I Love the Rain

Admittedly, I’m an Oregonian at heart. As some of you may know, David is the only native Oregonian in our family. Stef was born in California and I was born in Arizona. However, we are all Oregonians deep down. One of the things that we all agree on is that a good rainstorm is quite cool. Throw in some good thunder and lightning and we’re having a ball!

Rain is good for our family for other reasons, too. Both David and I are on daily meds to control environmental allergies. These can get much worse in the spring when the pollen starts to fly. For some reason, this year has been especially bad as we’ve had more problems than we’ve ever had before. I can’t imagine how bad it would be without our meds. Even Stef has been fighting some classic sniffling and scratchy throat symptoms during the spring. She blames me. I’ve learned not to argue.
The rain, during this time, is a savior. Hot, dry weather causes the pollen to really fly and makes it easier to inhale and cause trouble. A good drenching knocks all that stuff to the ground and keeps it out of the air we breathe. So, we love the rain. This past week has been a relief from all of those symptoms and we’re loving it.

So, you can complain all you want about not being able to have a Memorial Day barbecue. We’ll happily celebrate our three day weekend (and Stef’s birthday) while watching the rain run down our windows.


Another Good Year

As some of you know, we have David take a standardized test every year so we can assess which areas of his education might need more attention. We have been proud to tell you that each year he has tested above his grade level. This year was no different. I’ll give you some highlights, but I should explain the terms first.

Each of the sections is scored separately and each score is assigned a grade equivalent. That grade equivalent means that David scored the same as the average student in that grade would have scored on the same exam.

His overall score had a grade equivalent of a junior in the third month. All of his individual scores were at grade level or above with all but one score being a grade equivalent of a sophomore or above.

His highest scores were in Social Studies, Science, Language Expression, Mathematics Computation, Spelling, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension. Of those subjects, I teach Math and Stefanie was responsible for the rest. Nicely done, Stef!

This year, the test acts as a warm up. The State of Oregon requires that we get David tested by a third party after his third, fifth, eighth, and tenth grade years. He’ll be doing that in June, so wish him luck.

Once again, though, David has proven that our choice to homeschool was the right one. He’s doing very well and we’re very proud of him.

Way to go, David!

Just A Slight Change

As you may know, I recently accepted a promotion to Software Development Manager that has put me in a position of being a front line manager to four developers as well as ScrumMaster for up to three Scrums at a time (you can read more about Scrum here). I knew my day to day life would be a little different, but I didn’t realize just how different until this week.

Here’s my meeting schedule for the week of April 25-29, 2005 (about a year ago) on the left and my schedule for the week of May 1-5, 2006 (this week) on the right. Notice any difference?

April 25-29 Schedule May 1-5 Schedule

I am enjoying the new job responsibilities, but sheesh!

Another Plug

Okay, so I have a bias, but I can tell you all about it anyway. My dad is now selling real estate on Camano Island which sits north of Seattle in Puget Sound. It’s a beautiful place.

To help promote his business, I’ve helped to set up a website that promotes living on the island itself. It gives you some history, some interesting links, and an easy way to browse some of the homes for sale in a great part of the world.

Go ahead and give them a visit at : http://www.camanoliving.com/

If you don’t like the site, you can complain to me. If you don’t like the pictures, complain to dad.

Shameless Plug

What’s the point of having the ability to post on the Internet if you can’t issue a shameless plug once in a while?

Last year, my dad finished a novella and had it published. It’s a great adventure story with a Biblical foundation and powerful message. I encourage you to buy a copy or borrow mine. Clicking the image will take you to Amazon:


David’s Getting Nervous

David has been eagerly awaiting his next game system. He has restrained himself from demanding an Xbox 360 with the hope of a PlayStation 3 coming this year. That’s now looking a little less like a sure thing.

Sony Delays PlayStation 3 Launch

They say they’ll still be out by November of this year, but they aren’t clear whether that’s true for the US. Japan is always their first market, but they may attempt a global rollout at the same time. Missing Christmas would be a pretty big deal so I’m sure they’re aiming for November here, too.

The good news in this article was this bit referring to the use of Blu-ray DVD technology:

So with the new PlayStation 3, consumers would get not only the latest game console, but also the latest DVD technology, for a price that Sony has said will not exceed $500.

There has been much speculation as to the final price of the Sony unit. If they can actually keep to this range, they’ll be in good shape. This will also keep alive the chance that David might actually see one in the next two years.

I Can’t Win

Every year Apple Computer holds a week-long event known as the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). This is a conference specifically for Mac developers. I have only been to one. That was in 1995. The only thing I remember distinctly was that during those years it almost always fell such that attendees had to fly to the Bay Area on the evening of Mother’s Day in mid-May. Not a popular time to be leaving on business. I suffered the consequences the year I went.

Now, I am in a position such that I’m expected to go this year. I have been feeling lucky that for the past several years, the event has been in June. I figured I had nothing to worry about.

Today, the dates for this year’s conference were announced. Apple has decided to move it later in the summer. This year it will take place August 7-11.

Stefanie and I were married on August 11.

Pray for me.


Well, it doesn’t get much busier than this, I guess.

I’m still trying to assimilate the changes associated with my promotion. However, I’m a working manager which means that I’m still writing code. As a matter of fact, I’m in the process of converting the Inspiration products to run natively on the new Intel Macs.

I also have to plan a presentation for this Thursday to explain the work I’ve done to the rest of our team.

While that goes on, our company is preparing to move to a new building about a mile down the road. We have to be packed up and ready to go by 5pm on Friday the 24th.

Oh, and just to add some fun at home, I’m working on a new website for Dad, leading David through pre-algebra, and trying to squeeze in a little Olympics watching when I can.

Whew! I’ll let you know how the week goes.


Well, I had some good news today. Here’s the email from our CEO that says it all:

I’d like to announce some changes in the R & D organization:

Jason will be changing positions as he is moving to the newly created “Principal Developer” position. Technology and the marketplace are changing fast. Jason will be helping me set the technical direction of the company. He will work on the most complex technical projects and provide technical leadership to the entire organization. Jason has been with the company 12 1/2 years and has vast institutional knowledge. Over those years, I have developed a high regard for Jason’s technical skills and judgement. He will be reporting to me as we continue to work together.

I am promoting Wyatt to Programming Manager. All of Jason direct reports will now report to Wyatt. Wyatt has earned all of our respect during his 3 years at Inspiration working on our products. During that time, he has learned our technology and is now leading our move to Agile methodologies. Prior to working at Inspiration, Wyatt was Director of Engineering at Riverdeep/Edmark. He brings a wealth of experience to Inspiration.

Please wish Jason and Wyatt success in their new positions.


So, I’m back to managing again. The manager jokes may now commence.

We’re Back!

Well, we’ve let our site collect dust for a few months, but that was only because we were planning an overhaul. This blog is the result of those changes.

We will be adding pages to show our picture galleries in the near future.

The best news, though, is that it will be much easier for us to keep you up to date with what’s going on and share other random musings.

Thanks for visiting and come back soon!