Oracle buying NetSuite for $9.3 Billion

Well, this was interesting to wake up to (especially as a certified NetSuite ERP Consultant, myself)… Oracle is buying NetSuite for $9.3 Billion.  This should be interesting.

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Heading to Chicago in the morning

Well, as a sit here on the heels of a Team Boom loss in a tough battle in the Tempe Rec League championship game, I am completely wired.  Which works to my advantage, at the moment, as I am packing for a trip to Chicago in the morning.  This will be my third year in a row heading to the Windy City for Lollapalooza weekend and a reunion with the friends I grew up with, and my second trip to Chicago this summer.  We aren’t actually going to the festival this weekend, but I’d recommend it, if you haven’t been.  We are getting a boat on Lake Michigan Saturday which should pretty sweet.

It was tough to lose in the championship tonight but things are good. Always excited about getting back to Chicago, when I can.  Still my favorite city in the world.  If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it (especially in the summer). There’s a reason Kanye West calls out “summertime Chi,” in particular, in the song “Good Life from his 2007 album, Graduation. (Kanye, I miss that soulful stuff, by the way, man.)

In fact, let’s close this post out with the video.   (Also, Chicago did not commission me to write this somewhat generic endorsement.  It’s just a great place, and felt like mentioning it.)

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Pursuit of Happyness – ‘Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something’

“Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something.”

“If you want something, go get it. Period.”

More on The Pursuit of Happyness:

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Scottsdale Bible – A Kingdom Ethic

I’ve been able to attend Scottsdale Bible Church the last two Sundays. I always enjoy attending, when I can. The messages are solid. The campus is a blessing.

With everything going on in the world, and a seemingly endless streak of horrible, violent attacks, the two part sermon, “A Kingdom Ethic: An Introduction to the Beatitudes,” the last two Sundays, has been very timely for me, and I believe, quite frankly, for the world.

Led by Dr. Darryl DelHousaye, both parts (below) walk through the different ethics that people live by, how chaos can come to be in this world, and the Kingdom Ethic, for which a life devoted to God and service can help you find balance. (At least, that was the takeaway for me.  It also helped me reset my attitude after a series of frustrations had altered my temperament, as of late.  It’s a great message.  It helped me get back to what’s important. )

A Kingdom Ethic: An Introduction to the Beatitudes, Part 1 from Scottsdale Bible Church on Vimeo.

A Kingdom Ethic: An Introduction to the Beatitudes, Part 2 from Scottsdale Bible Church on Vimeo.

 

I recommend reading ‘Unbroken’

I recommend reading “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand.  The movie is good, but it doesn’t do the book justice.  Even before I had what I would categorize as real pain, struggle and adversity, I would have recommended this book.  Now that I’ve been through a lot more in my life, I would strongly recommend it.

This book tells the true life story of Louis Zamperini–former Olympic distance runner, WWII veteran and all-around survivor. From surviving a plane crash and shark-infested waters for 47 days on a life raft, to surviving grueling conditions for years in Japanese POW camps during WWII, this is an amazing story of strength, perseverance, resilience and faith.

As Louie says, “If I can take it, I can make it.”  This is a solid mantra, that I try to remind myself of, from time to time, as well.

More on Unbroken:

8 Things You May Not Know About Louis Zamperini

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Zamperini’s War

After ‘Unbroken’: The remarkable story of Louis Zamperini’s faith

 

Al Pacino’s speech in ‘Any Given Sunday’ — Now, what are you going to do?

“Either we heal now, as a team, or we will die as individuals.”

Are all the motivational posts on my site getting too cliche for ya?  Oh well. I’m doing this for your own good.

Here’s another great inspirational/motivational football movie speech by Al Pacino in “Any Given Sunday.”  It’s amazing how motivational scenes in football movies seem to embody the struggle, pain and glory of American life.  I think I could watch a new good football movie at least once a year for the rest of my life and it wouldn’t get old.  I love this country.

At any rate, here is the speech:

‘The Making of the Mob: Chicago’ is good

AMC‘s “The Making of the Mob: Chicago” is a fascinating look at the rise of Al Capone and the mafia in Chicago in the early 20th century. I didn’t see the first season, “The Making of the Mob: New York,” but the fact that this story takes place in Chicago drew me in.  Not to mention, I’m a bit of a history buff.

Does it glorify the mob a bit?  Of course.  Does it sensationalize it?  Yes.  This is entertainment.  But it also does a great job of providing a historical account of how Al “Scarface” Capone came the be–from his upbringing in Brooklyn, to his migration to Chicago in which he joins Johnny Torrio.  It also paints a lively picture of Prohibition era America, and Prohibition era Chicago, in particular.  And this is just the first two episodes.

I’m really trying to limit my TV these days.  Focusing more on getting work done and real life. But this is one show on the air this summer that is worth checking out.  Especially if you are fascinated by history, and the lessons that can be learned from it.

Reviews of ‘The Making of the Mob: Chicago’:

Persistence

As a kid, my dad gave me a card with this quote.  It always stuck with me, literally and figuratively.  I keep the card in my wallet to this day.  (I just don’t carry a wallet anymore, thanks to this nice iPhone case I have.)  The point is, persistence pays off, where all else fails.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
― Calvin Coolidge

Watch this when you want to quit

You ever have a rough day?  Feel like you just can’t get it right?  Things aren’t going your way?  What’s the point?  Life is tough.  Not matter how hard things may get, you just can’t quit. This scene from “Facing the Giants,” (which is a movie I’ve honestly never seen), is something I came across on YouTube.  Sometimes, you need a little push to persevere.

This video will make you cry

One Sunday night, about a year ago, in preparing for my work week, and after a substantial amount of familial tragedy, stress and pain–not to mention the usual work stress–I needed a relief valve. I needed something to let out some emotion, and change my perspective.

I simply Googled, “this video will make you cry.” This was one of the results. I’ve watched it a few times since.