Engineering is not rated by success alone; it is, in fact, scored most viciously by failure.

Happy Anniversary

Jen and I celebrated our 8-year anniversary this past Tuesday at a wonderful dinner at L’Avenue, a neighborhood restaurant. My wife wrote a very heart felt post about the love that we share between each other and the relative value of that love to our two kids.  Given that I was involved in the conversation, I feel pretty much the same way: While my heart is also filled with my Read More...

Oculus Connect 2014 Keynote: Frank comments from John Carmack

This is a great keynote from John Carmack. It was like he said, I don’t have any slides, so fuck it, let’s have a good chat. He goes through some of the issues and proposed solutions for the keynote. Road to VR has a great write up on the salient points, but I encourage those interested in VR, image processing to watch the full 1 and 1/2 hour discussion.

Old blog posts added

[UPDATE 09/20/2014] I have completed Drupal migration. [UPDATE 09/28/2014] I’ve added my old Movable Type posts.  Still a lot of cleansing that has to happen and relinking of images. [UPDATE 09/30/2014] I have cleansed and reformatted posts to Jan 2003. Still trying to figure out if I should bring in the comments. I have finally begun the arduous process of importing posts from 4 different platforms: Octopress: November 2011 – July 2013 (completed) This was easy–everything Read More...

I don’t know how this sells Cup Noodle ramen

I don’t know how this sells ramen, but I’m not complaining.

USB Sound Cards: Omni Surround Pro 5.1 vs. Recon 3D USB vs. X-Fi 5.1 Pro

Update [2014-05-16]: I updated some thoughts below on sound quality. [Update 2014-09-14]: Added a pretty big caveat to the Omni Surround. I am a bit nuts about external USB sound card / DAC /AMP combos.  I’ve bought 3 from the same manufacturer.  They are all part of the Sound Blaster line of sound cards from Creative. I wanted to capture some thoughts as there isn’t much written about these cards. A Read More...

Getting old posts back in 2014 and the new Fuji X-T1

My site has been running in some form since 2002.  However, I have lost data multiple times and I have always meant to go back…get my old posts back on the web, but I never do. It doesn’t help that I keep changing blogging platforms. Movable Type, Textpattern, ModX, Tumblr, Octopress… I’ve committed to getting it back up in 2014.  I’m sure that it will be more likely than declaring Read More...

Well, that was unpleasant

So I had some server unpleasantness that I noticed after I posted my 2014 Goals post. The site just froze and logins were barely possible. I immediately SSH’d into the prgmr.com server, but was greeted by an extremely slow console.  I actually had to access the VPS Xen configuration menu and do a hard shutdown of the instance.  When I rebooted and accessed the server through the out-of-band console, I Read More...