Welcome!

Containers Expo Blog Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Scott Sobhani, John Esposito

Related Topics: ColdFusion, Microservices Expo, Agile Computing, Release Management

ColdFusion: Blog Feed Post

Christmas Could Never Get Started Today

Christmas would be doomed before it ever got started

This time of year is a favorite for children of all ages – I happen to be one of these kids – in part because of the television programs that are shown around Christmas.

A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, have been favorites of mine since TV went from exclusively black and white to poor quality color. This is no coincidence as these programs were made in the mid 1960’s.

As I was watching this year, it occurred to me that if at this time in history Christmas had not yet been established, if somehow Christmas needed to be “started” in 2009, it wouldn’t stand a chance. Christmas would be doomed before it ever got started.

First of all, the only time you can say Jesus Christ anymore is when you hit your thumb with a hammer.

You can’t mention Him at City Hall, you can’t display a crèche at the Court House, it’s at least passé, and at most completely offensive, to pray in Jesus’ name except at a Nascar race south of the Mason Dixon line, and the President would incur enormous wrath from the press if he dared mention the Savior’s name in anyway other than passing or pandering for political gain – not that we have to worry about the current president properly and appropriately speaking the name of Jesus.

You can say “what the hell” on TV and if there is a “goddammit” in the movie it isn’t bleeped out. Interestingly enough you can also say the word “shit” without consequence. However, Jesus Christ, the standard for when time crosses from BC to AD is spoken of as a myth, as a constant source of ridicule, or feared so greatly that His name is not permitted to be spoken if it crosses the non-existent, yet simultaneously ambiguous, standard/line of “separation of church and state”. Apparently the goal is to take Jesus Christ completely out of Christmas. It seems pretty clear that removing Christ from Christmas leaves only a word that Roberto Duran understands. Remember when he quit in his fight against Sugar Ray Leonard by repeating, “No mas, No mas”? Maybe Roberto’s cry is really the goal – the complete elimination of Christmas, period.

Secondly, the baby Claus wouldn’t be born today. He would have been aborted by the mother who would see him as a choice and not a life. Maybe she would have gone for “tax free family planning” services as soon as she learned she was pregnant, or perhaps she would have been immediately uncertain about what to do, and waited to have a late term abortion without her parents consent. It is clear that she would have never left the red-headed Claus on the doorstep of the Kringle’s to be found, reared, and trained to make an enormous difference in so many children’s lives.

Since the baby who became Kris Kringle never would have been born, it really makes no difference, but the elf family the Kringle’s, never would have had a toy factory either. If these less than perfect children avoided the abortion doctor’s “treatment” and actually grew to be adults, the system would have cast them as victims due to their “disability” and they would have been “counseled” to be self indulgent louts living off the legal settlement that a “highly respected” trial lawyer was able to extract from the physician who made a tragic mistake during the their delivery that caused them to be, not elves, but “little people”. Forget moving to the North Pole and setting out to build toys for children who would watch out, choose to be good, and nice, instead of crying, pouting and being bad. Of course, you can’t speak about a child as being bad, or even as misbehaving anymore – that would “ruin his self esteem”.


Not that any of that matters, because you sure can’t build a toy factor at the North Pole. For one, it’s allegedly no longer frozen there because of man-made Global Warming. If by chance (certainly not an act of God though) or by species crossing evolution, the water were to refreeze, extremist environmentalists would protest placing a factory there by stealing the building materials, sabotaging the construction equipment, and if that didn’t work, flat out burning the place down. All that breathing, oh the carbon dioxide and other lethal green house gases that would be released! Of course the fact that when water does freeze, it is the only substance that floats so as to avoid crushing all marine life, gives a clear indication of evolution, the big bang, and random spontaneous appearance of matter – it couldn’t possibly be evidence of divine design and/or intelligent creation. Yet, how man can simultaneously be “basically good” while intentionally and irresponsibly destroying his environment is a contradiction that draws no conversation or question. 


No doubt the Grinch would be alive and well, surviving quite nicely, even thriving, in the current environment. He probably would have invented the internet or something like it. One thing is certain - no one in the current government or in the mainstream press would accuse him of “stealing” Christmas. He might be lauded for giving us an unconstitutional “experiment which may ultimately reduce health care costs ” called health care reform. He might be considered a genius for designing a system that causes profitable, jobs providing, businesses to move to countries that have no pollution standards of any kind, by creating something called “cap and trade”. He might be an “enlightened” congressman from a blue state or an unelected, constitutionally questionable, militant, practicing homosexual, czar in charge of educating the country’s children. But he won’t, under any circumstances, be called to task for stealing. 

Charlie Brown doesn’t fare quite as well, but he does live a “dignified” life. Shortly after his diagnosis, he is allowed to miss work indefinitely, with government mandated pay of course, because of his mental “disease”. His company pays for his “treatment” (just like any other illness) for twelve years but “falsely” and unfairly accuses him goldbricking and stops paying. Health care reform kicks in and at age 50 he enters Medicare and government support, never working again. Having seen all the episodes of Married with Children, he is asked by Lucy to be the director of the holiday play, but declines when he learns that a “holiday play” has absolutely no point (except to avoid “offending” anyone with any mention of Jesus Christ). He never buys a “nice little tree”, and never sees it decorated - all on account of rainforest concerns about cutting down trees grown specifically for decoration. Charlie remains a blockhead until a government death “counselor” suggests that his constant back pain, as a result of kicking footballs, and the costs of treating his condition, could end. Charlie takes his own life after outliving his usefulness and his government capped health insurance cost threshold, at age 79.


Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is the one character who is thriving in this environment. He is responsible for coining the phrase redproboscisphobic and in the process eliminating any and all intelligent discussion on the topic. After getting all the other reindeer permanently expelled from school for “bullying” as a result of their refusal to let him play in reindeer games, Rudolph successfully sues the American Psychiatric Association, requiring them to declare red noses as completely normal. In “careful” consideration the APA decides that any attempt to address or “treat” the malady is completely cruel and destructive to the self esteem of the “afflicted”. Rudolph is praised as the first elected, openly red nosed congressman from Massachusetts, sits on powerful house committees, but is never seriously investigated or called to task for his role in the AIG, derivatives, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and/or banking meltdowns.


Well, there you have it. Be thankful for Christmas. Be grateful that the meaning of Christmas began 2000 years ago, and that the celebration of Christmas started shortly thereafter. If Christmas needed to be started today, in this cultural, legal, and government environment, there’d be no reason to hope or for hope, because you couldn’t get Christmas started today.

More Stories By Dana Barfield

Dana is the president of The Barfield Group, which has provided industry leading Financial Advice, Investment Services, and helped people Plan for Retirement for more than 20 years. He is a frequent speaker and writer for a variety of industry, regional, and national publications on business ownership and wealth building related topics.

@ThingsExpo Stories
"delaPlex is a software development company. We do team-based outsourcing development," explained Mark Rivers, COO and Co-founder of delaPlex Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
IoT is rapidly changing the way enterprises are using data to improve business decision-making. In order to derive business value, organizations must unlock insights from the data gathered and then act on these. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, and Peter Shashkin, Head of Development Department at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how one organization leveraged IoT, cloud technology and data analysis to improve customer experiences and effi...
The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. He cited examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. He also highlighted how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable ...
There are several IoTs: the Industrial Internet, Consumer Wearables, Wearables and Healthcare, Supply Chains, and the movement toward Smart Grids, Cities, Regions, and Nations. There are competing communications standards every step of the way, a bewildering array of sensors and devices, and an entire world of competing data analytics platforms. To some this appears to be chaos. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Bradley Holt, Developer Advocate a...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to imp...
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
Connected devices and the industrial internet are growing exponentially every year with Cisco expecting 50 billion devices to be in operation by 2020. In this period of growth, location-based insights are becoming invaluable to many businesses as they adopt new connected technologies. Knowing when and where these devices connect from is critical for a number of scenarios in supply chain management, disaster management, emergency response, M2M, location marketing and more. In his session at @Th...
Basho Technologies has announced the latest release of Basho Riak TS, version 1.3. Riak TS is an enterprise-grade NoSQL database optimized for Internet of Things (IoT). The open source version enables developers to download the software for free and use it in production as well as make contributions to the code and develop applications around Riak TS. Enhancements to Riak TS make it quick, easy and cost-effective to spin up an instance to test new ideas and build IoT applications. In addition to...
When people aren’t talking about VMs and containers, they’re talking about serverless architecture. Serverless is about no maintenance. It means you are not worried about low-level infrastructural and operational details. An event-driven serverless platform is a great use case for IoT. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Animesh Singh, an STSM and Lead for IBM Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, will detail how to build a distributed serverless, polyglot, microservices framework using open source tec...
Apixio Inc. has raised $19.3 million in Series D venture capital funding led by SSM Partners with participation from First Analysis, Bain Capital Ventures and Apixio’s largest angel investor. Apixio will dedicate the proceeds toward advancing and scaling products powered by its cognitive computing platform, further enabling insights for optimal patient care. The Series D funding comes as Apixio experiences strong momentum and increasing demand for its HCC Profiler solution, which mines unstruc...
IoT offers a value of almost $4 trillion to the manufacturing industry through platforms that can improve margins, optimize operations & drive high performance work teams. By using IoT technologies as a foundation, manufacturing customers are integrating worker safety with manufacturing systems, driving deep collaboration and utilizing analytics to exponentially increased per-unit margins. However, as Benoit Lheureux, the VP for Research at Gartner points out, “IoT project implementers often ...
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his Day 2 Keynote at @ThingsExpo, Henrik Kenani Dahlgren, Portfolio Marketing Manager at Ericsson, discussed how to plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change t...
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
Presidio has received the 2015 EMC Partner Services Quality Award from EMC Corporation for achieving outstanding service excellence and customer satisfaction as measured by the EMC Partner Services Quality (PSQ) program. Presidio was also honored as the 2015 EMC Americas Marketing Excellence Partner of the Year and 2015 Mid-Market East Partner of the Year. The EMC PSQ program is a project-specific survey program designed for partners with Service Partner designations to solicit customer feedbac...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life sett...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Bsquare has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For more than two decades, Bsquare has helped its customers extract business value from a broad array of physical assets by making them intelligent, connecting them, and using the data they generate to optimize business processes.
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - comp...
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...