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Author: Thomas

It’s about time

17:14 22 April in Photography, Timelapse by Thomas

For whatever reason I've always been fascinated by time. Time passes inexorably, the rate constant, but the perception of its passing is left to the viewer. Time flies when one is having fun, but a watched pot never boils....

Moon rise

20:52 09 January in Photography, Timelapse by Thomas

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] This is a very short timed project, as my camera literally froze during the shoot.  I was scared it was done for, but after a night at room temperature, it started working again just fine. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="32px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_video link=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

Like a ’57 Chevy

11:46 07 February in Conversations, Conversations with Al by Thomas

My friend Alison has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. We live several hundred miles apart, so I don't get to see her, but we have IM. My self appointed task is to offer encouragement, lend an ear, and make her laugh if I can. Making Al laugh sometimes requires that you get a little 'blue'. Thomas: how ya doin? Alison: ok i was very sad last night but im ok now Thomas: its ok to be sad, but your situation isn't hopeless. i'd say your in a pretty good position really Alison: i made the mistake of googleing reconstructive breast surgery techniques Thomas: oh no. thats not helpful Alison: the possibility of not having nipples kinda freaked me out Thomas: wait, you don't get nipples? Alison: sometimes Thomas: i see that it comes after the breast reconstruction Alison: yeah Thomas: you'll get your tatas back, then they work in the nipples Alison: which is weird i asked bill if i can just get pasties tattoed on and forget about the nipples Thomas: well, at that point they are just ornemental you could get fins maybe. like a '57 chevy Alison: LOL no stars would work Thomas: ooo...

A much better month

19:22 15 November in Life by Thomas

Since my last update, there have been several changes for the better concerning my circumstances.  I've moved my family into a far better living situation, in an absolutely gorgeous house (rental).  This place has all the trimmings, and is really an elegant and roomy home for us all. At work I've had the time to devote to my biggest project, although it is not without its difficulties.  I'm currently rewriting a financial analysis system that we call The Benchmarking system.  It does charts and graphs of related to operating a business, allowing us to advise people on how to manage their endeavors.  My struggles here come from having to take older code meant for one set of technology, and adapt it into another. Originally this project was supposed to be a 'brain transplant'; putting the core functions of the system into a newer body.  However, as these things tend to go, its ended up being more of a rewrite than I had intended.  Its frustrating, but the newer technology is much more efficient, and user friendly.  This is Version 3 of the system, and I'm very hopeful, if not excited, that it will be received well. The system does more than charts and graphs, and while I have expanded on that aspect of it, I've also been working to augmenting its other functions for usability.  I don't go into this work in too much detail, as the system is closed to select customers, but my focus here is on an excellent mobile experience,...

My very bad month

21:49 02 October in General, Hosting, Life by Thomas

Oh, the trial and tribulations I have faced in the past 6 week. The course of the last month alone has been fraught with technical issues, but hark! I think they are finally over. It all started with our last host, a company in Ohio, that turned out to be not so good. I need a LAMP server you see, and my company's site requires one that is rather powerful due to the things that we do. It was good...

A midnight ride

22:31 21 August in Life by Thomas

When I was thirteen someone stole my BMX bike. The following Christmas my grandparents gave me a 10 speed, because they knew I missed that bike, or even just having one at all. I rode that bike all over the valley for 5 years, until I left for college. The bike stayed in the barn from that time until now, some 19 years later. I fixed the tires, have yet to clean up the dust and grime, but got her running again. I took a night time bike ride around Gilbertsville just now, under a full moon. Man, I live a beautiful life in a beautiful place. It's easy to lose sight of that basic fact when one works constantly. The job has been demanding lately, and the house has been crushing. I have said often since July "I'll be done soon", but it just keeps going on, this work. I've sustained several minor injuries, most recently last night. I often feel beaten and bruised, particularly tonight, and sometimes I run completely out of steam. It's been worth it. The house needed it. And so did I. I'm physically stronger now, and healthier for it. And for all of this work, this massive recovery effort, I find great things, like a bike to enjoy again after so many years. Man, I live a beautiful life in a beautiful place....

Hi there!

16:13 30 July in Home Improvements, Life by Thomas

I've done a lot since the last update, mostly surrounding my house. I'm continually beaten and bruised, but I for some reason am still running. While our previously mentioned renovations are in process, I've set about cleaning and ordering the property. A high water mark was hit the weekend before last at our yard sale. I've never seen so many people on this street before. Most of the things we pulled from or attic and barn to that point were put out for sale, and we did great. I'd been preparing for it since May when we could start work for the season. This just served to further clear the house and barn for more work. Work(work) is good. I'm a video editor for the time being, which is fun, although stressful on the machine. I just upgraded to a second Xeon CPU with a total of 22Gbs of RAM. Hopefully things will start going smoother, and I'm happy to say that it has so far tested well. I had a rush coding job last week, and was thrilled with that. I miss life in the text editor. The baby is good, although with the projects running around the house I don't get to see her much. I made the most of my time with the kids this past weekend. The projects should mostly terminate soon. I hope to spend the rest of the summer holding my girl, going on adventures with my boy, having the occasional cookout,...

Well, hello world, how have you been?

21:51 08 July in General, Home Improvements, Life, Restoration by Thomas

Just a general update, because I've been stuck in the real world for a while. [caption id="attachment_392" align="alignright" width="215"] Stoat. This is that picture.[/caption] On Father's Day my daughter Henrietta Eleanor Hall was born, a heck of a present.  The birth was very quick.  A very efficient baby I must say.  My wife did well, and was up and around quickly after only a few hours labor.   I took a week off to be with her and my children, in addition to continuing renovations on our house.  My son and I had a lot of fun, visiting the Rogers Environmental Education Center, and seeing Monster University on opening day. Rogers was fantastic.  I love that my son gets so excited about nature.  After we fed the fish the first time, we did the Visitors Center, where they had on display all of the wild life indigenous to Upstate New York.  There after we walked one of the trails around the swamp.  Towards the end we surprised a stoat, who ran around our feet, up a tree by my head, then shot up the path (all while i was fumbling to get my iPhone out of my pocket, so no pics.  Here however is the Wikipedia article for Stoat.  Enjoy!).  You seriously can't buy that moment. My son has seemed to have adjusted well to his new sibling.  But he is a loving boy, and I knew that he would.  And Etta is just...