Sunday, December 30, 2007

Pictures of Tepee buttes & Aircraft Museum Boone/Pueblo Colorado July 1999

I drove to Boone Colorado in July 1999 to see a geologic formation called "Tepee Buttes". These are the pictures I took.

A geologic feature called Tepee Buttes near Boone Colorado. The Roadside Geology of Colorado (Halka Chronic), page 67, describes Tepee buttes as "Congregations of marine shellfish, possibly living in patches of sea grass, built reef-like aggregates on the floor of the shallow Cretaceous sea. Today these limy aggregates, more resistant than the surrounding shale, form Tepee Buttes.".
To learn more about the Tepee-Buttes see: Tepee Buttes: Late Cretaceous Submarine Springs of El Paso and Pubelo County

I stopped at the B-24 museum on the way back from Boone, unfortunately I arrived too late to get in, but I still got some nice pictures.

The B-24 museum (also called the Fed E. Weisbrod Aircraft Museum) is located at the Pueblo Memorial Airport is open Monday - Friday, 9AM - 2PM. Admission is free. Unfortunately, I arrived after 3. I still got some nice picturers though from outside the fence.

Pictures of Virginian Hotel & Bone Cabin at Medicine Bow WY. Aug. 2000

I took these pictures of the Bone Cabin and the Virginian Hotel near Medicine Bow Wyoming in August 2000.

The oldest building in America is located Six miles east of Medicine Bow Wyoming. Medicine Bow was made famous by Owen Wister's novel, The Virginian (1902). Riply's calls Bone Cabin "the oldest building in America" because it is built entirely out of fossilized dinosaur bones. The bones were dug from the Como Bluffs anticline just north of the cabin. Como Bluffs is the location of a now legendary dinosaur fossil site. (And, a notorious paleontological feud between Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope during the 1870's.)

The Virginian Hotel was built in Medicine Bow Wyoming between 1901 and 1911 by August Grimm and George Plummer. It is named after Owen Wister's book The Virginian. It was designated a National Historic Place in 1978.

Pictures of the Bighorn scenic byway (US 14A) taken Sept. 2000

I took these pictures in September 2000 when I drove over the Bighorn scenic byway (US 14A). I stopped at Cowley Wyoming, and hiked up to the sacred Medicine Wheel in the Bighorn mountains, along the way.

The Bighorn scenic byway (US 14A) begins at Lovell Wyoming (within the Bighorn basin). It crosses the northern third of the Bighorn mountains ending at Dayton Wyoming (within the Powder river basin). Pictures include "THE BIG HORN ACADEMY" at Cowley WY., the Bighorn basin, the Medicine Wheel, and the Powder River Basin.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Synopsis of the ITIL(r) V3 Foundations class I took

I very recently completed a 2 day foundations class in version 3 of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). The following is a synopsis of what I learned in that class.

A 2 day foundations class on ITIL is certainly not a comprehensive treatment of ITIL and in no way prepares one to be fully competent in it. It is a very general overview of the core ITIL concepts and processes.

The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) defines the organizational structure and skill requirements of an information technology organization and a set of standard operational management procedures and practices to allow the organization to manage an IT operation and associated infrastructure. The operational procedures and practices are supplier independent and apply to all aspects within the IT Infrastructure.

ITIL and IT Infrastructure Library are registered trade marks of the UK Office of Government Commerce.

ITIL takes a Service Management or customer centric approach rather than a technology centric approach towards IT Management. Service Management is a set of specialized organizational capabilities for providing value to customers in the form of services.

ITIL v3 was released in 2007. It differs in two significant ways from earlier versions of ITIL. Earlier versions had a process orientation where v3 takes a Service life cycle orientation. Earlier versions were comprised of 8 volumes where v3 is comprised of 5 volumes named:
Service Strategy,
Service Design,
Service Transition,
Service Operation,
Continual Service Improvement.

ITIL v3 breaks the Service Management Life Cycle into a set of processes. There are 5 core processes and each core process defines additional processes. Eight of the processes span the entire service life cycle. The 5 volumes in ITIL v3 are named after the 5 core processes.

A service is a means of delivering value to customers by facilitating outcomes customers want to achieve without the ownership of specific costs and risks. Every service has a defined service owner. The service owner is accountable for a specific service within the organization regardless of the underpinning technology.

A process is a set of coordinated activities combining and implementing resources and capabilities in order to produce an outcome which, directly or indirectly, creates value for an external customer or stakeholder.

Service Strategy provides guidance on how to design, develop, and implement Service Management as an organizational capability and strategic asset.

The Service Strategy process defines the Financial Management, Service Portfolio Management, and Demand Management processes. The Financial Management and Service Portfolio Management processes span the entire Service Life Cycle.

Service Design provides guidance for the design and development of services and Service Management processes.

The Service Design process defines the Service Catalogue Management, Service Level Management, Capacity Management, Availability Management, IT Service Continuity Management, Information Security Management, and Supplier Management processes. The Capacity Management, Availability Management, and Supplier Management processes span the entire Service Life Cycle.

Service Transition provides guidance for the development and improvement of capabilities for transitioning new and changed services into operations.

The Service Transition process defines the Change Management, Service Asset and Configuration Management, Release and Deployment Management, and Knowledge Management processes. The Change Management, Service Asset and Configuration Management, and Knowledge Management processes span the entire Service Life Cycle.

Service Operation includes guidance on achieving effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery and support of services so as to ensure value for the customer and the service provider.

The Service Operation process defines the Event Management, Incident Management, Request Fulfillment, Problem Management, and Access Management processes.

Continual Service Improvement provides guidance on how to identify ways to improve process effectiveness, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

Continual Service Improvement process introduces the Deming model (Plan, Do, Check, Act) and a 7 step improvement process.

There is a great deal of benefit in bringing together a wide array of industry standards of good practice and compiling them together into a coherent whole. And that is exactly what the ITIL model does. Many IT organizations can benefit by training their staff in the basic ITIL model and principles. IT organizations can benefit by adopting many of the ITIL concepts.

There are some dangers associated with ITIL. The two most salient dangers that I see are: confusing the model with reality and interpreting ITIL as dogma. A model is a facsimile. An aid used to assist IT organizations in understanding what the organization does and how to improve their processes. ITIL provides guidance not religious dogma. IT organizations need to remain flexible as they integrate ITIL practices into their organization.

The quality of the ITIL foundations classes does vary somewhat from vendor to vendor. I found the 2 day ITIL foundations class to be too fast paced, filled with terminology, excessive acronyms, somewhat incongruent. But, I did pass the exam.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Who makes YouTube videos on Christmas day?

Who makes YouTube videos on Christmas day?

I'm on vacation for the next week and I'm not going to do a darn thing. I plan to just knock around the apartment in my bathrobe and slippers for the next week! I probably will have to go to the store sometime so I guess I'll have to get dressed before I go to the store.

It's christmas day and I didn't get any presents. That's OK. I wasn't expecting any and I really don't need any. Besides, my brothers and sisters have all scattered to the four winds. I don't even know where my middle brother is right now. My Dad died a little over Ten years ago and my mother is in a nursing home. She doesn't even know who I am anymore. She doesn't have much longer to live.

I really don't have any close friends. There are a couple of people at work that I talk with occasionally about more personal things, but outside of work, I can't say that I really have any close friends. I've never had a significant other. This is a result of the choices I've made during my life.

I was looking at some of the videos I've made and started asking myself: "Is the person in your videos someone you would like to meet?", "Is he someone you would like to have as a close friend?", "What would the person in your videos have to be like or do differently for them to be someone you would like to have as a friend?"

I woke up this morning to a snow storm. Funny, I don't remember that in the forecast. Pay close attention and take note of the gift being left on the neighbors lawn.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Hills and valleys

Well, even though this past week started out pretty rotten, all in all it was a good week. I actually got some work done.

The week started out with me posting a video about my thoughts on Christmas. I had several people tell me that it was a good video even though it did end on a rather negative note.

For reasons I still can't quite put my finger on, a full 24 hours latter, I became embaressed about my videos and ended up not only taking my videos down but deleting all of my favorites, deleting my subscribers and deleting all of my subscriptions!

I moped around for a couple of days then, after talking to a friend about it, decided I would try to put everything back the way it was. It was an awfully impulsive thing to do.

Those were a couple of bad days.

I don't know what made me think of this but I noticed that as I go through my day I'm usually walking through rooms or down hallways. Sometimes I have to take an elevator or stairs up then take an elevator or stairs back down but I'm usually on level ground.

As I was thinking about this, I remembered the times I use to drive to Utah. As I left town, I drove up a long steep grade up the side of a mountain then down into a canyon on the other side. The pattern of going up the side of a mountain and down the other side kept repeating until a left the Rocky Mountains behind me.

I had a different experience the time I drove to Kansas City. I drove across a flat level plane for hours and hours and hours. As I neared the east side of Kansas the terrain started to change; there were now gentle rolling hills and valleys.

It doesn't seem to matter which direction I'm going - East, West, North or South there are always hills and valleys and peaks and canyons to cross. I think my life has been like that too. I have had good days and I have had bad days. Good weeks and bad weeks. Good years and bad years. Every bad year has been followed by some good years. Every bad week has been followed some good weeks. And, every bad day has been followed by good days.

I should try to remember that!

I have a tendency to remember the bad things. Usually I either don't recognize the good things for what they are or I forget the good things and only remember the bad things. That's a bad habit. I should try to replace it with a better habit.

I need to remember the good things too!

All in all I've had a good life so far. I've had my fair share of failures but I've also had my fair share of successes too. Generally there have been about as many hills as there have been valleys.

Now, I really must be going. I have another hill to clime.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Hello my name is ...

Well, ready or not, here I am.

I confess that I have some reservations about putting up a video log.

Hopefully my reservations are unwarranted. I am a little concerned that a middle aged man posting video diaries on You Tube might not be "age appropriate", or that I might come across as an "old fool", or a "grouchy, dirty old man".

I probably will!

One of life's lessons that I still haven't mastered is, I need to be willing to take some personal risks once in awhile and risk playing the fool.

I don't like taking risks.

How does the old adage go? "Silence is the better part of valor." Or, "Wisdom is knowing when to shut up."

So, for me posting a diary, let alone a video diary, feels like a significant personal risk. I am risking making a fool out of myself.

Hello, my name is Clyde.

I am a single middle aged gay man living the the Rocky Mountain region. I am college educated (but I can't spell to save my life!) I work in the Info Tech field. A look at my web page will reveal what it is I do.

I don't really have a reason to have a Blog or Video log. I just want one. It's kind of like having an itch that you've just have to scratch. But, I don't want to just make random postings or "What I had for lunch" videos. I think I'll set some goals for my Vlogging. But first I want to set some guidelines for myself.

Civility has become very important to me but I confess that I haven't always behaved in the most civilized way.

I pledge to never criticize, condemn or complain.

I will strive to always be respectful of others and to practice empathy, compassion, humanness, personal integrity and personal authenticity.

I will strive to eliminate hubris from my attitude and speech and to avoid preaching.

I will use caution to not say or do anything that could come back to haunt me in the future.

In addition to personal Vlog postings I may also do some postings that are of a "book report" nature or opinion pieces. I may also do some "this is what I learned" pieces.

I'm doing this mostly for fun but also as sort of a "self-improvement" project and you get to watch. Wish me luck.

Well, that's all.

Bye for now.