New look for the site

Last year I put some work into moving our personal site off of a Python code base running on Apache to a Java/Wicket/Hibernate code base running on Tomcat, and I finally got around to getting it on the live site today.

I made the change for a couple of reasons. The first was that I was going to be moving to a new position at Cisco, which was using Java/Wicket/Hibernate, but the move was not going to happen for a couple of months, and I wanted to ramp up early on the technologies, so what better way than to re-write our site from the ground up – jump in the deep end as it were.

The second reason was that while I like Python, it really is more of a scripting language than something that is good for writing applications in, and it does not encourage you to maintain good code hygiene, and thus I had let the code become something of a tangled mess that was hard to make changes to unless I was in it pretty often. I think I have structured my code a bit better with the new site, so I should be able to come back to it in 6 months and make some changes without trying to figure out what moron wrote the code and why he did it the way that he did 😉

Third but not last, the newer technologies are going to make it easier to add dynamic content to the pages that do exist, without doing complete overhauls of the pages. Hence the links to current blog and twitter posts from the front page.

Hope you like the new look!

for Grandma

My Grandma passed on this week.

She was one of the most Godly, loving, kind people that I have known, I think that everyone who has met her has had their lives made a little bit better. This all sounds quite trite, but in her case, it really was true.

She will be missed tremendously, yet we know that she is in Heaven, reunited with Grandpa at last. She would never say it as she would not want anyone to feel any less loved, but I always had the feeling ever since Grandpa passed on that she was ready to go. She missed Grandpa horribly, and I am so glad that she is with him again.

In a world that is sadly lacking in heroes and role models, my Grandma was both. She persevered through the trials of life, from losing her own mother at a very early age, to having to be a single mother for the first two years of my dads life while my Grandpa was serving our country during the war. The way that she lived her life as a follower of Christ, and confident of God’s grace, is an inspiration to me, and I am sure to others.

I remember being deeply thankful for my Grandma and Grandpa’s devotion to each other – a fiftieth wedding anniversary is an uncommon thing, and their faithfulness to each other and to their vows before God is still an inspiration to me for my own marriage. I certainly hope and pray that my wife and I can follow in their footsteps and grow closer and be more in love with each other as the years go by.

Happy Independence Day

It has been said that those who control the language control the future. I have been trying for years now to take back a little corner of the language, by wishing people a “Happy Independence Day”, rather than “Happy Fourth”, or “Happy Fourth of July”. Especially when someone wishes me a “Happy Fourth”, I make sure to respond with a “Happy Independence Day!”

Join me in bringing back meaning to the day – it is not just the fourth day of the seventh month people, it is our country’s birthday!

Purell invasion

Suddenly these oversized Purell dispensers are everywhere at work – at the elevators, anywhere there are more than a few light switches. We are all eventually going to die off because our immune systems will have become so weak from disuse they will not be able to fight off anything…