Redirection and Long Overdue Updates

The last post in this blog was almost 18 months ago. I never really said I’d be very dedicated to it but I figured I’d update this more often than that. Anyhow, for the infrequent visitor to this blog you may remember a very dark, sloppy, ugly, and outdated design. Old design be gone to this fancy new look and feel. Why, you might be asking, is a web developer with nearly a decade of experience who is very passionate about front-end development and architecture using a template on a WordPress blog? You might be asking why is a web developer even using WordPress? You might just be asking yourself how you found this blog. Well, the simple answer (to the first two questions) is because I’m very busy with work, hobbies, and side projects and just don’t have the desire or time to create a customized WordPress theme for myself. I’ll add that WordPress has always been the gold standard of WYSIWYG editors around and why should I reinvent the wheel for what I’m using this for?

What’s changed? Well, a lot actually. I work at a new company and am in a new role. Still a developer but focused only on front-end development and front-end architecture. Side projects are still written in PHP and I still do all the front- and back-end development on those. I now have two cats: Benjamin and Vesta. I ride my bike for thousands of miles a year. Traveled to some cool places: Yosemite, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Denver, and Austin just to name a few.  Still crazy about science and space. Still loving drinking great beers.

What’s coming up for this blog? Well, don’t expect really frequent updates. But do expect more occasional updates. There will still be random posts like this, maybe some cat photos, but also expect more cool posts.  About what? Well, I want to write posts about science and space, the occasional political rant, things about the state of cycling in Chicago, and brewing experiments and the like. But I also want to give back some, which is why I’ll also be sharing information about awesome web technologies like npm and Node.js. This is just the start of something I hope will be kinda cool but not all that time consuming.

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Overdue Update

I somewhat expected to have long spans where I didn’t write in this but months seems a bit long.  Winter has been rather lacking from what I expect from a typical winter but I’m not sure if I’m happy or upset about it.  On the one hand I don’t have to walk to the train in the snow and weather and it hasn’t been cold to the extreme (note: it has been cold) but on the other hand it isn’t very much like winter these days.  It’s the first part of February and I think Chicago has received only a few measurable snow falls this season.  I do look forward to the snow each winter and I think the worse the winter is the more apt I am to be excited for spring and summer.  I’m looking forward to playing outside this spring and summer but I have to ask myself if I am looking forward to it as much as if we had a bunch of snow this winter.  As mild as it has been I can’t imagine more winter weather this year.  It’s been in the 50s the past week or so which is highly unusual.

Anyway this update is short to say that I am still around and I’ll hopefully get back into the writing mood from time to time.  I am also going to start reading my next book, Jim Cramer’s Real Money: Sane Investing in an Insane World.

Jim Cramer - Real MoneyWhy am I reading this?  I’ve read this book before but I want to get a refresher in his books because my 401k starts at work soon so I want to be prepared to make the appropriate decisions.  The stock market is fascinating to me.  I’ve played around with it a little bit and I’ve had some success in it.  I just don’t devote enough time or money to make it really worth my while.

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