I have spent years trying to escape a world of extremes. Despite this, and despite feeling like I have made a lot of progress in this, I often find myself looking around thinking... "God. What the fuck is wrong with me?" Sometimes I feel so close to an answer. Like I've almost got it all … Continue reading What the fuck is wrong with me?
“The thing about alligators…” *hic* Strike buckled under the force of his own hiccup, braced himself against the counter, and belched loudly. “What?” Rahven bellowed, though his attention was focused clearly on the game. “He’s doing the alligator rant.” Serana offered, following this helpful bit with a healthy helping of dark lager. “Mmm. Alligator rant.” … Continue reading Forgive an alligator
I can't even begin to think of where to begin on what I've been up to in the last (... oh my god, what has it... 8 fucking years!) since I blogged regularly. So much has happened. So much of it was so. hard. I have thought for awhile now about blogging again, and have … Continue reading The 2019 Life Update Post
For the last year I have been working for Washington State L&I on the maintenance team for one of their internal data-entry applications. I have been particularly active in creating a new version of the app for an upcoming release. Without previous experience working in ASP.Net, I quickly trained myself up in VB.Net and began making … Continue reading Internal Application WIN
Working with J Scott Savage was a pleasure, and an exciting opportunity. For one, I’ve crossed palms with him a few times at various writing events. My wife is also a great fan of his books and recommends them to anyone who will listen. Scott had the foresight to hire Seth Graham to create beautiful illustrations that … Continue reading Children’s Author J Scott Savage
During my internship at BYU-Idaho, I had the opportunity to proactively design solutions to solve usability problems for our site. Of course, implementation was another matter. This is where I learned the valuable lesson of prototypes: Prototypes are a quick and effective way to demonstrate the possibilities to stakeholders. It shows them what we already … Continue reading BYU-Idaho’s Responsive Prototype
This is part two of the series, "So You Want to Tutor?" Prove It Get Them Talking Establishing rapport, in this case, isn’t about selling knives, makeup, or used cars. It’s about breaking the ice a bit, and establishing a common ground. A bit of rapport doesn’t mean finding out their favorite ice cream and … Continue reading So You Want to Tutor? Get Them Talking.