November 2007


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Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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So in order to get really good seats for the Nickel Creek show I wrote about previously (they are Joy’s favorite band after all), we actually subscribed to a series of concerts in order to get better subscriber seats. The first concert was Wynton Marsalis, followed by Nickel Creek, and then recently we went to see Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy. Cirque Dreams is a much lower budget/scale knock-off of Cirque Du Soleil, but still basically the same general idea. This particular show (obviously) had a jungle theme for the sets and costumes. The performers included various aerialists, a duo of balancing guys, contortionists, and all kinds of other stuff. I thought that the balancing guys were the most impressive, but maybe that’s just because I don’t have such a great sense of balance myself. :-) To be honest, I have to admit that it was more entertaining than I expected it to be. It makes me think that a real Cirque du Soleil show must really be something else.

After several months of putting it off, we finally decided it was time for Charis to move from her crib to a big girl bed. We’ve been talking to her about it for several weeks, and I’ve been reassuring her that even in a big girl bed she can still keep her three stuffed animals and three blankets that she loves. And this past week her new bed was delivered and we took down the crib. I was a bit worried about how things would go when we tried to put her to sleep for the first time in her new bed, but it actually went really well. For most of the day she said she didn’t want to go to sleep in her new bed, but when the time finally came, her sleepiness (and perhaps the Disney princess sheets on her new bed) won out, and we tucked her into bed without any complaining at all. It was a sweet gift from the Lord that she handled it so well!

A couple weeks ago I got a new coral for the aquarium. I had some credit at one of the local fish stores, so I went by to see what they had available and found a nice pipe organ coral. I didn’t know a whole lot about that type of coral so I went home and did my research first and then decided it would probably be a nice addition to the tank. So far it seems pretty happy, although I did turn up the water circulation a bit the other day, and I think the coral is a little happier now with the higher flow. Needless to say, Charis is not nearly as excited about a stationary coral as she is about the fish that constantly swim around the tank, but at least daddy likes it.

Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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I’ve always enjoyed the X-Files, but I could never bring myself to purchase the DVD sets at $90 per season. I frequently looked at them in the store and came close to buying them several times, but over nine seasons it just added up to way too much money, no matter how good the show is. But this past week they finally released a box set of the entire series, plus the movie and an extra disc of bonus material, and all of that for not much more than the price of two of the original individual season releases. That seemed like too good of a deal to pass up, so I placed my order. With television choices rapidly shrinking as the writers’ strike continues, now we have a backup plan. :-)

A few weeks ago Joy and I went to see Nickel Creek with some friends of ours. It was such a nice treat to go out to dinner and a concert with good friends. As always, the concert was great. They ran through all of their popular songs from all three albums, but I think they did fewer cover songs than last time they were here. They ended the first half with “The Fox”, which made me wonder what in the world they were going to do for a big number at the end of the concert. It turns out they were saving their cover of “Toxic” for the end, which they have now perfected in its craziness (lots of Chris dancing this time, which we didn’t see before). All in all a great show, and it makes me look forward all the more to Sara’s first solo album when it comes out next year. Oh, and I’ve been blogging long enough now that I can also refer you to my post from the last time Nickel Creek came through town.

Microsoft recently announced that they will be releasing the source code for .NET Framework 3.5 when Visual Studio 2008 is released towards the end of the year. That’s very unexpected news, indeed! Apparently VS2008 will actually let you step into the framework code while debugging. This is going to be immensely helpful in unwinding various evil bugs that cause errors deep inside the framework. It will also be (hopefully) educational to see how Microsoft actually implements some of the basic functionality of the framework. Here’s the announcement if you want to take a look.

We had a big meeting at work today kind of looking back at what we’ve done over the past year and looking forward to plans for the coming year. And I learned one really interesting thing during all of the discussion. One out of every fifteen patients seen in an emergency room in the Unites States is seen by a TeamHealth physician. I thought that was pretty neat! Sometimes in the daily grind of fixing bugs and trying to meet release deadlines, it’s easy to forget the larger picture. But the program that I work on is used to recruit, credential, enroll, schedule, and pay all of our physicians, so it’s a big part of keeping TeamHealth going. It’s nice to be reminded what the end result is: better medical care for millions of patients and their families.

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