Yes, I know LinuxCon is next, and that’s in mid-August, but I think they’ve got the publicity thing covered, especially with the 20-year thing and with Linus being there and all. But if you’re going to the next show, make it the Ohio LinuxFest in September. Bradley Kuhn and Cathy Malmrose are keynoting, so you’ll not want to miss that (especially Cathy — Go ZaReason!)
I’ve never met Esther Schindler, but I recognize her name when it comes up in posts of the mutual friends we have on Facebook — these friends, of course, are the tech writers who’ll have Larry the Free Software Guy as a pal.
Nevertheless, despite being an Arizona Diamondbacks fan (Note: I found this out by requesting we be friends on Facebook), she can manage my team anytime.
Esther wrote a great blog item entitled “3 Things Software Developers Can Learn From Prince Fielder and the Home Run Derby.” There’s not much more to add to that, however the blog outlines how Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers put his friend — Rickie Weeks — above the objective — actually winning for the National League — when fielding a team for the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game this year.
Oh, if you’re keeping score at home, the National League got killed in the Home Run Derby. Good thing San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy led the team to a victory in the All-Star Game itself. But I digress . . .
“Be wary of hiring your friends,” Esther writes. “It rarely ends well. Most of us learned this in 8th grade.”
A certain first baseman must have slept through that subject in the 8th grade.
The blog makes some excellent points that translate to life in the software/IT realm. Rather than spoil it by summarizing these points here, click on the link above and take a look. I’ll be here when you get back.
And Prince Fielder? Despite the fact you’re a thorn in the Giants’ side and despite being remarkably good with a Louisville Slugger (also, I have a story about your Dad which is kind of humorous), you need to read Esther’s blog, too.