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Tales from a software engineer and geek

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 …

Divorce: the single greatest thing to happen to me (so far)

In an introductory context, conversations almost always take a path towards marital status. Small talk leads to medium talk, discussing occupations, hobbies, et cetera. Universally coming to a near complete halt at the utterance of the sentence “nope, divorced actually” when asked “are you married?” “Oh. Gosh, I’m so sorry,” delivered with a sudden influx …

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 …

SEX! DIRTY FILTHY ANIMALISTIC SEX! — Now that I have your attention, I need a favor

Hey there, sorry for using a cheap trick to grab your attention. This is important to me, so I wanted to make sure it caught eyes. Right, I’ll get to the point . . . Tomorrow is my birthday, and if you didn’t previously know that, then you need to reexamine some life choices to …

Twenty Thirteen – the year in review

Well then, it’s been an interesting year. It has been the most emotionally draining, and physically exhausting year of my life. But hey, at least it wasn’t dull. There was the car accident that screwed me up for a couple of weeks. The driver pulled out in front of me, causing me to t-bone him. …

224 days

Two-hundred and twenty-four days ago my life changed forever. It took me a little bit of time to realize that the change was for the better. In the months since that fateful day, I’ve grown as a person, changed myself for the better, and seen my true potential. This is the end of a chapter. …

Only Metadata

Armed with only a pen, a notepad, and a watch, I take up a position on your street. No one notices the average looking man in an average looking vehicle parked on the average neighborhood street. I write down the time that each person leaves their respective residence. I spend all day noting each of …

High School Suspension: A social-engineering love story

One part engineer, one part artist, one part salesman. All teenager. Nothing good can come of that combination. Well, except for an interesting story.   Our high school was one of the first to get in on California’s program to add computer labs to all of the schools. The goal, I believe, was a computer …

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 …

I used to be fat. I still am, but I used to be too

Apparently I’m going through pretty textbook “divorced guy” stuff right now, and getting into shape is a direct result of that. Who knew I could do something considered normal? Genetically, I come from a build of human that is broad and dense. I’ve always been “bigger” than average, which is something I’ve long come to …