New Year..Same Problems

A New Year Calls for New Year’s Resolutions

Now, how about those New Year’s resolutions? A new decade, a new… you?

New Year’s Eve and the start of a new year, let alone decade, is always a great time to set yourself some goals. Whether these are personal, professional, or fitness goals is up to you. However, being a health club, we’re going to dig a little deeper into those fitness goals.

Let’s have a look at some common and achievable fitness goals to get your year off to the right start. Also, let’s look at some great tips to keep those fitness goals going past January…

Resolution 1: Maintain an Active Lifestyle

When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions to keep fit, you don’t need to set yourself a goal of running a marathon by the end of 2020. If you set yourself a goal that, realistically, you will be unable to achieve, you are only setting yourself up for failure. This is a terrible way to start off your year and your fitness level may actually suffer as a result! Check out the latest info about revitaa pro.

Instead, focus on small but achievable fitness goals that will still mark a positive change. As we said above, a very important part of staying in shape is maintaining an active lifestyle.

What does this entail?

It is commonly recommended to ensure you are working up a sweat at least 15 minutes every day to keep your organs and body happy and healthy.

A gym session is a great way of doing this, but for those who worry about the time commitments of joining a gym, remember that an active lifestyle involves making small, everyday changes to your daily pattern.

For instance, take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator. Even if this means only one flight of stairs at the station, it will make a difference as it keeps you moving on a regular basis.

Also, make the most of today’s tech to make sure you are getting in your 10,000 daily steps. Most smart watches and phones have options to remind you every hour to get up and walk around. Or, get off your bus a stop early and walk the rest of the way. Use ten minutes of your lunchbreak for a walk. Choose the parking space the furthest away from your building. There are so many ways to change up your lifestyle!

Staying active is key, especially as so many of us spend the day sitting down at desks. Get those steps in!

Resolution 2: Try Out a New Activity and Stick to It

When it comes to setting personal fitness goals, everyone is different. Not only are we all at different stages of our fitness journeys, we are also interested in completely different things. Meaning, we set ourselves wildly different goals.

So, it can be redundant to write a blog about fitness resolutions and direct it to a large group of, probably, very different people.

Moreover, unless you have set yourself a very specific fitness challenge or joined a group challenge, ordinary fitness resolutions can become mundane and hard to commit to.

So let’s mix it up! A new year is always a great time to try something new.

Beckwith Health Club is on hand to help. Take a look at our packed class schedule and find a class that’s a bit different to your usual workout.

Maybe it’s something you’ve always wanted to have a go at, but never been confident enough to try. Or, it’s a class you’ve been interested in but not sure you’ve been suited to. Or perhaps it’s just something you’ve never heard of!

Either way, choose a new activity. It could be spin, Zumba, trampoline, circuits, and everything in between. Now, stick to it!

The beauty of starting something new is you’re not holding yourself to any previous expectations. Enjoy the learning experience, and use the new activity to prevent yourself from getting bored with your routine!

Resolution 3: Stretch It Out!

There are many components to fitness: workouts, diet, mentality, and also, stretching!

Stretching is something absolutely essential to any fitness journey, workout, and isolated exercise. Whether done alone, in the form of yoga, pilates, or simple morning stretches, or as part of a warm up and cool down routine, stretching is a must of any activity.

When done as part of a warm up or cool down activity, stretching increases the benefits of the exercise and helps to prevent injury before, during, and after a workout.

However, even a daily, ten-minute stretch can have massive benefits once it becomes a part of your daily routine. In terms of preventing injuries resulting from daily life (such as lifting a heavy bag, running for a bus, or even the strain from sitting down all day), a daily stretch will keep your body in tip-top shape.

5. People break things

I mentioned backups but it’s not just cybercrime that makes backups necessary. Users delete files and people corrupt systems, sadly it happens so make sure to take the time to look at a full business continuity and disaster recovery plan for this year. Yes they are two different things but that’s an article for another time.

These may be common problems but 2021 promises to have lots of positives as well and let’s hope it’s even more than last year!

How much travel is too much travel?

Often people ask me how much I travel and if you ask my friends at home you will probably hear numbers ranging from 50% to 80% but is that really accurate? I found that without real data thats hard to calculate so when I started needing to make sure that a team was not traveling over X% throughout the year I needed a way to know what that really meant.

There are quite a few things to consider and this is just a short list of them.

  • Do you count weekends?
  • Do you count holidays?
  • Are you traveling on back to back weeks?
  • Are you traveling on weekend days?
  • Do those weekend days count as work days?

I tried to account for all of these items along with the ebbs and flows of the year. You may travel more in the summer and fall but not as much in the winter time so the percentage is really throughout the whole year.

I created this google sheet to help me calculate the real times for the team. Be careful there are a lot of formulas throughout that are very easy to break but you should be able to make a copy and use it to your hearts content. I left a bunch of larger events in the master event list just to make everyones life a little easier.

Congrats you are Field CTO… now what?

I had the good fortune of being an early adopter of the title Field CTO which is a wonderful thing except thats not the last job I want to have so what is my career progression. I didn’t even think about that 5 years ago when I took the position and as I have seen other friends and colleagues move into the role they are in the same position.

Let’s first look at what a Field CTO is. It’s a great title that encompasses the combination of technical prowess and people skills. The challenge is that that is very broad and every company seems to define it differently, even to the level of where the position lies in the organization. I reported up through the product management side, I know others that have reported to sales and others to marketing. I know some that have their own teams and some that are solo acts. It seems very company dependent. The skill set being asked for also varies from a very technical CTO style to a super SE and even at times to just a marketing evangelist.

With all the different types of jobs and roles the next question is how does one end up in this role? I believe there are 2 ways, the first is that the person has been in house and has knowledge across so many areas of the business that you don’t want to lose them and the title is a stepping stone. The second is someone who comes into a company specifically to fill that senior technical field role when a natural CTO is not as presentable to customers. What both of these have in common is that rarely does a company have a growth plan in place before filling the position.

Once you are a Field CTO what is the next role? During my interview process when changing jobs I found this to be a harder topic than I realized. My position being in Product Management seemed to worry people that I would not be able to be as outward focused as they wanted. Then I had the concern about any position I was talking to would be a step down career wise so they assumed I would not take it. I even had one company that thought because I had field experience I must not be technical at all and I was just a marketer.

I decided that I would just have to look at the title and determine on my own if I was interviewing someone would it look like a step down, when I said no then the title was fine. I never really cared about the title except for that anyway. Then I had to hope my years of experience came through during the interview process to show I had both technical chops and personality. For me I think I will end up back in a people manager/mentor type role while still having my hands on some tech to know the product, but for now I choose a role that lets me use my outbound and technical skills. Who knows maybe the next one will be a CEO or a CTO or a position I have never heard of yet.

I don’t claim to know what the next position is but I truly hope that those in the position now are able to talk to their management teams and figure it out since this won’t be your last job.

Let’s Hear it for the Boys!

Over the past couple weeks leading up to Super Bowl 53, there have been numerous articles, although many with the same copied content, published that proclaim that the two men on the LA Ram’s Cheerleading team are the first male cheerleaders to perform at the Super Bowl. While these two men being able to join their teammates on the field for the Super Bowl is a great accomplishment, they are actually closer to the 26th or 27th male cheerleaders to perform at the Super Bowl.

Starting in 1998 the Baltimore Ravens have had a Cheerleading team that consists of 2 groups, a dance team and a stunt team. Both groups perform choreographed routines together for every home game and have twice performed as a group at the Super Bowl.

2001 Super Bowl Baltimore Ravens Male Cheerleaders

During Super Bowl 35 I had the great honor of being one of those male cheerleaders and was part of the true first group of male cheerleaders to perform at the Super Bowl. At the time being the first group was not really a concern to any of us, it was amazing to be on the sideline and on the field and in the endzone with my teammates. The greatest part for me was at a practice in Baltimore just after the AFC Championship when were told by David Modell that after almost no thought, the organization was taking the entire Baltimore Ravens Cheerleading Team to the game and as an added bonus we could bring someone to watch. I called my dad, being able to ask him to go see the super bowl made up for much of the ridicule and pettiness that was directed at male cheerleaders prior to the last few years.

2001 Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders during the Super Bowl

Some people have said that they are making the distinction that the LA Rams men are the first cheerleaders because they are dancing in the same routines. Is that to say that the women that were stunting with the men on the Ravens team are not cheerleaders because they do different parts in a routine? The male cheerleaders I know are proud to be called cheerleaders, we are not stuntmen as one article put it, we don’t just run flags, we are part of a program and part of a family and occasionally even dance in the routines. In fact there is even an interesting fact posted by CBS in 2016 about the only male cheerleaders in the NFL

Baltimore Ravens Male Cheerleaders Dancing In an EndZone Routine

In no way do I want to take away from the excitement and achievements of Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies, going to the Super Bowl is a great achievement and one they should be very proud of. In this age of accessibility, I hope that some news outlets look a little deeper, maybe talk to some of my teammates, both the men and women, or some of the members of the 2013 Ravens team that also took an entire group of male cheerleaders to the Super Bowl.

Cutting the Cord: Can I stream my movies and what if I travel for my Ipad?

This one was the part I didnt think my wife would love but she doesnt seem to mind at all.  After talking with numerous people I found that running my own internal Plex server was the answer to my problems.  Now I know that not everyone has a machine just sitting around but I had a microserver I used for testing but it is only in heavy use a few times a year.  I decided this box would be perfect to use a Plex Media Server (PMS).  For those of you who are not familiar, the Plex Media Server catalogs your movies and TV shows and even music and home movies and presents them via a webpage or app to allow them to be streamed either internally only or over the internet if you so choose.  Since I already had most of my movies digital, this meant nothing more than installing the software on Windows (it is available for Linux and Mac as well).  Once it was installed I created a library from my movies folder and I was off and running.  You can also set things like TV Shows, these are even sorted by season and episodes.  there are lots of software packages out there that will help you get access to all the movies and shows you want but I am going to decline to go into those.

I then made sure the Plex app was installed on all my devices around the house and I am ready to go, I have access.  What I didnt realize when I started this was that I would need to go get the Plex Pass paid version, for a few reasons, the first was the ability to have household users.  I have a user created for myself and my wife so that we can be watching different things. Without this, anytime you connect and try to watch something and another person is watching something else on another device, you will kick them off.  This clearly was not going to be a solution and the paid version of Plex gave me user capability.  If you have kids this can be very useful also since you can limit what folders they have access to.

Another bid benefit for me of the full paid version was offline sync capability.  I can not connect my ipad and download shows and movies from my server for when I am offline, for instance when I am traveling.

One more benefit of plex is that I can share things like my Christmas movie collection with my family without ever having to get on a a plane or in a car and I can simply add them as friends and give them access to my library.

This paid version is $40 a year or $119 for lifetime, I opted for the $40 a year only because I like to give some constant support to companies that are writing software I use.

OpenStack Summit Vancouver is Coming!

This May, the OpenStack Summit if headed to Vancouver, B.C.  If you haven’t already been looking at the info, it is a great city with lots of great sessions, not to mention the people attending that you can learn so much from.  If you need it and are too lazy to google it, heres the main link.


What matters right now though is that you can vote for sessions you are interested in.  Much like so many other big conferences, this give the attendees a chance to pick what they really want to see.  Voting has opened here.

I have submitted two sessions to speak this year and would appreciate the vote, it always makes it easier to attend these when you have a chance to pass along things you have learned along the way.  Please click the links and go vote for me!

Product Review: Sony VCT-R100 Tripod

I was looking for a tripod for my Samsung NX2000 camera and had a few criteria, the first was travel friendly.  I don’t need a big professional tripod if it is too bulky to carry anywhere, I needed something that condenses down to a reasonable size.  A travel bag would be helpful as well but was not a requirement.  Check! and Check!

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2015-01-02 14.40.59The second thing was making sure it was stable when barely open all the way through full extension.  Check!

2015-01-02 14.39.482015-01-02 14.37.54 The last part I needed was to make sure it had all the pan tilt features and screwed easily onto my camera.  Again.  Check!

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Overall I am very happy with this so far.

Is traveling for work worth it?

As I embark on third week of a business trip away from home and family with what can feel like endless conferences and speaking engagements or training sessions, I thought I would take a moment and reflect on life as a road warrior. I never thought I would really use that term, but I think anyone who has known me for the past few years would say I am. I think the first thing to point out is that I have probably the most understanding and supportive wife on the planet. Continue reading “Is traveling for work worth it?”

Big Data comes to niche sports even

I got to spend this past saturday checking out two brand new professional sports teams in DC.  I spend lots of my free nights and weekends playing Ultimate Frisbee and was very excited to go to not one but 2 professional ultimate frisbee games this past weekend.  The day started with the DC Breeze vs. the Toronto Rush in the AUDL. Then the nightcap was the DC Current vs. the Philadelphia Spinners in the MLU.  This second game was where the big data comes in.  I had not really thought about how much a professional ultimate team might want to look at statistics.  I assumed, they tracked who scored and how many fouls a player committed.  I found out that they actually are tracking even more.  A few friends were hired on as statisticians for the Current game.  The data points being collected was amazing.  For those of you who have never seen a high level Ultimate Frisbee game, the action is non stop and very similar to watching a soccer game.  This is a pretty cool highlight video. One of my friends had the job of writing down every player number for every pass.  Another friend had to click on a virtual field and show where every pass landed.  All of these data points have to be combined and then dug through right now by the team coaches.  The goal is to collect enough data and then determine what stats they really want and then have someone code how to calculate all the info.

Product Review: Ultimate Addons Waterproof Motorcycle Case and Mount for iPhone 4s

After picking up a bluetooth helmet for the Triumph, I decided it would be nice if I had a way to mount my phone and keep it charged.  As we know when using bluetooth and GPS the battery dies very quickly.  I wanted to use the iMoto App as well.   I had not had much luck finding a mount that would fit really well.  I did talk to the team at TELFERIZER.COM who were extrememly nice and gave me some great options.  I am not very patient and figured since I found this one on Amazon i would order it and if it sucked I could always return it.

The kit is reasonably priced compared to the options out there at $60 plus shipping.  I was a little disappointed it did not qualify for Prime shipping but I did find out it came from Great Britian. First off heres the link to the one I bought.Ultimate Addons Metal U-Bolt Motorcycle Bike Waterproof Tough Case Handlebar Mount for Apple iPhone 5
I chose to expedite the shipping, it seemed for an extra $10 the difference between 18-21 business days and 1-3 was worth it.  And it really was 1-3.  It shipped the day after I ordered it and I got it within 2 days of then.  Very efficient.  On tot he product.


  • Nice Waterproof case
  • Allows for the iphone to be plugged in while riding (more on this in the cons)
  • Mounts in place of one of the screws that hole the handlebars.  This was not very clear ont he amazon ad.  The pictures show the ram mount style but from the description I was concerned I would get a handlebar mount which loops around the circular bar.  That would not fit well on the Sprint ST.
  • Clear and touch sensitive front that does not seem to add glare to the screen
  • Seems to hold very securely.  I did stop and go traffic and over 80 mph and it did not budge.
  • It comes with a layard that I attached just as the extra level of security


  • To wire in the iPhone it is a hard mount with a very large switch.  I think i can hide the switch but it is not very convenient.
  • To run the included iphone cable into the case, I will have to put a slight cut into the rubber casing.  There is a whole but not large enough to fit the iphone adapter through.
  • It will not work if your phone has a case.  I just drop my case in my jacket pocket so this is not a downside for me.

Here are a few pics of it installed.

photo 4From the left showing the case and the mount near the handl

photo 2
Looking Down from the seat over the tank

photo 3
The weirdest angle but this is between the windshield and the handlebars

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The iMoto App after a quick ride

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