Over the last six weeks or so I have made three trips to California. I grew up in northern CA and most of my family still lives there wondering why I ever left to live in frozen "Wesconson". The first of these trips was a whirlwind. I flew in on a Thursday night and drove out on Friday afternoon with my new truck. My parents were getting rid of their truck and I needed a new vehicle so it worked out nicely. I had a nice quiet drive across the US from CA to WI, ... [More]
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This is pretty exciting. Chris Pietschmann, an MVP, a friend of mine, a committee member of the WI .NET Users Group, developer of Virtual Earth controls, and an independent consultant I have worked with in the recent past, has three MSDN Premium Subscriptions to give away, and he is having a coding contest to determine the winners. He is building a website for this contest at www.communitycodingcontest.org, but the site is not up yet. In the meantime you can get some basic info... [More]
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We went to the doctor the other day and found out from the ultrasound that our correct due date is January 27, 2009. As of tomorrow (June 24) we will be 9 weeks along. We're very excited. Unfortunately, Kelly gets very sick when she is pregnant and is on some nausea medicine that they apparently give to chemotherapy patients.
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I'm very excited! Kelly and I found out the other day that we will be having our second child soon. We haven't seen the doctor yet, but we're estimating a January-ish due date for now. Once we get the "official" word from the doctor I'll update with that date. You may have gathered from a previous post that we had a miscarriage late last year. So this news is especially exciting to us. Woo hoo!
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Found on xkcd.com, Geohashing looks fun. Now I just need to buy a GPS, keep up on the Dow, and right a program to do the hash, split, hex to decimal conversion, and destination calculation.
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I'm very excited because in a couple days I will be going with my wife and daughter to Disneyland in California. We are meeting my parents there for Charlie's first Disney experience, and I can't wait to see how excited she will be. She's coming up on 21 months and really shows her excitement -- she dances, stomps her feet (like those Irish tap dancers) and waves her arms. It may sound cute, but it's even cuter to see. Also, between now and then I have a few phone calls setup.... [More]
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Today (5/5/2008) is the seventh anniversary of my marriage to Kelly. I'm sure she will never read this, but I love her more than ever and am looking forward to the next 70 years (or so). We picked this date because 5/5/2008 means the same in the US as it does in European (and other) countries that list the day before the month. Actually, that had absolutely nothing to do with the date selection. It was more like "what Saturdays do you have open around May" when we we... [More]
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If I told you that you had to put this necktie on this giraffe, what would you do? The way I see it, there are three logical positions for this tie to be placed on the giraffe's neck: 1) at the bottom of the neck, near the body, 2) in the middle of the neck, or 3) at the top of the neck, near the head. Personally, I think choice #3 makes our business giraffe look the most professional, although with choice #1, the tie is more likely to be out of the giraffe's way, especially while it is b... [More]
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I have finally updated my OPML file, which is always linked from the sidebar of the site. If you have any suggestions for other blogs I might be interested in, please let me know.
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Just got a book in the mail from Amazon: Embedded Programming with the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework. It was only about $6 from the "Used and New" section of alternate sellers. An upcoming project at work is currently planned for Compact Framework, but, if my limited understanding is right, hardware needed for the Micro Framework is cheaper. So as long as it will perform as needed, this might be the way to go. Has anyone done any development with the .NET Micro Framework... [More]
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