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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 […]

Good all-day light laptop?

February 24th, 2014, 30 Comments

I am trying to find a laptop with all-day battery life that’s fairly light. Perhaps I am dreaming too big here, but I thought I’d toss out my hopes and see if there are any recommendations. I am hoping for: Battery life around 9 hours powered up Fairly light. 2 or 3 pounds would be […]

Migrated from Hetzner to OVH hosting

February 7th, 2014, 5 Comments

Since August 2011, my sites such as complete.org have been running on a Xen-backed virtual private server (VPS) at Hetzner Online, based in Germany. I had what they called their VQ19 package, which included 2GB RAM, 80GB HDD, 100Mb NIC and 4TB transfer. Unlike many other VPS hosts, I never had performance problems. However, I […]

Delicious Holiday Recipes

December 9th, 2013, 9 Comments

I’ve come up with some new favorites this season. The boys and Laura were around for all three, and I am happy to report there were many kitchen smiles over these! From-Scratch Hot Chocolate There’s something about hot chocolate made from scratch, with chocolate melted into milk, instead of a powder stirred in. It takes […]

Two Kittens

October 9th, 2013, 7 Comments

Almost every time he got off the bus for the past month and a half, Jacob started his afternoon in the same way. Before toys, before his trains and his toy bus, before anything indoors, he went for our cats. Here he is, cradling his favorite, Tigger: Laura and I both grew up around cats. […]

Earthrise

September 16th, 2013, 3 Comments

Today I link you to a video narrated by the legendary Carl Sagan – The Frontier is Everywhere. Partial quotes: We were hunters and foragers. The frontier was everywhere. We were bounded only by the earth, and the ocean, and the sky. The open road still softly calls. Our little terraqueous globe as the madhouse […]

Development Freedom in New Platforms

July 25th, 2013, 11 Comments

I started writing code when I was somewhere around 1st grade, hacking some rudimentary BASIC on a TRS-80. Since then, I’ve used more programming languages than I can count; everything from C to Prolog, Python to Haskell, and probably a dozen others. I enjoy diversity in programming languages and tools. I’ve had an interest in […]

Sometimes, it’s best not to know

July 4th, 2013, No Comments

Jacob, Oliver, and I were driving back home, about an 8-hour drive. At one point I heard Jacob say from the back seat, “Oliver, you can’t have my book. It has a bookmark in it!” Aside from the apparent anti-sharing properties of bookmarks, I sort of smiled at Jacob inventing a bookmark. An hour later, […]

Amazement

April 17th, 2013, 2 Comments

One of the benefits of working from home is that I have a great view of Kansas from my desk. While I work, I have seen sunrises, snowfall, birds, rain, ice, and all sorts of wildlife. I heard this verse of Home on the Range the other day, which reminded me of this: “How often […]

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