April 4, 2013

iPad annoyance.

Lately I’ve been using the iPad2 to read at night instead of the ASUS Transformer. While they both have small annoyances, the iPad is extremely frustrating when it gives you the notice: iCloud Backup has not been done in two weeks. The dialog gives you an OK button you can click, repeatedly, and it never goes away. You have to turn your iPad off and back on again to get rid of the notice and do a backup. ... Read more

April 2, 2013

Career reflections.

Three years ago, on a Wednesday, the day before April fools, I went to lunch with a colleague at my then current job to discuss what I was planning to do that day. Initially I went to work as a State employee to get the best insurance available for my wife. My wife and I accepted that the kind of job and industry I’d go into (higher education) was dull, depressing, full of bad management and the worst kind of politics. ... Read more

April 1, 2013

Status Update (for 2012…!)

Last year was, without a doubt in my mind, the most tumultuous year I’ve had in the past decade. At least that’s how it feels. The most important update I can think of to mention is: Melissa’s feeling great! The regular Benlysta infusions she receives seem to have a remarkable impact on lowering her disease activity and inflammation, with no observable side effects. We’re both grateful to The Scripps Research Institute, GlaxoSmithKline, and Human Genome Sciences. ... Read more

January 8, 2012

Status update.

I’m excited that Melissa is going to receive an infusion of Benlysta, which we’re hopeful will manage some of her disease activity without the increased risk of infection. If all goes well, then she should need less steroids and hopefully no further Cytoxan to keep her disease in check. We pretty much worked through nearly every day in December and have continued to grow our business, since I’m back in the saddle full time again. ... Read more

August 4, 2011

Keeping Schedule

Melissa has recovered from staph and cellulitis over the past two months, and the ulcer on her leg is almost completely healed. She has developed a small umbilical hernia, most certainly from laparoscopic surgery several years back, exasperated from being off her feet for two months. So she’s currently scheduled to have surgery next week and all the details involved with getting everyone on the same page is a constant exercise in the language of negotiation. ... Read more

July 3, 2011

A new family in our neighborhood.

Melissa took some pictures of a family of cats that had been living in the hedge in our front yard. They’re cute and all, but they’re feral. Maybe one of the other neighbors will adopt them before they get much older. Family 1 Family 2 Family 3 Family 4 Family 5 Family 6 Family 7

July 3, 2011

Experimenting with PaaS/Cloud Services.

There are a few Platform-as-a-Service providers that I’ve been looking at, including dotcloud, stackato, cloud foundry and phpfog. So far I’ve only really had time to work with putting an application up on dotcloud, which was extremely easy with the directions they provided for Ubuntu. They even gave me a free year for evaluating it during the beta, which I plan to use. I’d like to use a different application and language for each provider. ... Read more

May 31, 2011

Sleep, treadmill

I’ve always had problems sleeping a normal schedule. Every two weeks I’ve gone from sleeping at night, to sleeping during the day. This happens regularly, regardless of diet, exercise or being forced into a schedule (9-5 work). If I’m forced into a schedule, then I’m just really tired for a week, or I do what I figure most folks do and I would catch up on my sleep Saturday and Sunday. ... Read more

May 30, 2011

Granola CMS

A (long) while back I started working on a CMS project to fill a particular need. The code for this project is really dated, and I’m not happy with the pattern I used. It was a time before I’d really used jquery, when I was impressed with Dojo and YUI, mostly because Dojo had a good data grid and a responsive support community on IRC. There are so many things I want to change now about how the system works, I’m pretty sure it will end up being a complete re-write, when I have time to do that. ... Read more

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