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  • Blog Post: Meet jbazuzi

    Based on feedback I got in email & my post " What's appropriate for this blog? ", I've decided to create a personal blog . (I picked this host because google generally rocks , but I don't actually have any opinions on this specific blog host.) It was a tough decision. I want to thank you all for...
  • Blog Post: What's appropriate for this blog?

    Concerning my post about funneling my $600 check from the U.S. government to Amnesty International , I've received quite a bit of feedback. Some of it is a response to my position on U.S. policy, like "Jay, you're a dumbass. " "The world is safer with Saddam out of power. " "there are lots of people...
  • Blog Post: Bush supports Amnesty International

    I'm pretty pissed off about a lot of things that I see my goverment doing right now. For example, we claim to be fighting a "War on Terrorism", but we're missing a few important facts: The US is the #1 perpetrator of terrorism world-wide After Sept 11, the US took steps to increase suffering world-wide...
  • Blog Post: Across the sound

    In the United States , today is Labor Day . Now that I’m a manager, I don’t labor too hard, but I took the day off anyway. We’d talked before about taking the little one on a ferry ride, but hadn’t done it yet. Today seemed like the last good chance to do it before the weather turns rainy & cold...
  • Blog Post: Rope Boarding Mat

    My mom just bought another house. She keeps doing this. Nurse by day, real-estate mogul by night/weekend. I hope it works out for her. My brother & I were at the hardware store getting stuff to help her fix the place up, and found that they had spools of manila rope for sale. Olde-tyme sailors (like...
  • Blog Post: Fallingwater

    While in PA, we visited two Frank Lloyd Wright homes. The first was Fallingwater . I didn't go inside, instead spending the time roaming the grounds. One of the neat things about the design is that it's hard to see. You can never really look at the whole house at once. Each angle looks completely different...
  • Blog Post: Losing it all

    2 days before the trip to the Far East , I lost my wallet. Looks like it fell out of the luggage on my bicycle on the way home. That’s a tough time to lose a wallet, because I really wanted that stuff for the trip. There was also a lot of cash, a lot more than I usually carry. Cheers to whoever finds...
  • Blog Post: Return from the Far East*

    The weekend was spent in rural Pennsylvania , celebrating the wedding of a dear old friend from college. Sunday was to be brunch + visit Kentuck Knob + drive to airport + go home. We left the hotel late, got hung up waiting for the slowest sandwich we could find, dealt with snippy staff at Kentuck Knob...
  • Blog Post: My blogroll

    I don't have a blogroll listed in the sidebar. I read in SharpReader , and maintaining two lists seems tedious. So, I've saved an OPML file that you can import into your reader if you're curious. Be sure to use “Save Target As”.
  • Blog Post: Geek Nirvana

    Yesterday I got it to work. All of it, at the same time. Even though I was outside, I was still connected . Tablet PC -> USB -> Bluetooth dongle -> radio -> cell phone -> GPRS -> internet So, it's not fast, but it does work. This morning I sat in the waiting room at the...
  • Blog Post: Three days of boats and music

    This weekend was the Wooden Boat Festival on Lake Union . Of course, we had to be there. Saturday Wake up at 6:30am, decide to start getting ready right away, before the family wakes up. End up reading EPAiC# for a 1/2 hour, miss my window; they are up & active. Before going to the docks...
  • Blog Post: Books

    Object Thinking I think I'm giving up on Object Thinking. I enjoyed it for a while, and it has had an important impact on my thinking: The four fundamental assumptions in Object Culture. ( e.g. : “Everything is an object”) When designing a language, deciding that “everything...
  • Blog Post: What are my goals?

    Today one of my tasks is to state my goals for the coming year. I did something unusual today. I showed my goal list to the people who work for me, and asked them for feedback. This is an opportunity for them to say what we should be working on as a team, and what I should be doing as their manager...
  • Blog Post: I great day to blog.

    So far, I've had a heated discussion of the value of TDD, an enjoyable lunch, chatted with my team, and had a meeting with some other managers about our execution of Whidbey plans. I'm now writing this blog. What I haven't done is started my review, which is what this day is set aside for.
  • Blog Post: New hair, step 1

    I did it. I cut my hair. It's long enough to rest on my shoulders, but that's about it. I also shaved the back & sides of my head, just above the tops of my ears. If I had the time, I would keep it in a french braid. But that's just too hard to keep up with, so mostly I wear it down or tied up...
  • Blog Post: Safer on a bike

    On Eric's Blog, a debate is raging on the topic of safety on a motorcycle. It's an old debate, and we're not about to end it here. I have some thoughts from my experience, and they're too verbose to stuff into a comment on his blog, so I'm writing them here: Riding a motorcycle feels risky, so...
  • Blog Post: The clothes make the man

    It's too hot in my house. The ventilation is pretty bad, so it just stays hot late into the evening. (In the winter it's drafy. Go figure.) My kiddo is wearing some water sandles. It's the perfect outfit for the situation. Fashionable. Not too warm. My inlaws are here, according to Miss Manners...
  • Blog Post: HTPC & ME

    Discussions about Windows XP Media Center Edition are always a little odd for me. They center around TV PVR scenarios. I don’t watch TV. I don’t have cable or satellite or an antenna or anything. I don’t want it. The primary reason for me to have an HTPC is to play music that...
  • Blog Post: Half-Life 2

    I have to admit, I'm looking forward to Half-Life 2 . My wife was a tester on the Half-Life: Day One. She had to play through with only a crowbar, because they hadn't finished coding up the firearms or first-aid stations. Even when they added the pistol, they didn't supply extra ammo. It was cool...
  • Blog Post: Wheel Transitions

    3 bikes that aren’t in usable condition. With a toddler. Wife & kid use the car, and I take the bus. I sometimes dream of fixing up the bikes & cruising around on them. But I don’t have the time, and I can’t include my kid (yet). They just sit there, rotting. I’ve...
  • Blog Post: A use for old motorcycle helmets?

    Motorcycle helmets are pretty expensive, but they're cheaper than a new brain. So, I've always used good helmets in good condition. After crashing I have helmets that may not be safe to use. So I sent them to Shoei to have them X-Rayed. They use the latest in radiation technology to actually peer...
  • Blog Post: On Learning

    When I was a kid, I liked learning, but didn't recognize it because I was going to school. Somehow schools seem to distract you from any possibility of learning, supplying instead discipline and memorization. Computers saved me. In my teens I explored BBS's, including exchanging messages with folks...
  • Blog Post: More Knots

    Today I took another knot-tying class at CWB , entitled “ Boarding Mats ”. I was looking forward to it, but it the experience still exceeded my expectations. It turns out there were two rope classes going on. The Dennis teaching boarding mats class was upstairs, and Steve teaching splicing...
  • Blog Post: Knots

    To get my sailing fix while on land, I’ve been learning to tie knots. Somehow I never got into it before. I could tie an overhand knot, but didn’t know the name. I could tie it on a bight if I needed a loop, but didn’t know what a bight was. I kinda assumed that knots were too...
  • Blog Post: Triumph!

    After a few years of working at Microsoft, I finally decided to spend some real money. I bought a 2000 Triumph Sprint ST , with heated grips and hard bags. A beautiful bike, great handling, plenty of storage. I sent the zip-in liner of my jacket to Gerbing and they added heating elements. All told, I...
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