Patrick M. Jones

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Five Years of Movember

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This is my fifth year doing Movember, growing just a mustache, to get people talking and motivated to solve critical health risks facing men today. Personally I like to focus on men’s mental health because it affects everyone in their life including their wives, children, co-workers, and more. 3 out of 4 suicides are committed by men with more than 500,000 men dying every year from it - in fact that’s 87 per day in the USA! We’ve got to get people talking, changing the culture that surrounds getting help with our mental health.

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A new year, another Katsucon

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Katsucon is tough. Yes, I’ve been attending on and off throughout the years since the late 90’s… but it’s always at the beginning of February which is cold as hell! It’s almost always overlapping with Valentine’s day/weekend which is annoying. It also happens adjacent to MagFest which I’ve wanted to go to but couldn’t justify going to conventions two weekends in a row.

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Street Fighter V - A New Generation

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With Street Fighter V around the corner, we have newcomers that are excited, and old-timers that are approaching the new game with a certain trepidation.  I think for the professionals they’re worried about change, a big change.  They’re comfortable plinking their jabs, option selecting enemy wakeups, and are worried that a new game where the highest level of execution is too low will keep them from having fun with the game.

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A Culture of Incompetence - Part 2

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This is the second part in this series of blog posts. Like last time, I’m sorting through the things I’ve learned, what worked, what didn’t work. One thing that surprised me about working in this industry was how not just things like out of touch policies, but the lack of a basic understanding of what goes into software engineering and development that undermined the company’s goals.

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Update from Fatima

I recently sent a letter to Fatima with a few photos and greetings regarding her birthday and asking some simple questions like what she likes to eat and what she wants to do with her life. She said she wants to be a teacher one day, and to do it without pay. She seems like a grateful and sweet kid. I hope her dream comes true!

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