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I have been giddy with the 40th Anniversary celebrations of Apollo 11. I have been following the stage by stage simulcasting on We Choose the Moon. The videos I have watched this week still choke me up. And Gene Kranz, mission control genius, and the person who said "Failure is Not an Option", is speaking here in November. I am excited. Neil Armstrong, ......

Oracle Support sucks. No two ways about it. 12/30, 2 PM. I had to call Oracle Support because my Oracle Apps was hosed and not allowing me to create a Supply Chain Plan. Production is down. Most of the time, the analyst will communicate via the Metalink TAR support ticket. So you have to frequently click update to see if they posted something new to ......

D'Arcy commented on a Inc magazine article by Joel Spolsky on rewarding employees. I like D'Arcy's comments, and, rather than replying to his comment, I have many ideas of my own. How do you reward IT employees? And what do you reward them for? Joel has some interesting examples - do you reward the intern who brings a new million dollar business idea, ......

Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

A new picture every day for the first 25 days of December. Some pretty amazing pictures.



I just got done reading Strategic IT Portfolio Management by Jeffrey Kaplan. Governance is something that doesn't get talked about very much, and certainly not in a positive way. Many companies do governance during the project charter and approval process, to fiigure out what projects to approve, but do very little governance after go-live. Most project ......

My pics from the Venus, Jupiter, Moon conjunction. Venus moved significantly over the last few days, as much as two full moon widths a night. It was joined by the crscent moon on Dec 1. 11/26/2008 - Jupiter on top, Venus on the bottom 11/26/2008 - Jupiter on top, Venus on the bottom 11/29/2008 - Jupiter on top, Venus still on the bottom 12/01/2008 - ......

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction Venus and Jupiter will move closer (conjunction) over the next few nights until they are very close to each other, along with the crescent moon on December 1st. Venus and Jupiter are seen in the southwest sky just after sunset. Venus will move almost two full moon widths in distance closer to Jupiter each night this week ......

It has been a wild week, hearing the gloom and doom on Wall Street with the credit crisis. All That Money You've Lost - Where Did It Go? I found this article to be helpful. Realistically, all that "gain" or "loss" that we see in the market, whether the stock market or the housing market, is all on paper. It only makes a difference if you are looking ......

My summer astronomy continues. Although a cold front and the remnants of Gustav are making it cloudy for the next few days, last night was pretty good, even from my backyard in the city. I spent about an hour watching the shadow of a Jovian moon traverse across the face of Jupiter. A moon will look like a star next to Jupiter until it crosses in front ......

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Here is my first attempt at Photosynth. I used the creepy Dreamer's Awake sculpture by Tom Oterness at the Wichita Art Museum. Although I had a full 180 degree panorama, the right half was at a different zoom than the left half, making it disjointed. I wish Photosynth would have some better editing tools (like outline the order you want) rather than ......

What do you do? Many people, particularly men, have their personal identity defined by what they do for a living. At a recent church picnic, there was the usual small talk, which eventually leads to the question, "What do you do?". And, even though people mean well, they may feel better about you or themselves, or even evaluate you differently, based ......

Google Maps has finally done the street level maps in Wichita. This is fairly impressive since they haven't even bothered to chart Seattle. One of the funny things is the outcry that it is "invading people's privacy". A woman on the news was upset because it showed her kids in the pool in front of her house. She said that it will make her a target for ......

My weekend wasn't as adventurous as Chris' jaunt through a storm drain, but I had the most fun and productive night of stargazing ever, last night. I have an 8" Dobsonian telescope that sits in its own stand. It doesn't have a motor or computer to find sky images, and it doesn't auto-track to keep them in view. I used to have one of those but sold it ......

In my previous post, I was focused on making One Game per Month. Well, that only works if you continue to work on it. I, on the other hand, got distracted on doing something else. Which is a problem, because when it stops being fun and I'm in the bowels of coding and debugging, it seems more like work. This brought to my mind the nature of epiphany. ......

For the last six weeks I have been working on a Master of Orion clone called Sovereign - all in XNA. Main screen Intro screen Menu screen Planet info screen All of these graphics were created with Paint.Net. All graphics, such as the logo, menu screen background, and planets, were created from tutorials on the Paint.Net forums. Current Features: Intro ......

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