D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

July 2008 Entries

Ignite Your Life: Realization – Use Your Illusion

This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's. Albert Einstein called reality a very persistent illusion. That’s a pretty deep statement to make, and one that I won’t dive into in this blog post. But when we consider it relationally, who we are and what we present to people is definitely an illusion. Nobody knows our inner thoughts, nobody knows what the drivers are of our life. What ......

Cuil is just Alright

There's a new search engine in town, headed up by a former Google employee who apparently was the brainchild behind the current incarnation of the world's best used search engine. (http://money.cnn.com/2008/... Cuil (pronounced Cool) launched today, and at first glance...its as flakey as Twitter! It's also not as reliable as Google, even though that CNN Money article I mention above says that its supposed to have three times the web index of Google. I did some ......

Summer of NHibernate


Came across this site in my blog reading tonight. Steve (no last name given) has set up a website to host a series of screencasts on how to use NHibernate. This is a great idea and if you’ve ever wanted to know more about NHibernate you should definately check it out.

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Ignite Your Life: Realization - Escape the Cult of Personality

This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's. Heroes. Idols. Role Models. Many of us have people in our lives that we look up to, that we idolize, that we'd be considered a "fan" of. Think about it: get a piece of paper out, and write down the people that you look up to, the ones that you wish to become like, the ones that hold some level of authority over who you are or what you want ......

Igniting Your Life: The 5 R's

We settle. Alot. In work, relationships, activities...we settle. We don't, for whatever reason, insist on higher standards in our life. We're more than happy to just go through the motions, living out our lives with small glimmers of intense joy happening only sporadically. We dream, we play what if, we watch movies with Cinderella plots because we can only dream of someone coming to save us from our simple, routine lives. The reality is that there is an agent that's out there sabotaging us. A being ......

New Blog Series: Igniting Your Life

Microsoft Canada did a webcast series last year called Ignite Your Career. Over the course of the podcasts different people weighed in on various topics like increasing development skills, developing resources, and becoming your own boss and starting a business. Great webcasts, great content. But there’s something missing. You can’t have a discussion about how to better your career without covering something that transcends your career: You. So often we try to separate the areas of our life into ......

Installing Silverlight 2 On PC With Oracle

Funny thing happened when I tried to install Silverlight Beta 2 on this XP machine. I downloaded the exe and ran it, but I got a dialog asking me about something called SQLab Server Side Implementation. Odd...what would this have to do with Silverlight? Turns out that SQLab is a product of Quest software, and is a tuning tool for Oracle (or so my Google results tell me). Now, I do have Toad and a bunch of Oracle stuff installed on this machine, but it doesn't make any sense as to why I'm getting ......

The Dark Knight: A Microcosm of the American People Under Terrorist Threat

*THIS POST HAS SPOILERS!!! If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want to have any of the plot told to you, stop reading now! Go check out whatever Chris Williams is doing on his blog. For those of you wanting to read this entry, scroll down. No seriously, there are spoilers. Last chance. The storyline in this movie was deceiving. This wasn’t about Batman vs. the Joker…this wasn’t about Gotham trying to divert a criminal mastermind. No, this was a movie about terrorism. The Joker himself was labeled ......

Rules For Renegades – How To Rock Your Career and Stories of Bedding Bill Gates

I’ve finished reading a fantastic book by Christine Comaford-Lynch called Rules for Renegades. I cannot recommend it highly enough, especially if you’re a) Currently self employed, whether recently or have been for a while b) Frustrated in your current employment and are struggling to find peace c) Consider yourself happily employed in your current environment So basically I’m recommending it to anyone, because the book is not your typical Donald Trump style “kill them all and plunder their town” ......

The 5 Temptations of a CEO

Back in March of '07 I blogged about a great book I read called The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. Looking back I realize that blog post was supposed to be the first of a series that went in depth to each of the Dysfunctions. I might actually finish off that series, but regardless of what I blog about you should pick it up. Great book for organizations to help evaluate their team...remember: nobody is perfect and there's always room for improvement. This all leads me to another recommendation. I recently ......

I Am Honored Today

Today I am honored by the show of support my friends south of the border have lavished on me. My friend...nay, brother, Chris Williams organized via Twitter the first ever "Nationwide Eat At Chipotle on Behalf of D'Arcy Lussier Because He Can't Day". People all accross the USA were going to Chipotle to partake in feasting on fine Mexican food in honor of me, who had some passable chinese food finished off with a HORRENDOUSLY small free slurpee to commemorate Free Slurpee Day. I'm looking forward ......

So maybe we’re nurse practitioners?

David Laribee posted a blog response to a post by Jeff Palermo, where he disputes Jeff’s usage of a doctor analogy when comparing software professional’s interactions with a client. Jeff talks about how we’re like doctors: our client tells us what the pain is, and its our job to figure out what the cure for that pain is. David argues the other side: clients know their business better than we do and they know what they want; its our job to determine technically how that gets implemented. I think they’re ......

Bring Chipotle To Canada!

I've had a dream...a dream for a number of years. That dream is the culmination of being able to feast on quality burrito and taco goodness from Chipotle, a chain of Mexican restaurants in the US. For too long Canadians like myself have been burdened with the sub-par crap served to us from places like Taco Bell and Taco Time...as if Canadians wouldn't understand what Mexican food was unless the word "Taco" was in the name. This has become front and center to me since joining the Twitter Tribe and ......

Culminus Changes - Move to INETA Model

Looks like Culminus, the IT Pro community organization, will be moving to a model more in line to what INETA has grown into. Graham's post gives more detail from the Microsoft side of things. I need to read up more and hear feedback from Culminus user groups as to whether this decision is a good thing in the long term, but from what I've heard from friends who are part of IT Pro groups this move is a good thing that will help the community on a whole. D ......

Miguel Carrasco - New Expression Studio MVP!

Congrats to my buddy Miguel Carrasco who received an MVP award for Expression Studio! Miguel is a VP at Anvil Digital, a Winnipeg media/technology company that has been doing some great work with Silverlight! He's also been on the board of the Winnipeg .NET User Group for the last year and presented on Silverlight just a few months ago. Welcome to the MVP ranks buddy, well deserved! D ......