Wednesday, November 28, 2007


It doesn't look as if I'm going to be able to get home for Angie's birthday this year. We've had some major hold-ups on the Failover testing that caused me to lose nearly a week off the schedule and my deadline is arriving. So I'll be here in the City until I can get things completed.

I think this is the first time I've missed her birthday in about 16 years. I'm bummed about that.

In spite of things, have a Happy Birthday, sweetheart! Get together with some friends and celebrate! Go barhopping, get drunk, pick up guys! No, wait! know one of the joys of getting older is just curling up with a good book!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Angie Has a Blog

The title of this entry says it all. The wife has her own blog. If you want to check it out, here is where to find it

Also, Angie's coming up on another birthday this Thursday. If any well-wishers want to throw some wishes down the well, I guess now you can comment on her blog.

This will mark her second birthday among the Redwoods and a full year of hiking, beaching, biking, and gardening, usually, sans moi!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Help the School, Folks

Hi Everybody,

Most of you probably know that daughter Jasmyne does a lot of charitable work with actor/philanthropist Isaiah Washington. Their biggest project has been to establish a school in the Bo County region of Sierra Leone. Well, the school has been completed!

As a former educator, I'm fully supporting this effort and I hope all my friends in education, current and former, will help out as well. And, if you're not a teacher, a nice way to pay homage to a good one you had is by chipping in!

The money goes to a very good cause and is tax deductible.

If you're in the L.A. area you can personally hand that check over to Isaiah Washington or Jasmyne at a fundraiser this Wednesday evening, 11/28, at the Gordon Biersch Brewery, 145 South San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank (818-569-5240). There'll be music, free food, and a raffle (and, one would assume, beer too!)

If, like me, you can only be there in spirit, you can still whip out that checkbook and show the love.

$10 provides an anti-malarial bed net to protect an entire family! And a mere $50 sponsors a student for an entire year at the Chief Foday Golia Memorial School.

Donations should be addressed to:
The Gondobay Manga Foundation
1101 South Flower Street, Suite 4
Burbank, CA 91502

A 501 (c) (3) organization.

Thanks everybody!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Home for the Holiday

Made it home for the holiday after living through the long-awaited Failover Code Review. Yesterday we went for a hike in the woods near the lake.

Then I came home and set up Angie's PC.

This morning we went for a long walk (3 hours) and covered most of town. Now Angie's taking a nap. I played with my Slingbox and did some work on the technical sites I'm maintaining.

Still have a few things to finish before I head back to SF tomorrow.

I think that we're going to see Lions for Lambs tonight down in Eureka.

As of Monday, I'm back to lunchwalking in the City so if you're around and want to do some photo-exploring you're welcome to come along.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

First View of Our Next Border

Here's a picture from the breeder of our next dog and his siblings. They're three weeks old now. Belgian (Black German) shepherds. One of these little guys will be coming to live with us in about a month.

I'll be taking some time off to teach him important stuff like chasing cars, biting mailmen, and eating me out of house and home.

Note to all burglars, thieves, rapists, murderers, and door-to-door salesmen: I'd appreciate it if you could skip our place for the next year until this guy is big enough to properly eat you. Thanks for your cooperation!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Politics, Anyone?

I dashed off this quick, short column for my friend Roberto's news site. I'm repeating it here because I thought the magnitude of the expenditures might be useful to get one's head around.
Not really a political statement because I don't consider this my forum for that kind of speech. If you want to know what I think of the GWAT, the next time you see me, just ask "Court, what do you think of the GWAT?"


According to the latest publishing in the mass media, the cumulative cost of the GWAT (the Global War on Terrorism), from 2002

to the present, is about 1.6 TRILLION DOLLARS.

Some think this is necessary, some don't. I doubt that anything said here will change minds. But it IS worth noting in the context of whatever it is in government spending distribution that you disagree with.

For me, here’s my list:

Budget for the GWAT = $1,600,000,000,000.00

In comparison

· You could fund NASA at FY2008 levels for 145 years.

· You could fund the Department of Education at FY2008 levels through the year 2108

· You could fund the National Institutes of Health at FY2008 levels for 51.6 years

In spite of the GWAT, the evening news tells us the world is still a pretty terrifying place, so what else would you have done with the $1.6 Trillion?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pictures from Jasmyne

Jasmyne went to Las Vegas for the holiday weekend and took pictures with her sisters, brother, and niece and just sent them out. Here's everybody.

More Halloween Incoming...

Just got some photos of Halloween around my friend Jon Chu's house. This is how they roll in Utah!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The whale migration season is here. Angie saw a couple of whales breeching yesterday. Unfortunately, I won't be home for a while so no pictures.

Looking forward to going home for an extended period during Thanksgiving. I'm pretty tired .

The failover is losing a day here or there as I'm writing testing scripts for the new version of the company's flagship product, WatchTower, but we still expect to wrap things up this month.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Post-Halloween Geekiness

Here's a few pictures of the creative displayed by those of my ilk for Halloween. None of these pumpkins belong to Angie or me. We went "conservative" this year. Some interesting ideas though.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Now entering Code-Lock-Land!!

At long last, I got a working version of the Failover this week and we are now easing into "Code-lock".

Man, this project has been pretty exhausting, but I'm glad to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In the future I'll write something to explain what it actually does and why it took so long.

Code review and testing will start soon and I'll probably celebrate with dinner out somewhere when that happens. You're all invited. Separate checks!