Recent Posts by JesterXL

Speaking Advice

Although my speaking days are over, I've learned a ton in both many failures and many successes doing technical talks on various aspects of software. My 11 main pieces of advice are:
  1. Tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you told them.
  2. Have fun
  3. Effective Pausing
  4. Start with: a joke, a story, a leading statement
  5. have 3 bottles of resealable water nearby, not cups
  6. use a visual aide
  7. treat the podium as...
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Fitness Progress in 2013

2013 was a great year for me to learn more about fitness and health. I tried 3 specific diet changes: a caloric deficit, a vegetarian diet, and a caloric increase (bulk phase). Fitness wise I tried #P90X2 , #BodyBeast , and my own custom routine I put together from my own research. (more…)...
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Trade Offs in Cyber Security by Dan Geer

Some wonderfully choice quotes from this cyber security essay by Dan Geer. Quite long, but (somewhat?) clearly illustrates the challenges of living in a society where there is so much data about you easily accessible, even if you don't actually intentionally contribute. Additionally, he covers the increasing struggle how we conform to these loss of freedoms which is the antithesis of being an American, yet we keep doing it....
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Some Notes To Consider on the Technical Difficulties with Healthcare.gov

I'm not involved. I am not saying I'm for/against ACA. That said, a few things I've gleaned from a few of the technical views on the internet that weren't from a higher profile source such as the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/21/us/insurance-site-seen-needing-weeks-to-fix.html (more…)...
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