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Toronto       8:40 PM - Feb 15, 2008

I'm in Toronto this week doing training for work. We're going over the complicated new features that will be arriving in the next release. Hopefully I'll be able to pass this on to the customers as they start making use of them on their projects.

This trip has been really useful. Getting to meet face-to-face with the folks I work with remotely will help when we have to communicate in the future. There's something about getting to talk to someone in person that makes talking to them over the phone and email work better.

For reference, the picture is of me next to the Academy Award that the company won several years ago for being really smart. The photo makes it look like it's stuck on a random concrete wall, but it is very nicely placed on the staircase that we take customers up from the lobby to the main demonstration & visualization suite.

Also, if I could learn to do a Newfoundland accent, I would use it more often when I read books aloud. I didn't know that an accent with those qualities existed. It's quite storybookish, and will help add some variety to my characterizations, so I'm not always just using a poor Irish accent.

It's good to be back home finally, and be back in the land of moisture (yes, ironically, the desert). The hotel room in Toronto was so dry that while the lights were off and I was crawling into bed, I could see the sparks from the static electricity discharges -- never a good sign.

Lent has started       10:49 AM - Feb 08, 2008

Most of the remaining bugs in the email-to-blog code are fixed. As I'm typing this I have high confidence that the system will log it properly. Next week I'll be posting from the Eastern Timezone, so we'll see if my timezone-correcting code still keeps pace.

Lent has started, with fasting and abstinence ( which I can never spell properly ). Our parish made the interesting choice of reserving a block of seats for their confirmation class at their only evening mass -- for which the small church was already packed. At least the music coordinator made the decision to fast musically and not have the drum set. I do enjoy getting to walk to church, though.

Blog updates are now more likely!       2:31 AM - Feb 06, 2008

In an effort to hone my web scripting skills (and update our blog more often), I've concocted a scheme to allow me to update our blog by email. This new system is the result of one whole evening's effort, and the results, frankly, show. There's still plenty of tweaking to do on it, but I'm enjoying having a scheme that actually worked for once. (Um, except for the time stamp, which is showing central time. It's not actually midnight here, yet.)

Although Jen may want me to, I haven't opted to give up web scripting for Lent.

With Lent on the way in tomorrow, I should head to bed. I wish you all a good night!


Invitations away!       6:00 PM - Jul 18, 2007

The invitations are out in the mail today, which is a very relaxing feeling to know. Whether I got all of the names and addresses perfect or not, the first group are away!

We have good news from some photographers. We were getting a bit worried since we still don't have a photographer, but now we've got some good options available.

Update on Jesse       3:30 PM - Jul 12, 2007

Jesse is approaching 7 months old. He's tottering around and getting really big. It stinks to be so far away, but his dad keeps sending out great pictures like this one with Jesse and his Grampa.

Jen and I have finished our official wedding prep this morning, so soon we'll have our very own 'nihil obstat'. I kinda think that's pretty cool. I wonder if we'll get a framed copy, or a handsomely engraved plaque.

I wish that I had Jesse's World       3:50 AM - Dec 28, 2006

Very early in the morning, my nephew and godson Jesse David Kaap was born to Ben and Liza. I was home visiting and I got to meet the little guy and help them all home from the hospital. He's really tiny (like all infants are.) If you read through his web page, it's remarkable that he's perfectly ok.

Jesse's Web Page

I'm really excited for Ben and Liza, and I just keep smiling thinking about Jesse. How can you look at this guy and not smile?

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