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December 31, 2013

Here are all the topics I published in 2013.

– Reblog #1: And sometimes you just get lucky! 12/31
– Reblog #2: Racist Programs and assaulting servers 12/30

– Reblog #3: Starting Over at 40 12/27
– Reblog #4: I don’t care what you know, what can you do? 12/26
– Reblog Book Review: The 4 hour work week 12/25
– Reblog #5: The Day we couldn’t make payroll 12/24
– Reblog #6: Data Center CSI, the day the servers died 12/23

– Knowing your audience 12/20
– Fortune Favors the Bold 12/19
– M like Mary. . .but that’s not it 12/18
– They switched to a cash prize and totally blew it 12/17
– Price it below cost but make it up in volume 12/16

– The tragedy that struck my team didn’t spare me 12/13
– It wasn’t supposed to be like this 12/12
– It was never funny, but now it was serious 12/11
– And the horses just laughed at him 12/10
– He could have died (Putting up christmas lights) 12/9

– An Out of Character Post for an Out of Character man 12/6
– The pleasure of pain 12/5
– Candidate for worst manager of the year: ME! 12/4
– I’m on a deadline so why am I on a roof laying shingles? 12/3
– Is it vandalizing if you wrote it? 12/2

– Talk to the most boring guy in the world 11/29
– Book Review: Phenomenal Product Manager 11/28
– How Far Can you Drive with your eyes closed? 11/27
– What would you do? Stuck on a long lonely highway with a dead car and night falling?
– Happy Birthday to me. . .Sort of 11/26
– I didn’t get the job and that has made all the difference 11/25

– Why I don’t Watch TV (But it’s totally cool if you do) 11/22
– I worked from home because the light turned red 11/21
– It’s not a limit. It’s a challenge 11/20
– Making up words and owning them 11/19
– What is your friendship worth? 11/18

– How you get promoted 11/15
– Was it my fault the vendor was three weeks late? (Yes) 11/14
– Why I never get embarrassed at work. . .ever 11/13
– His Millions Did Make Sonics Owner a good manager. 11/12
– Tell them it’s all about you. Make it all about them 11/11

– It’s legal, but is it right? 11/8
– We are Never unemployed 11/7
– Are You Caught In the Wasp Trap? Am I? 11/6
– How Many of you think Microsoft is an evil company? 11/5
– But, What If His Car Is New? (Taxies in foreign countries) 11/4

– The Cow In the Cemetery (How I Got My First Job) 11/1
– The Whip Didn’t Work, But the sword was a hit 10/31
– Every Job is Harder than it looks 10/30
– i Wrote all the lines, the black ones were harder 10/29
– What Having 13 Kids Taught Me About Project Management 10/28

– You Can’t Fire Me, I’ll Quit (When I’m good and ready) 10/25
– A Management Sandwhich, Why your investor shouldn’t be a customer 10/24
– We Had Lost Before We Ever Started 10/23
– I Want The Jacks, Not The Balls 10/22
– My Brother Wouldn’t Lie For Me 10/21

– Running Away From The Writer 10/18
– I Survived Bedlam3 10/17
– More Planting For The Future, Or My Apology To Elm Trees 10/16
– Planting For The Future 10/15
– Never Push The Big Red Button (Even Though You Know You REALLY Want To) 10/14

– The Ultimate “Save Your Job Feature” and Why It Took Microsoft So Long To Implement It 10/11
– I’m The Father Of Murphy Brown’s Baby 10/10
– What Do You Mean You’re Using it? It’s Only A Demo 10/9
– Companies Who Say They Have An Open Door Policy. . . Don’t 10/8
– I Like Sheep 10/7

– Do Something Even If You Can’t Do Everything 10/4
– Instructions For Accessing Your Mailbox Have Been eMailed To You 10/3
– Forget You Ever Knew How To Do That 10/2
– The Day Batman Almost Got Me Fired! 10/1
– The Broken Jar 9/30

– A Disaster Or Our Finest Hour (Sometimes It’s All In The Wording) 9/27
– The Best Car Advice I Ever Received 9/26
– Why I Like Prima Donnas (But, You Can’t Have Two Or They’ll Fight) 9/25
– The Message Of A Sixteen Year Old Note 9/24
– GIGO: Garbage In, Garbage Out 9/23

– The Holy War (And Why You Should Start One) 9/20
– If Your Name Is Not On This Slide, You No Longer Work For This Company 9/19
– Are You a $10,000 Friend? 9/18
– Raising Gardens and Families (Reprint from Timpanogos Times.) 9/17
– How important is $1000 to you? 9/16

– How to talk to A Programmer, And get results 9/13
– How To Hide Your WiFi in plain sight 9/12
– You’re Not Part Of This Conversation 9/11
– Why I Ride The Train (And Why I Don’t) 9/10
– Convention Report: Salt Lake Comic Con 9/9

– Who’s On Your Team? 9/6
– Why I Love Conventions 9/5
– Do You Believe In Luck? 9/4
– Could You Be A Reference For Your Best Employee To Go To A. Competitor? 9/3
– Book Review: Big Data 9/2

– Are You Crazy? We’re You Trying To Kill Me? 8/30
– And Sometimes You Just Get Lucky 8/29
– His Dream, My Reality 8/28
– Bill Gates Wasn’t the Smartest Guy In The Room 8/27
– The Pedophile, The Comedian And The Englishman 8/26

– Starting Over at 40 8/23*
– The Worst It Can Get? 8/22
– You’ve Put This Company into a Tailspin 8/21
– PUT HIM ON HOLD RIGHT NOW! 8/20
– Following Your Bliss. . .Right Off A. Cliff 8/19

– There Is A Hell 8/16
– The Busboy And The Gardner Are Doing Just Fine 8/15
– Always Listen To A Man Holding A Shotgun (no foto) 8/14
– To Catch A Thief email investigations 8/13
– How To Argue With An Engineer. – Brad’s “We’ll do it Rodney’s way.” 8/12

– The Greatest Picture I Never Took 8/9
– How My Wife Fixed the Sink with Baking Soda and Vinegar 8/8
– But, I’m not Defending Against a Professional Thief 8/7
– Appreciate the Opportunity to Fail (Too many undos) 8/6
– I Let Him Walk All Over Me. . .And Then I Called the FBI 8/5

– The Day We Couldn’t Make Payroll 8/2*
– Pull It, NOW! 8/1
– Sometimes You Have To Be a Jerk. (No, you’re just a jerk) 7/31
– Rocky Mountains of Perspective 7/30
– I’m Not The Sharpest Tool In The Drawer (Losing my iPad) 7/29

– The Danger Of Inviting In the Tiger 7/26
– But He Held Great Meetings (Derrick getting reassigned) 7/25
– You’re Fired. Fireworks in 3…2…1 (Firing Dan) 7/24
– Failed the Interview, Got The Job 7/23
– I Don’t Care What You Know. What Can you Do? 7/22*

– Why Microsoft Hired Garbage Police and Forbid Camping 7/19
– Your Bill is HOW MUCH?!? (Overplaying a Recommendation) 7/18
– 42 is Gone But Not Forgotten . . .Jackie Robinson and Mariano Rivera 7/17
– So, What Makes You Such An Expert? (On being a world expert) 7/16
– Purple Crayon Consulting How to pick a name 7/15

– Fire, Flood and Famine 7/12
– If you bill $500/hour people will listen. .and make others listen (MeritCare) 7/11
– Billing more than 24 hours in a day. . .and then fixing it with the client 7/10
– Setting rates. $80/hour. . .oh good, we’ll be billing you out at $120 7/9
– Feasting on Brownies. . .Every Three weeks 7/8

– Saying It’s all Greek to me, to the Greeks. 7/5
– Book Review: 4-Hour Workweek 7/4
– Worst Travel Advice: Only Eat Fresh Fruits and Vegetables 7/3
– Do you Speak English? 7/2
– 5 Ways Business is Just Like High School. Not! 7/1

– It’s Not That I Think We’ll Crash. I Just Don’t Care 6/28
– Shoulda Thought of That Before I left. More on Worst Trip Ever 6/27
– Worst Trip Ever. Dang, Everything Leaves Through Atlanta 6/26
– The Day I Found Out I Was a Jerk 6/25
– The Best Blog No One Has Ever Heard Of! 6/24

– Make them Be Nice to Me 6/21
– Rodney, Are You Working, or Are You Screwing Around? 6/20
– You dont get to pick anymore 6/19
– I Had It First! ( just send it to rbliss@microsoft.com 6/18 )
– What do you think Rodent? 6/17

– Did Someone Order Subway? when the subway guy got called by the con call program 6/14
– What Would It Take To Make You Love The Thing You Hate? 6/13
– Giving Your Product Away For Free Is a Business Plan? 6/12
– Help! I’m going to disappoint 100% of My Customers! 6/11
– Staying Out Of The Clouds 6/10

– – I don’t want to know how much that just cost me 6/7
– – How I was a pawn in the War With Microsoft (and my brother got to be a knight!) 6/6
– – How NOT to quit a job. 6/5
– – What happened to the pop in the break room? 6/4
– – Saying No to Microsoft 6/3

– Let them pick their own chairs! 5/31
– I don’t know what you do here, but I need you here doing it 5/30
– How I saved the EPA (Don’t Tell Pete!) 5/29
– Five signs your corporate culture is sick, and what to do about them Tuesday 5/28
– Book review: Become a Key Person of Influence Monday 5/27

– Data Center CSI: the day the servers died Friday 5/24
– How to turn honest employees into dishonest ones Thursday 5/23
– You Want a What? We Don’t Even Make Those Anymore 5/22
– My Manager From Hell 5/21
– Cage Match, Managers vs Leaders 5/20

– The Greatest Leadership Lesson I ever saw 5/17
– We didn’t Come here to win the boot 5/16
– Staring Into the Abyss 5/15
– Where There’s Smoke 5/14
– Business lessons from the ROTC 5/13

– Email is dead, long live email 5/10
– Don’t Eat the Marshmallow (Why I never read the buffer) 5/9
– Please, can I have a root canal? 5/8
– Sometimes You Just Need To Punt 5/7
– Christmas dinner in July 5/6

– If you cook it, they will come 5/3
– Why I still write letters 5/2
– Three Questions about those online pictures 5/1
– Why I’ve abandoned Physical Media 4/30
– Why I still Use Physical Media 4/29

– Picking the Best Liar 4/26
– Refusing to Take Yes for an Answer 4/25
– No Really, I have a Dentist Appointment 4/24
– Green Lights are sometimes the worst that can happen 4/23
– Too Much of a Good Thing 4/22

– Racist Programs and Assaulting Servers 4/19
– Dare to do big things 4/18
– From Dream To Reality 4/17
– But I Planned Better Than This 4/16
– A Rose by any other name. . .is probably going to be confusing 4/15

– Now Would Be a Good Time to Shut Up 4/12
– The Mouse in the Conference Room 4/11
– You First! Lead by example (Eat your own dogfood) 4/10
– Help Someone In Need. Book Bomb for Ben Wolverton 4/9
– Network Like a Boy Scout 4/8

– Why’d you make the switch and what took so long? 4/5
– The Two Rules of Training 4/4
– Yeah, but you guys are screw ups 4/3
– Why You Should Volunteer for the Tasks No One Else Wants 4/2
– The Two Most Exciting Words in Sports 4/1

– Avoiding the Echo Chamber 3/29
– Mom Always Said, Take a Coat 3/28
– Smack it with a hammer 3/26
– A gift I couldn’t give 3/22
– Fire, Comics and Change 3/20
– Finally putting down the Rock 3/18
– Biggest Team I Never Led 3/11
– Biggest Raise I ever got 3/4

– He didn’t use a toy car to reach me 2/25
– My Car’s Transmission Goes out every month 2/18
– What Happened to the Other 5 2/11
– The Four Most Exciting Words in Sports 2/4

– If you are prepared. . .it still sucks to get fired 1/28
– He Also Deserved to be fired (Stan) 1/21
– He Deserved to be Fired (John) 1/14
– Coin of the Realm (Reputation) 1/7

– Any Noun Can be Verbed 12/17
– Spock Vs The Preacher (Logic and emotion) 12/10
– Exceeding the speed limit. . .and expectations 12/3

– Back Where It All Began 11/26

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