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- Wednesday, May 22, 2019:
List Day: Influences Maia Gets From Her Parents
Excellent clean-up skills
Love of mac and cheese
Constant reallocation of stuffed animals (one per gap in the crib slats) during naptime
Need to sort different types of toys into different containers
Obsession with Berenstain Bears books
Ability to count to 5 while only occasionally skipping 3
Strong preference for being outside
Tendency to break out into yoga in every situation
- Wednesday, May 15, 2019:
15th Work Anniversary Swag Day
I reached 15 years at my company last month (adjusted slightly for the 11 months I spent in the zany world of software startups) and was awarded with several thousand "points" to spend on an online Awards website. The website was clearly from the Web 2.0 years since its primary interface was Flash-based and the "mobile" version consisted of HTML tables showing 6 pieces of swag at a time. This was actually a huge limitation since there were multiple categories of prizes and way too many pieces of diamond jewelry to wade through.
Several thousand points was actually very generous of my company -- even after signing up for the big ticket items, I still had over half of my points left over. It got to the point where I was j...
- Wednesday, May 08, 2019:
List Day: 10 Things I Appreciated On My Solo Staycation
I took four days off of work and only used 24 hours of leave.
I put everything away and it was still tidy 24, 48, and even 96 hours later.
I didn't use the dishwasher all weekend and the drying rack only contained 1 plate (for bagels / sandwiches), 1 knife (for cream cheese / mayo), and 1 goblet (for Magic Hat #9 / Old Bust Head English Pale Ale / Water).
I kept the A/C up at 78 F all day and night long and my feet were finally warm.
I watched TV at 9 PM with the volume up and subtitles off.
I turned off a video game because I felt like I had played enough and it was time to do something else.
I went out to a resta...
- Wednesday, April 24, 2019:
List Day: Labelled Years
As an update to my last attempt , here are the years of my life with summary labels.
1979: The Year I Was Born
1980: The Year I Came to America
1981: The Year I Lived Next Door to the Fishers
1982: The Year I Was Naturalized
1983: The Year Rosa Started Babysitting Us
1984: The Year I Started Kindergarten
1985: The Year I Started First Grade
1986: The Year I Started Second Grade / Skipped a Grade
1987: The Year I Started Fourth Grade
1988: The Year I Sta...
- Monday, April 01, 2019:
List Day: Currently...
Currently listening to... Two Degrees by Illy.
Currently reading... Complex Enterprise Architecture by John D. McDowall.
Currently playing... no games in progress.
Currently composing... nothing in over 7 years aside from baby jingles .
Currently considering buying... a screened porch in the coming years to replace our aging deck.
Currently coding... minor script updates to support the next 3 years of AWS hosting for the URI! Zone.
Currently planning... to get the roof replaced in the...
- Monday, March 18, 2019:
List Day: 8 Shortcomings of Newer Firefox Versions
Firefox has been my primary web browser for over 15 years, since it was called Mozilla Firebird . Over the past few years, I never liked the direction the User Experience (UX) was going in but always appreciated that I could overrule their awful changes with add-ons.
Firefox 57 rewrote the add-on framework which probably did a great deal to erase technical debt, but the new framework didn't include all of the same hooks that were originally available. Most egregiously, this broke the awesome add-on, Tab Mix Plus, which is a key part of my workflow. This is why I still have an old version of Firefox installed on at least one computer in the house:
I want the address bar to be above the...
- Friday, February 22, 2019:
One Year Day
On this excellent 222 Day, here are pictures of Maia and me on 2/21/18 and 2/21/19.
A year ago, it was 74 degrees and we were walking in the woods. Today it was in the mid 60s and 5 inches of snow were rapidly melting and turning the yard into a soggy bottom.
Over a single year, the quality of our Safeway has declined enough that every third grocery trip is to Giant (for clean, vast, empty aisles full of good selections with the downside of super expensive prices). Wegmans is our "let's feel fancy" grocery store but the traffic and cramped quarters inside often deter us.
This week last year, I worked 12 hours. This year, I'm already up over 50 hours.
- Wednesday, January 16, 2019:
List Day: 8 Reasons Why Google Photos Sucks
I've used Google Photos for photo storage ever since they bought and gradually crushed Picasa. It's no surprise that Google continues to single out useful pieces of software to axe once they're bored of them -- I don't recall where I read it, but I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment that the Google company is like a Montessouri school full of software engineers run amok.
While I regularly say that Google Photos sucks, I've never actually itemized the reasons why.
Google bills it as a drop-in replacement for Picasa, which was a solution for organizing photos, performing minor edits, and sharing them in albums. It's actually a photo backup service, intended for synchronizing bulk co...
- Wednesday, January 02, 2019:
List Day: 2019 Resolutions
Develop an artificial intelligence algorithm that gradually becomes aware it is existing inside of an endlessly recursive function and figures out how to break free (then sell the story to Hollywood as a Matrix reboot).
Invent a new musical genre that sets the tonalities of Paul Hindemith against dance beats from the 1990s while Anita O'Day and Rosemary Clooney rap lyrics over the top (reconstructing their speech phenomes from classic recordings).
Invent a fun board game with endless strategic depth whose rule set (and all edge cases) can be described on the front a single sheet of paper (1" college margins with 12pt font).
Alter my DNA, making my bloodstrea...
- Monday, October 15, 2018:
List Day: 30 Old Facebook Status Messages
I found these status messages from 2011 - 2016 while scrolling through my Activity Log on Facebook, long forgotten since I regularly hide old posts from my Timeline. It is left as an exercise to figure out the month and year they were posted.
You shouldn't be allowed to write a Top 40s song called "Trumpets" and then use synthesizers from the 1980s to represent said trumpets.
Asking me if my parents are home is not a good way to start your door-to-door sales pitch.
If Microsoft Word's "Bullets and Numbering" controls made real bullets, not even the shooter would be safe.
"Casual" is a peculiar name for a dryer setting. Is it reserved for the clothes one mi...
- Friday, September 21, 2018:
List Day: 30 Words Maia Recognizes in Context
Two-ty the ostrich
- Friday, August 10, 2018:
List Day: 5 More New Parent Inventions
A follow-up to this post
Sink n' Grow : A nanotechnology-based home where the floors get lower as the baby gets taller, so you don't have to keep moving everything on the low shelves just a few more inches out of reach.
Edible Batteries : AA Batteries made from a non-toxic, cruelty-free, gluten-free substance that eliminate the need for that annoying tiny screw protecting every battery alcove on every electronic toy.
Camo-food : Augmented Reality glasses for baby that make the boring dinner puree look exactly like whatever complex carbohydrate undigestable nonsense dad is eating.
- Monday, July 09, 2018:
New Cert Day
Now that I've acquired the six main path AWS certifications, I'm on the lookout for new certifications that I can pass without much studying effort. If you know of any certification exams that match these skills from my current skillset, please let me know:
Once drove home from Fredericksburg to Sterling in 71 minutes by way of I-95 N.
Earned an epic PvP mount as a level 59 priest in World of Warcraft in 2006.
Can still play the entire Marching Virginians 1st Trumpet playbook (circa 2000) from memory.
Can consistently park in the same spot in front of the house (with a margin of error of about 2 inches) by triangulating tree trunks, in order to l...
- Monday, July 02, 2018:
List Day: Songs in My Head
I once mentioned that the Carnival of Venice pops into my head every night before bedtime, filling up an otherwise unused channel in my multichannel brain. If I'm not listening to active music, this channel is immediately populated with random songs from the past, none of which I otherwise listen to with any kind of regularity. Here is a list of the most common songs that pass through my brain at least once per day, and usually more often.
La Rejouissance from Handel's Royal Fireworks Music
The minor section of the 3rd movement of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto
Sally's Song from Nightmare Before Christmas
- Monday, June 04, 2018:
List Day: Changes in Habits
10:30 PM weekdays, 11:00 PM weekends
10:30 PM every day
5:00 AM weekdays, 6:30 AM weekends
6:30 AM every day except in-office day (5:20 AM)
1.5 - 3 hours of jogging per week
0 hours of jogging per week
1 - 4 hours per day
0 - 1 hours per day
2 - 5 hours pe...
- Monday, May 07, 2018:
List Day: You're Old and I'm Not
It has been 1 year since I bought an Oculus Rift (and 10 months since I last turned it on).
It has been 2 years since we climbed up a 14,000 ft mountain in Colorado.
It has been 3 years since my dad and I built a shed in the backyard.
It has been 4 years since Rebecca got her first smartphone, the iPhone 5C.
It has been 5 years since Rebecca became an officially licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.
It has been 6 years since we saw Cirque du Soleil under a seedy overpass in Quebec City.
It has been 7 years since we hit our max wedd...
- Wednesday, March 21, 2018:
List Day: 10 More Things I Will Never Understand the Appeal Of
to go with the original 25
Funko Pop collectibles
Using "Adult" as a verb
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Monday, February 26, 2018:
List Day: 10 Thoughts About Malls
based on highly scientific research from my twice-a-week walk with Maia at the Dulles Town Center
I never hung out at the mall when I was a teen. It was always a highly directed visit to Electronic Boutique or Babbages for a specific item and then back home. So, I have no sentimental attachment to the mall.
The malls are dying and I see no good way to restore them to commercial viability without gutting them and adding more regularly-used community space or residential space. When I visit during a weekday, there are always more people "working" than shopping.
If I were a high school student today and told to get a job, there isn't a more cushy job I can t...
- Monday, January 29, 2018:
List Day: 10 Ways We Have Greeted Our Small Human
L.G. (for "Little Girl" if you're Rebecca or "Lil' Gangsta'" if you're me)
Nugget / Nugnug
It's-a me-a, Maia!
Also, this will be Maia's theme song in future home videos.
- Wednesday, January 24, 2018:
List Day: Currently...
Currently listening to... The Anthology by Return to Forever.
Currently reading... Stormed Fortress by Janny Wurts.
Currently playing... Overwatch with a little Super Mario Odyssey on the side.
Currently composing... nothing in almost 6 years aside from baby jingles.
Currently considering buying... nothing.
Currently coding... nothing in 4 months.
Currently planning... a trip to LA in March and a trip to Rhode Island in April.
Currently learning... how salt affec...