I believe that all that is happening is simply a repeat of history, with a small twist.
Today was the fourth session held of Pittsburgh Geek Out Day. I enjoyed it, as I have all previous sessions of this unique local event.
Introduction to Pittsburgh Geek Out Day
Pittsburgh Geek Out Day was started earlier this year, with the first session being held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, in the morning. It was my very first Open Spaces event experience, and a truly profound one for me on multiple levels: I really enjoyed this format of sharing and learning from one another, and meeting people involved in software development (in one role or another, not necessarily as developer) passionate about what we do. (Recently, the Pittsburgh Java User Group had an experimental Open Spaces evening.)
Pittsburgh Geek Out Day completely changed my life, not only bringing me out of my social shell but also returning me to active engagement with a variety of software developers and just plain getting to know really interesting people. I have been really inspired and excited by this new community.
Nov 5, 2011 · 2 minute read · Comments timeDaylight Saving Time
It’s time for that funny ritual that takes place twice a year: making your clocks “fall back” or “spring forward”.
There are many reasons I support the abolition of Daylight Saving Time. I won’t go through them in detail because there are many resources online that give the arguments. Fundamentally, the artificial change addition and subtraction of an hour once a year wreaks havoc on our health, the health of animals who live on our clock, and time handling by computers.
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Recently I saw a blog post by Scott Berkun that made me profoundly sad. He described not liking running on a treadmill but doing it anyway and watching the clock, and he turned around and praised this attitude.
I totally disagree with this with every fiber of my being, and here’s why.
Over a week ago, I briefly discussed my plans to experiment more with a paleo-style diet. I decided to quit eating oatmeal for breakfast, cold turkey (no pun intended). I was going to stay off oatmeal for at least two weeks. Well, fourteen days of no oatmeal have gone by.
Here are some photos of actual breakfasts I’ve had during these two weeks.
Warning to the purists: one of these breakfasts is not paleo.
I’ve decided to make special efforts to improving my music-making as part of a group.
Friday evening, I joined four other recorder enthusiasts to sight read some ensemble music as a quintet. This is the third time I’ve played with this group of people (the first time as a quartet when I was filling in for someone who couldn’t make it but has been present the last two times I went).
Usually I mostly play alto, and secondarily soprano (and I started learning bass recently), but on Friday I tried to mostly play the fourth of five parts, on a tenor recorder.
There are several reasons I found playing the tenor quite challenging.