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NotATweet: Timberwolves home opener

Posted Friday, October 19th, 2018 06:47 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Sports,Work at 6:47 PM

Good luck to Justin and his team at tonight’s Timberwolves home opener against Cleveland

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Quiet at the office

Posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 02:57 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 2:57 PM

Press box can be a very productive spot

Originally published by DK on October 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Early donut-making

Posted Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 05:46 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 5:46 AM

Vikes vs Bills

Originally published by DK on September 23, 2018 at 5:46 am

NotATweet: frickin’ Apple dialog warnings

Posted Thursday, September 20th, 2018 01:46 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Tweets,Work at 1:46 PM

No, Apple, I really *don’t* want a passcode on these iPads – please stopping asking me three times

Originally published by DK on September 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm

Sponsor golf for charity

Posted Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 08:17 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Friends,Golf,Work at 8:17 PM

It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it

Originally published by DK on September 19, 2018 at 8:17 pm

NotATweet: Golf at Keller with Leo

Posted Friday, September 14th, 2018 10:59 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Shopping,Work at 10:59 AM

Team building with Leo at Keller – shot an 86 from the blues

Originally published by DK on September 14, 2018 at 10:59 am

Destruction from within

Posted Thursday, September 13th, 2018 12:34 pm GMT -5 in Business,Work at 12:34 PM

Still wish they would’ve blown it up

Originally published by DK on September 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Why’d it have to be snakes?

Posted Saturday, September 1st, 2018 07:12 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 7:12 PM

You just can’t go wrong with giant snakes

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2018 at 7:12 pm

Quite the production

Posted Saturday, September 1st, 2018 02:18 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 2:18 AM

TayTay @ my office

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2018 at 2:18 am

This is how my body feels

Posted Friday, August 31st, 2018 04:32 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 4:32 PM

Tired and crumpled up

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Wish I had a real camera

Posted Friday, August 24th, 2018 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 7:29 PM

Still a cool effect, Vikings

Originally published by DK on August 24, 2018 at 7:29 pm

MOR POWER

Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2018 11:23 am GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 11:23 AM

Everybody needs a quick recharge

Originally published by DK on August 16, 2018 at 11:23 am

Carters at the office

Posted Thursday, August 9th, 2018 12:37 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 12:37 AM

Fuckery

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2018 at 12:37 am

Don’t envy goalies

Posted Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 05:56 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 5:56 PM

Those nets are huge

Originally published by DK on July 31, 2018 at 5:56 pm

My spirit animal

Posted Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 02:24 pm GMT -5 in Art,Work at 2:24 PM

Doesn’t get any better than this

Originally published by DK on July 22, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Historic Height

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 08:32 pm GMT -5 in History,Sports,Work at 8:32 PM

Highest quarter pipe jump ever @ X Games

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 8:32 pm

Does the Mouse know about this?

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 10:32 am GMT -5 in Art,Work at 10:32 AM

Wait, the Mouse owns this event too

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 10:32 am

Unlike all others

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 10:30 am GMT -5 in Art,Sports,Work at 10:30 AM

X Games is such a cool event

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 10:30 am

Good capex or best capex?

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 10:28 am GMT -5 in Food,Work at 10:28 AM

Coming soon to the office – ice cream if the future

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 10:28 am

Never seen that before

Posted Friday, June 29th, 2018 02:38 pm GMT -5 in Work at 2:38 PM

Seems like a safety issue (either way)

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2018 at 2:38 pm

Work on the train

Posted Friday, June 22nd, 2018 12:55 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 12:55 PM

July will be busy

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Harper’s new toys in Eagan

Posted Thursday, June 21st, 2018 11:24 am GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Links,Work at 11:24 AM

https://www.sportsvideo.org/2018/06/20/minnesota-vikings-unveil-spectacular-media-facilities-at-tco-performance-center/

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2018 at 11:24 am

Cisco Live! Orlando 2018

Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 03:08 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Technology,Travel,Work at 3:08 PM

Last week I attended my second Cisco Live! conference in Orlando (last year was my first in Vegas; next year will be San Diego). It blows my mind how much it must cost to host 25,000 people in a facility like the Orange County Convention Center – setup, food twice a day, video production for keynotes and sessions, utilities, staffing, etc. And then there was the customer appreciation event Wednesday night at Universal Studios, which not only included exclusive access to the original park for four hours, but also had free food and drinks everywhere and big name concerts from Leon Bridges, Cake and Sam Hunt. No wonder my annual maintenance bill never goes down…

Speaking of bills, I needed to do this trip on the cheap, so I stayed with my brother and his wife and leaned on them for ground transportation (along with some 25% off Lyft rides). He took me to Animal Kingdom on Sunday night after I arrived so I could check out the new(ish) Avatar stuff. Na’vi River Journey has the cool Audio-Animatronics Shaman of Songs, while Flight of Passage lived up to the nearly two hour wait. We had dinner at the excellent Satu’li Canteen, which really elevates the whole theme park food quality experience, in my opinion.

My conference pass this time was a new intermediate “Imagine” badge, so I didn’t get access to all of the sessions (or a T-shirt or backpack). It did get me into all of the keynotes and Innovation Showcase presentations, though, along with the “World of Solutions” trade show, the party at Universal and free food for breakfast and lunch each day. I found most of the sessions to be useful and not just a week-long sales pitch to buy new stuff (like you get at some conferences). I learned about a lot of new technology trends, including improved security techniques, software-defined networking and container-based development, along with the evolution of the Cisco platforms and products we’ve deployed at the stadium (which thankfully I don’t need to replace right away).

After the conference wrapped up, I had a little extra time to kill before flying home (I wish the standby rules for Delta were more customer friendly). I spent some more time checking out all the changes at Disney Springs, where I had had dinner earlier in the week with my brother at Art Smith’s wonderful Homecomin’ restaurant. World of Disney was half-closed for remodeling, but I still managed to find some things for people. It was interesting to see retail additions like UNIQLO and the dining scene continues to impress with the likes of Morimoto Asia, Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar and The Boathouse (in addition to all of the old favorites). Also caught Deadpool 2 at the AMC and made a quick trip to Tampa to check out the very impressive Seminole Hard Rock Tampa complex.

See you in San Diego?

Originally published by DK on June 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm

Innovation Showcase

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 02:56 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Travel,Work at 2:56 PM

Lots of interesting presentations @ Cisco Live!

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2018 at 2:56 pm

Florida NerdFest 🤓

Posted Monday, June 11th, 2018 08:58 am GMT -5 in Technology,Travel,Work at 8:58 AM

Cisco Live! 2018, Orlando

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2018 at 8:58 am

Off to Orlando

Posted Sunday, June 10th, 2018 06:25 am GMT -5 in Travel,Work at 6:25 AM

The early air choo-choo

Originally published by DK on June 10, 2018 at 6:25 am

Today’s office doge

Posted Thursday, June 7th, 2018 10:13 am GMT -5 in Pets,Work at 10:13 AM

See what happens when you open the beef jerky?

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2018 at 10:13 am

Not the outcome I wanted

Posted Monday, June 4th, 2018 03:54 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Work at 3:54 PM

But still proud of the 430+ miles I rode

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2018 at 3:54 pm

Turn out the lights…

Posted Sunday, April 29th, 2018 11:52 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 11:52 PM

…the party’s over

Originally published by DK on April 29, 2018 at 11:52 pm

No snow or ice here

Posted Saturday, April 14th, 2018 11:27 am GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 11:27 AM

Just a whole lotta dirt and gas fumes

Originally published by DK on April 14, 2018 at 11:27 am

The choo-choo wins again

Posted Saturday, April 14th, 2018 09:02 am GMT -5 in Personal,Weather,Work at 9:02 AM

So thankful for this option

Originally published by DK on April 14, 2018 at 9:02 am

Party in the Pit

Posted Saturday, April 7th, 2018 02:55 pm GMT -5 in Work at 2:55 PM

Monster Jam 2018

Originally published by DK on April 7, 2018 at 2:55 pm

Last Day

Posted Sunday, March 11th, 2018 06:19 am GMT -5 in Baseball,Work at 6:19 AM

Three early baseball MOD shifts for 2018

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2018 at 6:19 am

Got my Duke

Posted Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 12:44 pm GMT -5 in Football,Shopping,Sports,Work at 12:44 PM

The big staff sale finally made it reasonable

Originally published by DK on March 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm

Life after LII

Posted Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 02:39 pm GMT -5 in Football,Personal,Work at 2:39 PM

Now a full month in the rear-view mirror, Super Bowl LII is history. It’s hard to describe what it feels like to have this over and done – we’ve been talking and working towards that day for more than two years. I wrote a tweet about looking forward to the Monday after, but even that day had an early start and a full day of work breaking things down to prepare for the next event in the building.

People have asked me how it went, what would I do differently and how many celebrities I saw. My number one goal was to not be in the newspaper for the wrong reason, so mission accomplished in that regard. In fact, we did get some great press about crushing the WiFi record, so I’m very happy with that. The Super Bowl isn’t truly our event – the NFL runs and controls everything and we just assist as needed, so there wasn’t much I could really change. As for stars, I (politely) asked Peyton Manning to get out of my way, but that was about it.

The NFL uses many different companies to help put on the event and it was a pleasure working with all of them. In the technology realm, we worked with WBL Services of Seattle, owned by Bill Lipscomb. He and his team of nerds (lead by the super smart Nikos Mouat) were a huge help in supporting not only the stadium, but all of the activations around the metro. Todd Barnes and his team from Populous performed with a logistical calmness that would drive most people insane. I was also impressed with the graphics team from bluemedia, who created signage and displays all around town that looked beautiful.

In addition to all of these groups, we re-enlisted many of the people that helped design and build the stadium to come back for game day support. This included my favorite team of engineers from CenturyLink (Andy, Mark, Evan, Dennis and Greg) and the amazing group of WiFi experts at AmpThink, lead by Bill Anderson and Wesley Terry. Parsons, Cisco, Verizon and WIN also had small armies of support people ready to help if needed and the Department of Homeland Security had our back monitoring for network threats the entire time. And kudos to the NBC broadcast crew, who really turned out to be self-supporting the entire week.

So what’s next? Personally, I’m going on vacation later this month with the whole family. Events like the Super Bowl require a ton of time away from home and come with a stress level that is not “super” beneficial for one’s health, so it will be good to get away and recharge. I’ll also pay a visit this month to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of Super Bowl LIII. Their team was up here before our event and I’m looking forward to sharing stories (and seeing their cool new building). Everyone is now talking about the Final Four, but we have a whole lot of other work to do before then. Never a dull moment…

Originally published by DK on March 6, 2018 at 2:39 pm

Baseball ready

Posted Monday, February 26th, 2018 02:09 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Work at 2:09 PM

First games start tomorrow

Originally published by DK on February 26, 2018 at 2:09 pm

From SB to Home Show

Posted Friday, February 16th, 2018 10:52 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 10:52 PM

Way to rock it, ops department

Originally published by DK on February 16, 2018 at 10:52 pm

BOOM

Posted Friday, February 9th, 2018 10:26 am GMT -5 in Football,Links,Technology,Work at 10:26 AM

Fans use 16.31 TB of Wi-Fi data during Super Bowl 52 at U.S. Bank Stadium

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2018 at 10:26 am

Look what I found

Posted Thursday, February 8th, 2018 02:46 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Football,Music,Work at 2:46 PM

JT, you forgot your sign

Originally published by DK on February 8, 2018 at 2:46 pm

My partner in crime

Posted Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 10:53 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Technology,Work at 10:53 PM

He’s the secret weapon

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2018 at 10:53 pm

Not my best side, but OK

Posted Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 02:36 pm GMT -5 in Football,Links,Technology,Television,Work at 2:36 PM

https://www.today.com/video/this-year-s-super-bowl-stadium-flexes-its-high-tech-muscles-1153401411949

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Two achievements unlocked

Posted Monday, February 5th, 2018 12:42 pm GMT -5 in Football,Sports,Work at 12:42 PM

Step 1: open building. Step 2: host Super Bowl LII

Originally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Purple and gold in ATL?

Posted Monday, February 5th, 2018 10:42 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 10:42 AM

Yup, the confetti was shaped like the trophy

Originally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 10:42 am

Fly Headless Eagle Fly

Posted Monday, February 5th, 2018 02:55 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 2:55 AM

🦅

Originally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 2:55 am

JT was here

Posted Monday, February 5th, 2018 02:54 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Football,Music,Work at 2:54 AM

I don’t know, I thought the halftime show was pretty good

Originally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 2:54 am

Frigid

Posted Monday, February 5th, 2018 02:52 am GMT -5 in Football,Television,Work at 2:52 AM

This made me laugh

Originally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 2:52 am

Thank you, Arizona

Posted Thursday, February 1st, 2018 01:48 pm GMT -5 in Food,Work at 1:48 PM

University of Phoenix Stadium sent us donuts

Originally published by DK on February 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Enjoying my promotion to CIO

Posted Thursday, February 1st, 2018 11:48 am GMT -5 in Business,Links,Technology,Work at 11:48 AM

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/super-bowl-52-how-the-nfl-and-us-bank-stadium-are-ready-to-make-digital-history/

Originally published by DK on February 1, 2018 at 11:48 am

Suit & Tie

Posted Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 10:41 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes,Work at 10:41 PM

Going out so hot, just like an oven. And I’ll burn myself, but just had to touch it…

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2018 at 10:41 pm

A Historic Night

Posted Monday, January 15th, 2018 12:04 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 12:04 AM

Proud to be a part of this team

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2018 at 12:04 am

These are kinda cute

Posted Sunday, January 14th, 2018 12:07 am GMT -5 in Football,Shopping,Work at 12:07 AM

Mini SB helmets in the office

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2018 at 12:07 am

It’s really happening

Posted Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 09:40 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 9:40 AM

The tents are going up

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2018 at 9:40 am

Defend the North

Posted Sunday, December 17th, 2017 06:49 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 6:49 PM

Congrats to the Vikings on winning the NFC North title

Originally published by DK on December 17, 2017 at 6:49 pm

Cool to be on the floor

Posted Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 09:24 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 9:24 PM

First annual Minnesota Sports Awards, Target Center

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2017 at 9:24 pm

Movie Night 🍿

Posted Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 08:03 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Work at 8:03 PM

Elf on a very big shelf

Originally published by DK on December 6, 2017 at 8:03 pm

Son of a…

Posted Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 04:27 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Work at 4:27 PM

Digger

Originally published by DK on December 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm

Anatomy of a touchdown

Posted Saturday, November 25th, 2017 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 12:26 PM

So. Much. Football.

Originally published by DK on November 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

MOR FUTBAL

Posted Friday, November 24th, 2017 12:42 pm GMT -5 in Football,Television,Work at 12:42 PM

Games 15 through 21

Originally published by DK on November 24, 2017 at 12:42 pm

What is this madness?

Posted Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 05:21 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Work at 5:21 PM

Doritos taco carts at the stadium

Originally published by DK on November 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm

Last 4:45am start this week

Posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 06:04 am GMT -5 in Schools,Sports,Work at 6:04 AM

MSHSL State Soccer Championship Day ⚽️

Originally published by DK on November 2, 2017 at 6:04 am

Nice addition to/from Delta

Posted Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 08:57 pm GMT -5 in Business,Football,Work at 8:57 PM

At least I think this was new…

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2017 at 8:57 pm

The trek begins

Posted Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 09:23 am GMT -5 in Work at 9:23 AM

Still a highlight of my work day 🚈

Originally published by DK on October 18, 2017 at 9:23 am

Digging the newest art

Posted Friday, September 29th, 2017 04:29 pm GMT -5 in Art,Football,Work at 4:29 PM

Lower Pentair gate, U.S. Bank Stadium

Originally published by DK on September 29, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Dragon Fire

Posted Monday, September 25th, 2017 11:41 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 11:41 PM

Another nice win by the home team

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2017 at 11:41 pm

What are you waiting for?

Posted Friday, September 22nd, 2017 12:15 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 12:15 PM

Seriously, WTF takes this so long? Every. Single. Time.

Originally published by DK on September 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I’d pay big money

Posted Friday, September 22nd, 2017 12:14 pm GMT -5 in Design,Work at 12:14 PM

…to have this as my office throne

Originally published by DK on September 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm

I miss my grandfather 

Posted Thursday, September 21st, 2017 01:40 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal,Work at 1:40 PM

Thank-you box from 3M arrived in my office today

Originally published by DK on September 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm

There will be shenanigans 

Posted Monday, September 11th, 2017 04:45 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 4:45 PM

Card tricks are hard when no one is there to hold them up…

Originally published by DK on September 11, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Backstage

Posted Saturday, September 9th, 2017 04:09 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 4:09 PM

So much power

Originally published by DK on September 9, 2017 at 4:09 pm

Lobby upgrade

Posted Thursday, September 7th, 2017 06:18 am GMT -5 in Work at 6:18 AM

Lookin’ good

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2017 at 6:18 am
 

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