Aug 200824

Family Pictures

Tomorrow we are having family pictures of sorts.  Actually, we are having an ultrasound.  Hopefully by mid-morning we'll know if our next child will be a boy or girl.  Hopefully we will have full cooperation. UPDATE: It looks like we will be having another daughter.  Due to a mix up with scheduling, though, we will get another chance to take a peek in a couple weeks.  Hopefully the ultrasound tech will get a clearer view then and not have to make her "best guess&qu... [More]
Categories: Personal | Family | Proud Dad

Aug 200808

Finding Passion

Passion is elusive.  It's sneaky and slippery.  It hides and taunts you.  For those lucky enough to have found it, you are truly fortunate.  For years now, I've been looking for something to be passionate about.  Something I could really devote myself to.  Something I would be willing to do even if I wasn't being paid. All this time, I've been looking in the wrong place.  I've been hunting passion at work; that's not where it is.  I've tried devoting myse... [More]
Categories: Personal | Community | UG | Professional | GiveCamp MKE
"Rules to Live By" (RTLB) is a new series that I will occasionally be writing here on my blog.  Like every other professional, in every other field, over the years I've picked up a lot of things that make my life easier, both professionally and personally.  Most of these things can be summarized in a sentence or two, and I've decided to call them Rules to Live By (original, I know).  As much as any other reason, they are here to remind myself of things that I've decided ... [More]
Categories: Personal | Business | Community | Professional | Rules to Live By
I've been writing code with curly braces for a dozen years or so, starting with C++ in college, then JavaScript for many, many years, and for the last few years, C#.  In all that time, I have been a fan of putting the opening curly brace on the same line as the declaration or control statement.  For example: private void DoSomething() { // ... if (somecondition) { myval = true; } // ... } At work, though, I have been working on someone else's code, and... [More]
Categories: Development | Work | Technology | Software Projects | Code | Professional

Aug 200805

GiveCamp MKE

I'm very excited to announce that we are planning the first ever GiveCamp in the Milwaukee area: GiveCamp MKE.  In fact, it's one of the first GiveCamps anywhere. "What's a GiveCamp?", you ask.  In short, it is an opportunity for developers, designers, DBAs, project managers and anyone else involved in the software development process to give back to the community.  And we do it by doing what we know how to do best -- building software.  We will soon be accepting a... [More]
Categories: Development | Personal | Community | Technology | Blogosphere | Professional | GiveCamp MKE

Aug 200803

Four Eyes

I'm wearing glasses now and I don't know how I feel about that.  I have nothing against glasses.  In fact, I prefer when my wife wears her glasses over her contacts.  I just don't know how I feel about having them on my own face. I only need to wear them, for the most part, when I'm working (close range, eye strain, etc.). Sigh. I should make sure I keep that roll of masking tape nearby, just in case...
Categories: Personal