Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Star of Radio

It would seem that I find myself married to a star of radio. The lovely Sister Geek was invited to appear in a radio spot for our local conservative candidate for the state assembly. We have also appeared in his flyers and helped out a two parades. Of course, it helps that we live next door to the chairman of his campaign and they needed someone in a hurry. But still, a certain amount of bragging rights seems appropriate.

Friday, October 15, 2010

One week, one character

Tracked down a tricky error over the past week. No, I'm not that slow, but I had to get a whole new database sandbox created and populated and then fix my data source definition before I could even get to the point of investigating the problem. Once, the data was flowing into the program, I discovered that I had a broken domain object. I had had trouble getting anyone to be excited about me retro-fitting unit tests into the web application that I'm porting from WebSphere to JBoss and so I'd done a few (about three dozen) of what I thought were the main objects. Wouldn't you know that one of the ones not tested had an error in it! At my hourly billing rate, that's several thousand dollars tracking a problem that would not have existed if I had been free to unit test all of the domain objects. The fix? A single exclamation mark to reverse a wrong boolean statement.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Go Big or Go Home

Our second Wednesday of each month is focused prayer. Our number one request for the rest of the year is ten new souls baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost evidenced by speaking in other tongues. For a humble congregation like ours, ten shiny new saints would be an awesome boost. I had originally suggested ten baptisms, but Bro. B, who leads up the focused prayer felt led of the Lord to upgrade the request. Go big or go home!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Went to my local Java User Group this evening and listened to a presentation about the Scala programming language. I had tinkered with this a year (or was it two?) ago and had thought that it was interesting. For some reason I can't remember, I got distracted away from it. Hmmm, perhaps it's time to dig back in and see what I can do with it.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Not Nimrod ... Not a Mighty Hunter

The things we do at the request of our children. We have an escaped pet rabbit in the neighborhood, white with red eyes. It has been around for over a month now and all the neighbors have seen it, but I think that I'm the only one crazy enough to try to catch it, after the geeklets informed me that they would just looooove to have a pet bunny. The critter is sneaky and has led me on several chases around the interior of our block, while various onlookers laugh and cheer me (hopefully they're cheering for me!) on in my futile endeavors. I even borrowed a fishing net, but I couldn't get close enough to use it. If the geeklets didn't want it as a pet, I'd have grabbed the .22 and made sure it would never escape me again!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pastoral Appreciation

At church today we had a pastoral appreciation lunch. Wow! I feel very appreciated today. I also feel stuffed. There's nothing like a church potluck and the Pentecostals have taken it to an art form! All the food was southern-themed today. Partly, I suspect, because one of the ladies organizing it is from Texas and partly because I like to say "y'all" and claim that because I'm from southern England, I'm allowed to do so.