Friday, September 4, 2009

Where is the Reset Button

Well, I missed my goal. I am hereby removing the weekly requirement, in the hopes that doing so will result in slightly more frequent posts.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I Know, It's Been More Than A Week

I know, it's been more than a week. I have not lived up to my promise. I will try and do better, or give this up. I think there are some advantages I will receive from blogging if I truly give myself to it, but it is a commitment.

Yesterday, however, was a celebration of another commitment. Yesterday was my wedding anniversary. I have been married to the love of my life for nine years. I love that woman, and yesterday was a great day. With the exception of my commitment to Christ, this is the longest commitment I have ever had, and I am loving it.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Busy Week

This last week was a busy week. My wife didn't come home from work until really late several nights. I am so proud of my wife. She took over these classes in the middle of the semester and had to hit the ground running. She has done very well. She has created great relationships with her students and is loving every day.

Oh, the audition I mentioned in my last post... I did not get the part, probably because I did not go to the audition. However, I did run across a posting for an audition for a Regent student film, and auditioned for that on Friday. No word yet. But still, I think it was the shot in the arm I needed right now, even if I don't get the part. In fact I just recently found and joined a group on Facebook called Regent Casting, which hopefully will have many more such listings.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I'm Conflicted

I don't know what to do. This weekend I got notification that one of the local theaters is having an audition tomorrow. The name of the play is "What's Wrong With This Picture?" I am not sure if being in a play would be too much of a hassle right at the moment. Work is pretty stable, that shouldn't be a problem. My wife is struggling with her work, so that might be.
On the other hand, the play has a small cast and the only part I would be likely to be considered for is the main role. This means that there would be a lot of competition, and I most likely wouldn't get the role, but also, if I did, I would probably have to invest a lot of time.
This particular audition has one other thing to consider. This is for the Generic Theater, which means it would be a paid gig. (Not paid like a professional gig, but I would get a paycheck.) I haven't done any acting since this summer due to my work schedule.
So, all in all, I am conflicted. I think, most likely, I will skip it, but I don't know.
Maybe I should talk it over with my wife. Now, there's a thought.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Make A Promise and Look What Happens

Hadn't had the combination of time and inspiration to post a blog lately. Decided to check when my last post was today. What do you know, it was six days ago.
Work has been a little weird. We are so far ahead of where we were last year that it almost feels like we are waiting for it to all come crashing down around our heads, but so far it has not.
Just finished reading "Case for a Creator" by Lee Strobel. I recommend it for anyone who thinks evolution is true, but is willing to look at the evidence with an open mind.

Monday, February 2, 2009

So, I Like To Help

I found a new site recently. It's called It is a place for coders to get and give help with coding issues. Kind of a social networking site for coders.

So, I joined.

Most of the questions I have helped with are obviously students with homework issues. That's all right though. I am not doing their homework, and I like to help.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Coming Up With Titles Sucks!!!

Today was a good day. Didn't get much done, but spent all day with my daughter and a good portion of it with my wife.
I had so many things I wanted to blog about, but now that I'm at the computer, I don't remember any of them.
It's so easy to get distracted. Probably part of the reason I don't do more coding at home.
Time to let the dog back in, so I'll sign off for now

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Post A Week

You heard it right here. I am going to commit to posting at least once a week. Even if it is a nothing to report this week.

eSmartTax got approved for e-file in all states that accept e-files about ten days ago. I personally finished the last of the pdfs for printing user data yesterday. Now it is just bug fixes and what ever else might come up. Now is the first peak, but I don't have all that much to do. It's real strange after spending so much time at work the last couple of months.

So, I will try and post again before the week is up, but I commit to posting at least once a week from here on out.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Just a Little About Me

I am a software developer for Liberty Tax Service's online product, so this has been a busy time of year. We are past the major hurdles for this year, but a few hurdles remain, so I am still working seven days a week. Hopefully, I will get next weekend off.

I just want to say that I love my wife very much. She has put up with a lot the last few weeks (months, years).

Don't forget to file your taxes.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Let Your Computer Save The World In It's Spare Time.

Okay, maybe that's a little grandiose.

As promised earlier, this is an advertisement for one of my favorite sites and products.


BOINC stands for Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing. It is a distributed computing platform that allows a given user to connect to as many different projects as he may like.

I am sure you have all heard of SETI or Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. UC Berkley is strongly associated with SETI due to on going SETI research at their Space Sciences Laboratory. Several years back UC Berkley launched a distributed computing project known as SETI@home.

After several versions of SETI@home, they decided to create a server framework that was divorced from the project that it was serving, and a end user client that did no science of it's own, but managed the science applications that were on the computer and handled the network communications. The end goal was to enable anybody who desired to create a distributed computing project and allow the end user to connect to which ever projects that they desired and to as many projects as they desired.

There are many projects out there to "crunch" as it is called, SETI@home is just one of them.

Also there are sites that collect the information from many or all the projects and display them in many fun ways. My favorite is BOINCStats, which is also runs an account manager called BAM. An account manager makes it easier for a user to manage multiple projects and multiple machines by centralizing most of the management at the account manager. Again there are many account managers out there.

This is enough to get you started. Links to all the important parts are above and in the right column (as soon as I get them there).

I will tell you more about SETI@home and many other projects in future posts.

If you do decide to install BOINC on your machines (make sure you have permission to do so before you do), please feel free to join my team Stephenson Clan, available on most projects.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

What This Blog Is About

Short answer, I don't know.

I have the grand delusions about what a blog by me could be. But, I have to be realistic. I mean, a blog isn't popular because the author says it is, it is popular because enough people say it is. Right now I have a grand total readership of one, and that's only because I tell my wife to go read it. Or, at least that's what I did with the first one.

I would like, when I get a chance, to pontificate on subjects of science and philosophy. That, however, is a discussion for another day.

Now is a time for work, and a lot of it. I work as a software developer for a tax preparation company, doing programming for state returns. I have one week to complete most of my work for the year. As a note to those who might say, "But this is just the eighth day of the year. That must be pretty slack." In the tax industry the year begins in May.

I will try and post on a regular basis, at least after April 15th. :)

I am going to try and get some posts done in the next couple of weeks, dedicated to advertising some of the links that I hope to soon have up on the side of my page.

I hope that I am able to entertain the people that do happen to read this.

Thank you for reading.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Being as this is the first post to my Blog, you might think that the title is in reference to the begining of this blog, but it is not.
Instead it is a reference to the birthday of my beloved wife. She loves her birthday and it is now her birthday.

Sweetheart, I love you.

P.S. This was posted originally after midnight on the East Coast, but the time was recorded as if I was on the West Coast. Probably a setup issue, that has hopefully been solved.