Hire me!

January 16, 2009 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off on Hire me! 

I have fallen victim to a round of “force reduction” and am now actively working on finding work. To that end I added an html and slightly sanitized version of my resume to the site. It is located at:


Please take a look especially if you need an Integration/Telecom engineer with a Defense background. This will hopefully also make it easier for Recruiters/Employers to find me via the Google and Yahoo!s of the world. That’s all for now.

Thanks for your time!

Happy New Year

December 31, 2008 · Posted in Misc · 1 Comment 

Happy New Year! Feliz Ano Nuevo!

I was torn on how to write up this post. I was thinking of making a list of 2008 in review or maybe a list of resolutions for next year but I threw all those ideas out and just want to say 2 things:

I wish you and yours a very Happy 2009!

And I hope kick this blog up a few notches in 2009 (when kids or work aren’t kicking me around)

Testing Google Docs

June 11, 2008 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off on Testing Google Docs 

I figured I would test out the ability of Google Docs to post to a Blog. It seemed fairly simple to setup the blog settings under the fairly self explanatory “blog settings” in the Google Docs “Settings” area. So anyway, I guess if you are reading this is more of a test of a post, than an actual post.

I know some cool people …

April 17, 2008 · Posted in Misc, Music · Comments Off on I know some cool people … 

Dancing with the Stars, eat your heart out:

Bulk Chemicals, Pre-paid phone cards, Food & More

January 26, 2008 · Posted in Misc, Tech - Hardware, Tech - Software · Comments Off on Bulk Chemicals, Pre-paid phone cards, Food & More 

The title really hasn’t got much to do with this post except that I saw this on a “market” on the way to the hotel I’m currently staying at for a business trip in Jamaica. This one of those “etc” posts so I figure it would be a good title since there will be a little everything.

I usually end up running through lots of benchmarks and reviews when I do a computer upgrade but I think “Yougamers” (Futuremark) might have put together a nice page for these endeavors. They essentially have a page that lists hardware in order of CPUMarks per dollar and 3DMarks per $ so that will be a definite help in future upgrade. The list is updated twice a day and you can find it:

Need to help a far away friend or family member with their computer on the weekend? Then Fog Creek software (Of “Joel on Software” blog fame) has you covered as they have opened up their Copilot service for free use on the weekends. Haven’t had a chance to try it yet but probably will soon. Here is a link to that post:

Like Pizza? Here is a list of various regional U.S. pizza styles:

Like OSX but not the price of the hardware to run it on. Purely for educational purposes lifehacker has put together a walkthrough on how to get OSX running non-sanctioned hardware:

Here is a list of the top 100 motivational blog posts as put together by Laura Milligan of Bootstrapper:
And once you’re motivated, here’s a list from the same site of 50 resources to help de-clutter your life:

Like to dual boot but don’t want to re-partition your hard drive well the Wubi installer might be something for you. It lets you install ubuntu onto your current OS file system (linux, windows, OSX under development) as a virtual hard disk not to be confused with a virtual machine ala qemu or vmware:

The Library of Congress is sharing lots of their pictures on the Library of Congress Flickr tagging project so take a look and help tag:
LOC Flickr FAQ

That’s it for now….

Happy New Christmakwanakah!

January 19, 2008 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off on Happy New Christmakwanakah! 

Since this is my first post of 2008, Happy New Year! I got back form my business travel exploits in just enough time for Christmas and then had a hectic New year followed by a birthday party for a 1 year old. Now that I have enough time to breathe, I am heading back out again for a couple of weeks but hopefully the Caribbean will at least be warm. Since I didn’t wish you all a Merry Christmas, I will do so now and I will even include a Nativity play performed by a Fanuc LR Mate 200iC robot, please enjoy it in all its Icelandic glory:

I’ve also been toying with some ideas for a new web project so that has even further pushed out blog updates. I will give some info on it when I actually have some to share, its mostly vapor-ware and php dreams at the moment.

Time flies

May 25, 2007 · Posted in Misc, Politics, Tech - Software · Comments Off on Time flies 

Well I’ve been out of the country, busy, and sick so ye olde blog here has not been getting much attention.

Here are a couple of shiny things I have come across though.

A fair(y) use tale – A fair-use copyright primer made mostly out of disney clips:

As Yoda would say – “Begun the Microsoft-Linux Fud wars have” :
You can find the latest here on Infoworld. For the long drawn out discussion concerning the current MS vs Open Source issues and their mutually assured destruction if one would litigate after the other please check out groklaw or perhaps slashdot.

APC interview with the CEO of Mozilla on the future of Firefox.

Teaching kids in grammar school how to program using scratch, a language developed by MIT for kids.

And what my wife and I have to look forward to when we take the little one to the happiest place on earth. (very funny)


Happy Easter! (Twice)

April 8, 2007 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off on Happy Easter! (Twice) 

Well I’m in Japan again for work related activities. I got here yesterday on Easter Day but it was still Saturday back at home so I’ve spent a good part of this Monday Morning/Sunday Afternoon wishing folks back home a Happy Easter…. So Happy Easter!

Other than the freak snowstorn (i.e. snow flurries) we had on Saturday which delayed the boarding a little, the flight itself was pretty uneventful.

I don’t have as much culture shock this go around as I vaguely know what to expect. So far the only weird thing has been the lady on the flight who meticulously arranged and then took pictures of every meal served on the flight. She was pretty incognito about it except for the super powerful flash on her camera that gave her away every time in the darkened cabin.

Happy Easter!

Etc : March 1 – 18

March 18, 2007 · Posted in I'm such a geek, Misc, Tech - Hardware, Tech - Software · Comments Off on Etc : March 1 – 18 

Babies take a lot of time … so here is a reader’s digest version of a post:

If you have an old Xbox lying around collecting dust, you may want to take a look here at an interesting project you can undertake relatively painlessly:
How to Go from Xbox to Xbox Media Center in 30 minutes

Pigeons appear to be relatively immune to avian flu and do not appear to spread it :
Avian flu virus H5N1 and pigeons: the facts
The Invincible, Flu-Immune Pigeon

Linux it’s not just for dual boot systems anymore:
30 days with Linux

I have never really gotten into myspace, or classmates.com, etc but I do have to say that I am really liking LinkedIn.com as a “professional” networking site. Check it out.

NFL sick lawyers on church Bowl party

February 2, 2007 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off on NFL sick lawyers on church Bowl party 

Apparently using the word Super near another word is also considered bad by them. And using a screen bigger than 55″ to view such an event at a gathering is considered bad because “the law limits it to one TV no bigger than 55 inches.”

Here is the story.

It’s been busy and it’s a boy

January 16, 2007 · Posted in Misc · 1 Comment 

To make a really long story short our baby boy Lucas was born a few days ago around 11:30am and about a month early.

Stats : 6.1 lbs and 18 inches length. Mom and baby are fine.

Mom delivered the baby by herself at home.

The slightly more verbose story :

My wife felt like she was coming down with the flu so I had stayed home in the morning to take care of her and finally went in to the office about 10:30 am.

She then proceeded to deliver the baby by herself around 11:30am but she did have an obstetrics nurse and the obstetrics receptionist on the phone with her at the time. They made her get off the phone with them and call 911 when they heard the baby cry.

11:30am the doctors office called my cell and told me to head to the hospital as my ever surprising wife had just delivered the baby at home by herself.

Paramedics arrived around 11:35 through our now slightly splintered front door. She had offered to open the door for them but was yelled to not move by the 7 firemen and the 911 operator. The firemen at this point took this as a cue to hurry their effort to break down the door.

Dad arrived at the hospital and let the labor & delivery nurses know what was going on. The nurses started making phone calls to our doctor’s office and other hospitals because no one had told them anything yet and they thought I was just a very confused dad who went to the wrong hospital. Eventually baby, mom, dad and lots of nurses who kept saying they now had a pretty good story were united and everyone is doing great.

Here is a pic of the little one:

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2006 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off on Happy Thanksgiving! 

Heading to the airport shortly. Just thought I would wish everyone a great day and hope there is much turkey to be had.

Heading back the States

November 2, 2006 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off on Heading back the States 

Well I have been in Germany for about two weeks and it is finally time to head home. I must say that 80’s American music is very alive and well in Germany. The playlist at the Hotel bar reminded of “The Goldmine”, which was where children of the 80’s went when they attended one of the Universities in New Orleans (Tulane in my case). At one point I did get upset because I was unconciously humming an 80’s power rock ballad that played in the elevator alot, I don’t even remember the name or the words. Regardless I am glad I am heading back and should be there in a few hours. As I write this I am over the Atlantic and have to admit that Boeing’s Conexxion technology is pretty cool which is unfortunate as the service is being closed down at the end of the year unless it finds a buyer. Anyone got a few million/billion lying around?

Well, Guten Morgen America!

Much “Bully”hoo about nothing

October 9, 2006 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off on Much “Bully”hoo about nothing 

After much hub-bub, lawsuits, injunctions, and school district bannings about a game not even remotely released yet, it seems that Rockstar’s Bully is actually a not the GTA-esque game all of its critics thought it would be.

Here is the in-depth wired article :

I wonder if there is a lesson in here somewhere….

Update 10/11/06 : Here is Ars Technica’s first look at Bully:

Random Art with Kaleidoscope eyes

September 25, 2006 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off on Random Art with Kaleidoscope eyes 

Don’t remember where I originally saw the link for this but it is a pretty neat little piece of interactive flash Kaleidoscope art. Enjoy :

LineTo experimental by ~Volcanic-Penguin on deviantART

Right after: A New Hope

August 12, 2006 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off on Right after: A New Hope 

I believe this originally aired on Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network :

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