Jan 152019
 
RTotD: Once A LEGO Fan, Always A LEGO Fan

Lego has a very humble origin story. They began with a carpenter in Denmark in 1932; The Lego Group formed in 1934 and they have been producing the iconic interlocking bricks since 1949. Of course that was long before I was born. Regardless, Lego is a timeless toy that is spanning generations. I grew up on Lego and now my kids are growing up on Lego. The funny thing is, even as an adult I still collect Lego sets. I have many friends that still collect Lego sets. So once you’re a Lego fan, you’re always a Lego fan. Obviously as an adult in his [… Click to Continue …]

Feb 132018
 
RTotD: Sage Fatherly Advice

During my recent run, I was really pushing myself mentally to keep from slowing to a walk. I read about several running tricks to help push through that urge to slow down. Pump your arms more, pick landmarks to reach, occupy your mind and focus less on the distance. It was thinking about distance that made me think of some advice my dad once gave me a long time ago. I was your typical blue-collar youth, meaning yard work was a regular chore. I remember one particular day I was raking the back yard. The task felt daunting. I would randomly stop and stare at [… Click to Continue …]

Sep 142017
 
RTotD: I'm Always Writing Code (In My Head)

Today’s Random thought is probably more pertinent to a specific group of people. Particularly to those who work in IT related fields. I call it a curse of professionalism that we can never turn our brains off. In my case, and it’s possibly true for others, I solve many a coding conundrums when I’m not sitting at the computer. I often have moments of clarity while out on a jog (which is the most recent of my epiphanies); I even solve problems while walking back to my car just after leaving work. Our subconscious solves problems because our minds are distracted or when we are [… Click to Continue …]

Jun 192017
 
RTotD: There's A Stranger In My Pool

So I was out for a jog on a rather warm day; therefore I’m alone with my thoughts, again. We all know that no good can come from that. I am drenched in sweat after 3 miles when its 85 degrees and humid. On the final leg of my run through my neighborhood I think to myself “a jump in a pool right now would feel amazing!”. Then I begin to wonder … Imagine you are just sitting in your house, facing your backyard with a sparkling swimming pool. Perhaps you are watching TV or just enjoying a book when you notice this sweaty guy [… Click to Continue …]

Feb 202017
 
Stuck with Proverbial Writer's Block, Again!

The recent pace at which I have been publishing new blog posts is appallingly¬†slower. Ideas and “other cortical experiences” are¬†evading my consciousness. I am stuck with the proverbial writer’s block! I will admit that certain events, IRL, have been taking more of my attention. When you are trying to sustain a family, those events take immediate priority. I will not talk about politics so anything that is considered a “political hot topic” or “current event” will never be a subject I will write about. My views do not necessarily align with others. I prefer my readers find this site a sanctuary from political pontificating and [… Click to Continue …]

Aug 262015
 
For the Love of Writing

I don’t know how to describe what it is about writing that I enjoy – I can’t seem to find the words (hah!). There is something elusive and cathartic about putting “pen to paper” (err.. “text to screen”?) I’ve sometimes wondered if there is a career out there that would allow me to just write, besides writing a book. I don’t have the imagination to write a book. I doubt I can be creative enough to keep a reader’s attention for 300+ pages (although I seemed to have a knack for creative writing back in Honors English in high school). If I had the literary [… Click to Continue …]