Great mood

I am in a great mood. Things have been "Coming up Milhouse" for me the last few weeks.

This is terrific way to approach the age of 30, which I will turn on Friday.


Business Owner

I am very pleased to announce that I am now my own boss! I have received a business license to work from home and have two very good clients.

This is something I am very excited about and so is Tressa. I have done a lot of research into tax information, accounting, the whole rigamarole and know that it is not only a viable option, but actually should increase my earnings and flexibility. I know that I have the discipline and skill necessary to be successful on my own business.

freedom

Will keep you posted on further developments.


October News

Hello everyone. I am very busy at the moment, but here is a quick update of my goings on.

Yesterday, Tressa and I went to a Kings of Leon concert. We both thought it was pretty good but not exceptional. It was very nice to get out and take in some live music.

I am currently finishing a single chapter as a collaborative author for the upcoming book HTML 5 Games Most Wanted. This project looks very cool as it discusses several very distinct and current topics. The book does not yet have a cover image. My chapter will be entitled "Beginning WebGL" which is the Web Graphics Language.

Here's a hodgepodge of stuff: Wedding planning is going fairly well. I turn 30 on October 21st. Looking forward to Halloween - seeing Tressa's M&M costume and the Pipster's costume (whatever she is gonna be). And I hope to have some interesting news in a few weeks (no it's not a child)...


End of Summer

After the big event that kick-started the summer, the rest of July and August went by fast and without much excitement. We are busy preparing for next year's wedding and tightening up our chequebook. I went to OSCON in Portland, Oregon for a couple of days which was a great experience and Tressa went to Rocky Mountain House for a family visit. That is about it though in terms of travel.

Tressa is back at school teaching and enjoying it very much. I just finished a technical review of the upcoming Apress book Foundation HTML 5 Animation with JavaScript.

We are trying to get the most out of the beautiful weather while it lasts, going for some nice "strolls" in the evening and discussing houses along the way that we would hypothetically buy.


"Pro PHP Programming" Published

The Apress book, Pro PHP Programming, which I coauthored is available for eBook and print order now and will be in stores in a few days.
Apress
Amazon
Chapters/Indigo

 

I have written seven chapters:
3 - Mobile PHP
4 - Social Media
10 - Libraries
11 - Security
13 - Refactoring, Unit Testing and Continuous Integration
14 - XML
15 - JSON and Ajax

The Full Table of Chapters of the Book is:

  1. Object Orientation
  2. Exceptions and References
  3. Mobile PHP
  4. Social Media
  5. Cutting Edge
  6. Form Design and Management
  7. Database Interaction I
  8. Database Interaction II
  9. Database Interaction III
  10. Libraries
  11. Security
  12. Agile Development with Zend Studio for Eclipse, Bugzilla, Mylyn, and Subversion
  13. Refactoring, Unit Testing, and Continuous Intergration
  14. XML
  15. JSON and AJAX
  16. Conclusions

Appendix - Regular Expressions


Words of Wisdom

Eat, drink and be merry... For tomorrow we die.

Epicurus

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (2008)

This album has been a staple of my music collection since it's release in 2008. I think it is one of Nick Cave's best albums. The album is moody and full of lyrical imagery. Dark, trancy at times such as on the track "Night of the Lotus eaters". The lyrics of this album are very strong and is what draws me back to it time and again. The track "Midnight Man" is an absolute gem:

Hold that chrysalis in your palm See it split and change It won't do you any harm It's just trying to rearrange

It was born to live a day Now it flies up from your hand It's beautiful It's the one they call your ever loving man

Wolves have carried your babies away Oh, your kids drip from their teeth The nights are long and the day Is bitter cold beyond belief...

...Close your eyes, sleep in him Dream of your lost sons and daughters Me, I'll raise up my dorsal fin And glide up and down the waters

The closing track "More news from nowhere" though just under eight minutes could go sixteen and I would be quite happy to listen to it all.


nick cave-midnight man

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