Baby’s First Earthquake

There I was, watching an old episode of Star Trek Enterprise in my office, with my baby happily sleeping in her swing in the living room, when all of a sudden my desk started to shake. Then a picture fell off of a shelf (luckily I caught it).

Eek! Earthquake! I ran to the living room, grabbed my baby, ignored the fan falling off of my wife’s desk, and hid under my desk until the shaking stopped.

Anna of course slept through the whole thing. Lazy baby, asleep at 2 in the afternoon.

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Drupal at Yale

My wife is a graduate student at Yale University (she is super smart and stuff) in the Schmuttenmaer Research Group (she is the pretty girl on the left in the group photo). Their group had a very old website that they wanted to revamp. I don’t know all the details, but I was very interested to learn that Yale’s IT team actively supports using Drupal.

Not all Yale pages are using Drupal, but many are, like the Yale and the World page and the Giving to Yale page (Yale only has a tiny $16.7 billion endowment and needs your money).

Anyways, I just thought it was kind of neat that an organization that can obviously afford any CMS they want would choose Drupal. I think that says something about the quality and versatility of Drupal. I know I’ve been pretty happy with it.

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Are you running 32-bit or 64-bit?

I occasionally need to know if my computer is 32-bit or 64-bit. The process is always a bit annoying and often involves a fair amount of Googling, so I’ve created a website that just tells you what you are using: 32-bit or 64-bit.

I’ve done a fair amount of testing and it seems to be pretty accurate. I think it will work for at least 95% of the people that use it.

Anyways, let me know if you run into a problem with it or if you find it useful!

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2011 Goal Update (July)

This is my seventh monthly report on how I’m doing with my goals for 2011:

  • Read the Book of Mormon again. I’m less behind this month than I was last month, so I guess that is progress.
  • Earn as much from my side business as I was earning from my day job. This month my earnings were only slightly higher than last month. I’m not very surprised by this because last month’s new site was pretty bad. I’m still on track to reach my goal though.
  • Build a dining room table. Build a piano keyboard desk. Build something. If this heat wave would go away, I’d be building something awesome right now. (I know, another excuse…)
  • Launch twelve new websites. This month’s site is 8-bit Sprites. It was a ton of fun to make, but requires a little maintenance every week. So far it isn’t earning its keep, but I think it will given a little bit of time. I also created my first WordPress plugin, CW Image Optimizer, which I’ve been informed is already being used on a few sites other than my own.

I’ve also been working on a few goals that I didn’t originally blog about:

  • Max out my 401k and Roth IRA contributions. The 401k is maxed out. Yay! I’ve also been filling up our Roth IRAs.
  • Start an email newsletter. I’ve been planning on doing a dating tips newsletter to go along with The Awkward Turtle site, but I have a new site in mind that I’m pretty excited about and would work well with a newsletter, so maybe I’ll do that instead.
  • Create a game for mobile phones. Haven’t put any time into this yet. Maybe will be working on something with my brother.

Goals I’ve accomplished this year:

  • Quit my day job. I’m basically retired. I play with my daughter, work on hobbies, and sleep all day. Its a pretty good life.
  • Become a dad. I’m a dad! Yay! My daughter Anna was born in late May.
  • Publish my first book. I’ve published my first book (paperback, Kindle, and Nook). Took me a couple years, and I already found 2 typos (grr!) fixed the typos, but at least it is finally in print.
  • Paid my taxes. I make money from a lot of places which makes my taxes really complicated, so getting this finished was awesome. I also started paying quarterly taxes because my self-employed income has gotten pretty high. It is uber painful to write a big check every couple months to the IRS, but oh well, that is the cost of making money..
  • Get out of debt. We’ve paid off the last of Becca’s student loans which means we are now debt free! Yay!
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