I am struggling, right now, through one of ‘those’ moments in life that will make me stronger.

In their book “The Art of Happiness” by 14th Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, part one introduces us to the Dalai Lama’s believe that the purpose of life is the pursuit of happiness. Happy days! I am on the right track — it is not fame, nor fortune, nor even procreation, the purpose of life is the pursuit of happiness.

“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy” …Dalai Lama

It is part two entitled “Warmth and Compassion” that I am listening to as I leave my house long before sun-up to drive…


In 2013 we gave birth to our first daughter — it was a silent birth. She never cried, she never sniffled, never fluttered her eyes, in fact, she never took a breath. Anahera Leja Wilkinson was born sleeping at 1:17pm on the 3rd June 2013 to proud parents, proud grandparents, cousins, uncles and aunties, nieces, nephews, close friends and an extended family of over 11,000 people around the globe.

Anahera 31 weeks in-utero, heartbeat and kicks strong.

We discovered at 20 weeks that our baby was a girl and ‘incompatible with life’. …


It is 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduates of the University of Texas with a speech he has written entitled — What starts here changes the world. He has a simple message, ten lessons learnt from his navy seal training. He stands now in front of the graduates hoping to inspire the class of 2014 to change the world. His message however is about to go viral, to become a book and will inspire the lives of thousands around the world — including me.

Personally I graduated a long time ago, but this talk resonated still as I…


Kubernetes Operators (or as I refer to them friendly k8s robots) — in my opinion — revolutionized Kubernetes. If you have heard me tell the story of the three k8s distributions being k8s, Techtonic and OpenShift — you will know that Operators took OpenShift 3 into overdrive by being able to support OTA, single-click, no-downtime upgrades and installs of the entire cluster.

Seven-of-Nine, the Borg who inspired the original codename of Kubernetes, and to whom homage is paid in the Kubernetes logo.

All bias aside — Red Hat OpenShift 4 is absolutely stunning (frankly $34B stunning). Operators don't stop at cluster management, these robot admins can package and manage any application that runs on Kubernetes meaning that installing and managing…


Following on from my first story about how to find happiness in a busy life, I spent the weekend thinking about this question. I found an answer for me — is not about finding it, but rather noticing it.

It occurred to me that my busyness wasn’t making me unhappy or not happy — it was not allowing me to take time to enjoy when I was experiencing happiness.

Photo by Tiffany Chan on Unsplash

Friday evening, after I posted Part 1, I decided to stop and take notice of what I was doing. …


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” The smaller the gap between what you should do, and what you actually do — the happier you will be.” … Mahatma Gandhi

Caveat: This blog is not supposed to be a pity party.

Confession: I spent an awful amount of time not happy.

I am sitting at my desk it is 18:55 on a Friday and I am looking at the mountain of things to do that have piled up all week and all day. This mountain I am looking at is just…


This post is about understanding serverless in the context of CGI. It covers whether serverless is actually a new innovation, how serverless is different from CGI of the 90s, and what you should understand about serverless in the ’20s to take advantage of its potential.

When you finish this post you will understand the serverless of today in 2020 and why you will want to use it. This post will be most interesting to IT decision-makers, architects, developers, and other old CGI-programmers like myself.

Haven’t we seen serverless before?

In my work with OpenShift and Kubernetes I am always looking at the new innovation and…


The Bluejeans I am referring to is the video conferencing system bluejeans.com — not the iconic clothing invented by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis in 1873. The quirk itself is not important, only to say that it had been annoying me for a very very long time. It involved screen sharing in which bluejeans kept showing the wrong screen from the one I picked. This would result in a bit of fluster in my otherwise smooth presentation as I tried to work out how to jumble around to get the correct screen to show. I devised a workaround — select…

Mandi Buswell

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