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  • Blog Post: Wall•E Anticipation and the über Lego Guy

    Does anyone not know who Wall•E is? I've been listening to the Wall•E soundtrack and thinking can a Broadway show be far off? Andrew, One of the CRM Lead Writers is a LEGO enthusiast with some serious creds. Today's Friday fun post covers his Wall•E interview with Pixar animator and LEGO fan Angus MacLane...
  • Blog Post: THE LAWS OF ULTIMATE REALITY

    In my experience these following laws are immutable: Law of Mechanical Repair After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee. Law of Gravity Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner. Law of Probability The probability of being watched...
  • Blog Post: It's just beautiful...

    A friend of mine is helping an old fellow sell his bass sax. So he pinged me for help in appraisal. The picture that was sent is beautiful so I thought I'd share it with y'all.
  • Blog Post: Great disclaimer...

    I saw this in the comments on Raymond's site and it just made me laugh. I also wonder if this fellow blogs? "Disclaimer: I'm not claiming to claim knowledge of anything Microsoft may or may not have knowledge of including, but not limited to: their future direction, the lack of a time machine, where...
  • Blog Post: Tap, tap, tap...

    Two men were walking home after a Halloween party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery just for laughs. Right in the middle of the cemetery, they were startled by a tap-tap-tapping noise coming from the misty shadows. Trembling with fear, they found an old man with a hammer and chisel...
  • Blog Post: This weekend: An Eppelsheim bass sax story

    Some people buy boats. Others buy vacation property. I buy musical instruments. I have a small collection of vintage instruments like this Selmer Paris silver clarinet that plays like a dream. But I'm really a sax man. And to that end, I am working with a world-famous saxophone maker Benedikt Eppelsheim...
  • Blog Post: Hugh Macleod: The Trick to Marketing

  • Blog Post: Monsters, Titan CTP3 and This holiday weekend

    Just in case you haven't been keeping up with Phil's blog lately might find this tidbit about the Titan CTP3 enlightening. This, to me, is the most exciting bit, "We’ll soon be opening up access to Titan (bits or VPC) to a wider partner audience." I suspect it will be exciting to many of the MVPs, ISVs...
  • Blog Post: The honor system by seth godin

    From Seth Godin's Blog : "When we move online, though, two things happen. First, word among the black hats spreads fast. One person starts ripping you off and suddenly it's a hundred. Worse, the ripoffs and bad actions can scale. Sure, only one in a thousand email users is a spammer. But one spammer...
  • Blog Post: Power cord - A thing of the past?

    From NewsFactor Business - "Along with LPs, audio tape, and dial-up modems, children of the future might wonder what a "power cord" was. A team of researchers from MIT has demonstrated such a future, when they were recently able to light a 60-watt light bulb from an unconnected source about seven feet...
  • Blog Post: Why People fail Boot camp (or life?)

    As we approach Memorial day in the United States I thought I'd share some experiences from my military days. I'm a retired Army Corps of Engineers Major. I started my Army career as a private. I was stationed twice on one of the primary icons of the cold war, the iron curtain. Then I found this most...
  • Blog Post: The US Forever Stamp

    The US Forever stamp comes out today and here are the USPS highlights : The Forever Stamp is a nondenominated, non-expiring stamp issued as a convenience for single-piece retail mailers. The stamp would be valid for the first-ounce First-Class Mail letter postage regardless of the actual rate on the...
  • Blog Post: JOsh Get's hit by a car

    Josh Ledgard is a bicycle riding friend of mine and the third friend to be hit by a car in three years. One ended up in an emergency room for a week touch and go, the other two were able to walk away from the accident. Only Josh's assailant were hit and run types (of the three). "I saw a red car out...
  • Blog Post: Kurt Vonnegut 1923 - 2007

    "NEW YORK -- In books such as "Slaughterhouse-Five ," "Cat's Cradle," and "Hocus Pocus," Kurt Vonnegut mixed the bitter and funny with a touch of the profound. Vonnegut, regarded by many critics as a key influence in shaping 20th-century American literature, died Wednesday at 84. He had suffered brain...
  • Blog Post: CRM Virtual PC Demo

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 release Virtual PC Demonstration. This demo is a one computer setup with Microsoft CRM 3.0 server and Microsoft CRM 3.0 client for Outlook. This demonstration also contains Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. The demonstration...
  • Blog Post: The CRM Home Base

    I was using http://maps.live.com to invite some people to my house yesterday and I just have to say, it is getting better and better all the time. Of course as with any highly visual site, you will really appreciate a high-speed Internet access provider. This is a 3D view of our building and I am just...
  • Blog Post: A Long Flight home And other Atrocities

    Yesterday was a day of one problem after another. It was just to be a simple trip home. But the hotel paperwork took 20 minutes because someone else calculated the costs wrong. I used to just leave the key and get the bill once home, but because I used the corporate credit card, I didn't want to deal...
  • Blog Post: It's Snowing in the Rainy city

    It is snowing around parts of Seattle (aka the rainy city, aka the emerald city). On the Microsoft campus it sure looked nice but it didn't stick. We usually see very little snow during the year so it is a nice change of pace as long as it doesn't turn in to a driving nightmare. This picture is...
  • Blog Post: They Are Painting Our Offices

    The CRM team is in a building that was first leased and then purchased. It is not a Microsoft designed building and there are a lot of oddities in it. If you are looking for an office sometimes you come to the end of the hall and the next sequential office is on the other side of the building. In many...
  • Blog Post: The storm before the quiet

    As I drove in this morning the winds were gusting and the rain was coming pretty steadily. A lot of Microsofties are off this week taking a much-deserved vacation. But the vacations this month and next are mostly about getting more family time. Those of us remaining are working feverishly to get things...
  • Blog Post: Veterans Day 2006

    In Flanders Fields By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago...
  • Blog Post: It's Goofy Friday Again

    It tickles me how much madcap fun and weird announcements seem to happen on Fridays at Microsoft. The are the typical self deprecating humor with pointers to people making fun of us in the blogosphere. We can actually learn from many of these. Then there is team humor that might not be funny to others...
  • Blog Post: Campus Pictures: Fall is Here!

    I drove into work this morning around 7 AM and it was still a little dark and the temps were hovering around 45 degrees (F). As I waited at a stop light I noticed the tree leaves were beginning to turn colors and fall. This campus sure is pretty this time of year. This is a sample of what I saw this...
  • Blog Post: Why am I called JaAG?

    One of the partners thought I should blog about why I call myself JaAG. JaAG is just an expansion of my initials Ja mes A . G lass. It is also my Microsoft alias. So I often find myself in this conversation: Them: JaAG, that's a cool alias. How'd you get it? Me: I asked for it. Them: Silence...
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