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Tales from a software engineer and geek

Electronic Frontier Foundation – Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Brett Haddock

Electronic Frontier Foundation – Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Brett Haddock

A Song for Jason

Mike and Nancy Haddock had four boys spread across 16 years: Jason, Travis, Brett, and Justin. Jason and Travis were a little over a year apart, I was a surprise and Justin was an “extra” surprise. Jason was diagnosed with leukemia early on in his brief life, and later developed a brain tumor as a …

Comments, enabled

Some time ago I disabled the standard WordPress comments and used a plugin that let accounts from Facebook/Google/Twitter/Etc to comment. At some point between that time and today, I removed that plugin, but never enabled the regular comment system. After seeing someone attempt to leave a comment on a post today, and not succeeding, I’ve …

Reasons for wanting to serve

I was born and raised here in Santa Clarita, and have always called it home. My grandparents relocated to the area from Colorado over 50 years ago; my parents moved here after getting married, having briefly lived in Sunland. This valley has always been my home. I have not only grown up in Santa Clarita, …

Thank you

This was a triumph. I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction. One hundred and fifteen days ago, I emerged from the ether to declare my candidacy for Santa Clarita City Council. I had no idea if my voice would even be heard among the crowded field, much less if my message …

2015 in review

2015 has been a weird year, even by my standards. Here are some highlights Bought a MacBook, and iPhone Never thought it’d happen, but I gave in and bought a couple Apple products. The move was required to keep my skill set current. My opinion of Apple has not changed, but now I can make …

That time I got my boss fired

In 2010, I received an email from a man saying he got my information from a recruiter, and would like to discuss a possible position for me. Standard operating procedure in the industry really, nothing seemed out of the ordinary about any of it. I spoke briefly with the “recruiter” over the phone. She seemed …

The best father-in-law I could have asked for

The five most terror inducing words a young 18 year old male idiot can hear from his girlfriend: “my dad is a cop.” A sentence made worse by appending “… and he likes guns.” Mitch played the intimidating-father role perfectly, for the first few interactions I had with him. Quiet and emotionless for the most …

This again?

Well, it’s been a few years, but I’ve had this itch. I figured I would at least make it easy and enable myself to start writing things down again. I’m coming into this blank, no intention what-so-ever. So we’ll see what happens here.