My Latest Updates

The Disaster that is Dell

This is a recap of the disaster that has been occurring since early November with an order from Dell Computers. Currently, Dell is claiming they have refunded me and no such refund has appeared FOR THE PAST MONTH.

On November 13th, 2015, I decided to purchase a computer from Dell for the price of $788.70. The email confirmation came and all was great with an estimated delivery date of December 2nd.

On December 1st, I received an email saying that the order had been delayed, and provided a new shipping date of December 9th.

On December 8th, I received an email stating that I must take action because Dell would be automatically canceling my order because they had another delay. I felt this had gone on long enough and so I let the order cancel and chose NOT to proceed to their “consent to this delay” link.

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Ongoing Projects Update

It can be hard to keep track of all the different projects going on in my life and so I thought I’d get back to keeping a public record of things that are happening, things that need to be done, and things that I’m specifically focused on.

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Piano Needs a Good Home

A number of years ago I had the opportunity to buy my first new piano. A beautiful black upright Essex (from the Steinway family) piano that has been my friend in the dark hours of the morning and a constant companion to my wife’s entrancing voice.


In our effort to downsize and minimize (more on this in a future post) we are looking for a new home for our piano. Does anyone know of a good home?

Can Life Get Any Busier?

Stop the world I want to get off!

How many times a day do we feel like there is so much going on that we just can’t seem to stay on top of everything because we’re constantly being pulled in a thousand different directions. It seems that no matter how many to-do lists or organizational tools you use life overwhelms you.

So it got me thinking… are we being hampered or blocked from actually enjoying life and living life how we want? How often are our decisions and things that have happened earlier in our lives (loss of employment, financial difficulties, family issues, death of close ones, just to name a few) still having a stranglehold on how we live our life today.

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Tutorials and Training

Over the years I have discovered that I love learning. I love soaking up new skills and knowledge. Part of this desire to learn and grow is also the desire to share what I learn. So over the next few months, I’ll be sharing a number of different aspects of things I learn. And as a sneak preview… here are a few things we’ll be discussing:

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March Arrives and Time Continues to Fly

The Washington DC area is under ANOTHER winter weather watch as a snow storm has barreled through the region causing cancellations and disruptions all over the place. Normally the Washington area can count on maybe 10 inches of snow over the course of the entire winter, but this year many places are already approaching 30+ inches. And while all the youth may be loving the escape from school, I’m sure when summer arrives they will be none too happy to see their school year extended to make up for all of these snow days.

With this new snow storm causing all sorts of disruptions, I realized that it has been a month since I last updated this blog. So, for the three of you who read this, you might be wondering what has been going on. In one word… TONS!

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Adventures in Giving Away Crypto Currencies

As I wrote the other day, I had won an Android tablet from in one of their recent giveaways. As a way to pass on the Doge spirit, I said that I would be giving away 75,000 Doge. So I made five 10,000Doge paper wallets and one 25,000Doge paper wallet. My goal was to see how many unusual or non-techie people I could get to take my Doge money. I had a blast yesterday (and it had nothing to do with being my birthday yesterday). Here’s what has happened with my giveaways so far:

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Community Participation Reaps Rewards

DogecoinA great part about being a part of a community is that everyone benefits in the community when everyone participates. One of the reasons why Dogecoin has taken off and been so successful during these past 4+ weeks is that a strong community has been formed that supports and strengthens the crypto-currency. The Jamaican bobsled team has been sponsored by the community, people have tipped and gifted hundreds of thousands of Doge to other community members, and websites and business have sprung up overnight that support the “Doge way of life”. UPDATE: The tipping and gifting is over 1 million Doge on Reddit alone and this doesn’t include all the fundraising events that the Doge community has undertaken.

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Connecting on IRC

Due to the nature of my work and how difficult it is to have dedicated time in email, if you need to get in touch with me or want to ask a question about WordPress projects or other code concepts, you can connect with me on #wpstudio

If you have questions about how to connect to IRC, post a question below and I’ll put together a getting started with IRC post.