Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tough Times for Jerry

Jerry has been going through some tough challenges of late. Let's hope he gets better real soon!

From 2007-06-10

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Birthday to Angie!

Today, Angela has a birthday!  Congratulations!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Bob and Brigitte's dog, Jerry, is under the weather right now.  Jerry lived with Angie and me for a while. Here are some pictures of him.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Having the rare weekend that I could devote exclusively to ComputeSpace and making the most of it. Locked away working 18 hours a day on it.

Figured I'd check in on the day job late Sunday afternoon just to keep my fingers on what's going on.

Today was the end of my week of on-call rotation and not a peep after-hours so it was good.

Then I got a call from Werner, "Dude, check your email. There's an emergency and the answering service says they couldn't reach you!"  I was incredulous.  My on-call phone was sitting right next to me in a backpack on a chair.

I logged in.  There was indeed a lot of panic going on and the client was a big fish.

I reached down and checked my on-call phone. It hadn't rung or beeped since I got a wrong number on Friday.  When I unlocked the keyboard I was greeted with:

System Error!

You have received a multimedia message yesterday at 2:35pm.

Title: "This is What I'm Doing Right Now!"

Okay.  Since the company assigned me the phone I've gotten a few calls for the previous owner of the number, a fellow named David.  Comedy clubs, ticket agencies, etc.

I'll leave it to your imagination as to the content of "This is What I'm Doing Right Now!" but, for me, the only issue was the video was so big it crashed my phone!  I deleted it and instantly received a prompt that I had missed 7 messages...

Fortunately, there is a backup on-call engineer who came in for the save, but was pretty unhappy with my lack of response.  So I had 'splainin' to do.

So, you're never really off.  And in that way, I guess it's a bit like war and General Sherman said, "War is Hell".  Of course, Jean-Paul Sartre wrote "Hell is Other People"...

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Back for a limited time only! Today's abbreviated lunchwalk came during a very pleasant snow day here in the Colo.  I had to limit it to walking across the street to get a loaf of bread for sandwiches because I was working and if you take too much time off...

(See Bomb Squad)

But I took my trusty DSLR with me and snapped a few images of what it's like here.

First Snowfall in the Colo

Started snowing here last night.  I'll be dealing with flaky, white stuff in one form or another through next May. 

Time to bring the bike off the road for a while.

Chatted with Angie yesterday. Sounds like my Dude is being an especially good boy.  Must be all that 3-year old maturity.  I miss that guy but I'll see him soon.

And a respectful Happy Veteran's Day to Angie, Shirl, Bob McKelvy, and any other of my fiends who have served.

Monday, November 08, 2010

The Bomb Squad

One of my reasons for being in Colorado is to make certain that we're able to keep ComputeSpace fairly independent and on track.  That's been pretty difficult over the past couple of years.

I'm doing some work for a company which shall remain nameless.  We call it the Bomb Squad because it seems as if every other minute there's a technical problem with a client that's about to blow up in your face.  If not, there's always at least one engineer who's had the pin pulled and is about to explode.

Did a mammoth amount of work last week and actually had a pleasant weekend off from the Bomb Squad.  Got my blast suit back on around 1am and logged in to look at the landscape.  Been working ever since.

A couple of delicate issues management wants handled as if they had mercury switches...

Next stop for ComputeSpace: We ought to be meeting with the McObject guys to talk embedded databases on Friday.  And we have something going online for Teacher's Day!  Stay tuned.