Trendy Business Trends are Trendy

Cross-functional teams are valuable because, as you can see, the cross-functional paradigm leads to many more arrows and brightly colored circles.


OH. MY. GOD I hate trendy business trends with the intensity of a thousand white-hot suns.

#wasteoftime #pureuncuthorseshit #probablywhyineverrosetomanagement

“Hey, we’re not selling enough of our product. I know! Let’s call in an artist with an art degree and no sales background or knowledge of our sales process and waste his time trying to make him solve a sales problem!”

“That’s a great idea. But make sure you give the artist absolutely no warning that our company is even attempting this trendy business model in the first place. Just add him to a bunch of mandatory meetings and don’t offer any explanation or justification for wasting his time!”



Achievement Unlocked

Before and After pics of Rene
In November of 2012 I weighed around 183 pounds. I am five feet seven inches tall. So according to NHLBI’s BMI calculator, my BMI was 28.7 — officially overweight (and just a couple of points shy of “obese”). My doctor told me that my bad cholesterol was high and that I was at risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. So I set a goal to get down to the “normal” BMI range (18.5 to 24.9). I set my sights on 155 pounds, which would put my BMI at 24.3.

In August of 2014 I weighed 148 pounds.

Toddler with a look of triumph

On Sale This Week – Edge and Attitude

Dear Marketers. Please don’t worry about “attitude”. I’ve got it covered.

My reaction when I see marketers throw around words like “edge” and “attitude”:

Boyfriend style eye roll

Also, I hate the term “boyfriend style”. Better, more accurate terms would be


A Place For Gay Geeks

Concept art of Haven
My friend Shane has a dream of opening a truly inclusive meeting space for LGBTA folks in Austin. A space that is an alternative to the typical bars and dance clubs where the music is so loud that normal conversation is impossible. A Haven, if you will, from the sort of gay spaces that are too frequently focused on outward appearances and trendy fashions.

Haven Entertainment aims to provide a venue for all things geek, from a Board Game lounge, Next Gen and LAN Gaming Lounges, to a place where people can go to see Geek themed performances and Nerd Talks on our stage.

Shane has started an Indiegogo campaign for the initial round of funding. Follow this link to learn more about this amazing idea and make a contribution. Even the One Dollar contribution is helpful because it shows potential investors that there is real interest here.

10 Books That Have Stayed With Me

To Kill A Mockingbird

In no particular order:

    The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

    Lord of the Flies by William Golding

    Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr

    The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

It’s that Facebook game: “In your status, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be the ‘right’ books or great books of literature, just ones that affected you in some way. Tag some friends, including me, so I can see your list.”