Category: personal

Becoming a Developer Overnight, In Only Five Years

“Do you think hard work can make you talented?” “Yes. I do.” This post was inspired by an article on Cal Newport’s site entitled, “The Pre-Med and Ira Glass: Complicated Career Advice from Compelling People”. That article caused me to

Cabin Fever

Atlanta shut down for a few days as the result of a moderate snowfall. Perhaps you saw something about it on the news. Now, another winter storm is on the way, and this one is supposed to be worse than

Facebook and Your Grandchildren

I think most people, at some point, have tried to keep a diary. Most people also gave up after a few days. Yet Facebook is like a diary that you’ll let your 900 closest friends read, and you have to

Bragging On the GWA Marching Bulldog Band

My elder daughter, a senior at George Walton Academy in Monroe, GA, is a member of the color guard on the GWA Marching Bulldog Band. This past weekend the band competed in the USSBA Southern States Championships in Chattanooga, TN,

You Might Be an Old Hacker If…

It occurred to me recently that I’ve been using the Internet for almost 18 years now. That doesn’t put me into any particularly elite category since there were a lot of users way before I came along, but it does


Congratulations to the George Walton Academy Marching Bulldog Band for winning first place at the USSBA National Championships in Annapolis, MD in the Group VI division. The band won caption awards for overall effect, music, and percussion, and the color

New Guitar Tutorial Videos

I’ve just started creating a series of videos on Youtube on how to play the Eddie Van Halen instrumental “Spanish Fly” from the album Van Halen II. I’ve been promising these videos for about a year, after already having posted

How To Ward Off Interruptions

I don’t work at home exclusively anymore, which means that at some point during the daylight hours I’m usually at my desk at the office trying to get all the annoying work done so I can focus on the productive

Buy Some Stuff!

Ever since I was in high school, I’ve been drawing this little guy you see pictured here: My wife has named him “Smart Sam”. I finally applied for a trademark on the drawing, but the funny thing about trademarks is

New Contract

I’ve been signed to a new contract with my current client, on a new project working on self-service grocery again. This one should carry me well into next year, but I’m always keeping my eyes open just in case.