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Instant Family

Last week I finally got around to seeing Instant Family. If you’re not familiar with the movie, it follows a childless couple who decide to adopt out of foster care. As expected, crazy hijinks ensue. I have to say that I...

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On Writing

I’ve been working on a technical book for several years now. Partially, this is because I have a million things to do (coincidentally, my son just turned two). Partially this is because I’m a slow writer. And...

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Thoughts on foster care

I recently gave an “intro to foster care” presentation. What was interesting is that I was trying to both encourage people to consider becoming foster parents, and discourage them from doing so. Why both?...

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Being Matt

When I first started working as a developer over seven years ago, it was a bit overwhelming. Not only had I never worked as a programmer or used any of the languages I’d now need, I also had to get used to a lot of...

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Introduction to Foster Care

I’m going to go a little off-topic for this blog today and talk about something that’s not technology related but is important to me: foster care. My wife and I have been certified foster parents for several years...

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That Conference Follow-Up

We’ve finished another┬áThat Conference! This was my third year attending, but my first time as a speaker. As much as I love the name (I’m going to That Conference next week. Which conference? That conference!) and...

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Dealing with Spammers: A Modest Proposal

In 2009, it was estimated that spam would cost the world about $130 billion, $42 billion of that in the United States. While technological measures are getting better (for example, Askimet for blog spam), it will always be an...

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Megamind

Now I remember the other reason that I never go to the movies. 2 tickets, one popcorn, nachos, and a drink: $37! The first reason, of course, is that in the past it’s been almost impossible to find a captioned showing....

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What Google Thinks About You

Ran across this today and thought it was kind of interesting. When you have an adsense account, one of the things you can choose is whether or not to allow interest-based ads; in other words, advertising that’s based on...

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