Archive for the 'Things That Pump Me Up' Category

Open Source Contribution Attempt

January 28, 2009

As I said a few days ago, I’d love to contribute to an open source project or start a new one.  Well, since we had off today (yes!), I had some time on my hands.

Rails is starting a new wiki (which is much needed), so I checked to see their progress.  To my surprise it was almost completely bare.  I took the liberty of adding the Installing Rails on Windows page (and in German, though it’s pretty rough).

I don’t know if this really counts as completing my goal (I want to actually contribute code), but it’s definitely cool.  I hope a lot of people benefit from it, and I hope to see refinements made to it as other people add database types, etc (or simply clean up the German).

Google rocks

October 8, 2008

Google is thinking big, and I approve of that. Check out their newest philanthropic endeavor, where the ideas that help the most people win..

TechCrunch Web Tablet

September 2, 2008

I’ve been blabbing for weeks now about TechCrunch’s dead-simple web tablet. The gist is that they’re trying to build one for $200. Sweet.

Well, they updated us on their progress. It seems they have the hardware just about locked down, and they’re shifting development to the software and UI.

I’m glad to hear an update, since I’ve been telling anyone who wanted to listen (and many who didn’t) about this. I’m pumped.

Check out the picture here.

P.s. I went through the Google Chrome comic this morning (it’s really long – think comic book), and it looks pretty sweet. I feel conflicted saying that, because I love my precious Firefox. I don’t think I’ll be switching any time soon.

Blog Action Day does Poverty!

August 15, 2008

If you don’t frequent the blogosphere, or are new, you may have missed last year’s Blog Action Day. It’s a non-profit event that invites bloggers of every kind to post about the same issue on the same day (October 15th). Last year the issue was the environment, but this year they’re doing something much closer to my heart: Poverty.

Yesss. *Fist pump*

Check out the awesome video they put together: Blog Action Day for Poverty.

Business with a Purpose

July 23, 2008

I love business. I like marketing, I like developing the product, I like listening to customers. I love seeing businesses develop on TechCrunch or watching web developers I follow start new websites. It’s so creative.

I also have a passion for fighting poverty and hunger. World Vision is awesome.

But, I especially love things like the Acumen Fund, who do business in order to help others. I saw a restaurant on Emerill today that took kids off the street and taught them to cook and run a restaurant. So cool.

I would love to own a business someday that did that, that did more than just make money, but actually make a difference in the community. Any ideas?

Montoursville Talent Show

June 10, 2008

GO Wyatt!

“Frankenstein” at Montoursville Talent Show. (Sorry – WP wouldn’t let me embed it!)

New Workout

May 21, 2008

So, we basically finished up our last workout, and we decided to change it up and find something different. I found this incredible database of workouts. It’s great. I told it that we want a 3 day workout that builds muscle and tones, and that we want it to be a split-body-part workout (which means each day we focus on a different area of the body, instead of doing every part everyday). This is the workout it spit out.

We’ve really liked this new workout, and I’m glad there’s more chest stuff, because I feel that’s where I’m weakest. You’ll notice that there are like 3 exercises for each part (bicep, etc) on the day you work that muscle, which kills, but it’s really been awesome.

As a sidenote, I saw the coolest thing on TV a couple days ago: Ninja Warrior. I want to do that! Here’s a video of the competition they train for.

File Server, Ho!

March 17, 2008

As many of you might have heard, I’m looking for a junker computer to setup as a file server (and to learn system admin stuff on). Well, stop the presses, I found one. In my very own home.

I talked to my Dad, and we have a crappy computer in the basement crawl space. I figured it would probably be fine for such an application, so I asked if I could have it. It was left in shambles years ago, but I figured having some of the base parts (motherboard, CPU….case) would save me some much, so I could buy the other important pieces.

I asked him, and he said, “Sure, you can have it. You can have the 500 Gb hard drive I bought for it, too.” WHAT!?! I guess he had tried to set the computer up a couple years ago, and he bought this massive hard drive to do so.

So get ready world. Once I physically have this hunk of junk in my possession, I will have my own file server!

P.S. Spence, I’ll see what I can do for your Mac situation. I know there’s something you can setup for your files.

Learning Our Craft

February 22, 2008

* Thanks for Mike and Jessie for caring enough to say, “Hey, start blogging again!”.

Sometimes I’m motivated by pride or insecurity about not knowing. I’m sure you all can relate.

I notice this primarily at work, but we’ve all felt it in probably every area of our lives from time to time. Compared to others I know relatively little at times about what I do. (Note: This will not be a technical blog post; please don’t be discouraged.)

Recently I’ve had a hunger to learn more about software development and about Linux, and while I recognize that some of that might be pride, there’s much more to it. Brian and I had a conversation the other day about what we’ve been working on lately, and I shared with him this new-found passion (those of you who know me translate this as “verging on addiction”). He absolutely encouraged me in this, dispelled my doubt/insecurity, and pointed out that as workmen we should be pursuing excellence in our field.

Where am I going with this? Two thoughts:

1. I really want to learn about good programming practices, and I want to learn how to use Linux to setup web and file servers.

This would push me to be more rounded, and it would also allow me to setup some things to be more productive. I’ll try to do this without the prideful, nagging, “You’re supposed to be good at computers” voice I sometimes hear in my head. By the way, does anyone have an old, cheap computer I can buy to play around with?

2. I need to spend more time in the Word.

I felt very convicted when I realized how much I’ve been reading for work and for play and how little I’ve been reading God’s Word. I should strive to know it inside and out, and right now I’m simply trying to get through my measly few chapters a week. It’s really pathetic. I shouldn’t feel like a fish out of water when trying to articulate something about Faith. I should feel more confidence in my knowledge of the Word, still ever learning, and ever vigilant to speak to God and be challenged.

Just some things that have been on my heart recently.

I ask for the nations

September 27, 2007

Let me tell you a secret passion of mine. No, let me first tell you why I think this is my passion:

  1. I dream big, and I love big dreams
  2. I think I am a good teacher
  3. I love logic and numbers and managing the two
  4. I hate seeing people suffer

So what the heck is this passion? I would love to change a town. Perhaps this is too small. I would love to change a county or even a small country. Yes, I would love to take a small country and completely transform it, take it from impoverished and Lost to self-sustaining and Saved. I would love to teach people to manage money, to be generous to others, and help them to know Christ.

Wouldn’t that be incredible? This post by Perry challenged me: what if we could not fail?

So, I’m not sure what exactly my calling is. I’ve often thought about the transformation of Williamsport actually, and it seems that others are on board too.

What would you do (not attempt) for God if you knew you couldn’t fail? (Go ahead, answer in the comments :-))

What do you think it would take to transform Williamsport? (Be real for a second – what would YOUR first step be?)