The campground that houses the Bieber Labs Remote Relaxation Unit opens in 25 days. Hooray!
Here are some of the things I’ve done over the past week and a half or so:
- Purchased new truck for youngest boy that Jonna found on craigslist. Excellent deal (good job honey)
- Bought Jonna a new camera for Christmas, since I lost hers on plane on the way back from Redmond
- Messed around with the Smarty templating library for PHP. Cool. Got quite a bit of current PHP pieces of the system moved over – but there is a hell of a lot non-PHP stuff that has to be rewritten
- Spent the day with my brother and his family on the 22nd. Realized 5 years is much too long between visits
- Installed PHP5 on the machines at home to figure out what it takes to upgrade
- Upgraded Subversion (work and home) to version 1.4.6
- Installed latest version of Eventum and played around with it a bit to see what changed
- Spent time with (both) father-in-laws (Christmas Day and the 26th). Going to Morrison, IL on the 26th gave us a chance to use the new GPS.
- Sunday, the 23rd was our Christmas Day with Kelsi. Exchanged all Kelsi related gifts amongst ourselves
- Spent some time figuring out how to build PHP 5 on Solaris 9. Found out that I did not build shared SSL libraries on the machine, which prevented building. Once these were built, everything worked fine.
There was a bit more, but I think this sums it up. It was nice to work on work related things that needed to get done on my own schedule. Definitely learned a lot. As always, family time was awesome all around. Aside from all of the commercialism, I really do like the family aspects of the holidays.
I’ve fixed the ‘Most Popular Posts’ section over in the sidebar. It now reflects actual most popular, rather than adding weight to home page views.
I finally bit the bullet and took the time to get the blog to a higher resolution. Wasn’t as hard or time consuming as I had built it up to be in my head. Hopefully the extra room works for everyone.
While camping season technically goes until next weekend, due to Homecoming activities with the kids and the like we had to close up the relaxation unit this last weekend. This has been our first year “camping” and I’ve gotten some interesting learnings from it:
- Social networking is a lot more fun when the community congregates in person on a regular basis. We met a lot of really nice people this summer and have made friends that we would not have made otherwise.
- I never realized how much of my weekends were spent working until I stopped doing it to go to the camper. This was probably the first summer in my career that I did not have a computer with me during the weekend. I have to say it was nice, even though it was a grim reminder of how much I used to get done on the weekends due to lack of time during the week. Scheduled time with Jonna and the kids was definitely something I don’t want to miss out on anymore though.
- I’m lucky in that I have inlaws that I really like hanging around with. Half the fun of the summer was being able to spend quality time with them.
- I’m more prone to do stuff around the house if the scale is smaller. Totally didn’t mind mowing the lawn at the camper this year.
- I suck at building fires. If I was the Tom Hanks in Castaway I would have died the first week.
- No band sucks that bad if you have enough beer around.
- The Beer Hammer is probably the best invention since the wheel.
Watched Star Wars – The Legacy Revealed last night on the History Channel. Interesting to hear correlations to other mythologies. I highly recommend this one.
First day of vacation is today. Last night completed the three audio books that were sitting on my iPod. “How to Win Friends & Influence People” (Dale Carnegie), “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” (Christopher Hitchens), and “Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit” (Daniel Quinn). All great books.
During time off I’m going to try and finish up the rest (or at least a good part) of my remaining list of half read books, including “The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production– Toyota’s Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry” (James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, Daniel Roos).
I really have to start a book and finish it and not order another one until its complete. Its called FLOW Ron.
I also have “The Art of Project Management (Theory in Practice (O’Reilly))” (Scott Berkun) that just got here the other day. It will have to sit in line until I finish up the loose ends.
“…the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.” – Steve Jobs (quote from Quotiki)