Oct 200814

Eight Years

Today, October 14, marks the eighth anniversary of the day I proposed to Kelly in the observation deck of the Sears Tower in Chicago.  There were tears and hugs and all the stuff I would have expected from a marriage proposal.  Since we got married 7 years ago (on 5/5/2001), there has been so much more than I would have expected from a marriage. I love you, Kelly.
Categories: Personal | Family

Oct 200813

Silverlight 2

Surely by now you've heard that Silverlight 2 is being released tomorrow (Tuesday, October 14).  Coincidentally, the WI .NET Users Group is having a Silverlight 2 presentation the same night. There has been a lot of interest in this meeting and registration numbers are already very high.  If you are interested in coming, there is still room, but please sign up quickly so we can have an accurate headcount.
Categories: Community | UG | Professional
As of sometime yesterday afternoon, my boss' boss has subscribed to my blog.  I guess it's time clean things up around here.  :)
Categories: Work | Professional
This is the third in my "Rules to Live By" series.  Like every other professional, in every other field, over the years I've picked up a lot of things that make my life easier, or better, 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".  As much as any other reason, they are here to remind myself of things that I've decided to believe in, even if I don't feel like it one day. RTLB #... [More]
Categories: Business | Community | Personal | Professional | Rules to Live By

Sep 200808

Baby Update

Just wanted to put out a quick update about the new baby.  A couple weeks ago we had an ultrasound and they thought we were having a girl. Turns out they were wrong.  At out appointment on Friday there was undeniable, ummm, proof that we are in fact having a son.  So, at least until they change their mind again, we have stopped shopping for pink stuff and are now shopping for blue stuff instead.
Categories: Personal | Family | Proud Dad
This is the second in my "Rules to Live By" series.  Like every other professional, in every other field, over the years I've picked up a lot of things that make my life easier, or better, 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".  As much as any other reason, they are here to remind myself of things that I've decided to believe in, even if I don't feel like it one day. RTLB ... [More]
Categories: Business | Community | Personal | Professional | Rules to Live By

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]
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