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August 20, 2016

I was in a conversation with my daughter the other day – she’s been doing a lot of auditioning lately and is working hard to get herself more deeply involved in musical theatre. I commented that, despite her many lessons and auditions, I’d never heard her sing, and she responded, “That’s by design, Dad. To…

August 16, 2016

For reasons I can not even begin to understand, I had the opportunity last week to hang out with racing legend AJ Foyt. If you don’t know who AJ Foyt is, suffice it to say he’s one of the winningest racers in racing history (having won the Indy 500 a record four times, as well…

June 1, 2016

I was in a conversation yesterday about a forecasting tool we use to manage our sales pipeline in Application Development at OST. I’m frustrated about some of the tool’s limitations, and I was ranting to one of my peers, Rob, that I wanted to throw it out and build something new. Rob tilted his head to…

May 5, 2016

Data is funny. We use it to tell us all sorts of things. We call it empirical. We talk about how the data doesn’t lie. We look at numbers, look at trends, and we draw conclusions – not just the data scientists in the crowd, but everybody. How much money did you make last year?…

April 13, 2016

Those who know me well know that I am obsessed with Alexander Hamilton. He’s the founding father you didn’t learn about in US History, mostly because he never became President. You probably know he was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr, you might even recognize him as the dude currently gracing your ten-dollar bill,…

April 6, 2016

If you’re not sure what you’re seeing in that picture, let me explain it to you. That’s my daughter and I in the orchestra for a performance of Hamilton: An American Musical; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s amazing, hip-hop-infused bio-musical on the life of Alexander Hamilton (and the founding of our nation). You can tell from our faces,…

April 4, 2016

Hey kids, guess what I just got?!? The final back cover blurb for GRAYSON RISING, that’s what! Want to check it out? Here you go: My name is Grayson Guinness. The childhood I thought I had? That was a lie. The family I thought I knew? That was a lie, too. There’s nobody left to…

March 2, 2016

We had a kind of odd Leap Day celebration this year at OST (the company where I spend my working hours) – we ran a one-day-only pop-up restaurant from within our headquarters in Grand Rapids. I know what you’re thinking: “Wait, what?” I’ll say it again. We served breakfast and lunch to nearly 80 customers,…

February 11, 2016

Winter is here, at last, and as the primary snow shoveler in my family, let me say I’m none too happy about it. The past week brought me a foot of snow, and it’s not gonna shovel itself. Staring out my kitchen window at twelve heavy inches of snow burying my driveway, it was daunting…

January 11, 2016

We’re in the home stretch here. It’s been more than three years of work, but we’re approaching an official release date for GRAYSON RISING. As we hop through the final hoops between now and a release date, I’ll be sure to keep you updated.