On the road to the Abbey of Gethsemani

(Crazy-Fantastic) Amazing Grace

‘Amazing Grace’ = sad.

I think every family identifies, in some way, with the ever-somber hymn called “Amazing Grace.” While my statistical research is lacking, I’m pretty sure it’s been played at just about every funeral for a believer over the last century. As a result, there are a number of members of my family (and many other families) that are moved to tears just at the opening notes.

This is why I love the 2012 arrangement of Amazing Grace by Citizens & Saints. I’ve been listening to it obsessively over the last few months.

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Leadership in IT: don’t be ‘that guy’

Everyone has in their head a specific image of ‘the IT guy’ (which, of course, can be a guy or a gal).

For a lot of people, that image is pretty well-represented by Jimmy Fallon’s character from SNL a few years back: “Nick Burns, Your Company’s Computer Guy.” The character is, essentially, someone whose job it is to be annoyed by the users (s)he’s supposed to support. It’s hilariously accurate, in many cases. Continue reading →