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16 November 2015 @ 01:29 pm
Back when I worked for On-Site (not On-Live), we'd do random coffee/tea breaks. One of us would grab our ceramic mug and tap on it with the wedding ring, a little like the fork-on-glass thing for kissing at weddings.

Mike was so thrilled when he got married, so that he had a ring to tap for tea breaks! ;-)
02 November 2015 @ 03:30 pm

Was wonderful to see Krissy and the girls. Things went surprisingly smoothly with the TX family. Was a little guilty to not see more of Ben (one of my brothers), but he was in law school most of the time. Apparently Baylor trains them all to be litigators, no matter what they'll actually be doing. He apparently is more into municipal law stuff, but perhaps he'll go litigate afterward, dunno.

Brought home a 60lb duffel despite a hurt foot. I checked it, but still had to haul it to and from. I looked a bit like an ant dragging a caterpillar with it hoisted up on my shoulders. (Looked heavier than it was.)

Still doing various unpacking and related bits, of course, but I'm mostly settled in again.
19 October 2015 @ 10:55 pm
I'm off to New Orleans and then Texas to visit my family of origin.

I shall also be seeing Krissy and the girls, naturally.

So: expect electronic correspondence to slow down.
03 October 2015 @ 06:05 pm
Our neighborhood just got a new gourmet ice cream sandwich shop, called "Cream." Their grand opening is today, and they're giving away free ice cream sandwiches.

The line was, like, three blocks long and basically not moving. So maybe I'll wait and tell you whether they're any good in a week or two.
23 August 2015 @ 09:37 am
Since I don't think I've said anything about it recently: the Internet, collectively, gives me a constant drip of powerful, interesting, skillfully-told stories, entertaining webcomics and all of this other "content", which we once would have referred to as "stories" or "art" or "essays" or "advice" or "textbooks" or...

When I say, "this Internet thing gives us really good stuff, and there's a lot of good that the world gets from it," that's what that looks like for me, day to day.

I am smarter in my job, happier with my family and wiser with those who must tolerate my presence because of this constant drip of well-told, carefully-curated human interaction which would have been nearly unavailable to me twenty years ago. Don't get me wrong -- I'm far from perfect. But I'd have been a lot worse without it, I promise.

It turns out that making certain kinds of communication cheap helps a guy like me a lot.

Your mileage, in this as in all things, may vary.
20 August 2015 @ 05:30 pm
I've read about guys going through changes in testosterone level, often due to various effects of aging. I'm getting my own (somewhat odd) demo as Krissy and the kids are gone, with corresponding reductions in sex and feeling all "protect the family." Plus, y'know, I've been terrible about exercising while they're gone, another thing that can increase testosterone levels. And several other factors, now that I think about 'em.

People talk about literally seeing the world less clearly and with less color with reduced testosterone -- oddly, I'm totally getting that. Like, objects look slightly flatter and less colorful. It took me awhile to notice, since it's a gradual change. But today I was noticing my vision feeling cloudier in lower light, thought, "well, I guess that happens with age."

No, wait.

I'm only 39. And this wasn't even vaguely true six months ago.



I've also noticed that I'm not hearing as well lately, especially with more background noise. Related? Dunno.

And my body's changing shape, but there are a lot of reasons that could happen with reduced exercise :-)
19 August 2015 @ 06:15 am
I'm a touch sick -- just a bit of a head cold, and not a huge amount of that. But enough to be annoying and make me not want to do anything but sit around and play video games.

Which I did until the wee hours on the night before last, so last night I ignored that urge and passed out at 8. I'm still waking up by 6 every morning. My schedule just hasn't budged on that bit. Even on mornings when the cat doesn't get me up at 5:30 (the kids aren't here, so presumably she knows she has to do her part or I might sleep in.)

My schedule is feeling lousy lately. I'm not (mostly) forgetting things, but I'm trying to interview a bunch of people, and there's a lot of "recruiter didn't get the email through, saw no confirmation, treated everything as scheduled anyway" and "homework/test came up at the last minute, call and cancel" and "not consistently using Google Calendar so they scheduled me for two different interviews on the same Wednesday at 2pm" sort of things. Plus, *I* forgot to put my haircut on the calendar, and rescheduling those is always iffy. The lady who gives me haircuts is awesome, but very busy. I may just be extra-shaggy for a month.

I miss Krissy and the kids. I mean, I just flew out and saw them this past weekend. But I really miss having them around.

Updating LJ like this had one big interesting challenge for the past couple of months -- I couldn't mention the big awesome birthday book that Debbie and I were making for Krissy, and it was enough work to make a significant difference in my spare-time schedule. I find I kind of miss that writing constraint :-)
16 August 2015 @ 01:48 pm
I flew out to Pittsburgh to surprise Krissy with her awesome birthday book, see the family and surprise an old college friend -- anybody here know Tom Lokovic? He's still out there, Lokovicking.

For those of you who contributed to the book, thank you. I have a bit of video that I should get Krissy's okay before releasing, but she was very moved. We got very much the reaction we hoped to. Thank you, to all of you.

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13 August 2015 @ 05:29 am
Work is busy lately. It's... fine. Some good, some bad.

I'm getting ready to get on a plane right now. Headed off to see the family. SJC has the least obnoxious free wifi available, airport-wise. I'm flying through Houston, so I'll get a chance at compare/contrast soon.

The TSA is extra-obnoxious in San Jose, so maybe it evens out.

I talked to Krissy - she thinks that if there's a big interesting birthday present to give her, Calli would appreciate it not being on the same visit as Calli's birthday, even if that's three weeks or so before her actual birthday (Krissy's and Calli's birthdays are close together.)

Surprisingly, that turns out to be entirely possible. Several things came together faster than expected. So I'm going to do that, after consulting with Debbie. Like, on this visit.
04 August 2015 @ 10:37 pm
Because I saw this fairly recently, and feel like recording it...

The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain. -- John Adams