Here I am complaining about how we have to do all those pesky tasks around the house and Elana goes and proves me wrong.
She made us a very yummy dinner tonight and it was very much appreciated. Super tasty.
Danny Yoo sent a message to firstname.lastname@example.org announcing some notes he's taken that record his journey from python to Scheme. I think they are interesting and should make scheme more accessible to anyone who knows python.
Good o'l Harris Teeter. Picked up M&M's, it's not safe to have our house without M&M's. It would be like not having smoke alarms.
You just never know when they will save your life (or fulfill a craving saving you a trip to the store at 2am).
Shira and I have a no gift policy on our anniversary (not a typical wife's no gift policy - which is really: no gift, no wife). But, I went out on a limb and got her one.
Shira's acura didn't have any caps on the air valves of her tires. So while at the store today buying air filters I picked up some fancy shiny blue caps for her.
Is that true love or what?
The first piece of jewelry that I gave Shira was an $80.00 gold rope chain bracelet, bought from Service Merchandise. This was a big step for me.
I gave it to her and she wore it till it literally wore out. Then I gave her another one, just like it. The last time I gave her one was probably 4+ years ago.
Last night, the most recent chain broke. Not to worry, I was out today cruising jewelry stores looking for a replacement.
Turns out, their's a jewelry store right down the street from our house that will fix the bracelet for $12.00. And failing that, I can buy a near exact replacement.
So what does it all mean - breaking on our anniversary? I have no idea. Probably something about how precious things need to be cared for, and even when damaged can be repaired at a small cost. You just have to put in some effort.
For a change this year, I remembered my wedding anniversery. 7 glorious years. As a sign of the true love I have for my wife I drove to work, then drove back 45 minutes at lunch time to meet her. We had a fun lunch of Thai food.
There are other activities planned today, so I doubt this will be my last blog entry of the day. Stay tuned.
Just dropped off a batch of clothes at the dry cleaner. I'm pretty sure I'm putting my dry cleaner's children through college. And I'm not talking in state tution - I'm talking 5 years at an ivy league institution.
On the other hand, I do have a better relationship with her than I do my primary care phisician, so I'm glad to do it.
Had to touch up my resume today. Here's the latest version. And no, I'm not looking for a job -- just thought I'd publish this for the heck of it.
Benjamin A.E. Simon
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (1998)
summa cum laude
Vice President of Engineering (1999-present)
· Manage a team of developers and designers responsible for the creation and maintenance of company products and tools
§ Supervise all parts of the software development process including task development and assignment, estimate creation, code reviews and achieving on-time delivery
§ Responsible for the building and maintenance of the code library ensuring that developers reuse existing code
§ Assist in shaping the vision of the technology team by choosing practices and methodologies for the team to follow
§ Conduct weekly team meetings and training sessions to encourage peer learning
§ Participate in human resource activities including interviewing, hiring and laying off of employees
· Contribute to the development of Amazing Media products by creating software using Java, Flash, perl, scheme and other technologies
§ Produce code using advanced Java concepts including threads, network communication, image manipulation, JDBC and J2EE
§ Instituted common programming practices such as JUnit testing, component creation and database interaction
§ Utilize domain specific languages such as scheme, PostScript, ActionScript, XSLT and awk to accomplish specific tasks
§ Develop software in a Linux environment using advanced Unix tools such as strace, tcpdump and netcat for diagnostic purposes
· Work directly with clients to understand requirements and propose solutions to internet advertising challenges
· Share responsibilities for performing Unix system administration such as the creation of accounts, managing mail, DNS, web services and the configuration of new servers
· Authored ColdFusion components and documentation for release on several Development Resource Kits
· Components included an image manipulation API, RSS XML parsing tools and servlet utilities
· Provided consultant support to companies such as First Union and MCI for the creation of web applications in perl
· Developed an internal timesheet management application
· Worked onsite with customers to develop requirements
· Created an implementation of the Logo programming language for use in educational software
· Utilized the lex and yacc tools to create an advanced language interpreter
· Developed the language interpreter in C on a Unix platform with capability to be cross-compiled to Windows
Photo Lab Technician (1993-1997)
So, I've got this policy - record at least one interesting thing a day on this blog. That's the goal anyway.
What does it mean when the most interesting thing I can post here is a trip to the store to buy laundry detergent? It means that we have one slow Sunday on my hands.
Not that laundry detergent isn't interesting. The book by Robert Fulghum, "All I really needed to know I learned in Kindergarten"  has a terrific story about laundry detergent. Highly recommended.
Rather than spend $20 on a new electric can opener I decided I could fix ours myself.
Naturally I took it apart only to find out that I didn't need to do that at all. A simple push in the right place was all that was needed.
Now I have to put it back together and see if it works.
I know I should be to say something clever about the makers, marketers, retailers or buyers of this product. But I can't. I just lack the words.
And who knows, maybe all those years we had a cat we were abusing him by not making sure he had fresh breath. Did other cats make fun of him?
Shhhhh....don't tell anyone. This afternoon I played hookey from work. We hit best buy to pickup some needed gift cards and browsed TVs, DVD players and vacuums. I know, too exciting.
I even managed to use my sidekick to respond to an e-mail from a client while sitting at lunch.
A great article suumarizing why one would choose erlang over other languages.
It is remarkable how many enterprise level features you get out of the box with erlang. And, it all seems so much lightweight than J2EE.
If I had to develop a new large scale system today I think it would be foolish to at least not consider erlang.
Just saw "When Harry Met Sally" a few days ago and got the usual kick out of the scene where Harry explains why he never picks up his girl friend at the airport (short answer: because you stop taking her and then you have to hear her complain that you never pick her up anymore).
So here I am, picking up Shira.
Well put.The policy is simply that we should characterize disputes rather than engage in them.
Just dropped off Elana's buick @ a garage to have them look into the leak. The garage was a bit sketchy, but they are very close to the house and were very nice.
But the exciting part? Elana drove off in Mini, and I've got ZZ for the day. Wish me luck. --Ben