The Cost of Paying Attention

Mike Elgan over at InternetNews wrote an interesting article about what he calls Work Ethic 2.0.  In it he argues that hard work is dead, replaced by the ability to function in an environment actively working to rob us of the ability to focus our attention. This resonates with me Read more…

Printable Calendar

David Seah over at http://davidseah.com has published a great compact printable calendar for the last few years.  They are great for project planning, especially when it comes time to figure out Releases or to help figure out that a deliverable 8 weeks from now lands on a critical resources vacation Read more…

Job Search!

So, for the first time since I was 15, I find myself without a job. Back in October of 2007 I left the large EDA company I had been working for on and off for much of my career to join a small, local startup. This startup had a very Read more…

New Things

Painting is hard. A recent article I read determined that it took roughly 10,000 hours to become good at something. If you do the math, that’s 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year (vacations are good) for five years. So, a full-time jobs worth of work for five years Read more…

‘Twas The Week Before Christmas

This was written after a long day of dealing (unsuccessfully) with the incredible weather we’ve had around here.  Worst storm in 40 years, according to the weather wonks. ‘Twas The Week Before Christmas Twas the week before Christmas, in old Portland Town, And the cars and the busses were sliding Read more…

President-Elect Barack Obama

It seems to me one guy tried to appeal to what’s best in us (hope) and one guy tried to appeal to what’s worst in us (fear, bigotry, anger, fear). The results speak for themselves. Give us something to hope for instead of something to be fearful of. Having said Read more…

Tracking Politics

Engineers love data.  And graphs.  We love graphs, too.  Toss in some statistics and some simulations and we’re as happy as can be! A friend recommended a site that collects all of these together to try and help track polling data for the Presidential election as well as state races. Read more…

Small changes

Finally got around to adding some more Front Page Pics from the last couple years.  Also added an album page for all the Front Page Pics so you can look at all of them.  Finally, added a link on the front page to the album.  Thinking about some other changes Read more…

Make: Pumpkins!

Here are the results of my first pumpkin efforts of the year. I have a plan for another one, but that’ll have to wait for next weekend. Some links for ideas for pumpkin carving: http://www.pumpkingutter.com/ http://www.extremepumpkins.com/ http://www.villafanestudios.com/pumpkins.htm Last years pumpkin: The Cannibal Pumpkin!