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Computer Without a Case

November 12th, 2014, 4 Comments

My desk today looks like this: Yep, that’s a computer. Motherboard to the right, floppy drives and CD drive stacked on top of the power supply, hard drive to the left. And it’s an OLD computer. (I had forgotten just how loud these old power supplies are; wow.) The point of this exercise is to […]

I’m hiring a senior Linux sysadmin/architect

November 10th, 2014, 6 Comments

I’m never sure whether to post such things here, but I hope that it’s of interest to people: I’m trying to hire a top-notch Linux person for a 100% telecommute position. I’m particularly interested in people with experience managing 500 or more OS instances. It’s a shop with a lot of Debian, by the way. […]

Being Different

November 8th, 2014, No Comments

This evening, after the boys were in bed, Laura and I sat down to an episode of MASH (a TV series from the 70s) and leftover homemade pumpkin bars. She commented, “Sometimes I wonder what generation we’re in. This doesn’t seem to be something people our age are usually doing.” Probably true. I suppose people […]

The Thrill and Stress of Too Many Hobbies

September 11th, 2014, 5 Comments

Today, 4PM. Jacob and Oliver excitedly peer at the box in our kitchen – a really big box, taller than them. Inside is is the first model airplane I’d ever purchased. The three of us hunkered down on the kitchen floor, opened the box, unpacked the parts, examined the controller, and found the manual with […]

2AM to Seattle

August 30th, 2014, 3 Comments

Monday morning, 1:45AM. Laura and I walk into the boys’ room. We turn on the light. Nothing happens. (They’re sound sleepers.) “Boys, it’s time to get up to go get on the train!” Four eyes pop open. “Yay! Oh I’m so excited!” And then, “Meow!” (They enjoy playing with their stuffed cats that Laura got […]

Review: The Wheel of Time

May 28th, 2014, No Comments

Five years ago, I opened The Eye of the World, the first book in the Wheel of Time series, and read: “Lord of the Morning,” he said, “I have come for you.” … On the island, the air shimmered and coalesced. The black-clad man stood staring at the fiery mountain rising out of the plain. […]

Jacob’s Pretend Train Office

May 25th, 2014, No Comments

“5213.” “5213.” Silence. “Train office to train 5213.” More silence. “Train office to train 5213. Is there an emergency?” At this point, I had a decision to make. Jacob’s voice was sounding a little vexed over the radio he was using to talk to me from the next room. Do I answer it, even though […]

End of a year

May 23rd, 2014, No Comments

“AAAAHHH! LOOK OUT! A SHARK!” Such were the cries a few first graders raised Monday. Laura and I had gone to school to eat lunch with Jacob — this was his last week of first grade. We stayed for recess after lunch, and Jacob and his friend told us to pretend to be a shark […]

A Dry Spring

April 21st, 2014, No Comments

Spring in the prairie is a bit of an odd thing this year. Here and there, near ditches and creeks, a short, soft blanket of lush green grass covers the ground. A few feet away, patches of green are visible between the brown shoots of last year’s grass. Some trees are already turning green, purple, […]

Springtime in the Mountains

March 31st, 2014, No Comments

The scene: early one morning as the sun has just started to rise. Jacob and Oliver, ages 7 and 4, are the first people to wake up in the house — their grandparents’ in California, where the four of us are visiting for the first time as a family. They have a conversation and decide […]

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