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back from vacation

After two weeks of electronic detoxing at the beach, I’m back!

Kayaks are fun

The beach is relaxing

It’s possible to detach from electronics


It’s near impossible to stop thinking about ‘work’ and life back at home while I’m on vacation.  I do my best, but, maybe not good enough.  What I realized though, was that it’s those times of being unplugged than I can get into a much better ‘strategic’ brainstorming session, instead of the day to day operations.   That’s invaluable.  Maybe I can expense my trip.

 

 

Neo4J Tutorial – Published Video!

You may have noticed that my stream of thought posts on Neo4J.  It’s pained my, cause you know, drawing the balls is fun.

Today, I get to announce a published video tutorial on Neo4J by Packt Publishing!

We developed an in depth course, covering a bunch of graph database and Neo4J problems, ranging from:

  • Installation
  • What is a graph database?
  • comparing to a relational database
  • Using Cypher Query Language (Cypher, CQL)
  • Looking at various functions in Neo4j
  • Query profiling

It was a ton of work, over a few months, but, the support from Packt was great.  I’m really looking forward to getting feedback on the course!

http://bit.ly/fauie-neo4j1

Packt Publishing -  Learning Neo4j Graphs and Cypher

Packt Publishing – Learning Neo4j Graphs and Cypher

 

 

 

Oh it’s so good when things go right…

Life can be quite stressful when things get hard.  That’s common sense.  Life at an early stage startup, is frequently hard.  There’s so much going on, and everyone wears tons of hats, it can get chaotic.  Persistence gets us through.

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Calvin Coolidge

There has to be a light at the end of the tunnel for me to keep going.  I need some reassurance every now and again that it’s worth it.

Today was a good day.   Features worked (duh) that were supposed to work, and it just gave me a little light of encouragement.

 

500k per year

I recently had a conversation with an old friend of mine. There were some awesome things about his job. He loved the day to day, hands on field work.
He didn’t love the office politics, lack of career growth, etc.

I asked him: “how can you make 500k / year in your field?”

What do you think. Is that a valid question? Is that a valid goal for everyone?

My intention was to inspire thought beyond the traditional career path in his field. Not to imply his field or career was bad/wrong.

Can you earn 500k a year using the skills and passions you have? Are you stuck at 35k/year? 100k/year?

Do you need to earn more to feel fulfilled?

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