Geek of the week

Seems I’m swinging by for my monthly blog post. One of the things I’ve been working on over the last few months is moving our web sites from the VPS we have had for the last few years to a dedicated server. Between the two, we are spending a couple hundred a month and I’m looking forward to eliminating one of them. Server Beach comes highly recommended for dedicated web servers. If you are in the market for one, I have a coupon code which will give you a break on your hosting bill.

A few weeks ago I put my name in to be featured as SB’s geek of the week. I got the message through twitter this morning that I was being featured this week.

About a week ago both Andrea & I were nominated to the WP Rockstar Showcase. We have been sitting in our current position of being on both the highest list and most rated list for the last few days. We wouldn’t object to you stopping by and giving us a boost tho’ 😉

I have also been sharing the writing with Andrea over on the WPMU Tutorials blog which is definitely one of the reasons I’ve been writing less here.

I’m not expecting to be less busy over the next few months. But, Andrea & I are considering a westward bound weekend trip in July. We just have to firm a few things up before we say too much about it.

Groundhog Day

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. When I was growing up the folks where I lived paid attention to the weather on Feb 2. I can’t remember a winter back then that Feb 2nd did not reflect how the rest of the winter went.

In the last 10-15 years, I’ve found that it has been somewhat less reliable. (Bear in mind, that it is unusual for us to not have snow at the end of March and that the “end of winter” is relative.) Last year was a bit of an exception in that it was sunny and we did have a long way to go before the snow was gone. Tomorrow it is supposed to be warm and mixed sun and cloud.And that’s how I expect the remainder of winter to pan out. We may still have winter conditions with snow, etc., but I think the harsh part of winter is over for this year.

Let’s hope the groundhogs agree.

A moment of silence

The sister of a friend of Sarah’s slipped into a coma yesterday and passed away this morning. Sometime last year, she was diagnosed (at age 9) with brain cancer. I can’t count the time that she spent in treatment, but she spent alot of her last year in treatment and recovery.

The loss of a sibling or your child is no easy thing to bear, even if you know it’s coming. I’m asking you to pause for a moment of silence. I’m thankful every day that I’ve never had to go through that and, in a way, cannot imagine what it’s like.

The promised update and…

A couple weeks ago, I told you that I’d gone to an interview. On Friday afternoon, I was offered a permanent position. I’ve stuck the word permanent in there because, it’s something I’ve never had. I was offered permanent positions 3 or 4 times in my career and had always turned them down. Even though I worked for one employer for 5 years, the longest term of employment I’ve had has been 1 year. Over a period of 8 years, the longest full-time contract I had was 3 months. Many of the contracts I took were 1 or 2 weeks. This is the first position I’ve taken which doesn’t have a termination date.

It’s going to be yet another adventure in living. And, we will be moving. Initially, I will be going and returning home on weekends. I hope to be able to secure a place to live within the first couple weeks. Since I’m a math geek and this is a homeschooling blog, I thought I’d include some info on the move. I used Google Earth to determine the ‘as a crow flies’ distance and direction from here to there. The move will be approximately 150 miles (241 km) west-southwest 🙂

As an administrative note, due to the announcement about, I may be posting here a little sporadically over the next couple weeks.

The answer to the What am I picture riddle was indeed a pancake on a griddle.

OT: US Politics

If you read back through the blog, you will probably notice a lack of political content. That’s because most of the time, I’m not particularly interested in talking about it. This morning both of these gems arrived in my email. Unless you totally abstain from all things political, these 2 articles are worth a read.

Congress caught making false entries in Wikipedia

Then the trusty editors at Wikipedia got together and compiled a list of over 1,000 edits made by Internet addresses allocated to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The IP address subsequently was blocked and unblocked.

HT: Valerie

US digital ambition

And, in a grand finale, the document recommends that the United States should seek the ability to “provide maximum control of the entire electromagnetic spectrum”.

US forces should be able to “disrupt or destroy the full spectrum of globally emerging communications systems, sensors, and weapons systems dependent on the electromagnetic spectrum”.

Consider that for a moment.

HT: Mike

College Illiteracy

In world Net Daily News, the author of the article College illiteracy stuns educators concluded,

“The need for educational freedom is now greater than ever. A free society cannot survive without it. “

I’ll make no additional comment as I’m not sure that any further comment is necessary. You may infer your own conclusions from the fact that I taught college for 2 1/2 years and that I’m referring you to this article.

HT: Home Educator’s Family Times News of Interest …

What Makes a Homeschooler a Homeschooler Symposium

Tenniel atSCHOOL@HOME is asking what makes a homeschooler a homeschooler? She’s soliciting blog entires on the subject.

Many of you have strong opinions on this issue and many of you are very smart and passionate about this subject. Let us work together to see if we can come up with good ways to define homeschooling and protect the rights of all homeschoolers.