It’s official. I’m not a home improvement guy.

Over the past few days I “worked on the house” to run wiring between the stereo and my office, and between the loft and my office. For the former, I wanted big speakers downstairs and MP3’s upstairs; for the latter I wanted ethernet access that didn’t involve a wire draped out the second-floor window.

How hard could it possibly be to drill a few holes, install a few face plates on the wall, and plug in the wires? Well, apparently it’s much worse than I imagined. I ended up drilling into studs, measuring wrong, punching holes through the drywall, and generally getting frustrated with my complete lack of ability.

It’s not rocket science.

Anyway, all the holes are patched, all the face plates are screwed in, and all the wires seem to work. But if I can’t do something this simple, I sure as heck shouldn’t try something more complex…


Late again. After a long day of work, I find myself– as usual– sitting in bed finishing up some stuff.

I learned a lot today; I had to configure a handful of security things in Linux and needed to figure it out as I went. Not too bad. Something that always amazes me about Linux is the incredible degree of control you have over the configuration of it. I can do as little or as much as I want (or understand). Since I’m trying to really get into the network security world, I sometimes go a bit overboard in locking things down… but heck, that’s what the customers pay me for, right?



Today’s been a busy day. Four different projects to work on– which is good, in a way, because it means I’m gainfully employed. I can only hope that things continue in this vein. It’s nice to get paid occasionally.

Zack really enjoys sitting next to me as I work on my laptop. I think the blinking lights on the ethernet cable are interesting; he’s always trying to grab the wire and yank it out. A little while ago he managed to pop the right-arrow key off the keyboard (these laptop keyboards aren’t the most sturdy things). Hopefully I won’t have to scroll right any time soon…


It’s funny how productive I can be late at night. The house is quiet; everyone else is asleep. I can sit in bed, my laptop humming quietly, and work on whatever whim-of-a-project comes to mind. Sometimes it’s work-related; more often it’s just goofing off. I used to write fiction with this time, and I’d like to get back into that. For some reason I’m in a dry spell.

Maybe this journal will help inspire me. Heck, maybe I’ll start writing snippets here and see what happens.


A long time ago, I was talking with my friend Jason Peters about building a web application that would allow you to keep a journal. When you think about it, a journal is a pretty simple thing. It’s a bunch of text, and maybe a few pictures or mementos pasted in here and there. How hard can it be to build a web site that saves a bunch of text?

I thought about the idea but never really did anything with it. It became– like so many other things– a da Vinci project for me.

Well, today was a slow day (which is often a good thing) and I decided to actually sit down and make this thing happen. After a couple hours of programming work, I’ve built the framework for my online journal. Oh, sure, it doesn’t do much except save text now, but it’ll grow. All my da Vinci projects end up growing over time. Soon I’ll have pictures, and cross-referencing, and blah blah blah.

But for now, I can finally sit down and start keeping a journal. We’ll see where it goes from here.