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About Peter

Peter is a Geocacher, competitive cribbage player, surfer, amateur magician, golfer and star watcher (the astronomical kind). In his day job for Datalink, Peter is a Senior Manager with their Cloud Service Management Practice helping customers build, manage and improve their legacy IT and Private Cloud infrastructures through Automation, Orchestration and clean living. We're not so sure on the clean living.

Animation Throwdown General Deck Assembly Guide

Animation Throwdown General Deck Assembly Guide Still Biased and Definitely Daft Author: Peter Kraatz, aka KinzuaKid peterkraatz@cox.net Twitter: @TheKinzuaKid http://www.practicalpolymath.com Updated May, 2018 Introduction This is a general strategy guide for Animation Throwdown deck assembly. Since there are many resources … Continue reading

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More Behavioral Guidance for the Newly Employed

If you’re looking for another snarky take on common foibles our newly minted consultants show off like a peacock’s feathers, you’ll have to wait. That’s coming. The next one is going to be a rant, so I need to lay … Continue reading

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Animation Throwdown Rumble Strategy Guide

Incredibly Biased and Probably Daft Peter Kraatz, aka KinzuaKid Last Updated December, 2017 Introduction This is a strategy guide for Animation Throwdown Rumble Play. I wrote this guide with my current guild in mind. Thanks for the feedback, Robot High … Continue reading

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Livestream (yes, again)

Oct. 25, 2017 | 2 p.m. EDT | 11 a.m. AZ This time I’m hoping the entire state doesn’t jump on the Internet simultaneously and shatter our data flow. No promises, though, because I’ll be sitting with Juan Orlandini and … Continue reading

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KinzuaKid Does Science

I heard recently there’s this eclipse thing coming on August 21 and while I’m going to be doing much the same as Randall Munroe’s character on the street (staring mouth agape at awesomeness) I’ll be pretending a bit at some actual … Continue reading

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The Message and the Medium

edit: updated video link edit: H/T to my brother, Paul Kraatz, for pointing to the one episode of The Office I had not seen for the video below. I’ve been meaning to write this post for years now but it … Continue reading

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Three Shut Up

Another year, another new crop of Analysts has suffered through my Speech Communication bootcamp. We ran out of time for one of my favorite sidebars, though, so I’m bringing it to you now, here: the “Three Shut Up” rule. The … Continue reading

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The Rule of 7…

…thousand You Don’t Have to Be Lonely When I roll out a new sales campaign, delivery toolkit, or training of any kind I am gently reminded by well-meaning colleagues about the “rule of 7.” You marketing wonks will be very … Continue reading

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Old Business: The Cue Ball Speaks

I participated in a panel event in April, 2016 and completely forgot about it. The Dallas CIO Forum “2016 Future Trends” panel had a couple good moments. The ugly mug flaps his gums starting at 10:58. Update: I found another, … Continue reading

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Almost as awesome as Brexit

http://www.zdnet.com/article/snoopers-charter-expansive-new-spying-powers-becomes-law/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark This is why we can’t have nice things. On the brighter side, I predict a LOT more Tor relays and exit nodes will be popping up in the UK soon.

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