ABOUT ME

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.


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Spice Racks for Mom

So, for Mother's Day, Mom wanted some spice racks. Well, the plastic ones on Amazon weren't very good looking (in my humble opinion) so I decided I was going to build some for her instead. Of course, I just finished them last weekend, but I DID get the first of three to her on Mother's Day! Hey, and the last two came early for her birthday!

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In the picture above, you're looking at the side of the spice rack. They go on the shelf rotated 90 degrees from that, so you're looking at them from ...

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The Worst Tragedy in History

I have a tragedy to report. Last month, one of the bastions of history has melted away. Southern Lumber, the most awesomest place to go for wood in San Jose, has closed its doors after 110 years in the business. The worst thing is that the business was still profitable; the owner just wanted out and, instead of selling the store to someone who would keep it open, just sold it to some real estate folks.

It was a shock; I was going there to price out some stuff and I get there and see "Permanently closed" on the door ...

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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 ...

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