Experiences and Experiments in Programming

 Friday, February 03, 2006
I guess I have that freakish quality you don't find often in engineers.  I love the creativity of web design and graphics work! My boss, who happens to be a great friend of mine, ribs me all the time about my love of all things visual.  So it goes!  I have been utilizing CSS in my designs for quite a while and one of my favorite sites for showing off what can be done with CSS is CSSZenGarden. A book was written about CSSZenGarden, which discusses some of the designs on the site and the interesting implementations of CSS within those designs.  I finally decided I would get it and see what others were talking about.  I think it is a great book for someone who is somewhat familiar with CSS but wants to grow their knowledge.  It is not a beginners book.  And it is not a book for advanced developers either. Reading the book is like having a discussion with a friend who is knowledgeable about CSS.  I think it is a worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in seeing other perspectives on CSS implementation.

Friday, February 03, 2006 12:10:42 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Wednesday, February 01, 2006
I have a lot of hobbies. But one of my favorites is woodworking, more specifically turning objects on the lathe. I have had my lathe for probably 7 or 8 years and had wanted to turn a pen. As with many things, fear of the unknown caused me to continuously put it off.
Well at the beginning of 2005 I decided to purchase the parts I needed to begin turning pens and pencils. Another 5 months of procrastination and I realized what I had been missing. I officially began turning pens and pencils the in middle of 2005. For me turning is the activity that completely takes me a way from all the distractions and worries of the world around me. It is my escape.
Although I had originally decided I would focus on technology in this blog, I realized that turning is a big part of my "xperimentality". So I am going to create a category here so that I can include some pics of some of my pens. I can also discuss some of my trial and error and experiences with turning them. I hope it will be entertaining and possibly inspire some other turners who have been putting off trying something new. After all, what is "xperimentality" but trying new things and learning new skills!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:53:15 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Wow!  February 1st already. That one snuck up on me. Sometimes I can't believe how fast time goes by. You hear parents say that once you have a child, time just continues to speed up. Now that my daughter is 3.5 years old, I can say that it seems to be true!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:42:32 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
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