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Job Reductions Lead to LinkedIn.com

Last Tuesday, I was caught between a 10% reduction in force and a company restructure. While I believe this will catapult me into learning new technologies and methodologies, trying to find the company that has an accommodating position can be a daunting task. In the meantime, I've picked up knowledge of more networking technologies, the latest of which is LinkedIn.

Feel free to check out my LinkedIn profile, my online resume, or any of my other profile-related links. I'm hopeful I will be helping to benefit another company soon, and will be tireless in my search to do so.

LinkedIn Profile

Online Resume

WEB DEVELOPMENT EXAMPLES
- Web Utilities
- Simple Web App
- 3rd Party Catalog Tool

GRAPHICS EXAMPLES
- Images and Renderings
- Computer Animations
- Logos and Promos

30' x 40' Earth Berm Passive Solar House in Central Maine

A friend from work moved north to get back to his roots. Although I do believe consulting contractors might facilitate the process in many ways, I totally admire his dedication and willingness to do something on such a large scale, and wish him success in this endeavor. This is his story:I bought 10 acres of forest and a John Deere backhoe this spring. I then started building the footers for my 30' x 40' earth berm, passive solar, insulated slab house. My friend and I are doing this ourselves, no contractors.

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What's Wrong with America?

American Express held a vote in which it's members would decide on where it would donate large sums of money. This is an excellent gesture and a most gracious award for the winners. Many kudos to American Express in doing this.

The results just came in and I was quite dismayed. I guess I shouldn't have because I've been shocked before with the mentality of voters (gas taxes vs public transportation; Bush vs Kerry). Perhaps I'm just far too biased being this touched on the number one topic in my life; education. That said, here were the results:

$1.5 million for 1st place goes to (24,101 votes):
Alzheimer's Disease: Early Detection Matters and its fulfilling organization, Alzheimer's Association

$500,000 for 2nd place goes to (20,650 votes):
Help 100,000 children thrive in the classroom! and its fulfilling organization, DonorsChoose.org

Not to make light of Alzheimers, but in my opinion, when should education play second fiddle to anything else? Never! At least not fo…

Politics > Match-O-Matic

Have fun with this. It lets you know how much selective listening you really do. Have you already made your selection? If so, is your selection really based on the 'promises' made by either party?

It'd be nice if they did more of these blind tests.

Match-O-Matic - Copyright © 2008 ABCNews Internet Ventures

The Debate - 2008

Okay, I didn't want to do this, but this is frustrating. I'm a democrat, but I have no issues voting Republican or even Independent, depending on who I consider appropriate for the position, or worst case, against who isn't appropriate. I was pro-Bush in his first term, but vehemently against him for his second term (glad I was, but very sorry enough other folks didn't agree).

Here are just some of my thoughts on my frustration with some of the views I'm hearing (although it still seems split). There are a lot of people that have already made their decision, and so are nit-picking things that in anyone else's lap would never be thought twice about. Guess you can consider these my nits.
Didn't Bush have military experience? That got us far. I'm pretty sure a POW of 5 years will yield even better experience.
What experience does Senator Palin have should she have to take the CIC position?
Has no one considered, politics being a "Good Ole Boy" networ…

Forgetting Friends

For about 18 years now I've had a specific memory plague me which ironically was due to the lack of many memories. For whatever reason, I don't have a clue why, my memories of high school are few and far between. And unfortunately, this doesn't preclude the lack of all my memories with some of my then very good (and near 'only') friends. I was a loaner of some sorts, and the number of friends I considered close were few. A few of these great friends I carried on into my adult life. I even kept in touch at various times with some of them (and still do with a couple). A couple others stayed in my mind only.

Although there were more than one, the particular friend that I write of now, and think of at least once a month (along with those I did remember), is one that I spent near all my time with during and after school. We were even great football teammates. And yet, regrettably, is one I lost in my mind.

My high school is one that actually did a 5-year reunion. Despite …

Second Life; World of Warcraft

I can't find it, but I watched part of a news segment last night on CNN that discussed the psychological impact (both negatively and positively) of virtual worlds on people. First discussing Doom, they moved into more current games such as Vice City, and then branched into a 10-15 minute spiel on how Second Life is wonderful for marketing and making money. How one lady went from $35,000/year in real life to $85/year online designing her own clothing line, and a guy was doing six figures/year in online consulting for advertising and marketing agencies. Then they moved into a 2-minute blurb on World of Warcraft and how this couple had met in WoW, and then got married. They then moved back to discuss the financial benefits of Second Life.

My wife asked, "So you meet people in that game you play?" (I've been playing WoW since January.) I hope she well understood when I mentioned how hilariously flipped the news segment was. Having played both, I found Second Life to be th…

iGoogle Themes

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http://www.google.com/ig?skin=http://kdcinfo.com/ig.xml

This is just something I threw together to test the iGoogle Themes development arena. Fairly simple really. Still considering whether it's worth it to go further on the layout: What is where and color scheme. I just did this up pretty quick to test the waters. I also didn’t go through all the attributes that can be set.

Short of getting a theme added to the iGoogle Theme Directory, which can take a little doing, there is an "iGoogle Theme Manager" gadget you can add to your page to add this or similar themes [semi]-permanently. When you add the gadget to an iGoogle page, allow it access*, and add the URL above to the list. I also did up a work-related test theme, but I'm not sure I can post that here publicly.

* Allowing the iGoogle Theme Manager gadget access: Aside from the general iGoogle cookies that are shared, I couldn’t find any security…

Multi-Page Notebook App

The only open source equivalent I found for this program was discontinued back in 2004. Although the obsolete version of the app still runs on XP, I’m not sure about scalability for when we downgrade to Vista. Also, don’t believe either of these apps runs outside of Windows at all (short of wine, sorry *nix buffs, but then you probably have one built in  ).

What it is:

RightNote is a multi-page notebook that allows you to store and organize an unlimited number of notes in one file.
Each page contains a hierarchical tree which can contain virtually an unlimited number of notes.
Each page can be devoted to a different category, and typically you'll find you don't need more than one or two files to organize most things in your life!

Small-fee Commercial Notebook App: RightNote
http://www.bauerapps.com/RightNote.html

Discontinued Open Source Notebook App: KeyNote
http://sourceforge.net/projects/keynote/

I’ll be shelling out the $20 for this (or $30 if I don't make it in time for the s…

Gary Gygax, 'Father of D&D,' Dies at 69

"He was like the cool uncle that every gamer had. He shaped an entire generation of gamers." - Mike Mearls, Lead developer of the upcoming 4th edition of Dungeons and Dragons

World of Warcraft PTR Patch 2.4.0
In Memoriam: Gary Gygax

* Blizzard Entertainment would like to dedicate this patch in memory of Gary Gygax. His work on D&D was an inspiration to us in many ways and helped spark our passion for creating games of our own.

Blizzard's latest patch (2.4.0) opened a new area (Sunwell Isle), as well as a new tournament area (Global Arena Tournament) for level 70s.

World of Warcraft

The game is afoot! Care to join? Just let me know. I can provide you with a 10-day free pass to the greatest multi-player online game of this century to date. Okay, that's subjective, but you'll agree as soon as you create your character and learn the ways of their culture.

I have a family of characters, for which each one provides their own level of exciting adventure paths and abilities. You can click on their name to see more detailed stats about them.

You can also follow their progress in my newly created "Dragnist Family blog.

Dragnist Family - Antemortem
Doujhe
[doo-hey]
Alliance
Human
Paladin
Engineering / Mining
family favorite
Da'ajhn
[d'-on]
Alliance
Night Elf
Druid
Alchemy / Herbalism
youngest brother
Dehstni
[dest-knee]
Alliance
Draenai
Warrior
n/a
the only lady
Dejhde
[d'-shde]
Horde
Undead
Warlock
Alchemy / Herbalism
eldest brother; always up to no good
Duujhn
[doon]
Horde
Blood Elf
Hunter
n/a
Dejhde's follower