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Thoughts: New website

2014.08.21

I'm officially migrating to a new website and new domain. I hope to someday migrate content from XeoMage over, but for the time being I'll leave the site up for historical posts. I don't anticipate posting anything new here, and just a fair warning: I don't expect my other site to be very busy either.

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Photos: Emily

2014.04.29

Here's a photo of our daughter, Emily.

Journal: 2014.04.29


Thursday, April 17th, our daughter Emily was born. We're excited to welcome our baby girl into the world. Since early January we've been to Cancun with Derek, visited Mike and Stephanie, went to my mom's to celebrate Sarah's graduation from USC with her Masters of Social Work. I went to Steve and Kathryn's for an always fun LAN party, and then we both went to their annual non-LAN party.

In March my mom watched Derek while Sarah and I took a tour of the Koval Distillery in Chicago, and the past few weeks have been filled with visits to the hospital as we kept thinking Sarah was going to have the baby, but as it turned out she was just in early labor for the better part of a month. All of that is done now that Emily is here and everyone is healthy and happy.

Sarah's parents and sister watched Derek while we were in the hospital and both her parents and my mom visited us to meet the baby while we were there. This past weekend my sister Jessica and brother-in-law Steve came up for lunch for their turn to meet Emily before heading to a friends house. Today I'm back at work and looking to find the new normal with two kids in the house.

Thoughts: Ruminating on Purpose

2014.02.26

I've had a personal website for a damn long time. Going back to Oracle hosted on ExecPC to innumerable and ever more sophisticated redesigns on xeomage.com, the site has existed since 1997 and on this domain since 2000.

Over the years, my focus on the page has waxed and waned, but it's been on the waning side for a while for a few reasons. First, sites like Facebook have come along to provide a way to keep in touch with people and share photos. Second, my interest in staying on top of web technologies isn't matched by the time I have to spend on it, leaving the site perpetually behind the times. I want to employ HTML 5, CSS 3, object-oriented PHP, jQuery, and a whole host of ideas I've been "meaning to do" for years. In the mean time, my code no longer works properly with the current version of PHP so I have to use a database editor to even make this post. Because I don't have the time for it I grow increasingly dissatisfied with the site as it is, which makes me less interested in adding content, particularly when the primary purpose for the site has been largely subsumed.

There's still the Journal, which is mostly for my own benefit but doesn't require a public website, and the Profile page, which could just as easily be LinkedIn, Facebook, or even a static page. Even more, there's the simple fact that I have a wife and kid(s) now, and while I'm still an individual, most of what goes on in my life isn't just about me. Finally, there's the name of the site itself, which over the years seems increasingly juvenile as the Internet and web slowly move away from pseudonyms and usernames in all forms. To be fair, there's no hope of a simple domain based on my name (being as common as it is), but there's a wide space between the two.

I started working on a new layout that would be a simple update, but what I came up with wasn't much different than what I already have. I started thinking about something a bit more radical and realized I don't have the time to do it. In short, I don't know where this goes from here. I can keep adding a Journal entry every few months to keep the site from completely stagnating, I can start over on someone else's platform and maybe even a different domain, or I can just shut it down and abandon the project.

Honestly, abandoning it is probably the best plan, but in the "good money after bad" line of logical fallacies, it seems like I've been doing it for so long that to stop now is somehow failing or giving up. I'm going to think about it some more before making a decision, but for now, don't expect new content.

Journal: 2014.01.03

Starting back in November, we had a great time at the cabin for Sarah's birthday. It was up by Mineral Point, WI and we managed to go see a couple of movies (since Derek stayed with his grandparents). We also drove down to my sisters in Lafayette for a combined birthday celebration for Sarah, Derek, and my brother-in-law Steve, and we went to Sarah's parents for Thanksgiving. The rest of November was fairly house-centric, and we endured increasingly cold temperatures without heat, aside from some electric heaters.

December saw Sarah finish grad school, her internship, and her job. I went out for my monthly evening with Steve, helped Dean install a whole-house water filter, and met up with Eriq and Matt B for coffee. The weekends were mostly taken up with work on the house. Christmas Eve and Day was at Sarah's parents, and the following weekend we spent back at my sisters, with the rest of my immediate family. New Years Eve we braved the snow and went up to Eriq's house in Milwaukee.

I apparently neglected to mention in my last update that we're having another baby! We've recently learned she's a girl. She's due near the end of April, so we're very excited. We're hoping we can get Derek potty trained before she arrives, since two in diapers isn't my idea of fun. He's talking more and more, and has recently taken to yelling "Mom!" very loudly and repeatedly. At his two year checkup at the end of November he'd crested thirty pounds and three feet.