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A journey of 1000 miles begins with 1 step but…

May 29th, 2007 · 2 Comments

DJ1.0, Contributing EditorDJ1.0 is a contributing editor of We don’t know much about DJ1.0, since he participates in the dark side anonymously. We suspect DJ1.0 is a “he” since he refers to a wife in an early post, but then again, maybe they’re from Massachusetts… Either way, you can reach DJ1.0 at

A journey of 1000 miles begins with 1 step – but won’t end until 1000 miles later (that’s the part they never tell you)

Since Dave is taking some much-needed time to focus on other writing, he asked me to fill in for him as a guest blogger. Extra work, public exposure, lots of spam, for no money – I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Whenever someone asks me to fill in for them – I basically respond in the same way as if they asked me to watch their children.

  1. “Will there be any poop involved?”
  2. “What do you want me to do when they start to hate me?”
  3. “Promise me you won’t be mad if I break anything. “

Perhaps this is why I don’t get ask to baby-sit a lot….that and small children can smell fear.

Dave didn’t leave me with many ground rules other than to use my best judgment. I’m sure he will regret that. But for the time being, I am going to try and behave.

To carry forward the techdarkside tradition, I will try and focus on a lot of the same things Dave did. However, I care more a little more about the technical side of things – so don’t be surprised if I throw some big O notation in the conversation. (See, if this wasn’t someone else’s blog – I might have made a joke there.)

So this is the part where I introduce myself. I have written a few other posts under DJ 1.0. That’s actually my real name – middle school was very painful for me. Suffice to say that I have had 15 years of experience in management consulting, Fortune 100, start-up and academia. I have learned a lot – mostly the hard way – in that time.

Well, that’s it for the introductions. If there are no questions, place your tray table and seat in their upright and locked positions. An attendant will come by to collect any last minute items you may have. When we reach cruising altitude, I’ll turn off the fasten seat belt light at which time you are free to move about the cabin….

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Phil Kirkham // May 30, 2007 at 2:20 am

    welcome DJ !
    My first question to you is what exactly is “cursing altitude” ? Is that the height where you’ll swear you’ll never fly again ?
    Smell checkers are grate but they don’t catch all miss steaks

  • 2 David Christiansen // May 31, 2007 at 6:43 am

    Thanks for pitching in DJ1.0! Have a very nice June. Imagine Nelson’s voice here: heh-heh!


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