Favorite Movies

1. Bad Boys (1995) with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith
Favorite scene: Final chase at the airport, that Porsche is awesome.
Least favorite scene: Marcus’ wife’s attitude.
2. Gone in Sixty Seconds
Favorite scene: When Randall gets chased while driving Eleanor.
Least favorite scene: When Eleanor gets crushed.
3. Gladiator
Favorite scene: When Comidus asks “Spaniard” to reveal himself only to find out it’s Maximus
Least favorite scene: When Maximus’ family is slaughtered.
4. Star Wars
Favorite scene: All scenes involving Millenium Falcon!
Least favorite scene: When Obi Wan dies.
5. Varsity Blues
Favorite scene: When Lance, the QB, becomes the coach and the run the “Hook and Ladder” play.
Least favorite scene: The Coach!
6. Top Gun “I feel the need for speed”
Favorite scene: The inverted negative G dive
Least favorite scene: Goose’s death.


And to continue with the Star Trek entries, I got the Complete First Season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. WOO HOO!!!

Yet another Jean Luc Picard quote

    “Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.”    

– Jean Luc Picard                

In it for the money?

When I was in college I was stunned by a fellow students answer to my question, “Why are you studying Computer Science?”. His answer was “Because the money is good”, not because he liked or was interested in computers. The other day I got the same reaction from some of my co-workers. They were in the tech industry because the pay is good.

You could say I chose to study Computer Science partially because of the money, but that came after I realized how much fun computers and writing software can be. Also, it was one of the few courses which I got good grades in as opposed to the other majors I tried (Architecture, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mathematics (ok I only thought about majoring in Math)).

I think part of the problem with the tech industry today is that it’s full of wanna be programmers, notice I didn’t say Software Engineers or Computer Scientests. There are many folks out there who want a quick buck, but don’t give a rats @$$ about computers or their software. I for one, want to be the best Software Engineer I can be, and would prefer to work with folks who also want to be the best Engineers (or Scientests). People who want to constantly learn new technologies, grow both professionally and personally, and not to simply make more money.

Now I wouldn’t give up my salary, at least not now. But if you asked me would you rather get a raise and continue working on boring stuff, or would you rather learn something new and contribute to the software community. I’d choose the latter. I don’t believe many in our industry would.

One of my favorite quotes is by Picard:

“The aquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives.
We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.”

– Jean Luc Picard, Star Trek: First Contact    

My question to my readers, why are you in the tech industry?


It is that time of year again when we reflect at our lives and be thankful for what we have. I’m thankful for:

1.  a beautiful and loving wife with infinite patience since she’s out numbered by three boys.
2.  a two year old son with great athletic ability (he gets that from his mother) and lots of energy.
3.  a handsome baby boy just 6 weeks old.
4.  wonderful parents
5.  great inlaws, I don’t know why so many husbands complain about their inlaws, I guess I’m one of the lucky ones.
6.  a great brother, sister-in-law and nephew
7.  loving sisters-in-law
8.  amazing aunts, uncles, and cousins
9..  the friends I have
10.  a cozy, comfortable house
11.  a well paying job in an industry which I love (despite all the complaining I do about it)
12.  for all the opportunities I’ve been given to succeed
13.  the US military for keeping my freedom safe since they don’t make the policies just enforce them
14.  my health and those that I love
15.  and many more things

I hope everyone will take some time today to think about what they are thankful for and say “thank you”.

View component

As you may know, I’m working on my first web application and I’m going to choose Velocity as my view component. One of my co-workers pointed out the nice VelocityLayoutServlet. I’ve chosen Velocity because my pages will be quite simple with only a few items being auto generated. Plus having the templates be mostly HTML, I can have my wife edit the layout as she sees fit without having to learn messy JSP tags.

I will continue to post on my progress, which is going very slow lately.

Gnome icons or lack thereof

Why aren’t there any good Gnome icons? I’ve searched Google for gnome icons and can’t seem to find any really cool ones. This site has the most I’ve seen so far,Gnome Icons, but they’re still rather drab. Now xicons.com has some really nice Windows and Mac OS X icons but no Gnome icons or themes. I spent 3 hours trying to convert this set from Windows icons (.ico) to PNG (.png) format in separate sizes ranging from 16×16 to 128×128. It was really something I don’t want to do again.

Here’s what I have so far using some of the icons I converted, and inheriting my theme from Bluecurve.
The Trash, jmrodri’s Home, document, and LimeWire were all replaced. But the Bluecurve defaults show through in the Terminal icon and the audio player.

Does anyone know where to find high quality Gnome icon themes?

Hide and seek

I’ve forgotten how fun hide and seek can be to play. Adán counted 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 18, 20. Then he proceeded to seek. I hid on the steps, in the powder room, in the kitchen, crouched near the counter, in plain site next to a few doors, each time I was found a shreiking laugh and giggle. It was a classic moment that required pulling out the video camera to capture his face as he giggled when he found “Dada”.