Pomodoro progress, halftime report

In this post I promised an update in one week – it’s been a little over a week, but here’s the promised progress report.

The Pomodoro Method works OK for some things that I do:

Non-meeting time: When I have time to get some work done – there’s no meetings scheduled or I’m not being interrupted by other people in the building – then the . . . → Read More: Pomodoro progress, halftime report

August Beer Pairing Dinner – Magic Hat Brewery


Flashback to about 4 years ago: The Wife and I, both enjoying nice beer and good food, discovered that a local fine restaurant known for wine pairing dinners was having a beer pairing dinner. We went by ourselves, not thinking of inviting anyone to join us. When we got there, we decided that it was B-O-R-I-N-G. Looking around, we saw one of our friends from . . . → Read More: August Beer Pairing Dinner – Magic Hat Brewery

Quick update #1 on the 2010 ALSWalk4Life – 25 days to go…

WARNING: In a couple of paragraphs, I’ll be begging you to donate some money. I promise that this is the only cause I will ever ask you to donate to support, at least on this blog, for the foreseeable future.

On September 12, 2010, around 11AM in Chicago, hundreds of people will be getting ready to do something that happens only once every year – . . . → Read More: Quick update #1 on the 2010 ALSWalk4Life – 25 days to go…

A Wannabe?

Before we go too far here, let’s all remember that the internet comprises a small sea of useful information in a vast ocean of crap that makes you dumber if you read it. I have to be careful with what I share. I like to provide useful links to stuff for 2 reasons – it’s useful for you and it’s useful for me twice: the . . . → Read More: A Wannabe?

Darn near saw a baseball game tonight

One of the guys at my office, Eric, found a way to score an entire luxury suite for a professional baseball game. That’s pretty cool. My oldest was an intern at a law firm this summer and they took all the interns to both Wrigley and The Cell (the White Sox play in prison?) for the skybox experience. She said it was great (I wouldn’t . . . → Read More: Darn near saw a baseball game tonight

I like tomatoes…

tomAto or tomAHto?

… so maybe I’ll like Pomodoro.

Some quick facts:

I peruse a bunch of RSS feeds. I use a Mac I own an Android phone I DO like tomatoes. [note to self: add a post about my Dad's garden]

I have a list of about 30 or so RSS feeds that I check periodically [1] – I let Safari just load . . . → Read More: I like tomatoes…

Brief hiatus

I’ve been away on a quick vacation with the family. Posts should resume tonight.

Just because you’re paranoid, part I

See part II, part III, part IV.

I’m a Mac guy, remember? I use Time Machine as my backup strategy because I don’t really have to think about it. It just works – it does it’s thing and I’m largely oblivious.

Obliviousness is peachy until the hard disk crashes in the backup drive. The good news is that the only things I lost were files . . . → Read More: Just because you’re paranoid, part I

I admit it – I’m a Mac guy

I’m an engineer, a computer scientist by degree. Way back, the same year Ronald Reagan was elected president, I was a freshman at the University of Illinois. There were no “PCs,” and computers filled rooms. They were mysterious machines, operated by wizards speaking in tongues, with black robes and pointy hats in poorly illuminated rooms.

That’s mostly accurate – computers DID fill rooms, and not . . . → Read More: I admit it – I’m a Mac guy

Who ARE those people?

My wife and I met in High School, dated throughout college (at different schools – that wasn’t easy), and got married when I finished grad school and she finished Pharmacy school. “That’s nice. And I care why?,” you’re thinking. You likely don’t, but it gives some context for this page.

We just had our 30 year High School reunion.

That was this past weekend (July . . . → Read More: Who ARE those people?