Archive of 'General'

Hello world?

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

It has been a very long time since I’ve posted anything on my blog (for too many reasons to count), but one of the biggest reasons for this is that a security hole in my blog software was exploited, and at various points over the past few months, my entire site has been blocked by […]

My Favorite Yuri Gagarin Story

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

In honor of Yuri’s Night and the 50th anniversary of manned space flight, I thought I would share the story that I think of whenever Yuri Gagarin comes up.  Then I thought I should preface that story by explaining how on earth I even have a “favorite Yuri Gagarin story.”  And then I started thinking […]

How to get to the North Pole

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

If someone offered you a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? For years I’ve been answering this question, “An icebreaker to the North Pole.”  What an incredible chance to explore more of the Arctic and to reach one of the coolest (literally and figuratively) spots on the world map.  Unfortunately, the trip […]

An Ex-Pat Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

As an ex-pat, I usually find Thanksgiving sneaking up on me with no fanfare and little notice. This year, I knew the holiday was coming, not because of any grand plans but because we were trying to schedule meetings with the office in Houston and were forced to work around the holiday. So the holiday […]

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Wishing you a happy birthday! (PS – It seems I finally got the app working to allow me to post from the iPad!)

How Facebook and the iPad Killed My Blog

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

(Okay, maybe not “killed,” but it’s definitely been in a coma for a while!) When I created my personal website over 10 years ago, it was my way of letting my friends and family know what I was up to, no matter how far away I moved. It was easier to publish my latest news […]

The Right to Bear Accordions

Monday, June 28th, 2010

I am not an accordion hater. To me there is nothing inherently wrong with accordion music in itself, but like so many things, an accordion can be used improperly and for nefarious purposes. I’ve been a sappy sentimental tourist in Europe before, and I vaguely (but fondly) remember the first time I heard someone playing […]

2010 Eurovision WTF Awards

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing about Eurovision by this point, but last year I started a tradition, and darnit, I’m sticking with it! It’s time to announce the 2010 winners of the Eurovision WTF awards! But first, since I have a large American audience that has the misfortune to not watch Eurovision, I’d […]

Syndication Frustration

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

I know that some people find it annoying that subscribing to my RSS feed in Google Reader only shows the summary of new posts, forcing you to click through to the website to read them.  I just want to say that I have been working hard on trying to fix that. I really don’t have […]

Superbowl?! It’s time for Eurovision!

Monday, February 8th, 2010

In case you live under a rock (or outside the US), last night was the Superbowl. That’s a big American football game that everyone watches, even if they’re not into sports. Normally I don’t really care about it, but this year the two teams playing were the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. Given […]