Metra: The Way To Really Fail

Winter happens around here, at least for now. It’s not a relatively unpredictable, localized weather event like a tornado; it’s a given. You can be sure that for about 25% of the year (and it feels like 60%) the air…

Dog Sheepish

For the second time this year we thought we had lost him. Like back in May, the old dog looked down at his breakfast, looked back at Sharon, and then walked away from a full bowl. This is the reddest…

Change of Control

It was a miserable, gray, slushy, midwinter day in 2001 or 2002. I had been working on a truly gruesome coding project, fixing someone else’s disaster under immense time pressure during a complex integration of two businesses. We had a…

#nerdprom

Cute. The Kewl Kidz of the Washington media establishment are having their annual circle jerk tonight, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and many of them are documenting it on Twitter with the hashtag #nerdprom. What a lark! Look at us lighthearted…

Epoch Fail

(title borrowed from this great xkcd cartoon…if you get it, Happy 1234567890 Day to you; if not, don’t worry about it.) Today is Friday the 13th. I’m not normally a paraskavedekatriaphobic but today tested me. I started the day taking the car to the dealer because…

Numbered days in 773

The last couple of weeks have been more hectic than usual. My wife and daughter are both sick, work is more interesting (in the ancient Chinese curse sense) than usual, and I’ve had a busy gig calendar. This recent spike…

25 Things

Cross posted from my facebook profile…one of these little chain mail memes wherein you list 25 things about yourself and pick 25 more people to do the same. Seems like a reasonable thing to put here as this blog is…

Lost Losing Me

Don’t worry, I won’t put any serious spoilers here, but you may still want to come back later if you haven’t seen the Season 5 premiere of Lost yet. So many great geek TV series of recent vintage have been…

Hello, World

#include <iostream> int main(int, char **) { std::cout << “Hello World” << std::endl; return 0; } I guess it has to start somewhere. Fully cognizant of the risk of forever losing most potential readers less than 10 characters into a…