Life

2019 Halloween Display

Back in October of 2017 I ran across a Halloween display while visiting SeaWorld San Diego that really caught my eye. They had three ‘fish’ pumpkins on which they projected jack-o-lantern face animations synced to several songs. After a little searching online I came across the source of their display, The Singing Pumpkins. After some negotiations with a fellow Halloween enthusiast, we decided to go in together on the whole package. I’m not sure what has become of his share of the investment, but I have slowly grown and modified mine over the last few years. The first display was…

Life

Death and Taxes

“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” –Benjamin Franklin (in a letter dated 1789) I came across yet another news article focusing on the despair that people are having at receiving lower tax refunds, or in some cases paying taxes, this year compared to last.  It seems like every one of these articles has the underlying goal of vilifying the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1, 115th Congress, 2017-2018).  While I’m not an expert in financial planning or tax…

Life, Professional, Technology

The Good, The Bad, and The Texting

I can’t think of many people who would disagree with the idea that mobile phones have changed the way that we go about our daily lives.  What some might argue, adamantly at that too, is whether or not it was a good change or not.  Now pay attention. I’m not talking about smart phones here, just plain old mobile phone technology.  This is not about having instant access to the world far beyond your immediate settings.  No, this about the way in which we now communicate.  I firmly believe that humans are social creatures at their core.  I don’t care…

Life

The Past, The Present, and The Future?

It’s funny how I’ve been playing around with the idea to write a blog for some time now, how I constantly tell myself that no one will ever read what I write, and the procrastination.  I got the itch to revisit the idea when my wife asked me how much I knew about WordPress for a work project.  I knew nothing beyond what WordPress was; a tool for bloggers, right? Of course, my wife is smart and knew I wouldn’t leave it at that.  Thus started my journey through Lynda.com classes on WordPress, web development, and then many other tangents. …