Docked and Unplugged

Last year I went on my first cruise with my family. On the last night of the cruise my daughter got massively sick at 4 AM. Unable to go back to sleep after getting her settled I decided to take a walk around the ship; we would be de-boarding soon and I was sort of … [Read more…]

My 2013 Resolution: Get Way Weirder

My resolution for 2013 is to get way weirder. Not like eat-my-hat-as-per-the-prophecy weird, but maybe make-a-statue-in-my-backyard-out-of-mailboxes weird. My family in the last few years has already gotten a little weird by adopting all our kids, me working almost exclusively from home, and expecting twins. Just these simple actions have gotten us to the point of … [Read more…]

How to be creative: Non-silly advice from John Cleese

Via @danforthfrance via @hotdogsladies comes a talk John Cleese gave about creativity and how to encourage it.  I was amazed at the common sense level advice given that rang true from my own experience and, as always, by Cleese’s ability to speak without appearing to move his bottom lip: John Cleese – a lecture on creativity Cleese … [Read more…]

Secret Developer Acronyms

They might take away my github account for this, but: BTB: Broke the build Hey Ralph you BTB with that last check-in so I have touched one of your keys to my  inner elbow to punish you with creepiness GDOS: Grumpy DBA Over Shoulder GDOS – I’ve never heard of cursors and definitely never ever used … [Read more…]

Obligatory Year End Reflective Post

This year I did a bunch of awesome stuff: Listened to the song Sail by AwolNation 65 times [Source: Spotify logs, 2011] Ate 31 Chicken Burritos from Chipotle [Source: Cherokee County Waste Management Quarterly Report (Q4 2011)] Wrote 65,000 words [Source:] Learned how to spell Cheetos (there is no “h” – BELIEVE IT) [Source: … [Read more…]

Obstacles adults face in creating

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. — Pablo Picasso I am amazed at my daughter’s productivity. She makes things at an astonishing rate – pictures, ideas, animals, pretend situations, etc. All day, everyday. Really all night too – she wakes up and tells me about … [Read more…]

Computer Science Terms from Lunch

Today the family tried to eat at Chick-Fil-A but they were so pegged that the drive-thru had wrapped around itself and was deadlocked. This meant that the person who just got their food couldn”t leave as the last car in line was blocking them. We ended up going to a sit-down restaurant where we waited … [Read more…]