Brilliant College Kid, Drop Outs, Start Biz, Makes Billions

We all here these stories, some college kids drops out, makes billion dollar startup.  It's possible, maybe.

What if some group, had some idea for a product, like, lets find a way to get people connected to all their friends, find out their deepest, inner most thoughts, capture those in a database, how could we do that.

Well, we could force people to do data entry every day, remember facts, emotions, web of connections, etc.  Or we could build a fancy cool website, make if fun.

We'll pick someone, let them run the company, make tons of money, and we'll get our ulterior motive.  Which is a data mining site where the public freely enter and divulge all information in their heads of past and current experiences along with their personal relationship network, their underlying beliefs, so we can build social profiles of everyone on the planet, and we won't pay them a dime for this valuable information.

Let's create a device, which people will carry with them at all times.  It will contain all their contacts, they can surf the internet, talk on it, take pictures, upload.  We'll fund it, brilliant founder college dropout will make billions, and we'll introduce our portable, information gathering and tracking device ulterior motive.

The trick is, most if not all people chosen to lead these companies will be college drop outs, somewhat defiant of the system, technological genius, common theme.

If you'd like to introduce ultra new technology for some reason, and would like to mask ulterior motives, simply hire a bright college kid, get them to drop out, spoon feed them the technology, make up some story of company history, kid makes billions, meanwhile you get what you want, public need not know anything.

There's no way this scenario is true.  But.  You ever wonder?

Current State of Technology

What is the current state of technology.

Get a deck of cards.  Open the box.  Throw the cards up into the air.  Watch how each card lands.

Next get a fan, plug it in, aim the fan at the cards, turn on high.  Watch the cards fly through the room, under chairs, tables, behind curtains.

Next, shut all the lights in the room, so you have absolutely no idea where anything is.  Notice how you can't even see the cards any more, scattered, under the chairs and tables.

Now, walk out of the room, down the hall, get in your car, and drive away, fast.

That basically sums it up.

Any questions?


Everybody Loves a Winner

Time to pick up the dog poop out back.  Clean the pool.  Add chemicals.  Clean the filter.  Pull the weeds.  Mow the lawn.  Trim the shrubs.  Bring down the pails.  Bring up the pails.  Bring down the recycled pails.  Bring up the recycled pails.  Clean the garage.  Clean the kitchen.  Clean the bathrooms.  Vacuum the downstairs.  Vacuum the upstairs.  Vacuum the steps.  Clean up the dog fur around the house.  Do the laundry.  Fold the laundry.  Bring the car in for repair.  Drive to doctor appointment.  Call insurance fix the billing error.  Pay the doctor appointment.  Go to next doctor appointment to fix problem cause by previous doctor.  Go to next doctor appointment to fix the problem caused by the next doctor.  Call insurance to fix billing error on last two appointments.  Call doctor to have them fix the notes from doctor visits as they wrote down incorrect stuff.  Pay the bills for previous two doctor appointments.  Look for newer doctor.  Drive to MRI.  Drive to C-Scan.  Drive to pharmacy pick up prescriptions.  Grocery shop.  Sam's Club shop.  Pick up dog food, dog toys, biscuits.  Drive dogs to dog groomer.  Pick up dog medicine.  More doctor appointments.  Drive to dentist for semi-annual cleaning.  Call insurance why didn't they approve x-rays.  Pay bill to dentist.  Emergency crown needed.  Pay bill for crown.  Fill up car with gas.  Pick up food for dinner.  More doctor appointments.  More doctor appointments.  Pay bills for doctor appointments.  Visit and drop off stuff for family member in senior care facility, memory care unit.  Fix the computer, internet not working.  Change the light bulbs that are out.  Change the air conditioning filter.  Order more ac filters.  More doctor appointments.  More prescriptions that don't work.  More bills.  Work 40 hours per week consulting.  Travel.  Work.  Travel.  Work. Travel.  Repeat all the above.  For years.

People wonder what wears you down.  I'm not sure exactly.

When you're going through a storm, don't stop to ask questions.  Just keep moving forward.

How do you take care of yourself?  You don't.  No exercise.  Lack of sleep.  Exhaustion.  Toughen up.

I joined a tennis club.  Started playing after 10 years.  Same people, some new ones as well.  Some good days, some not so good days.  When you're losing, the key thing to remember.  Stick to the basics.  Don't try anything fancy.  Get the ball back in play.  Let the opponent make the errors.  Find some momentum.  Keep at it.  If you lose, play again next week.  Practice at the wall.  Eventually, you find your swing again.  And you win.  Nobody cares about the losses.  Everybody loves a winner.

And so it goes~!


Technology Advances like a Drum with Block Chain Ripe for Prime Time

Data becomes information.  Information adds value if used properly to align business practices, streamline processes with net result of increased sales & profit and reduced costs.

Traditional Reporting
Reports have existed for a very long time.  They report on the past.  Business typically managed the business in the rear view mirror.

Red shirts seems to be selling in region B, while White shirts are selling in Region C, while Yellow shirts are not selling anywhere.  Let's drop Yellow from the product line, increase Red & White shirt production.  Seems Fred had highest sales, Bob had lowest.  Lots of useful information of the past.

OLAP Cubes
Next, we accumulated that data into Cubes for faster slice and dice.  Lots of data transformation, business rules and data ingestion.  Costs a lot, tough to maintain, can't store all data.

Big Data
Next, Big Data provides data lake to store all data.  Still need to cleanse, transform and prepare data for consumption.  Handles a lot of prior issues, and adds some problems as well.

Machine Learning
Machine learning has been around for a while also.  People have been creating "models" to predict future probability based on past data.  I know the banks used this in the mid 1990's to score credit applications.  Advances in technology, lower costs and software availability have proliferated into mass consumption.  Schools and University's provide courses so people can get up to speed quickly.

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence is a higher level of all this.  Massive data, crunching numbers to provide easy access to important information at the snap of a finger.  It's widely available on smart phones.

Internet of Things
Internet of Things allows remote sensors to capture and relay information back to central hub for storage, processing, analysis in real time.  Our planet is in the process of becoming interconnected.  Besides not have standard protocols, guaranteed security and widely available programmer base, there are other things to consider like how long is the battery life of a device, how do we apply software patches and upgrade Hardware & Software over time.

Quantum Computing
Quantum Computing is a hot topic.  Scientist attempt to leverage the peculiar behavior of quantum physics and apply to technology.  Our entire computing system is based on binary numbers of zeros and ones, when combined, they form a language which computers can interpret.  Quantum bits allow greater flexibility where a state may be 0, 1 or some where in between.  This added feature allows faster computation across wider scenarios and can potentially reduce computation time to solve difficult problems.  Theoretically, this technology will be able to crack any encryption known today and poses security risks perhaps.  The machines are very expensive, difficult to maintain cold environments and the knowledge base is centralized to advanced level mathematicians, physicists and scientist.  The quantum bit has bizarre properties, such as instantaneous communication with paired bits across great distances.  Another behavior is not knowing the state of a particular bit until we ask the bit what its state is.  This tech has great potential.

Block Chain
With all that said, the newest feature that has a lot of attention right now is the Block Chain.  Why is it hot?  Because it lays the framework plumbing technology foundation across a variety of sectors.  It has potential to radically alter existing processes such as banking, healthcare, election systems, stock market transactions, clearing house middlemen, just about anything.  What is unique about Block Chain?

It's a distributed ledger.  Transactions are written, never removed.  Each transaction has a Digital Signature, basically a hashed key of the prior transaction, along with current key.  As the transaction is sent out, the Digital Signature is validated and record is recorded across a distributed  data store and record is assumed to be valid because it passes the rules engine and the group agrees the transaction to be valid.  Block Chain can handle any "asset".  Assets can be people, things, events, you name it.

The transaction could be anything.  We agree to give x person 10 units of y.  Transaction sent.  Authenticated & distributed & recorded.  Audit trail agrees.  Done deal.

It could also be stock purchases.  ABC agrees to sell 10 shares of Y Stock to DEF at $10 per share on 10/01/2017.  Transaction sent, authenticated, distributed, recorded.  Done deal.  No batch processing.  No hidden fees.  No hold up in time.  No fraud.  No corruption.  

Speaking of fraud, imagine an Election process that wrote votes to the Block Chain.  Secure, record-able, transparent if need be, audit trail.  Completely transparent with documented audit trail.

This Block Chain technology could not only disrupt just about every business model today, it could also replace our paper money.  Imagine that.  Without paper money, what's the need for traditional banks.  Just sent money across the Block Chain, pay the nominal fees, transaction is secure, done deal.  Imagine all the available real estate with empty banks potentially.

In my estimation, sure reporting is great.  Insights are wonderful.  AI to ease the flow of life, that's tremendous, although Artificial General Intelligence may not happen for a while, if at all, can read my post on that topic here.  IoT can link the worlds together digitally.  Block Chain has the most potential to radically alter the life here on planet Earth.  

What's the holdup from widespread adoption?  My estimation is getting the Block Chain to scale up.  As in millions of transactions a second across a distributed network across the planet.  Maybe that new underwater pipeline between North America and Europe could help facilitate that.  Once Block Chain scales, you could see widespread adoption across a variety of sectors, including all the big boys in every sector.

Technology geeks will eventually run the World's digital plumbing via Block Chain and it will have the biggest impact in the near future.

And so it goes~!

Can Mankind Create Artificial General Intelligence

What do you want to do when you grow up.  For some of us, we still haven't decided.  After close to 50 years.

Chances are, if you chose anything related to technology, you have a chance at keeping your job until you retire.  Although most jobs are now becoming technology related.

They say Artificial Intelligence will soon be here.  First we'd have to define what AI is.  And there are two camps, one is narrow artificial intelligence and the other is general artificial intelligence.

We've already got narrow AI built into many household devices especially smart phones along with some sites on the web.  These assistants make our lives easier by studying patterns, analyzing tons of data to facilitate easier flow in our everyday lives.

As far as general artificial intelligence, from what I've seen, we are years away, if ever, of solving this riddle.  What we are talking about is creating a life form out of thin air.  That sort of dabbles with the hidden laws of nature and physics, which is probably hidden for a reason.

Some of our brightest minds have attempted to create AGI for the past 60+ years, with minimal success.  If the goal is to reproduce the activity of the human mind, we have a ways to go.  We know the basic architecture, except for the black box that ties everything together.  Call it what you like, the soul, the being, the unique aura of an individual, we don't know much about it.

If the goal is to reproduce the behaviors and characteristics of mankind, we better understand what that infers.  This AGI must understand human emotions, like love and hate, lust, greed, envy, rage, revenge, wars, homicide, genocide, blind obedience, hierarchical structures that benefit only the few, for the AGI beings to understand just how we think and behave.

What we've got here, is a reputable version of clinical settings for creating a Frankenstein.  It's alive!  Oh know, what have we created?

I would think that many smart people in the AGI field have already concluded that creating life out of thin air is no easy task.  Is it possible at all?  Time will tell.  If we do in fact let the genie out of the bottle, there would be no turning back.

And why is that?  Primarily because our attempt to rush into this without planning, architect, strategist, creating rules and laws of ethics and behavior, is just not at a point it needs to be.  Our rush to market, for profit and control of the market, is simply bypassing these required tasks.

Another reason for possible delay, AGI is not simply a technology issue.  It's a social, financial, legal, medical, biological, just about every industry needs to be apart of the process.  Technology is just one aspect.  That requires an arsenal of staff, granted, some heavy hitters are putting up a lot of money so they probably have these items covered.

Technology is racing forward.  We've removed the guard rails and safety nets.  Full steam ahead.  If we do crack the code of creating life, I sure hope society can withstand their creation, and if it survives, our lives could potentially be altered forever.

You can read some more blogs on the subject:

Intelligent Machines or Pandora's Box

And so it goes~!


Data Is Not the New Oil

They say data is the new oil.  Oil is black tar like substance, extracted from the ground, from ancient fossils.

Data is a bunch of zeros and ones combined to form objects in the form of strings, numbers, blobs, etc.

There's only so much oil in the Earth.  Data is an infinite resource.  That's a clear distinction.

Oil can be extracted from the ground, assuming you have the rights and machinery to do so, as well a way to offload your cargo to refinery and then market for sale

Data can be home grown, purchased or found on the web.

Only oil specialist can work with oil, from extraction to shipping to processing to your gas pump at the station.

Anyone who has access to a computer, knows Excel or SQL can work with data.

There are some very clear distinctions as to why Data is nothing like Oil.

What do they have in common.  Ability to make money~!

and there you have it~!


Digital Currency uses Block Chain Technology

Digital Currency is taking off.  A new currency that bypasses traditional banks and markets.  Many currencies are worth billions.

It runs on block chain.  A database that writes transactions across distributed network.  The digital ledger is sequentially written, transparent and uses hashtags to ensures validity.  If someone tampers with the chain, future transactions will not be accurate for all to see.

Who discovered this technology?  Some guy, not sure.  He wrote a white paper, helped out a bit, then disappeared.  Seems odd.  Digital currency entered the scene Jan 2009, after the financial meltdown.

Block chain is highly valuable due to the fact that it handles secured transactions.  The chain doesn't have to be related to money, so the open source code can be used across variety of sectors.  Think healthcare, retail, stock market.  Transactions are instantaneous, bypassing the traditional wait time like overnight batch processing.

It's primed to replace paper money in the near future.  Perhaps another financial collapse, exit paper money, enter digital currency stage left.  Electronic currency can be tightly controlled, making fraud and money laundering almost impossible.

Block chain can track assets.  Any asset.  With the rise of Internet of Things or IoT, products can be tracked using current methodologies, and soon to be tracked using block train.

Let's say you purchase an item on the internet, using a digital currency like Bitcoin.  The product is shipped, perhaps tracked in the delivery truck, it arrives at your house.  The embedded sensors in the IoT device sends signals back to the home office, write a record to the block chain, "asset ownership="John Q. Owner", DateOfOwnership="2017-09-22", PricePaid="49.99", TaxPaid="3.49".  As you can see, the asset is tracked in an IoT Block Chain database, over time, with audit trail.

If asset changes hands, perhaps stolen or bartered, were proper taxes paid, IoT-Block Chain knows.

Once digital currency takes off and potentially replaces paper money, the national deficit could be wiped clean over night.  Since the dollar is no longer tied to the gold standard, and potentially no longer secured with paper money, not only can every coin or token be tracked in real time, we could also trace each coin back in time to see how it changed hands, when, by whom, you name it.

Imagine how many companies are tied to paper money.  Banks may not be necessary in the future.  Also something to note, the entire currency could be centrally located, perhaps across the globe, with a single currency.  Asset tracking could become a reality.  Transparency.  Audit trail.  And Centrally controlled.  The ramifications of this technology could alter the planet, a real eye opener for sure.  Don't take my word for it.  Have a watch:

The times, they are a changin'.


Is Ride Share Business Model a Fad or Here to Stay

Driving people from place to place, using your own vehicle has many positive aspects.

  • You become self employed.  Tax write offs.
  • You set your own hours.  Work any time you feel like it.  Day or night.
  • You get to meet interesting people.
  • You get to see the world, not behind a cubicle, but right in front of your eyes.
  • You can work part time or full time, you choose.
  • You get tips plus paycheck.
  • Revenue stream

There's a lot of freedom.

On the downside, you're car takes a real beating. 

  • Wrack up miles faster than one can image.
  • What does that do to the resale value.
  • What about frequent car repair.
  • Increases chance of auto wrecks, possible insurance increases.
  • No guarantee of riders.
  • What if your passenger takes you an hour away with no return fairs.
  • Increase competition as more drivers ready to pick up next ride.
  • Not sure if they get benefits, like days off, sick days, insurance, but I doubt it, freelancers.
I wonder what happens when the drivers require a new vehicle at the end of the year.  Wouldn't the cost of a new vehicle dip in to the profit stream worked so hard to get during the year.

Is ride sharing a good business model.  Definitely for the owners of the company.  Not much overhead, as they don't own the vehicles, the workers are not employees and the routes are selected via a derivative of machines learning and artificial intelligence.

Good model for the workers?  Perhaps.  Quick and easy revenue stream.  Just keep in mind, there are downstream hidden costs.

Will this model trickle into other segments of society?  Streamlined business model, keep the profits, place the burden of costs on the free-lanced workers.  If the goal in increased profits and decreased costs, seems like a no-brainer.

And there you have it~!


Universal Global Unique Identifier or U-GUID

The Universe is based on energy.  That energy aligns and clusters and disperses.  Similar to a swarm of bees.

We align and cluster ourselves.  Pick a favorite sports team, we align, unite, form a bond, have an agreed upon adversary.  Pick a Country.  State.  City.  Political Party.

We cluster and form an energy unit.  Aligned on beliefs and values.

Yet some of our cluster mates, may actually be antagonist in another cluster.  We may align with USA, but we like the Yankees and you like the Mets.  Another cluster may like the Mets, yet they are Republicans and Pro-Choice while you are Democrat and Pro-Union.

We partake in different overlapping clusters and form alliances accordingly so long as the group does not further cluster within the outer cluster.

Try for a minute, to remove all your Clusters.  No favorite team, political party, country, religion.  What have you.  

That's your true self, without the layer upon layer of aligned clusters.  Now that you've found the core, you have past memories and experiences that make you unique.

Now remove those.  At this point, how much different are you than anybody else?

Do you have a unique signature that defines you specifically, a Universal Global Unique Identifier or U-GUID?  If so, does that stay with you after you depart this planet?  Has your U-GUID been to other realities in other parts of the Universe?  Has it been to this planet prior and will it return, where does it go when it leaves?  Are there different levels of U-GUID's as far as Spiritual Growth.

Is the U-GUID your "soul"?  An energy field that never dies?  Simply transforms dimensions and realities and learns with each new life.  If so, how important is that new big screen plasma television or Ferrari, material pleasures or distractions from our true calling?

That's the question on the table.  Were we placed here on Earth at this point and time to further our evolutionary growth of Spirit, to experience physical reality in order to learn and grow?

And so it goes~!


Riding the Storm Out in Florida

We weathered Hurricane Irma with minimal impact.  We were fortunate to have power all day and night with constant flickering, along with internet connection.  The winds howled continually throughout the evening and picked up gust around 1am.  I stayed up until 3pm then went to bed.  When we awoke, went outside to assess damage.  Mostly downed branches and limbs.  The trench dug on the side of the house did its job and pushed the water out of the backyard.  And we brought in all the stuff from outside so no flying debris.

Then I raked up the leaves, went on the roof to rake some more, assembled a pile out front.

Had a chance to strum the guitar while the storm howled, riding the storm out around 1am on the back patio...(video quality ain't so great).  I basically finger pick the notes, with no song and no idea what next note will be at any point.  Just random strumming, using index and third finger and open strings mostly.

Hurricanes are part of living in Florida.  First direct hit since we moved here in 1982.  I hope everyone who stayed during the storm was safe and damage to property not too severe.

And so it goes~!


Sit and Wait

The Hurricane was heading towards Florida, they predicted an east Coast thing, so many of the residents were thinking, we're off the hook.  I was holding out as the storms have a mind of their own.  Sure enough, the thing turned heading directly towards us.  We heard stories of people driving north, grid traffic, arriving to destination with not much gas.  So we decided to ride it out.

I spent about 10 hours Saturday preparing the house.  Then I got a call from a friend, he left town in a camper, was in Texas when we spoke.  He said to get out.  By that time, it was really too late.

So we spent the day doing nothing much really, just waiting for the nasty weather to start.  And start it has.  Wind is howling, trees are shifting from side to side, been raining nonstop for hours.  Dogs are huddled together.  Lights have been flickering on and off for hours.  Internet keeps resetting.  At this point, we expect to lose power shortly, as the storm should arrive after midnight.

All we can do is sit and wait.  So that's what we'll do.  See you on the other side (of the storm) ~!

Mapping Attributes Across the Galaxy using Big Data

Let's say you had an IoT device.  It would contain a variety of information including latitude and longitude as two attributes that change over time.

Let's say you could record every location along with time, to give a complete record.

Let's take this a step further, and somehow embed a sensor IoT in every atom in our Galaxy.  We'd store the Id, Lat, Lon along with time stamp for every atom at every instance of time down to the microsecond.

Then we could use mapping technology to replay specific intervals in time.  That would pick up a handful of attributes, but what if we could store others.  And record in a big data repository.  Perhaps a Graph database to see how different atoms aligned or repelled with other Atoms, discover the secret to 'dark mass' in the Universe.

If anyone has free time and would like some extra credit, please feel free to begin this project.  It would be much appreciated.

And so it goes~!

Meetup with Other Selves in Alternate Parallel Universes

 Having some spare time waiting for the Hurricane Irma to make a presence, I organized a Meetup  with my other selves who reside in alternate parallel Universes.  We all met in a galaxy far far away, few of me were late as MapQuest not available in that sector of the galaxy.

We each introduced ourselves, how our lives progressed, and got to witness what our lives would have turned out had we made alternate decision at each point in our lives.  Some of me were very successful, others not so much.

We spoke of past lives, turns out some of me borrowed so much, they're still repaying back the loans.  It was a very enlightening experience to meet all of me at this point in time/space.  Really opens your mind to the ramifications of each decision in life.  Some good, some not so good, then amplified with each new decision.

It's sort of like the Theory of Fractals where each spot of physical space can be zoomed in, only to find new spaces where you zoom in again until infinity.  Same with decision making and it's exponential possibilities and such.

Regardless, based on discussion with my other selves from alternate parallel Universes, I'd have to say the segment strand I'm currently on, this could very well be Purgatory.

And so it goes~!

Purpose of Media

Television and media have multi purpose.

Entertainment  Low level sit-coms to babysit the masses.

Information Flow  Disseminate single source of the truth.  Watered down, filtered, altered and biased.

Revenue Stream Advertisers pay gobs of greenbacks to get their brand in front of your eyes and ears.  Seriously, who purchases items based on loud, flashy, obnoxious, half true blurbs.  Apparently just about everyone.

Create Culture When you have the attention of majority of population, you get to inject subtle hints of acceptable behavior.  You set the tone, define boundaries, within limits, you don't attack the people paying revenue stream, shoot yourself in the foot.

Anxiety If you catch yourself getting anxious after media binges, its not by accident.  Media structures its content to make you feel weak, tired, lethargic, anxious and perhaps depressed.  In that state, you aren't much of a threat, chances are you'll likely binge purchase to feel better.  News spews one bad segment after another after another after another.  Newspeak.

If you ever take over a country, first thing you get is control of their media.  Then their education system to educate the youngsters, as the adults are too old to learn new behaviors.  Loot their museums.  And their financial markets of course, start flowing your goods and services cha ching!

Let's march to victory~!

And there you have it~!

Credit Bureau Data Breech

The Equifax breech in my opinion is the grand daddy of them all data hacks.

When I approved loans for 4 or 5 years, Credit Bureau was the "main" way to asses if someone was credit worthy.

A 5 to 10 second glance at the report, we could determine if you drank champagne, beer or milk.  In other words, we could determine your character using the credit report.  And it works.

Back in the early 1990's, the main 3 were Equifax, TransUnion and TRW.

Now that hackers have this info, we're screwed basically.  They know every credit card, auto, home and unpaid student loans you've had, for the past 7 years.  They know if you pay your bills, they have your address info.  What more could they need.

Truly  this is a data hack of epic proportions.  The one thing I learned about approving loans, the ones who qualify best, don't need the loans.

And there you have it~!


Big Storms a Comin'

Big storms a comin'.  Started preparing the house this am bright and early.  Just finished up around 6pm.  Bringing in all the stuff from outside, dug a ditch to the front yard from the back as water tends to accumulate.  Quite a day.

Pool clean, check!

Patio clean, check!

Trench dug, check!

Patio stuff brought in, check!

Car in garage, check!

I remember back in 1986, me and a tennis team mate rode out the storm.  And we had the half dozen storms around 2003 or 2004 back when I worked for the insurance company, got quite a lot of damage in the 3 county are Miami, Dade & Broward.

I believe this storm is heading our way.  Its going to be a big one.  Neighbor said the big issue are the trees.  I tend to agree.

Since we're not evacuation zone we decided to stay put.  We're about a mile from the Bay.  You have to respect Mother Nature.

They've been saying Tampa Bay is due for a big one.  Guess we'll find out shortly.

House is secure, food, water. Going to ride this storm out. To our Florida community and states to the North, we got this! Prayers.

Chloe ready, check!

Sammie ready, check!

Snoopy ready, check!

And so it goes~!


Blog is Back

Welcome to Bloom Consulting BI blog, 2.0.

We shut the blog down for a spell, had to do some routine maintenance, spring cleaning, if you will.

And we're back, better than ever.  Or, maybe more of the same.

I started blogging perhaps 2003 or 2004, under SafetyHarborShaman site.  Was a classic ASP web app connected to an Access database in the cloud.  It got hacked, so I shut it down.

Started this one.  Been posting for many years, probably deleted hundreds of posts over the years.  Right now, site has approx 1200 posts.

I started the year out on the bench.  Working partial hours for a pharmaceutical company writing Tableau reports.  Then landed a project in Boston, for a major insurance company, writing reports in DBVisualizer against AWS Hive in Data Lake, and some Excel VBA.  My projects been extended a few times, got some additional resources added so we have a team now instead of flying solo.  And by flying, I traveled the first 8 weeks from Sunday to Friday, home on Saturday, back to back to back.  Then 4 weeks travel out of the next 8.  And travel has slowed a bit, although I've worked 40 hours every week minus few days PTO here and there.

When you work from home there's no division between personal life and work life.  And I've been hoofing it for sure on both ends.  Since 2015.  There's never a time that I'm not moving around, doing stuff, work related or home related.  Never.  The only time I get to relax is the occasional guitar strumming out back.  Although joining the tennis club a few months back has lit a fire, getting back into the "swing" of things you could say.

Tennis, Rubik's Cube, Programming.  Things I enjoy without having to think much.  Maybe blogging too.

So there you have it.  Thanks for reading~!