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Baby New Year
January – The year is born. It’s cute. Harmless. Unassuming. Full of possibility. Smells funny, but hey, no one’s perfect. February – The year is getting its balance. It learns to walk. Still figuring stuff out, but starting to make a little sense. Sales goals seem attainable and the year has its whole life ahead of it. March – The year is in full swing now. It’s running around the room and randomly punching people in the pants. The occasional pants punch sucks, but they are just business ...
Added on: 01.03.11, by Todd Knapp
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner…
If you were to ask my wife, she would tell you that we named our Beagle “Nemo” after a plucky little fish in a Pixar film. However, the source of the name is different for me. I named him after a Jules Verne character. Captain Nemo was the captain of the Nautilus, a futuristic (at the time) vehicle that was powered by the same forces as the sun and which could dive to the deepest depths of the ocean; 20,000 leagues under the sea. Capt. Nemo was a man that would not take no for an answer. ...
Added on: 10.05.10, by Todd Knapp
1000 Words
My wife recently began adding letters to the caps of the water bottles in our fridge (which we refill and reuse). I noticed this one evening as I reached to get a drink and saw that a number of bottles had a little ‘C’ scrawled onto the cap in black marker. Around this time, my wife and kids had been getting over a summer cold and I assumed that the ‘C’ stood for ‘cold’, meaning that these were bottles they had used when they were sick and which needed to be thrown away once they were feeling ...
Added on: 09.21.10, by Jeremy Girard
Big, Bigger, Biggest
When is enough, enough? I wonder that sometimes when I update the business plan at Envision. This company has grown and changed so many times in its short life. Every time that it becomes something different there are new opportunities to capitalize on, new risks, new stressors, and new rewards. At the marina, I see gluttony in motion everywhere I look. The couple that just bought the 43’ motor yacht two years ago has already discovered greener pastures in the form of the 48’ yacht next ...
Added on: 07.09.10, by Todd Knapp
Pride in a Job Well Done
It’s human nature to want to share things we are proud of with those around us. As soon as I walk through the door at night, my kids greet me, ready to show me the new picture they have drawn or the latest steps learned in dance class. I smile and see a bit of myself in their enthusiastic displays. I too love to share my excitement with others. One of the most fulfilling aspects of my job as Creative Director at Envision is the chance to launch new Web sites for clients. ...
Added on: 05.26.10, by Jeremy Girard
In Praise of Sushi
As anyone who subscribes to my Twitter feed already knows, I love sushi. My tweets routinely center on trips to my favorite sushi restaurant and my infatuation with raw fish. What you may not know is that this unabashed love of sushi is a recent development as I tried it for the first time just a few months ago. Here’s to trying new things.Trying Something NewI used to think eating raw fish was pretty disgusting. Of course, I had never actually tried sushi, but was forming my opinion with absolute...
Added on: 02.17.10, by Jeremy Girard
Some things can never be virtualized…
I wandered my way down a muddy road through the woods today. I walked in the Rhode Island rain with my dogs at my side. After a 1/4 mile or so, the trees thinned and turned to evergreens. My dogs looked at me and wagged their tails. They took off into the clearing and ran between the rows of Christmas trees. They were as happy as I have ever seen them. We picked a tree, my wife and I, and after a few quick passes with a bow saw it fell. The dogs jumped and ran and wagged and barked and ...
Added on: 12.13.09, by Todd Knapp
Life lessons learned at walmart…
I realize that it's been a long time since I posted. I also realize that this post has nothing to do with technology. None the less, I would like to ask that you take the time to read this anyway. I feel that it's important for us all to pass along hard won knowledge so that we can learn from each other and ultimately evolve as a species. So, in the interest of evolution I am throwing myself on the altar of humility and passing along this little nugget.... ...Here it is... LIFE LESSON ...
Added on: 10.30.09, by Todd Knapp
Enough about the economy already!!!
I opened up CNN today and almost every story was about the economy. I was standing on a dock on the coast of MA and the launch driver was talking about the economy. I had a great dinner tonight, and everyone at the table next to us was talking about the economy. I have had it with this topic. I am also really tired of people that ask if I think it’s going to get better. I sailed back to RI today. The weather Sucked (with a capital S). The waves on the ocean were supposed to be 2-4 feet, but ...
Added on: 07.17.09, by Todd Knapp
What is “green”?
Are hybrid cars green? Maybe... until we have to dispose of all the highly toxic batteries they contain. Are fuel cell cars green? Perhaps... unless you wonder where are the hydrogen they use comes from (strip mining coal in case you are curious). Are offshore windfarms green? Could be... as long as you don't mind the total disruption of marine eco-systems and ocean currents. Is solar power green? Certainly... of course those darn batteries we have to store the power in are an issue again....
Added on: 07.15.09, by Todd Knapp
“Best Practice” doesn’t make perfect
I spend a lot more time than you would think, questioning technology. Yes, I am an IT professional…but I don’t necessarily believe in technology for the sake of technology. In fact, even when I do think a technology is important, I question the way that it should be deployed.Some of the best, and ultimately the most productive, conversations and/or arguments that Envision’s engineers have are about how and when to deploy technology. I take my role as CTO at Envision very seriously, and find ...
Added on: 07.11.09, by Todd Knapp
Envision the Awesome - 10 Reasons Why We Are The Best Place to Work in RI
Last evening, Envision attended the 2009 Providence Business News’ ‘Best Places to Work in Rhode Island’ awards ceremony, where we were honored to be recognized in the Small Business category. Of the 10 companies recognized in this category, we ranked number 4, which is incredibly cool for our first time on this list. Still, regardless of our exact ranking on this list, the employees of Envision Technology Advisors’ know that this is THE best place work in Rhode Island and we wouldn’t want to ...
Added on: 06.19.09, by Jeremy Girard

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