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How I'd Write the Article

on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:37

I'm not a journalist, but I've done some writing and really enjoy the exercise of writing.

This morning I got an email from a friend congratulating me for a photo credit in a local daily newspaper. I had no idea what he was talking about.

It turns out The Morning Call had an article titled, "Nazareth Resident's Racing Career Starting to Take Off," featuring my good friend Corey Lewis. It included a photo of him, taken by me, five years ago, he's now 22 so it is a long time ago for him (not the photo above, that was taken by a pro at Indy last weekend - thank you!).

The photo was on a

Speaking at the Inaugural Acquia Engage

on Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:04

I was honored to be invited to speak at the inaugural "Acquia Engage" event this November in Boston, presented by Acquia.

Before going further, in fair disclosure, Olympus, my employer does contract with Acquia and I am the primary contact for our Medical Website, which is powered by Drupal and the reason that we engage Acquia.

This marks my third speaking engagement coming up this fall.

In September I'll be presenting at another first time event, "Change Management and Digital Transformation Summit for the Lifesciences" and in October during the Partnering with Agencies Day at "Digital

Book Review: The Exodus Quest

on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:50

The Exodus Quest by Will Adams
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I've read a lot of books that focus on uncovering hidden mysteries by way of a quest.

I'm typically pretty open to how far the author is willing to go provided it stays within a realm of being believable. So what is that? I don't think there is a hard and fast rule, but as I'm reading (or watching) it has to have some level of consistency that allows me to continue to believe it.

I couldn't keep believing this story and as a result I can't give this book more than two stars.

The story reads fast, but it is almost too fast as if the speed

What is an Old Soul?

on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:33

So I came across a post yesterday titled "14 Signs You're an Old Soul" on thoughtcatalog.com (had never heard of it before. I kiddingly noted that the post mostly resonated with me and that I'd consider myself an old fart, but didn't frankly know what an old soul was.

Of course I then Googled "old soul" and got 148 million results. Urban Dictionary defines it as, "a spiritual person whom is wise beyond their years." It also notes that some consider it a result of past incarnations.  I found another site that claimed an Old Soul is the fifth and final stage of reincarnation.

I saw a few

DrupalCon Austin, Day 3 Keynote

on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 19:47
Please note: Each of these is my own summary and any misquotes or characterizations are my own fault for not having taken better notes and putting these into post format sooner!
 
Hugh Forrest, Director of the SXSW Interactive Festival, presented the Day 3 (4 if you took Training on Monday) Keynote address titled, "Why geeks are the new rock stars!"
 
There were so many people filling into the hall at the start that they were rolling in chairs for first 25 minutes of his address.
 
Hugh explained how SXSW started as music only in 1987. They chose spring break weekend because it was when

Change Management and Business Transformation Summit for the Lifesciences

on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:28

Realized that I never made a post on the other conference I'm speaking at this fall, the Change Management and Business Transformation Summit for the Lifesciences being held in September in Philadelphia.

I'll be presenting a modified version of what I did in San Diego in May on Technology Adoption.

Tour de France, Stage Four

on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:08

I love watching the Tour on a tape delayed basis each night and try hard not to know what has happened throughout the day so as not to spoil the event.

Tonight I was watching Stage Four and saw last year's Tour winner Chris Froome go down early. It was noted that he had a similar crash and loss at another event and never recovered. I'm looking forward to seeing him recover and win.

Americans Tejay Van Garderen of BMC and Andrew Talansky of Garmin-Sharp are both in the top 25 after Stage 4 and will be looking for more (hopefully) as the Tour progresses.

Love the competition and images as

EXL Pharma's 8th Digital Pharma East

on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 16:46

I was invited to speak at EXL's 8th Annual Digital Pharma East in Philadelphia, October 21-24, 2014 and the brochure was released today.

My session is on Friday, so I hope people stick around until the end, and the topic is "How to Identify the Right Agency for the Job and Position them for Success!"

The entire day is focused on Partnering with Agencies, and I think this is a great theme, because I don't think any company is staffed to the point of being able to do everything internally. You have to work with partners and leverage their experience.

Book Review: History of Middle Earth volume XII

on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 23:41

The Peoples of Middle-earth (The History of Middle-earth, #12)The Peoples of Middle-earth by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Volume 12 of 12 in the History of Middle Earth, The Peoples of Middle-Earth, compiled by Christopher Tolkien, is in many ways my favorite of the ones I've read (I've read the first two volumes and last six).

This volume primarily covers the Prologue and Appendices of LOTR, but it sneaks in a few selections touched upon in Unfinished Tales and provides to two gems in the final section "The New Shadow" and "Tal-Elmar".

The New Shadow, published for the first time in this volume, is the start to a sequel of LOTR.

DrupalCon Austin, Day 2 Keynote

on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:52

As noted in my earlier post it has been taking longer than I would have liked to have gotten some posts up on the sessions I attended at DrupalCon Austin.

Please note: Each of these is my own summary and any misquotes or characterizations are my own fault for not having taken better notes and putting these into post format sooner!

The Day 2 Keynote was presented by Erynn Petersen (Twitter | LinkedIn) and was captured and posted to YouTube (do watch it is well worth your time).

Erynn is the Executive Director of Outercurve, she is a founder of Station082, and is a Board Member of Girl

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