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April 08, 2021 06:53 AM UTC

Thursday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob.”

–William F. Buckley, Jr.


21 thoughts on “Thursday Open Thread

  1. I do not feel skilled in building these lists or descriptions.

    But it seems like this is what happened:

    1. Company wants to build a plant or factory to process known toxic material.

    2. Relevant governing bodies issue license, subject to mitigation based on storage of toxicity.

    3. Company attempts to negotiate no mitigation, no storage, less storage, less mitigation, etc. But license requires it.

    4. Company builds storage for mitigation. As cheaply as possible.

    5. Later, the storage fails and starts leaking. Regulating body panics, requests publicly funded disaster relief.

    6. Governing body funds disaster relief – which is about draining the storage with no mitigation.

    7. Company gets what they wanted all along. And Senate Minority Leader claims companies should not have a political voice, unless they are donating.


    The US version of Democracy is weird and appears to be at risk.

  2. On a personal note: PDFTron Acquires Document Automation Leader Windward Studios

    Since its founding in 1996 by David & Shirley Thielen, Windward Studios has transformed from a game development company to an industry leader in document automation and reporting software. For over a decade, Windward has led the industry by creating the most innovative, advanced, and superior document automation software on the planet. Windward’s platform creates visually stunning, data-powered documents designed exactly the way users want—and in a fraction of the time and cost compared to other options. The company prides itself on being the premier document automation and reporting solution for developers and business users in over 70 countries worldwide, serving companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100s. More than 10 million documents are generated a month by over 2,000 companies using their software.

    1. Congratulations, I guess? I have no idea what document automation and reporting is, but looks like you’re doing it on a bigger platform now.

      1. Thank you. It's boring but every company needs it. Everything from loan documents to marriage licenses (if you got married in Boulder or Denver County, our system generated your marriage license).

        Now I have to figure out what next to do with my life. When anything is possible, that actually makes figuring out what next a lot harder.

      1. It's interesting, we actually had a giant slow-down due to the pandemic, but it happened in September – November. The PPP money was significantly less than the slow-down, but it meant I didn't have to consider lay-offs.

        So yes, good thing we got it. And weird timing when it hit us.

  3. I am not running for the U.S. Senate (this is not a humor post)

    I always figured that once I made good money, I would run for office. And it wasn't one of 20 things to maybe do, it was usually #1. Something to do as the next step of my life. And something where I think I can make a big difference.

    Well I sold my company and I can definitely afford to self-fund a run for office. And so I started thinking seriously about it. Very seriously. And…

    First off, self-funding doesn't mean I get to sit on my ass and buy the office. It means I can spend 95% of my time campaigning while my opponent has to spend 60% of their time fundraising leaving them just 25% for campaigning. Thinking about doing this day in and day out for 18 months strikes me as awful.

    And then there's the job. Governor is out (Jared Polis is doing a superb job so not beatable nor would I want to replace him). U.S. Rep is out (Joe Neguse is maybe beatable but he's doing a great job so why replace him).

    Then there's the Senate. Four years ago taking on Michael Bennet was a lot more compelling. But over the last four years he's changed. He's become much less a minon of Wall St. and more a representative of the people of Colorado. That may be due to a true change in what drives him, or it may be due to the politics of the moment where not being progressive will be brutally obvious. Probably a combination of the two.

    At the same time, as I look at that job where the lines are so clearly drawn and the numbers so evenly balanced, there isn't room to accomplish much. Being one more Senator getting in the way of passing legislation is not a good thing in the current Senate.

    So would it make much of a difference if I replaced Senator Bennet (I do think with the money I can put in I can beat him)? I don't think so.

    And the job strikes me as boring now. Get in line and support the Democratic legislation. That's a very good thing, but it's not terribly exciting.

    And so, once the fantasy can now become reality, no.

    1. If you want a real challenge, buy a place in the North Fork Valley of Delta County and run against Calamity Jane. The rational Republicans, who remain in hiding whether they're still registered R or U, could be won over by your company's success.

      I'm serious.

    2. Consider running for the legislature.  The pay sucks, which won't discourage you.  When I covered it, it was fascinating.  Today, the degeneration of the GOP may have taken the fun out.

      1. I thought of that but that race is decided in the primary (where I live) and I think money matters less at this level. This would be an uphill battle. And it also comes back to the same basic thing once elected, most of the stuff that matters becomes a party line vote.

        With that said, it would be useful to have someone in the legislature that actually understands software. And to have a Democrat in there that can speak to how the Depart of Revenue is an enemy of small business.

    3. There are obviously many things which you could put your talents to.  Ability to build a company, innovate, adapt, and maintain in very different environments — AND a family background in politics. 

      Might I suggest not moving too quickly — waiting at least until there is some clarity about how the US House districts are going to be drawn, how the state Senate and House districts will be set:  and then considering if there is a role and a location you cold be drawn to. 

      There may be other possibilities which could attract you … Washington Post still was tracking 450 Senate confirmed positions without announced nominations in the Biden Administration…. I’m fairly certain SOMEBODY needs to step in and clean up many of those.

        1. Here's some starting points to figure out WHO might be considering options for nomination or appointment.  My experience has been pushing students and young professionals, not leaders, but I have watched with some interest as a few of those were placed and have continued to climb.  Analogs to their paths in:

           * Colorado Democratic Party leadership, both volunteer and professionals

           * Colorado elected Senators and longer-tenured Representatives

           * announced transition personnel —

           * White House Office of Presidential Personnel  — they may have an announced process. 

          * a friend of a friend …. went in as a White House Fellow.


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