I'm a software engineer who has several joys in life: a great wife, a wonderful daughter, a good job at an exciting startup in San Francisco, and enough skill and means to have woodworking, knitting, cooking, LEGO, music, and -- of course -- writing my own software applications. One thing I share across all of these subjects is a drive to excel at the project, to hone my existing skill, to learn something new, essentially, to craft something I can feel proud of.



Mr. Nobody Review

TL; DR: Interesting, thought-provoking, philosophically deep. Worth a watch

Mr. Nobody

So, for reasons unknown, I feel like I really don't like Jared Leto. I have no idea why. I mean, I really like many of his movies (or, perhaps more accurately, movies he's been in): Requiem for a Dream, Girl, Interrupted, Fight Club (not very memorable, sure), Lord of War, plus some others. But man, I just can't shake the feeling that I don't like him.

Jared Leto I mean, doesn't he just look punchable?

But, once again, I'm impressed with his performance in Mr. Nobody. His ...


Video Game Stress and Dead Space 2

TL;DR: Absolutely amazing game (as is Dead Space)... but certainly not for everyone.

So, I just finished Dead Space 2, the second installment in the space horror shooter series, and boy, do I hate this series. Okay, that's a lie. I hate this series like people hate horror films, which basically leads to the cliched "I love hating this game".


The series is told from the point of view of Isaac, a maintenance engineer sent to repair the communications on a mining ship, the Ichimura. Upon arrival, it is clear that something horrible has occurred; in fact, some ...


My Plea for Adequate Photo Management

If there's one thing which you'd think computers and software had solved by now, it's photos. There are so many different ways to organize, share, and safekeep photos out there that you'd think one would get it right. Failing that, perhaps it would be easy or simple or pretty straightforward to use a combination of two or more of these products to meet all your needs. Alas, I have been unable to find one.

brown ugly couch I did find $1.77 and a VTA token in the couch, though

So far, I've gone through Picasa (now pretty ...