Category Archives: Personal

Stone Porch Consulting is born!

The stone porch of Stone Porch Consulting

This peaceful place is a main living space for my wife and I from about May through September with a few glorious days thrown in during April and October. It is a place where conversations happen, where ideas are expressed, beat up, embraced or tossed out. The conversation might be family, politics, music, art, work, the future, or just people in general. We don’t always agree and are both pretty passionate about things we care about. But, we enjoy our company together here and we deal with issues here and it is OK to disagree. We also meet and watch our neighbors and their kids from here, something we miss a lot by the end of the winter.

In this calm place where things are are always fine, it was decided to launch my own business and leave the security of a good steady paycheck. It represents something missing in the high tech world, and probably in the world at large. This porch is 100+ years old, made of hand placed, rough cut field stone. Though it needs a little love from time to time, the mortar not as resilient as the stone to rain, snow, ice, bugs, vines and moss, it is strong, solid, peaceful, enduring and beautiful. It remains so during all of the changes around it.

Your projects, my work, they are full of potholes, the unexpected, the unintended, the unwanted. Embrace it, it is the real world. But there is a calm peaceful place in which all that can happen. Hopefully you can imagine that place too.

So the name has been chosen, Stone Porch Consulting. Definitely where I want to be, and I think you will too.

Still alive!

I’m in the midst of doing some system updates and realized it has been a long time since I posted. I needed to see a post come through so at least I have an good reason to post now!

Lots has happened that deserves a little time to write about, but the most enjoyable lately is that code is flying from under my fingers again after more than a year layoff. Yes Mom, you really do lose your skills and fast when you don’t code. Fortunately, you can get them back pretty fast too.

The other interesting part of that is connecting the architectural daydreaming I’ve been doing the last year to the new technologies available now that I’m working full time in the .net 3.0 world. I think we’ll see some real progress on distributed apps now, and I’m looking forward to the adventure.

My turn

I was tagged some time ago, but since I’m going to see the evil person in person next week in Switzerland, I figured by better buck up and write something. I have to admit, I found the game bothered some sensibility I couldn’t quite name (chain mail). I have to admit, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts, so I’m in!

  1. My first formal introduction to programming started in my third semester of college. It was fortran on punch cards. I found both the development experience and the formal study of computer science to be a horror I could never imagine doing for a living, and switched to a music theory and composition degree.
  2. I’m not sure if there is some name for this “affliction” but I have a deep attention span: of about 2 months. Then my attention will move to something else. As I have gotten older I no longer need to totally abandon the thing I was just interested in and now I mostly rotate around between business, software, music and cross country skiing. Three cheers for growing up!
  3. In spite of loving travel, loving the high culture of big cities, mountains, oceans and ski hills, I have only lived in 8 homes in 4 cities my entire life. Discount a dorm room and one summer with a gig in Minneapolis and that’s 6 places and three towns my whole life.
  4. I was once asked to join the Buddy Rich band on tour as a bass player. I said no in spite of how it might have helped my music career at the time. Look at the wikipedia article for the word infamous and you will have one, but not the only reason why I didn’t join. Entertainment defined…
  5. While I love reading a wide variety of books, from software tomes, to history and historical fiction, to biography and novels, my guilty pleasure is sea stories from the sailing days. I’m just finishing the Patrick O’Brian series from which came the movie Master and Commander.

25 years today!

25 years ago today I married my bride, Barbara. 25 years exceeds most
of our own friends and many of my parents friends. We grew up together

I have entered the blogger’s realm

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