Let’s Get Personal

I am unexpectedly DELIGHTED to speak at Red Hat’s Open Voice Toastmasters club TOMORROW.

No big deal.

And cause it’s no big deal, no problem, no worries, I’m totally going to do project two, Let’s Get Personal, of the advanced manual Storytelling.


Now part of me is REALLY TEMPTED to talk about the pole dancing class I took four weeks ago where I was SHOWING OFF WAY TOO MUCH and, like the forty year old I am, THREW OUT MY HIP and haven’t been able to walk right EVER SINCE.

But another part of me thinks, “Rain, this is YOUR JOB.”

So I’m going to go the safe route and talk about the not so safe experience of leaping out of a plane. Because this is their first impression of me.

And I’m feeling a little scared.

Except that’s exactly the point, to get personal, like I do here, when I remember to write. And, if I’m honest, since I’m scared, I should do it anyway.

Cause that’s how I roll.


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Week Five :: 08 sep :: Dessert and Coffee Celebration and Debriefing

photo-1447523264591-68112eb55c23there are so many things i could write about today.

1. i’m feeling so much better.

and that all by itself is a good thing. so much better, in fact, (or maybe because?) that i went to try to trade in my american drivers’ license for a dutch one which is something you can only do if you (OR YOUR SPOUSE) have the thirty percent rule. we didn’t find out that spouse clause until i got my own ruling which clearly stated, in english, that my spouse is qualified as well, which landed the partner a right solid dutch scolding from yours truly who could’ve nabbed a dutch drivers license under his thirty percent rule received FIVE YEARS AGO. i only recently (a year ago) nabbed my own ruling, but all’s well that ends well, right?so i tried to go today (there’s SO MUCH PAPERWORK involved, like all government things) and i was still missing a piece (passport photo) and an appointment or you can go without an appointment tuesday through friday afternoon. as today was monday, i was shit out of luck. so i went to get a passport photo and make an appointment. in reality, i’m just going to show up tomorrow afternoon. for my lunch.

cause that’s one hell of productive lunch.


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@rainsdance wait, is ‘dance engineering’ also a RDO/tripleO reference?


Except, no, but I WISH.

I received this question yesterday after giving the Build a Basic Developer’s Cloud Using TripleO and I knew I just HAD TO ANSWER IT HERE.

So I am.

The #DancingEngineer aspect of me is that I used to dance in a previous life. Not a literal reincarnation life scenario, but I danced for twenty years before I retired to technology.

Doesn’t make sense?

Let me ‘splain.

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OoO is easy as A B C, 1 2 3! Turtles all the way down!

just-the-owlSo you really want to program
Things you never, never coded before
Like python and FOSS, and maybe some C
And why start with “Hello World”
Now, now, now
I’m gonna show you
Show you, show you
All about OpenStack
All about TripleO
Sit yourself down, take a seat
All you gotta do is repeat after me

It’s easy as, 1 2 3
As simple as, TripleO Quickstart
A B C, 1 2 3
Turtles all the way down!

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