Tuesday, January 02, 2007
2007: New Years Resolution
Here are some of my resolutions:
- Engage in a blogosphere conversation with Juba: Many folks in Iraq have the perception that all Americans are evil. I hope to engage in a conversation in the blogosphere that not all of us are bad. Surely, many of us are guilty (Of course, we won't admit to it) of sitting on our butts and letting our President force democracy and other laws on folks, after all we know what is better for them. America will continue to ignore our own values and distort the meaning of freedom and the right for individuals to have their own say.
I know that I cannot stop Juba, but at least maybe he will consider the alternative perspectives represented by this American who truly desires Peace in the Middle East for all PEOPLE OF THE BOOK and will help me achieve this. Peace cannot be achieved by the Government, it can only be achieved if each and every individual decides to take swift deliberate action and stands to reason.
- Charity: I hope to get at least one industry analyst to go offtopic for a brief minute and talk about the importance of charity. They will talk about snowstorms, politics, and their vacation schedule but won't talk about the human condition. There has to be at least one out there that cares? If I can get just ONE industry analyst to add the Heifer International logo to their blog, this would be a good first step.
- Writing: I still have a manuscript that I haven't finished in over two years and it is 99% complete. I have to wrap this up and get it published.
- Security: I really have to get the blogosphere to change the conversation when it comes to security. Security shouldn't be discussed in terms of yet another product nor should it be solely limited to secure coding practices and the tools that enable it but needs to talk about how security can be built into each and every product we either buy (closed source) or acquire (open source). Security products need to support security standards and folks need to start asking vendors to incorporate them into their product suites. Security will get better when enterprises figure out how to procure secure software.
- Blogging: I have written at least one blog entry every day for the last 400 days. I hope to make it to the 700 day mark. James Robertson has been my inspiration for continuing. Now all I have to do is get him to engage in a conversation instead of just throwing daggers...
- Community: One aspect of charity is community and I haven't done much locally in my own town. I have to figure out how to get involved in the local PTO.
- Humanity: My nephew Robby is a firefighter in Trinidad. He lives in a rural area known as Biche. On his day off, he saved not one but two different folks having a heart attack. Luckily CPR was suffiicent but I would love to get the local police there an Automated External Defibrillator I hope to get the likes of Guidant, Phillips, Medtronic and other manufacturers of these devices to consider making a donation of ten or so to this country. Hopefully, the blogosphere can amplify my request.
- Respect for the Military: Our kids are putting their lives in harms way for the freedom of others, yet American's seem to care more about sports, Paris Hilton or some other mindless bullshit. I will be unleashing my fury on those who do'nt show proper respect to our troops who by the way, many of them are of the Islamic faith. This is not a war on religion but a war about freedom. Stay focused people and don't let the devil derail you...
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