this project had multiple stakeholders. I had active engagement from my boss (and my boss’ boss), the team members I supervised, and the individuals getting the laptops. While subordinates are not always considered stakeholders, in this particular case they were very important stakeholders. As principal developer, I needed to implement a system that they understood well enough to support.

While most of my database experience is with MySQL, I have also used Oracle solutions for certain Red Hat implementations. Structured Query Language is the basis of most database systems, even those that come with the NoSQL tag (which often actually means non-relational). Oracle’s main competitive advantage has long been their implementation of a procedural language. I have used C#, Javascript, Java, MUMPS, Perl, Python, and R, which all have procedural language aspects. Of course, many of these languages are also used for scripting.

I went to law school to understand copyright and patent law as it related to technology. However, certain business opportunities arose which I felt I could not turn down. Of course, I continue maintain my development skills through business web sites.


I can’t remember if the reason for coming to the blog initially was to post my resume or some administrative things on the blog, but I definitely do need to post my resume. Done.

blocSonic and stuff

I don’t know that I should really post here more often than I do. I don’t think people really read it. Of course, if I posted more, it would probably get more attention. I don’t really need people reading this. I’d prefer people going to and supporting www.musicmanumit.com and http://sportazine.com.

And, even though I have nothing to do with content, I’d rather people check out my new venture, http://blocsonic.com. blocSonic isn’t why I came here to write, but if I am going to write, I might as well mention it.

Anyway, I’ve been pretty stressed out about the move to Minneapolis (of there’s another announcement). There’s also not very much online that says I work at www.opie.com, so there’s that. I don’t think I’d have wanted to work at an established restaurant. Perhaps a coffee shop. In fact, I applied to Coffee Emporium. Anyway, O Pie O is new, and I figured I’d learn a bit about starting a restaurant, and a business in general. Wendy and I have long talked about starting a restaurant. I have a concept in mind. I’m pretty sure it could work in Boston, and maybe the Bay Area, but I’m not sure where else. We’d need a big space too, which is dangerous for a first restaurant venture. Anyway, the idea would be that you have a sports bar in the basement, “fine” dining on a floor, and then a study area on a floor. I think sports bar in basement is solid, but I’m not sure about the restaurant and study area (which I guess really is a coffee shop, but I hate it when coffee shops are loud, so I’d really want it to be a space for working. No music, but maybe allow the employees to wear headphones or something…maybe there is an app that alerts then that someone needs them. They also have eyes, unless they are blind, in which case I guess headphones are out).

I had thought if we ended up in Indianapolis maybe I’d see about opening up an O Pie O branch. Cincy is close enough that there will be some word of mouth. Of course, being in Ohio or along the Ohio River would make the name more appealing. Maybe the name gets changed to India-pie-hole, or something, although that kinda makes it sound like it’s an Indian restaurant. Wendy thinks it’s worth talking about if I want to do that in Minneapolis, but I just think the extra distance means extra marketing work.

Anyway, it turns out none of this is why I came here to write, other than the “stressed out” bit, but it’s time for bed. I doubt I’ll feel less stressed out tomorrow. I have to take Wendy’s car to get fixed and I have to go to Sprint for her…mostly because she doesn’t know how to ask for checks. Why is that my job? Why do we always have to get desert? I don’t know, the woman really has a time management problem.

I guess eventually I’ll actually get to look for jobs in Minneapolis.

I am now working part-time for Ampslam.com

I suppose it is a testament to how busy I have been that I am just now posting this. I actually started working in July.

Ampslam.com is dedicated to independent music. If you have any question, comments, or suggestions about the site, please contact me at info@ampslam.com, in the comments here, or basically anywhere where you can find me!

Continuing the long tradition of throwing it over the wall…

I do speak a little meta in the block quote below, but I should say that my reason for dumping this here is that Sportazine is moving to be football (soccer) only. This article didn’t really seem to fit. There are some thoughts that are worth sharing though. The reason it stayed unpublished for so long is that it is unfinished, but let’s be honest, I’m never going to get around to finishing it, unless I end up going back and getting a PhD (which, if I did get a PhD, it’d be on the information required for making licensing decisions…so this particular piece of Internet culture would need to wait until post-doc)

This is one of the first posts I started at Sportazine, back in March of 2010. I last edited it on May 22, 2013. I started thinking about the topic for a couple of reasons. First, the guys on Linux Outlaws enjoy and occasionally discuss at least of a couple of sports (Dan is a LFC supporter and Fab is a hockey fan). Second, our lineage comes out of geekazine.com.

On top of that, I have a degree in Information Science and spent a decade working in IT. My roommate when I started Sportazine is a full-time software developer, but was a division I college athlete and currently competes in triathlons. I never would have thought of my roommate as a geek. He loves all the traditional American sports. For him, being a software developer is like being an accountant (my words). He’s not interested in tinkering. He never came to any of our Linux User Group meetings in Madison (which I ran).

So, what does it mean to be a geek these days? Some people seem to think that if you are an Apple fan-boy you are a geek. I guess I don’t really know what it means to be a geek. That’s one reason why I’ve struggled for so long to finish this article. The question lies at the heart of what Sportazine is, and thus I keep coming back to it.

1) What does it mean to be a sports fan?

2) What does it mean to be a geek?

The second question is a question for another place. Certainly the Internet and mainstream comic movies have changed the answer to the second, but let’s focus on the first.

Thoughts on a CC Music US Trip

The only reason I’m not putting this on Music Manumit is because I didn’t want to take the time to do a full post. I don’t know, putting it there makes it seem more official and I feel like I’d need to be more comprehensive.
Anyway, below is literally what I had written in an email without any editing. I just figure if I put it here more people could get involved in the conversation.
It is impossible to answer the question without knowing budget, how long you want to stay in various places, etc, but with that caveat out of the way…#2 certainly doesn’t strike me as absurd. I’ve driven out west twice. Once I went north and once I went south. I did it both time in way less than 6 weeks. Of course, I didn’t stay in any one particular location for very long. I separately went out to Yosemite and Las Vegas, but I flew that time (it was my second time to Vegas).

The cost of things in various places is wildly different in the US: http://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/country/united-states. Of course, if you want to go to places like Boston, NYC, and DC then it is worth paying the premium. The other thing about those cities is that parking can be expensive. DC and NYC have park and ride locations. I assume Boston does as well, though I haven’t used them. I’ve taken the bus to Boston before and also parked at a hotel and then used mass transit. It’s certainly doable.

If you do decide to take the southern route, you should make a stop in Mississippi and hang out with Ryno from http://rynothebearded.com. If you make it out to LA, you should be able to meet up with some people from ccmixter.org. From a music point of view, Nashville and Memphis are both worth checking out as well. There are a couple of CC musicians I know about in Nashville but I don’t know if there are the types that would be interested in meeting up with a random CC musician like Ryno or the people from ccmixter would be. Gurdonark is in Texas somewhere, and I definitely think he’d be one interested in meeting up.

On the east coast, if you go up to Maine you should be able to meet up with Mike from blocSonic.

I’m happy to give more thoughts about where CC music people are or what cities/places would be worth visiting. The drive from the east coast to LA is worth doing just to get some perspective on how massive this country is.

Please Support Snowdrift.coop for the Future of the Commons

I don’t think I can say it better than Aaron, so just watch.

Note: the main video above is also available in fully-free format at Archive.org.