Mustachioed Cloud Technology Mentor by day; Daddy, Husband and Improvisor by night.

Batting Practice with Marshall

Over the weekend my almost 5 year old son and I had a guys day. We had flapjacks for breakfast, went to the coffee shop, and ate at our favorite restaurant, and read some books together. But our favorite part of the day was hitting up the batting cages for to hit some balls. Marshall has always loved baseball. He gets home from school, and asks to go right outside and start playing.

Unbreaking Email - 6 weeks later

The last thing I did at work last year was to delete all of the mail from my inbox. Don’t worry, I took a backup, first, but I wanted to try something new with email. The day before, I read a wonderful blog post by my colleague Cody Bunch on how he planned to “unbreak email in 2015.” by using a simple set of rules. I liked the simplicity, and decided to give his system a try.

The problem with reply all

Here’s the problem with email: You can’t opt in and you can’t opt out. Once someone decides that you need to be included in an email conversation, you’re in until someone else (lots of someones, usually) decide to remove you from the thread. Until then, you’re stuck getting every single reply, even those that provide absolutely no benefit to anyone - “+Bob from accounting;” “Let me get back to you on that;” “Congrats!” One email convention is responsible for all of this - “reply all.” reply all certainly makes sense for a variety of scenarios - all of which involve the sender being aware of the vital recipients of the email.

WordPress Hangout

I really enjoyed hosting yesterday’s WordPress themed Office Hours Hangout. We had some great guests and a great discussion. I’m looking forward to hearing everyone speak this weekend at WordCamp San Antonio. If you’re there, look me up! Hosts Alan Bush - @AlanBush Drew Cox - @DrewCoxSA Guests Steven Villarreal - CloudU Learning Strategist Garrett Heath - @pinojo - Rackspace Social Media Marketer Anthony Burchell - @TheWPressGuy Table of Contents

Cloud Application Architecture Trends

Hosts Alan Bush - @AlanBush Bill Hertzing - @BillHertzing Guests BK Box - @gondoi - Principal Engineer Ryan Walker -@theryanwalker - DevOps Automation Engineer Table of Contents Cloud News TechStars San Antonio (2:48) Microsoft CityNext (6:01) Cloud Architecture Trends Controlling Hardware Through Code (11:46) Implementing Services (20:08) Container Based Architecture (29:50) Docker Q&A (35:02) Service Discovery (41:17) Wrap Up (48:54) Links: Cloud Application Architecture Trends White Paper TechStars San Antonio

Did this work?

Ok, so I just blog to Hugo, and I’ve deployed it with If you’re reading this, it worked.

Instant Instagram Gratification

I want instant gratification. Especially on Twitter. It’s 140 characters short. Give me the info, and let me look at the next tweet. So when I see a tweet linking to Instagram, sometimes I don’t follow the link. I don’t want to wait an extra few seconds to open a new tab, wait for Instagram to load, look at the picture, then head back to Twitter. Especially on a mobile device.

Performing with San Antonio ComedySportz

The good news is I’m performing improv comedy on Saturday. The bad news is I don’t get to make stuff up with my friends as much as I would like. I think that’s just a fact of this stage of my life. I don’t have to like it, but there it is. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by ComedySportz San Antonio.

Recommended Android Apps

A friend just got her first Android phone, so I put together a quick list of apps I think are well worth an install. This is by no means a complete list, just a start. All of the Google Apps. Most of them aren’t the default on a Samsung device, and it’s well worth it to either install them or set them up as your default. Google Now Launcher - provides the default Google Android Experience - No Samsung/HTC crap interface.