Category: life

"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."

Hiring companies: if you want it written in X, ask for it to be written in X

I recently took an online AbillityScreen through TrueAbility for a remote position, and one of the tasks was to program some generic automation scripts to do various file operations and so on. In the description, it stated to complete the task in whatever language you wanted as long as it worked.  I set about doing …

20 promises, and “because I said I would”.

Update (4/4/13): A video of Alex right before surprising the kids at Candlelighter’s: Update (3/22/13): Alex followed through, here is a picture of him with Gail from Candelighters. A guy named Alex has a site I found out about today called “becauseisaidiwould.com“. At this site, you can request 10 free cards that are blank, and …

Student survey responses (almost) always make me smile

This quarter was a challenging one for me. I changed jobs and have a baby on the way, so I was struggling a bit with the class I teach part time at ITT. It is a new course, only the second quarter it has been offered, and some of the materials provided to me were …

Wide Open West does it again …

Years ago Wide Open West started offering cable and internet service in Grosse Ile, where I was living with my parents at the time at home. Back then we had 2Mbps service if I recall correctly, and they had just recently been rolling out 5Mbps service in our area. Out of nowhere, WoW sent us …

TPS reports, HR threats, and stifling productivity: an open letter to small businesses

Those who have experienced the growing pains of a small company know how it can all go wrong. When an organization grows, certain intangible benefits are bound to be lost. Many times at small companies I heard the stories of “how it used to be”. Transformations are never painless, and the edict is generally “adapt …

A story about a homeless Marine, his wife, and 4 year old

This didn’t happen to me personally, it was story I read from a reddit post. I can’t account for it’s truth, but I can say that it made my eyes water for a second (no tears fell, though, so it’s okay). Touching story, either way. Original Just experienced something that shook me to the core …

Travel disaster

I had this post all written up and lost it all by absent mindedly upgrading WordPress at the same time. Which, on a side note, I’m very happy with. The automatic update seems to work pretty well now, along with updating the plugins I have installed. The process was flawless. So anyway, this is supposed …

Les Paul : 1915 – 2009

It’s not technique — it’s what you have to say. I got the mumps. They threw me in a crib so I wouldn’t roll out onto the floor. And there’s a big bay window in my house, and that window stayed perfectly still until that train started to chug. At a certain speed, I could …

last thoughts

what i couldn’t, or didn’t, say: thanks for hangin out, you were a good roommate though we had our battles. best of luck. i’m proud of you, as should everyone else be.

Time for some clean up around here.

There’s too much emo crap on my blog. Moping around on the internet is so incredibly lame, what the hell. UPDATE: I’ve had the urge to write about a certain someone quite a bit … but luckily I’ve been able to control that. Writing on is definitely cathartic, and thus beneficial, but sometimes I look …