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Game over: Trump is going to win

I feel like I should preface this blog post with some things about me:

I am a far left liberal on social issuesI am a moderate on fiscal issuesI don't recall ever voting for a republican
Now that we've establish my meager bonafides, I have come to a sickening realization that Trump will win this election. Don't get me wrong, he has no business winning. He's a crystallization of every qualities of a right wingnut job. He may not have started the birther movement but he adopted it as his child and did a fine job raising that racist myth as his own child. He's a dangerous moron that thinks he can solve complex problems outside his realm of expertise. For a guy that rich, he demonstrates a shocking lack of knowledge of basic economic issues.  He's publicly said he would be dating his daughter if she weren't his child and he wasn't married. Seriously, he said this. Not once, not twice...multiple times. Finally, when asked what his 1-year old daughter took fro…
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Strong, Likely Boy

Item # 19:

Infant. Age 1. Described as "Strong, Likely Boy" $400.00





What to do?

I recently bought one of those wireless earbuds from Amazon. I spent some time researching all the available options and finally picked this particular one. It was highly rated on Amazon 5 stars from 54 reviewers (most of them "verified purchase"). Not great but not bad. Anyway, the earbuds arrived and I found this in the box:

Hmm, OK. Very mysterious. As instructed, I sent them an email for further information. Here's what I received:

Funny thing is I really like the ear buds. Excellent build quality and thus far, great performance. They reconnect to my phone 2-3 seconds after taking them out of the case. It's easy to create a good seal...sometimes so good I get that underwater feeling one gets with noise cancelling headphones. Even without the 40% incentive, I would have written a review...that's how much I like the ear buds. But now I feel weird about doing it. I wonder how many of those 54 5-star reviews were motivated by a 40% discount.

As for the 40% discou…

Career 101: Dunk, layup or dribble out of bounds?

Saw this on Whisper:


The way I see it, this dude has 3 options:
Reject the $55K increase and stick with his old job that he loves (dribble out of bounds)Take the $170K to his current boss and negotiate for a raise (layup)Take the $170K job, stick with it for a year and then bounce (dunk) The first option is what I call a poor person's advice. It sounds very noble...very "get a job you love and you'll never work". Well I am here to say that's bullshit (mostly). This is business; you should always get the most you can. Besides, this is a chance for this dude to change his baseline salary for future jobs. At his current job, getting that $55K will take several years because corporate America isn't going to offer you more than a token raise each year.

My advice would be to take the $170K offer to his current manager and get him/her to match it or raise his current salary. That's the layup option. It's not too money-hungry and doesn't summarily leave $5…

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Redgate is "evil"

This is a sad blog for me to write. A product I absolutely love is now being used for evil1 by the creators. If you have ever done any database work with Microsoft SQL Server, you've probably heard or maybe even used Redgate's various database tools. Those tools are a godsend and I can't imagine using SQL Management Studio (SMS) without Redgate2. It's literally the first thing I install after installing SMS. It's a tool that if my job didn't pay for it, I'll buy it with my own money. I love it that much.

So imagine my surprise yesterday when I realize that Redgate had made a few changes to their products. Originally, the licensing was pretty straightforward. You pay for a number of licenses, get your license key(s) and put it in the product. That's it. It was based on the honor system (i.e. that you aren't using it on more servers than you paid for). I am not naive enough to think people wouldn't have abused the system. It's the software ind…

Acquisition FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt): Part 1

Last Tuesday morning, as I was getting my kids ready for school, I checked my calendar to see what my day was going to be like at work. I had taken the previous day off and wanted to see if there was any unplanned meeting I had been dragged into. First thing I noticed was that my boss had double booked me for an event I knew nothing about. This was unlike her so I decided to see what this new event was about. Turns out, the "small" company I have worked for for 16 years had been acquired by a much bigger company...you might have heard of them...Booz Allen Hamilton! Yeah, that behemoth.

Needless to say the past week has been very eventful, very hush-hush and filled with a lot of FUD. I get that in acquisitions of this magnitude ($250M to be specific), secrecy is of utmost concern. I also get that CEOs typically don't send an email saying "Hey guys, we are shopping the company around". So by their very definition, these things will always come as a surprise. Howe…