Things have been a little strange for me for the past couple weeks, and honestly posting here has not been at the top of my mind.  For one thing, I lost one of my cats, Lilly, who has been with me for about seventeen years.  That was a difficult week for me.  For another, I just haven’t had much to say.  I have been working on some things, though, and soon would like to share them.  I plan to make a wiki, which only I will be able to edit, but which will be a better format for posting projects and the like.  One thing I am working on is a true sine wave inverter, a simple one at first.  If you’re not sure what this is, check back eventually :).

In the meantime, though, I had a great dinner last night with my family.  I am in the USA, but I wish you all the best on our Thanksgiving holiday, no matter where you are.  Life can suck sometimes, other times it can be amazing.  Many of us have a lot to be thankful for, so take the time to reflect while you’ve got it.

Misc. Stuff

So it is now fall.  The summer finished up nicely, we even got to go to Cape Cod.  (Photos will follow.)  I’m still working, with the intent of returning for classes in winter quarter.  Still playing music, still messing with Linux, still dreaming of getting all my power from the sun (or at least right now for my mail server), and above all playing with the cats when I can in Buffalo.  But first, some selected Cape pics:

So that’s been the highlight of the past month or so.  Work still drags on, this blog still collects spam, etc.

A People Person

Someone commented to me the other day that I am a people person.  I guess that’s a good thing; we are in fact social animals.  I do like to think that I am at least a decent communicator (if you are judging by this blog, keep in mind that some of these posts are made at late hours, or other times at which my brain is not exactly operating in full gear).  And it’s generally accepted that that is a good skill to have.  But I’m not sure I would have described myself as a “people person” so readilly.  At least, I didn’t think about it that much before.

I guess I’m kind of weird in that way.  I do value human contact, and try to look for new opportunities to make connections.  I was a Boy Scout, and have willingly taken on leadership roles (and enjoyed it).  But at the same time sometimes I just can’t stand people.  Not to sound harsh, but sometimes I just need to be alone.  I take walks, read, work on a project, something like that.  Sometimes I just need to get away, and avoid certain instances of communication.

I’m sure just about everyone is like this.  Sure, there are people who are better leaders than others, better communicators than others, and people who are just best left alone, but if you’ve been in society for any length of time you pick up on both sets of characteristics.  I would say that I consider being called a “people person” positive, but I would also say that it doesn’t mean that that’s all there is to it.


I like to walk.  Today I walked to work.  I live close by.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if out of everyone at my company I live closest to work.  It’s only a half mile, so I figure I should start walking.  The exercise is good, and I love it outside.  Not to mention that I save gas.

Yeah, that’s another thing.  If I can walk to work more I can, in a way, declare a small amount of independence from petroleum.  Not entirely, as I still will need to occasionally visit stores such as Wegmans, or go to the ATM.  Also, the thing I bye, use, and order online generally need to be transported at some point.

Well, whatever.  Walking is good.  It’s what I can do right now.  I like it.  You should do it more.