The federal government is shutdown. While I'm sympathetic to the smaller government impulses driving the Republicans behind this particular charge, I think it's the wrong way to go about it.
In some ways I am glad to see things finally come to a head -- Congress hasn't passed a budget since 2009, so it's not like things have been running along smoothly. Congress had almost refined can-kicking to an art form, and I for one would like them to actually, you know, do their job.
I've been back on my exercise regime for about three weeks (never mind the timestamp on my blog post kicking things off; I actually started writing that two weeks ago...). I spent the first week jogging, and then spent the next week walking (in an attempt recover from the previous week of walking). This week I'm going for a mixed approach: jog one day, walk the next, and try and get a few afternoon trips to the gym in to round things out.
Seven years ago, around the time my son was born, I was badly out of shape. At 6'1", I weighted 223 lbs. The extra pounds were spread out over my frame, so I didn't look particularly fat, but it was clear that I could stand to lose 20 or so pounds.
It's time for a new Mac. My old MacBook Pro, purchased in 2008 was a great machine, and worked great for four years. I put off upgrading for a year by adding more RAM and a bigger hard drive, but eventually I reached the point where the hardware wasn't meeting my needs any more.
I love science fiction, but I've come to love baseball almost as much. As long time readers know, I came to the Church of Baseball late in life, so I don't know all the rituals and I haven't memorized all the stats ... but I do enjoy the game.
It's finally spring. It's finally stopped snowing, and temperatures are inching their way into the 50s. The kids respective softball and baseball practices are underway, and - if we are lucky - we might just see some plants beginning to sprout and trees starting to green.
It's time for spring cleaning.
My 40th birthday came and went in 2011 without much fanfare. So did my 41st in 2012. Part of it was because I didn't really feel like having a few dozen of my closest friends tell me how old I was, part of it was I was working hard on a mobile project for my day job.
I can't say that I didn't mourn the passing of my thirties -- jumping over the temporal barrier separating youth and middle age is something that you can't help but stop and notice -- but ultimately it was a more a bump in the road then a brick wall.
Nuketown's redesign launched in November 2012. It improved a lot, but there have been quite af few bugs that have cropped up since then. The redesign also caused some long-standing standing content (like the "Links" section) to disappear while I fought with how to handle it in the new design. In March I decided to sit down and knock out some of the most annoying issues ... starting with the erratic header bar.
Years ago Nuketown had a weekly newsletter called "RADIATIONS". It was lovingly handcrafted by me and included a list of the previous week's stories. The kids pretty much killed that one -- who has time to update a web site AND maintain a newsletter?
Last week, for the first time in years, I found myself home sick from work. I've had a few minor colds over the last few years, but I mostly dodged them with little more than sniffles. Not this cold. On Monday, it waylaid me a few minutes after I got back from skiing when a terrible shiver ran through my body, and didn't leave until the weekend.