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Indiana Central Library Internet Speedtest - 21 Aug 2013

I took the bus yesterday to do some research at the Indianapolis Central Library. My first time there was just last Thursday to see the estimable Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Kingkiller Chronicles do a Q&A, a reading and signings. Rothfuss was phenomenal. I don’t know what I expected, but he outdid whatever expectations I […]

Benefits of keeping a journal - 11 Apr 2007

I’ve written in a journal nearly every day since December 2002. By my count I missed 14 days in 2003 and 2004 and haven’t missed a day since then. Actually, that’s slightly misleading. I haven’t necessarily written a journal entry each day, but I have an entry for every day. I typically write in my […]

off to wordcamp - 05 Aug 2006

I’m off to WordCamp in a few minutes. I’m looking forward to meeting people I’ve heard about online but have never met, and I’m also looking forward to hearing about the future plans for WordPress. There are around 500 people planning to attend, so it should be quite an event and the schedule has some […]

a day to remember - 15 Jun 2006

I’ve been trying to post every morning (on weekdays) to get back into a steady rhythm of blogging, but this morning I was involved with another, far more important, activity. My wife gave birth to our second child (a boy). This photo does a far better job of describing him than anything I could write. […]

one year - 11 Jan 2005

It doesn’t seem possible, but yesterday was our one-year wedding anniversary. The time has flown by. To celebrate, we stayed in Las Vegas, spending the night on the 17th floor of the Stratosphere Hotel. We had dinner at the House of Blues (here’s a virtual tour) in Mandalay Bay, then walked along the strip and […]

source for NPR - 23 Aug 2004

Here is a photo of my source for NPR in the morning. It’s an M&M radio I received as a birthday present from my wife last April. I took a picture of it for fun when I had access to a digital camera and thought I’d post it for all the world to see. He […]

a blogging break - 12 Aug 2004

I probably won’t be blogging from now until the end of next week. I’ll post an entry or two if I manage to get internet access, but it’s very likely there won’t be any where I’ll be.

one more month - 10 Dec 2003

I have remained silent on a rather significant issue and have decided it’s about time I spill the beans. Initially I was hesitant to discuss my personal life because the site has migrated from a quasi-journal to a blog, and personal entries didn’t seem to fit anymore. If you will permit me to return to […]

reading can save lives - 22 May 2003

It was a cold December morning and I was at the Logan airport in Boston at 6am. I waited in line to check luggage and get my boarding pass for a half hour. Unfortunately, the line for security was even longer so I dejectedly began the trek. By the time I reached Miami, the end […]

meteor drip - 19 Nov 2002

I arose at 2:45am to witness what was hailed as the “Last Great Meteor Show for Decades”. We began stargazing at about 3:45am but the meteors were few and far between. It wasn’t a failure, as we managed to see several meteors and Jason was lucky enough to see one with a long tail as […]

all that jazz - 09 Nov 2002

I went to my first NBA game, held at the Delta Center where the Jazz beat the Hawkes 110-97. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t much different from college games that I’ve seen. In fact, the magic show during halftime was the most entertaining event of the night. In spite of […]

last day in Chicago - 31 Oct 2002

I’m all packed and will be heading to the airport in a few hours. We’re not finished with the configuration but I should be able to finish the rest of my tasks remotely, as long as the connection is fast enough. I’m going to miss the one here, where I regularly get 400KB/s downloads and […]

DMV - 02 Oct 2002

I went to the Utah DMV today to renew my registration and the experience was a pleasant surprise. 1:30pm – The Arrival I received a number (006) when I entered the waiting area and then took a seat. There were a few numbers in the 300’s, a few in the 500’s and one screen with […]

the circus - 27 Sep 2002

I’m going to the circus tonight for the first time. It has been advertised a lot on TV and with it being so close I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see what it’s like. From what I’ve seen on TV they are very entertaining, but I would imagine it will be even better in […]

lucky pick - 27 Aug 2002

I sat next to a woman and her brother on my return flight from Boston to Las Vegas and discovered an interesting tidbit of information. The man’s son owns Woody’s L Street Tavern. Three weeks after he bought the place, Robin Williams and some members of the film crew dropped by, looking for a bar […]

home on the range - 24 Aug 2002

I’m currently in New Hampshire visiting with my family, since my younger brother just returned from Brazil. He hasn’t changed that much since I last saw him, but it’s been nice to chat with him face to face, along with the rest of the family. I’m looking forward to our trip to Harrisville, NH tomorrow […]

filling - 20 Aug 2002

I felt something sticking to my cheek a few days ago and after a bit of probing I discovered a small hole in my rear lower molar. It didn’t hurt, and I surmised that a filling had fallen out. I set up an appointment with the dentist and wouldn’t you know it, the day I […]

back from Colorado Springs - 18 Aug 2002

I’m back from my trip. We didn’t do too much in the way of tourism besides checking out “Garden of the Gods” but I still had a great time. We had great conversation during the entire drive and it made the 9 hour ride go by very quickly. I didn’t get much sleep last night […]

off to Colorado Springs - 16 Aug 2002

I’m going on a road trip to Colorado Springs with a friend of mine, leaving Friday morning and staying until Sunday. I’m looking forward to some good conversation and a welcome break from work. We might even go up Pikes Peak, where Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to pen the lines to her most famous […]

trails of light - 13 Aug 2002

I went on a short hike up to Donut Falls tonight. It was a lot shorter than I had expected but still a fun little hike. On the way back I saw a friend of mine who I haven’t seen in over two years and it was nice to get acquainted with her again. Back […]

standup comedy - 10 Aug 2002

I went to the Wiseguys comedy club tonight and had to use the restroom. Standing in front of the urinal to do my business, I found myself staring at a wall of advertisements. Installment Ads has finally implemented an idea I came up with a few years ago, but never acted upon. I bet I […]

beauty and the beast - 07 Aug 2002

I just got back from a great performance of Beauty and the Beast at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake. The pyrotechnics were an unexpected addition to a stellar production. I was very impressed with the professional quality of the show. Was it worth $55? Maybe. Since it was a new experience, I guess it […]

back from San Jose - 03 Aug 2002

The wedding, luncheon and reception went very well and I had a great time. I stayed with one of my friend’s brothers and he is a remarkable pianist. He can play songs by ear, adding his own improvised embellishments and was a pianist at a fairly high-class restaurant. He provided very entertaining background music for […]

giving jason the ring - 28 Jul 2002

Levi just showed me the pictures he took at Jason’s wedding and I really liked the one of me giving Jason the ring. It was staged of course, but I thought it turned out quite nicely.

back from wedding - 27 Jul 2002

The wedding was a success. There were no major catastrophes and the ceremony resulted in a brand new married couple. I caught the garter but the girl that caught the bouquet was at least 10 years younger than me, so I didn’t press the issue. I leave this Thursday evening for yet another wedding that’s […]

pictures - 22 Jul 2002

You can now see a few pictures of me with my new haircut. I was pleased with the way it turned out. Jim has posted some pictures he took during the blog meetup, but the permanent link to that post is broken. I have been told that blogger doesn’t make new archives on each post, […]

a few CDs - 20 Jul 2002

I used to buy CDs all the time, but for some reason I haven’t purchased a single one in over a year and a half. I continued to get a monthly CD from Promo Only until August 2001 when I cancelled my subscription, so it’s really only been a year of famine. Last week I […]

SLC meetup - 19 Jul 2002

I just returned from a great evening with a few Salt Lake bloggers. It was the first monthly blog meetup and although it would have been nice to have more people, it was still fun. The majority of the conversation was not about blogs, like I expected, but it was fine with me. I like […]

sleep is good - 10 Jul 2002

Power naps boost performance & Power nap prevents burnout In short, experts have corroborated my findings that sleep is a good thing. I highly recommend it. In fact, I tried taking a 10-minute power nap last night but ended up sleeping for three hours. When I woke up, I did feel very refreshed so it […]

shrooms and destruction - 07 Jul 2002

I did two things yesterday that I’ve never done before and probably wouldn’t have done on my own. I ate a mushroom burger, which is normal burger, except the meat is replaced with a portobello mushroom, grilled just like a normal piece of meat. I can’t say I loved it, but it wasn’t that bad […]

back home - 30 Jun 2002

I just got home this morning and had a very pleasant time in Springdale, UT. I’ll write more about the trip later. During some of the hikes I came up with some essay ideas that I’m looking forward to writing in the coming weeks. It was really nice to have a vacation. I highly recommend […]

hiking for a few days - 26 Jun 2002

I’m leaving this evening to hike for a few days in Zion National Park. Since I’ll be gone, I asked a friend of mine who expressed interest in having his own blog to help out in my absence. It will give him a chance to see how he likes blogging, plus it will give me […]

outdoor activity - 15 Jun 2002

I went mountain biking Thursday night on the Mill Creek Pipeline trail which was a mild workout. Tonight I went ice blocking and with the exception of a slightly sore backside I enjoyed it. My date for the evening was fun to be around but I’m not sure if I’m interested in her or not. […]

not exactly hang gliding - 10 Jun 2002

I finally did it, almost. I drove up to the Point of the Mountain and flew off the cliff, suspended in the air by a paraglider and wind. I had originally planned to do a tandem hang glider flight but due to a miscommunication they didn’t have any tandem hang glider pilots there. I decided […]

office supply santa claus - 08 Jun 2002

Some of my coworkers had been eyeing the keyboard and mouse tray that I got a few weeks ago and decided they wanted one too. I went to CompUSA and purchased 5 more trays and a gel pad, along with a LinkSys Wireless PCI card for my home machine. It was really nice to be […]

direcPC installation - 06 Jun 2002

I’ve finished my account of having DirecPC installed at my condo. It was not a particularly pleasant experience but at least we have high-speed internet access now.

the blustery day - 03 Jun 2002

I played tennis on Saturday and the strong wind played a major part in the game. Whenever we switched sides I had to compensate for the fact that the ball would either go much farther than anticipated or it would fall short of the opposite side. In spite of the wind, I managed to get […]

blogging from home - 01 Jun 2002

I’m currently typing on a Sony laptop that is about 6 inches wide and 10 inches long. It’s connected to the DirectPC satellite that we had installed and besides the latency, it’s working rather well. I still have to pick up a wireless card for my desktop machine because this laptop makes it rather difficult […]

joyous sorrow - 31 May 2002

Another coworker and I are still at work (look at the time I’m posting this.) It is very early (or late) to still be at work and yet here I am. It’s easy to tell when it’s time to go home because we start laughing at things that aren’t very funny. Stupid jokes, syntax errors […]

not-so-directPC - 29 May 2002

As I mentioned previously, my final and last ditch effort at getting a high-speed internet connection was planned for today. The experience was not a pleasant one and deserves a full account of which I have only written half. I have to finish a project for work by Friday, which may cause me to work […]

internet access at last? - 25 May 2002

I set up an appointment to have DirecPC installed next Wednesday, but I’m not getting excited until I’m actually on the web. I’ve lived in my condo since January 2002 and have been trying to get high-speed internet access ever since I moved in. So far we still get 100% packet loss to everything on […]

cool or not cool? - 23 May 2002

Wired volunteers track “cool” in America – It seems to be giving a lot of power to a few individuals but as long as they’re keeping companies aware of what the latest trends are with success, I guess it doesn’t matter how many there are. It reminds me some of my friends’ parents who would […]

whew - 22 May 2002

I think I went a bit overboard on the write-up of my trip to Chicago, but here it is: My Trip to Chicago. Careful, it’s quite long but I’m glad I have a record of what I did now. I got a lot done on my day off. I bought a new shower head, got […]

d’oh, it’s late - 21 May 2002

I am taking the day off tomorrow (actually, I’m taking today off, but it’s very early today and since I haven’t gone to bed yet, it seems like tomorrow) so I can catch up on the mundane tasks of life that have gone undone. I am actually looking forward to knocking off a number of […]

i’m back - 19 May 2002

Whew. After a fun-filled week in Chicago I’m home again. I plan to write a detailed account of my trip to keep a record of it and in case anyone would be interested in hearing about it. A quick synopsis would be that I had a great time and would have easily been able to […]

late at night in the windy city - 15 May 2002

I am in the Guest house at ANL in front of a rather ancient computer running SunOS 5.8 with 32MB of RAM. I’ve been so busy with the scalability testing on the cluster that I haven’t had time to make any updates here and I’ve only had a limited amount of time to check my […]

another day at work - 12 May 2002

Spent about 7 hours working on the final preparations for the trip to Chicago. I arrived at 11am and left at 6:15pm but we still weren’t done. The reason I left was to go to a pool party (in both the swimming and cue stick senses) which made for an entertaining evening. I only participated […]

schedule? - 04 May 2002

I need to get my schedule back to normal. I went to bed at about 5am and woke up at 12:30pm. I’m probably going to have a hard time getting to sleep tonight too. I was going to go see Spider-Man last night but the only show left was at 12:05am and I had to […]

fore! - 02 May 2002

Stories about boyfriends and girlfriends – Interesting to read about what people thought they should have done. The majority of the ones I read said they would have dated the person longer so they could get to know them. Sounds like good advice to me. Extremadura decides to use Linux – It’s great to see […]

the day after - 24 Apr 2002

Yesterday was my 26th birthday. All was normal at the office which was fine with me because I was able to make some progress on a project I’m working on. I was invited to a picnic for that evening where we ate, played frisbee and flew kites. Unfortunately, the frisbee ended up behind a fence […]