Category Archives: People

Alaric’s Fundraising Progress

Just wanted to drop a quick note to you all to keep you updated on Alaric’s progress in raising funds for his 2013 Summer of Awesome. I’ve created a static page that you can go to and will keep it updated until our goal of $5,000 is met. That’s not to say that I won’t […]

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And @marypcbuk Nails IT

Amid all the bustle of MEC, I’ve not taken a bunch of time to read my normal email, blogs, etc. However, this article from ZDNet caught my eye: Windows 8: Why IT admins don’t know best by Mary Branscombe The gist of it is that IT departments spend a lot of time and effort trying […]

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Getaway

We’ve lived in Monroe for over 13 years. In that time, we’ve not taken advantage of many of the opportunities available in this area to get out and see the amazing beauty of the Puget Sound region. Late last summer, we finally started correcting that with hikes and drives to various attractions. Stephanie and I […]

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Solving The Problems You See

Somewhere along the way, I picked up an unusual philosophy: problems are meant to be solved by those who see them. Time after time, I have watched various friends and acquaintances become aware of a cause or injustice, get involved, and find that they had the right combination of talents and drive to becoming actively […]

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A Virtualization Metaphor

This is a rare kind of blog post for me, because I’m basically copying a discussion that rose from one of my Twitter/Facebook status updates earlier today: I wish I could change the RAM, CPU configuration on running VMs in #VMWare and have the changes apply on next reboot. This prompted one of my nieces, […]

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A Deplorable Development in the Tuber Arms Race

OMG. No, seriously. _O_ M _G_. Potato guns/canons? Pretty wicked cool. But a potato gatling gun????? Frakking YES.

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A Modest Thought on “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell”

With the recent activity surrounding the hearing for Army Lieutenant Dan Choi, an Iraq War veteran and Arab linguist who is also openly gay, I had a thought occur to me and I wanted to share it with y’all. In my (limited) experience with the military, there’s still quite a bit of public resistance to […]

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Defend THIS

Iowa’s Supreme Court handed out a fairly shocking unanimous decision this morning striking down the definition of marriage as “one man, one woman”, upholding a 2007 Polk Country ruling If you follow along my blog, you probably already know that I think this is a good thing, so I won’t comment extensively on it here. […]

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Live from Facebook: 25 Random Things about Devin

Over on my Facebook profile, I got tagged by about five people with this whole “25 Things About Me” meme. I finally decided to respond. Am I glad I did — I’ve been having a great amount of fun with the ensuing comment thread. In fact, it’s so much fun, I figured I’d repost it […]

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The Facebook Experiment

Warning: the following post may not make much sense. If it does, it may sound bitter and arrogant. I apologize in advance; that’s not my goal here. I finally got a critical mass of people dragging me into Facebook, so I’ve ben doing it over the last couple of months. I entered into it with […]

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Christmas 2008 Newsletter

This page is a placeholder for our soon-to-be-written 2008 Christmas newsletter. Check back soon!

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Oh, Alaric Ganger, no!

For the most part, we have good kids. We get compliments on their public behavior all the time. Usually, this is because we’ve taught the kids to hold it together until they get back home, where we give them a bit more leeway. However, what it also means is that when they mess up in […]

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No, just the Doctor

After looking at a lot of options, Alaric has decided that he wants to be the ninth Doctor for Halloween. This is good for us — it’s a simple costume, in theory, especially since I’ve already got a sonic screwdriver prop I can lend him. The Ninth Doctor has very simple clothing, especially compared to […]

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LJ random quote meme

One of my friends on LiveJournal posted a meme. Now, I’m normally not the kind to participate in various memes, but I like this one: go here and pick out five random quotes that somehow resonate with you (keep going until you find the right five), then post them. Here are mine: If you want […]

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Vanity Fair, Miley Cyrus, and Disney

Man. Just shoot me now, because not only am I about to blog about Miley Cyrus, I’m about to defend her. Yup, that’s right. I, as a parent of a girl about to be a teenager, am willing to go on record and defend the already infamous photo shoot which has been characterized as the […]

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Am I hot or not?

Stupid website, but it gives me a chance to taunt my co-worker Kevin. This morning I got a puzzled e-mail from him, asking me why this picture of me in Sydney from February (yes, that’s Sydney, Australia; we were there for training for work) was the most-viewed picture in his online galleries (warning, probably not […]

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Too tightly wound to know how to react

This has not been one of the best weeks I’ve had. That’s not to say it’s been all fire and brimstone — it hasn’t been an Old Testament kind of week — but the victories and good things have been few and far between. One of them happened last night; I passed a needed certification […]

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My son, the alien

We found out today that Alaric has a second set of armpits. No, it’s true. You and I would call them “elbow joints” but in Alaric’s world, they’re “second armpits.” Bet you didn’t know that.

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Expanding Alaric’s world…and getting mine expanded in return

Recently, we decided to do something about a problem we’ve been noticing with our kids. While they’re both avid readers, they both tend to re-read the same books — tens of times serially if we’d let them. Alaric was not happy when we temporarily banned him from yet another end-to-end re-read of the Harry Potter […]

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Oops! Forgot to link this!

Wrote this Christmas 2007 newsletter over two weeks ago and forgot to link it here until now… …blame the meds. 

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Christmas 2007 Newsletter

INTRODUCTION Merry Christmas to you all from the cold and wet northern Puget Sound region, the jewel of lovely Western Washington and the place we like to call home. If you’ve seen our fair state on the news lately because of all of the flooding, you can rest assured that we came through just fine. […]

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Back to the Light

Yesterday evening, I found out that author James Oliver Rigney died yesterday after a long struggle with amyloidosis (a disease where your body deposits insoluble proteins in its own tissues and organs). Mr. Rigney was better known under a variety of pennames; the one that touched my life the most was Robert Jordan, author of […]

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GENIUS!

Earlier tonight while reading my LiveJournal friends’ posts, I saw this video: The Mean Kitty Song This video has been cracking me up for hours now. I’ve watched it, like, a gazillion times, and I still am laughing my ass off. I’m also madly wanting a cat, but that’s partly Ryan’s fault, since he just […]

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Jesus in my arm

Summer is here and school is out, so the kids are looking for more to do. One thing they won’t be doing for the next couple of weeks, however, is riding their bikes. You see, some bastard(s) stole their bikes at some point in the last couple of days (we were out most of Friday, […]

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Smart kid

Alaric has a few close female friends at school. In fact, he’s got so many we were slightly teasing him tonight about his harem. Then we had to explain to him what a harem was and assure him that we were not in fact accusing him of having multiple (or even one) sex slaves. Then […]

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Father’s Day

Edit: Started NFSMW last November, not April. It’s been a long time since I posted on any of my blogs. Between lots of travel in April into May, a lot of work, and starting a new technical book for Sybex — not to mention still trying to make time (and more often than not failing) […]

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Drive-by memeing

First, I would like it to be known that I am only doing this under protest. I don’t usually participate in blog memes, because most of them are damned silly. However, I got tagged on this one by Paul in what looks like a fairly typical spree of spreading the love, so I’ll go ahead […]

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A Father and Daughter date

Hello, readers! Devin and Treanna here. We’re trying an experiment in which we attempt to co-write a blog post. So you can follow along at home, Devin will be posting in normal type, while Treanna posts in italics. I’ll start. Or do you want to go first, T? Yeah. …okay, go for it. I said, […]

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It really speaks for itself

coolsteph says: I have 5 kids here right now…The girls are burping the alphabet so I am staying away. Devin L. Ganger [It's Office but it's XML!] says: <facepalm>

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Under (peer) pressure

Okay, not me. For once, I’m the one giving the peer pressure. A few posts back, I noted in passing that Nick’s blog was displaying a error message. Nothing too hideous, but it was the web equivalent of a pimple on the face. I am happy to report that he’s now fixed it. ePimple gone. You’re still […]

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Spam, sin, and IM

From today’s IM conversation: coolsteph says: I have been trying to figure out how to explain what exactly SPAM is and how it works to some of the ladies on my Victoria list. One gal posted this: >> Is it a sin to put a curse on whoever of my email buddies or groups gave […]

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…okay, I love her too

Treanna lipped off at me just now as she was sitting on the couch in the living room reading a book. In response, I lobbed a pillow at her. Her sole complaint? “Now you made me lose my place!

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One more thought on Firefly

You may have noticed that I posted a disclaimer in the comment thread on my previous Firefly review stating that I would delete comments that were personal attacks. Unfortunately, that wasn’t a theoretical warning. I’d been given good advice — which I full intended to heed — that my comment was sufficient and that I […]

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You said it, buddy. You said it.

Shout out to Jon Zeigler, who said it better than I ever could. Exactly, my friend. Exactly. (If this makes no sense to you, don’t worry.)

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Yeah, that would do it

When I did my last round of server and desktop deployments here at the house[1], I tried to set up each of my servers (Windows Server 2003) with at least 256MB of RAM and each of the desktops (Windows XP Pro) with 512MB. That may sound backwards, but I was working with what I could […]

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Thanks, Scott!

Thanks to the timely comment from Scott Watermasysk, the developer of .Text (which became the blog engine for Community Server), we’ve got our technical glitches sorted out and everything should be working normally. How often have you had a software problem and gotten the answer from the person who wrote the software, directly on your […]

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Having The Talk

If you’re like most parents, The Talk fills you with a strong sense of discomfort. It might completely scare the living daylights out of you; you might find yourself breaking into a cold sweat whenever you think about it. You remember when your own parents gave you The Talk and how desperately uncomfortable everyone was. […]

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Guilty pleasures

It’s all Steph’s fault. No, really. She’s the one who introduced me to Il Divo, a new male chorale group put together by American Idol’s venom-tongued emcee Simon Cowell. These guys have some serious opera and theater cred, and I shamefully confess that I fell in love with their cover of Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My […]

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Mileposts

Today was a day of mileposts. It was my first working day of 2006. Because Paul and I got our various projects wrapped up before vacation, I went into the 3Sharp offices and spent a good part of my day doing something I’ve never done before — pack up my office. No, we’re not moving […]

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Back

The title of this post is appropriate in at least three different ways: Sometime this afternoon, my servers got knocked offline thanks to a transient power glitch. Normally, this is fixed just by rebooting the servers in the correct order, but this time it was made much more difficult by the fact that I’m currently […]

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A father’s nightmare

Actual conversation at the dinner table this evening: Treanna: I have three boyfriends on my list. Devin: No, you don’t. Stephanie: You don’t have any boyfriends. You’re not mature enough. Treanna: What does that mean? Devin: It means that you need a lot more practice in being friends with people before you’re anywhere near ready […]

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The past comes knocking

Right on the heels of me whining about whether or not my blogging is reaching anyone, I got an email from someone who I was friends with back when I was kid. He lived, for a time, in the town I grew up in, and we had a few shared interests. He moved on, I […]

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Live blogging from Treanna’s birthday party

What do you get when you mix four third-grade girls, a green felt puzzle mat, a large dining room table, various blocks of scrap wood and posterboard, small dowels, and some of the components from Microtactix Dirt Cheep Dungeons? That’s right — a “Design your own horse jump course” activity at Treanna’s birthday party. We’ve […]

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To a certain someone who knows who he is

I told you the new Doctor Who kicks ass. Yes, I am gloating. And “Father’s Day” is still my favorite episode.

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Spelling the Bard way

Alaric and Treanna are by no means perfect kids, but they’re pretty darn special. Steph and I happen to think they’re pretty great, and judging by the compliments we get from other people, we’re not just biased. One of the special joys of parenting these two has been watching their minds unfold over the past […]

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Oops

It is probably not a good idea to watch the video for Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church” when you’ve recently lost a friend, especially not when you are wondering how his wife is holding up. I’d imagine that Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss’s “Whiskey Lullaby” would be a bad one too, but since that one […]

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In the memory of Stephen Smith

I got some very difficult news tonight about a friend. I have no words of my own, so I offer these that were crafted by Annie Lennox, Howard Shore and Fran Walsh , to be sung so powerfully by Annie Lennox for the end of The Lord of the Rings: Lay down your sweet and […]

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Harnessing the power of the blogosphere for Good

I have found that one of the greatest joys of parenting is when you finally get to introduce your kids to something you loved as a child and find that they love it just as much as you did. We had some of that earlier this year with Alaric when I finally rented the Transformers […]

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How we spent our summer vacation

For those of you who don’t follow Steph’s blog, I’ll link to her recounting of the recent home improvement projects we’ve been undertaking. The shelves look really good.

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A camper’s concoction by any other name

Can you still call it a s’more when: You’re using Nutella instead of chocolate squares You’re using pre-sized graham cracker squares You’re using a propane grill to toast the marshmellows While we may not know the ultimate answer, we Washington Gangers are firmly committed to further research in as many upcoming evenings as possible. We […]

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