Cleaning the mess

Cleaning the mess

Not too many miles from where I grew up in Washington State, there sits the Hanford Site on the Columbia River. If you aren’t familiar with the site itself or Washington’s sordid history with nuclear energy, you should spend some time reading. Some very interesting history.

Seahawk Fandom and the PAC-12
  • Written by Tom
  • January 19th, 2014
  • About Sports

Seahawk Fandom and the PAC-12

It has only been a few hours since the Seahawks defeated the 49ers in their epic NFC title game matchup — us Seahawk fans are still aglow from the victory. During the post-game, I was exchanging some texts with a few buddies from college, when something occurred to me.

Indispensable
  • Written by Tom
  • January 16th, 2014
  • About Nerd

Indispensable

Yesterday, The Omni Group launched OmniOutliner 4.0. This has been an absolutely indispensable piece of software for me over the years. Almost every project I take on begins as an outline inside of OmniOutliner. It got me through college and I have used it for every job I have had since. I use it to outline projects, make lists, sketch memorandums, it’s a magical tool.

Missing Roger
  • Written by Tom
  • January 12th, 2014
  • About Media

Missing Roger

In almost all non-work related matters, I’m really not interested in the opinions of others. I don’t have any interest in debating politics with you (my position is correct, yours is built on lies) and I don’t care if you thought that dish was too salty (I thought it was perfectly balanced.) You get the idea.

Finding email happiness
  • Written by Tom
  • November 19th, 2013
  • About Nerd

Finding email happiness

I’m still an email believer. Unlike my teenage daughter, and a growing number of others, I still find it to be an amazing way to quickly communicate with friends, family, and colleagues. It’s not the best solution for every thing — text messages (iMessages), IM, Facebook messages, these all serve valuable purposes. Call me old-fashioned, but for me, email remains king. But finding happiness in an email client has been a long journey.

Fall back
  • Written by Tom
  • November 17th, 2013
  • About Site News

Fall back

It’s always around this time of year that I start to get nostalgic about my college days. No, I’m not recalling whimsically about keg stands or streaking or other such silliness. My college experience did not include those things.

Go Hawks!
  • Written by Tom
  • November 17th, 2013
  • About Sports

Go Hawks!

Another Sunday, another victory for the Seahawks[1]. Combined with a 49ers loss to the Saints, this has been a good day.

Upping the nerd factor
  • Written by Tom
  • November 17th, 2013
  • About Site News

Upping the nerd factor

While it should be completely invisible to you, the gentle reader, you should know that this blog is now being updated via git. The CMS is still Dropplets, but all of the Markdown files are now part of a git repository, which makes editing and posting remotely quite a bit easier, while simultaneously increasing my nerd cred 2x.

Slow Progress

Slow Progress

I probably shouldn’t make fun of them for this, given the half-dozen or more unfinished projects that I have on my own property, but I have been thoroughly entertained by what is possibly the slowest fence construction project in history down the street. This new fence has been under construction for at least a month, with the neighbors adding a post or a board a couple of times a day.

Digital Ghosts

Digital Ghosts

When my father died a couple of years ago, I spent some time trying to archive his digital life. He had email accounts, iTunes, Facebook — all of the typical things that a computer-literate person would probably possess. They were a fairly complete record of his life for the past decade-plus, so it seemed like an important task. I had never sat down with him prior to his death to sort it all out — I guess I refused to accept that he was really dying, so why even bother helping to plan for it? So in the weeks after he died, I wasn’t quite sure how I would go about it.

Still Learning
  • Written by Tom
  • May 14th, 2013
  • About Personal

Still Learning

I’m still plowing through the basics of Python. It’s all making my head spin as new concepts get introduced at a furiious rate. I have taken a bit of a shotgun approach to learning the material, using a bunch of different training tools all at once.

Learning
  • Written by Tom
  • May 11th, 2013
  • About Personal

Learning

My career path usually leaves me with extended periods of unemployment. What to do with all of this “free” time, while I wait for the next big thing to happen to my resume? Well first of all, that time isn’t so free. Job hunting, cooking, yard work, kids, grocery shopping — all of these things subtract major hours from the day. I have been out of work for five months, but a lot of days I think I am busier than I was when I was working.

Food
  • Written by Tom
  • May 4th, 2013
  • About Food

Food

Food is one my greatest joys. That’s probably obvious to anyone who has met me since I’m clearly a big, fat dude who enjoys a full belly. Contrary to stereotype, to me, enjoying food is more than just shoving down slices of pizza, fistfulls of cheeseburgers, and bags of Cheetos.

The Evolution of Services

The Evolution of Services

Server infrastructure has come a long ways since I originally took this site offline back in 2006. When I first launched Tomopia (circa 2001? I think?) I was using one of the early shared-hosting services. It was fine at the time. It was a relatively modern Linux server, which I was probably sharing with 20-30 other subscribers.

The Double
  • Written by Tom
  • April 27th, 2013
  • About Sports

The Double

The stretch and the 0–1 pitch on the way to Edgar Martínez

It Lives

It Lives

After a long, and badly needed, sabbatical, Tomopia.com is back online and ready to wow you with stupid. Mostly, it’ll just be an easy link for family members to find photos of my kids. But occasionally I will post something here that isn’t worth reading.

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