5 Things Death Taught Me

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Seeing death and losing loved ones have caused me reflect on five things constantly. 1. Fight procrastination and do what I can now. It doesn’t have to be major. Small steps toward progress count. I don’t need to complete that entire YouTube video today but at least finish editing the vocals. Carpe diem. Seize the…

Fitness – My Outlet

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Music is my therapy. It’s how I deal with life emotionally. resistance training is my outlet. It’s my favorite way to escape life mentally for 1 hour, grounds me daily, and boosts my mood. Throughout teen years, Weight training for strength was the one thing I knew would improve my quality of life forever. It…

November 2017 SITREP – Performance

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November 2017 was an unexpected growth spurt in many areas of my life. I’ve applied some skills learned from work including Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Cloudflare Content Delivery Network (CDN) configuration for higher security and speed. This GTmetrix score still sucks, though. I’ve created a new landing page – JtSpratley.com – which may or…

Releasing Music in 2017

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Before the two rough mixdowns in mid-2015 (Atmospheric1 and House26) I hadn’t released any music since my mother’s Ride ‘Em album. But the recording engineer, not I, mixed those beats. I’d hoped those tracks showed my versatility and potential, though I didn’t choose them all. Instrumental 613 is still my favorite on that album. I…

5 Websites For IT Training

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Here are 5 websites with great free IT training. 1. I checkĀ edX.org first when looking for structured online courses – yes, even before Coursera. Though many courses are paid, there are great freebies including Berklee’s Music Production and Vocal Recording Technology and The Linux Foundation’s Introduction to Linux. You can also embed badges for completed…

5 Pet Peeves for Army Leaders

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Here’s a short list of popular pet peeves for Army Leaders and how they became common. 1. I’m a Sergeant, a NCO, not a pay grade Why it’s a pet peeve: I didn’t get promoted to E-5. Refer to me as you address me according to AR 600-20 – as Sergeant. How it started: 1….