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Bags full of win.

At DBS HQ, almost all of our work is fueled by coffee. I picked up the habit from my grandfather who taught me that black is the only way to drink a cup*. He also instilled in me the ability to largely overlook the quality of the bean, favoring quantity over quality.

Cue Strauss’ theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. I have seen the error of my ways. After years of drinking Yuban and grocery store brand coffee, I have been introduced to Lock-N-Load Java. I was an instant fan for three reasons: Flavor, Potency, and Company Values.

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Well that was embarassing. Just a few hours after the new site went live yesterday our server (affectionately named Warthog: Death from above) crashed and burned. Like any good A-10, she managed to make it back to base on her own and we didn’t lose any data.

We are back up and running now and service should once again be quick and effective. Warthog is our workhorse server and she was due for another upgrade anyway. I’m sorry if the outage hindered your miltoon surfing last night.

Denver conference for military writers

Sangria Summit LogoHeads up, authors and prospective authors. The Sangria Summit convenes next month in Colorado. I’m pretty bummed out that the DBS team is unable to attend, but I figured we could do the next best thing and help spread the word.

From their press release:

New and established writers, agents, editors, journalists and subject-matter experts will gather Sept. 12-14, 2012 at the premier Sangria Summit: A Military Writers’ Conference, at the Denver City Center Marriott. Writers working in this niche-market will share ideas, learn from the experts and build lifelong connections. Active-duty personnel, veterans, military spouses, and other enthusiasts interested in finding inspiration for their next book, can register at

If you want to be the next Tom Clancy, you are going to need a network of competent folks to back you up. Sangria Summit will be an awesome opportunity to meet, work with, and learn from established authors, agents, and publishers.

I will leave you with a fun fact. I once lost two bags of Doritos when driving to Denver. The bags popped themselves open due to the altitude change, one right after the other. It sounded like we had lost a couple tires. If you are going to attend the Summit, I humbly suggest you leave your Doritos at home.

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