Mar 20, 2020

Well, it’s been an interesting week. Starting last Wednesday, I was told by my job to to start working from home on the following day – and it would continue until further notice. I knew what COVID-19 was, I knew that it had made it to the United States. The previous Monday we’d done some tests to see how well a large population of us working from home would play out. But, I didn’t really know what we were in for. Life has changed at this point, in just a week. I guess I somewhat want to set a baseline with this post and then, for me if no one else, keep a journal as things continue to unfold.

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Removed Gallbladder
Aug 16, 2018

I had two separate series of events over the course of almost 2 years involving severe abdominal pain. 4-5 events about 2 years ago, and another 4-5 over the past 2 months. I underwent multiple scans, most of which came back saying my gallbladder was all-clear. Following another type of scan and the worst event to date, gallstones were discovered in my gallbladder. I was quickly scheduled for surgery and had my gallbladder removed. I’m now recovering. The following is a recounting of my experience.

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New Job
Apr 16, 2018

I just thought it was worth noting that I recently changed jobs. I’ve moved from being a consultant to practicing DevOps at a large Financial company. I’m really looking forward to the opportunities I believe this job will afford me. Anyhow, I generally don’t like talking about work, but as I’m trying to get back into blogging, I thought it was a point in time worth marking.

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Hugo and Lunr
Mar 28, 2018

Getting Hugo and Lunr playing nice with each other wasn’t too bad, but I had trouble finding a clear walk-through with current versions of the tools. My starting point was Joseph Earl’s post, Search your Hugo static site using lunr.js. That was the most complete guide I could find and got me … 80% of the way there. I think the hiccups I encountered were due to updates to the Lunr code and some breaking changes that happened since he wrote his post.

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Up and Running on Hugo
Mar 24, 2018

I decided to switch the site over to Hugo. At some point I would like to import some of my old posts from previous blogs. I always find that process a little difficult. When looking over past content it starts to seem dated or irrelevant to today. I’m sure there’s an argument for it showing a progression in thought or as reference material, but there’s plenty of, “hey, look what my dog did” that just doesn’t seem to be needed.

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Politics in America
Jan 6, 2013

I really feel that we have all become too polarized when it comes to politics these days. It seems like all we do now is yell out our opinions on things instead of trying to engage in helpful conversations, or even healthy debate, about the things that really matter. Social media is one place I see this play out particularly horribly. Think about it — who does it help to tap out, in 140 characters or less, what you feel about the fiscal cliff, or gun control, or whatever large topic you feel strongly about.

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2011 Year in Review
Dec 23, 2011

I’ve done the year in reviews posts for a while now, so here’s your next installment :) Work I’m still working at Snagajob. Things are going well. This year we received the #1 small business to work for award and had Governor McDonnell visit us. There were some other moments that were quite funny throughout the year as well. We also showed we’re not perfect (that’s one of my favorites).

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2010 Year in Review
Dec 31, 2010

Another year is coming to an end today and I’m finally getting around to writing this post, the third in my series of year in reviews. It’s been a long and eventful year. Maybe it would be best to update based on the different parts of my life. Work I started off the year working as a contractor at WordPress HelpCenter. It was a great experience and even though I have now left WPHC, I still think very highly of the company and Alex King, its founder.

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2009 Year in Review
Dec 27, 2009

Last year I started a series of Year End Review posts. I figured it would be good to continue it this year as so much has happened in my life in 2009, that it’s likely not many people know where or what I’m doing any longer. Unfortunately the year started off poorly. Early in the year, as the economy tanked, I came really close to losing my job. The guys I was working for fought long and hard though and were able to keep pulling in enough business to allow me to stay on which I greatly appreciated.

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2008 Year in Review
Dec 23, 2008

The year is coming to an end, and friends and family keep sending me letters saying what’s been up with them this year. Just tonight I received an email from a friend and they said they had opted to go electronic this year for their letter. That sounded like a pretty good idea. I’ve never written one of these, but I figure my blog is a good platform for it, however I will ask that you bear with me since it’s my first time with one of these :)

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