The Dawn of a New Blog

I have finally revamped my poor web site to reflect my life as it is today.  I have been blessed to be in the software industry since 1989 and now in 2018 I am officially adding lay pastor of Morgan Valley Christian Church as my second job. Thus it is the dawn of a new chapter in my constantly evolving journey called life.

At one point in my career I was tasked with becoming an expert on knowledge management. In its most basic essence, successful knowledge management is built upon detecting patterns and using experience to take action on knowledge gained from those patterns. Value is identified by detecting patterns in cost vs benefit. This is true in determining the value of software and its true in ones beliefs and faith.

I debated about what this blog would focus on. Should it be purely faith, or should it be purely technology? It was the realization that pattern detection and taking action apply to both, I decided that I could share both.

“There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns. If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can’t decipher. what we can’t understand we call nonsense. What we can’t read we call gibberish. There is no free will. There are no variables.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

A lot of Chuck’s statement resonate with me, but there are some parts that don’t. We have plenty of free will and there are plenty of variables. The problem is that free will and variables are obscured by group think and cultures that become threatened by them and just plain refuse to acknowledge them. That’s how software, companies, and even churches die. We tend to fall back on what we’ve experienced before because we can have reasonable confidence in predicting and managing the outcome. Free will and variables are more difficult to predict and control and thus produce fear. But that is where the innovation in products and our personal lives take place.

“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.

There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.

There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Maybe this blog may shed some light for you. Maybe it will just be gibberish. But, at least it will be my gibberish! Enjoy!