May 200805

Seven Years

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]
Categories: Personal | Family
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]
Categories: Personal | Professional

Apr 200818

Updated OPML

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.
Categories: Personal | Blogosphere | Professional
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]
Categories: Development | Books | Work | Technology | Software Projects | Professional
Well, here it is, 9:15 PM on April 14, and I'm just getting started on my 2007 tax return.  I have already installed TaxCut Pro and found all the tax documents that Kelly had set aside for me so that I would do this a couple months ago -- as if that's some big redemptive accomplishment. Life just gets in the way too often.  I need to find a way to change that.  Maybe next month? Update: It's 11:45 PM and I'm done other than confirming some numbers tomorrow.  Two and-a-half ... [More]
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If you're in the Milwaukee area and have nothing to do today (4/5/08), why not come to Deeper in .NET?  It starts at 8AM and will go until right around 6PM.  We have 5 great speakers on the agenda so come on by and see what's going on.
Categories: Community | DiDN | UG | Professional

Apr 200803

Is an MBA Worth It?

A friend of mine is going to school in an "MBA for professionals" program.  I'm not sure if it's public knowledge or not, so no identifying links here.  Anyway, in an e-mail today, he mentioned that he has class tomorrow, and that got me thinking.  Every few months for most of the past decade the thought crosses my mind that I should look into doing the same thing.  So far I haven't done anything about it for a number of reasons, mostly falling into either the mon... [More]
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Deeper in .NET 2008 is 3 days away -- this Saturday!  I can't believe it myself.  The time has flown by and I'm amazed that everything managed to get worked out.  If you haven't already, go register to attend -- you won't be disappointed.  Also, we just made an announcement on Monday that we are adding an Attendee Party after the conference.  Just stick around at the hotel for a while and enjoy the food and fun.  At the time of this writing, there are only about 4... [More]
Categories: Community | INETA | DiDN | UG | Professional
Chris just mentioned this so I thought I'd write a follow up post. Several months ago I created a Facebook group for the WI .NET Users Group, although I never really publicized it, and had actually forgotten about it until today.  Well, today, Chris created a LinkedIn group for the UG, and that prompted me to create a Twitter account for the UG. If you are a member of the WI .NET Users Group and are on any of these networks, please feel free to join the groups (or follow us on Twitter). ... [More]
Categories: Community | Blogosphere | UG | Professional

Mar 200822

Happy Easter

Whether you think of it as just another holiday for the kids, or if you, like me, are celebrating something much more important, have a Happy Easter.
Categories: Personal | Professional