‘misc’ Category


Not really silent

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything here. It’s not that I’ve stopped being social online; rather I’ve been using Twitter so much that writing a full-on blog post has seemed both time-consuming and unnecessary.

So what’s been going on? Three things mostly: work, xbox gaming, and Ruby on Rails programming. I’m happy to say I’ve finally got RoR pretty well figured out, and have created some pretty neat stuff with it so far (mostly around xbox social networking). My long-term goal is to use it the next time I re-design the Lab Rescue web site.

I’m off work this week, and it’s nice to relax at home, see family, visit friends, and generally relax.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!


Blog: Smashing Magazine

I don’t intend for my blog to turn into a review of other blogs, but this one I just have to mention. I recently came across the Smashing Magazine “blog” while looking for some help with web design. The site has an incredible depth of information on web site design — an area where I feel woefully inadequate, but desperately wish I was better at. However, it also has lots of other interesting articles that set it apart. Here’s a smattering of ones I’ve found interesting so far, but there are hundreds of similar articles on the site:



Newport Bermuda Sailboat Race

My brother Bob and his friend Jason started their two-handed sailboat race from Rhode Island to Bermuda yesterday. The race should take about five days, with them sleeping in shifts and racing the whole time. There are many classes of boats in the race, from yachts with large crews of people to small two-handed boats like the 34-foot Paladin that Bob is sailing. Good luck Bob and Jason!

Each boat has a GPS transponder so we can watch the race from home. The orange line in the bottom pictures below shows the path of the Paladin.


Spring is here

Last week we had some beautiful weather, and the cherry trees along our driveway bloomed more fully than in the past few years. I took the opportunity to take a couple photos… just in time, it turns out, since two days later, half the blossoms have already fallen, and the trees are half green, half pink now.

President Mike

President Mike

Last week was our annual Home Owners Association meeting, and I managed to get my self elected to the office of President. I haven’t decided which oil-rich neighboring HOA to go to war with first, but I think some kind of pre-emptive strike is going to be necessary.