Saturday, April 1, 2017

Northern VA CodeCamp

On April 1, 2017 I had the honor of speaking, for the first time in a LONG time, at the Northern Virginia CodeCamp. I can say that the talk was not the best one that I did, but I think I did something that I enjoyed. At the end of my talk, when I was out of content, I opened it up and we had an interactive session. In my humble option, I think I got more out of the last 20 minutes, when we were all throwing our input into the project, than I did doing the research and putting together the presentation. I am going to expand on my NancyFX presentation and will try and give it again at another Code Camp. I want to incorporate the new things I learned today and maybe expand on that to bring more to the presentation.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Second New Job

Well, on June 29th of 2015, I started my second new job of the year. To say it’s been an interesting year, work wise, is an understatement.

My newest new job is with Wyle in Lexington Park MD and I am lucky enough to be the Software Developer Lead on a project that is going to challenge me – and for a developer there is nothing more exciting. We get to play with old and new technology by converting an Access application into a .NET one. Once this is done, we get to do the same thing with a PowerBuilder application. In the process we have to bring 17 different data sources into a single data structure.

So, here is to new beginnings and exciting opportunities.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Indoor Lettuce

I, like so many others, want to improve my health this year and the easiest way to do that is to eat better. Just about every healthy person I spoken to say that being healthy is 80% food and 20% exercise. Then they told me that the easiest thing to eat, because you can eat so much, fill up faster and not worry to much about calories (15 calories per serving) is romaine lettuce. Now I have been doing some gardening in the spring and summer, but I want to do something different. I want to use my basement as a growing area for the cool weather crops all year long. WP_20150201_001So, in the middle on January I put together a very small area, might be a 2x2x4, purchased some Panda Film and wrapped the structure. I understand it is not pretty and I might not have it as tight as some of the kits you can purchase, but I think it is working well enough. The inside of the structure is white which helps the 12v red/blue LED’s light reflect off the canvas making it bright insideWP_20150201_004. Now I did have to add the power connector and you can get something bigger and brighter, but this one I already had and the space was small enough that I was hoping that it would work. I was able to take a photo that I am hoping you’ll see how bright the inside can get. The most important thing to see are the results, after only 7 days both my Caesar and Romaine lettuces have germinated and my spinach is starting too as well. I don’t know if this is going to be successfulWP_20150201_005WP_20150201_008, but I think I have spent less than $50, and if I am able to harvest lettuce for months, I think it will be worth the start up cost. I am also thinking that if this is successful I am going to try other self pollinating veggies like peas and beans, and if I get real daring I could built one and add heat for things like tomatoes and other summertime veggies for the winter. But that is months away