Happy Birthday to me :)

I know it’s probably not cool to wish yourself happy birthday, but I’m not much for rules πŸ™‚

I opened my birthday presents this morning and was surprised to see some cool toys, yes they were toys I’m still a kid at heart. Here’s what I got:

A Logitech Driving Forceβ„’ GT wheel for the PS3, this will make it more fun to play Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.
Logitech wheel

I finished F.E.A.R. and really liked it so now I get to try the second version – F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin game for PS3
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

I also got Motorstorm Pacific Rift to continue honing my racing skills πŸ™‚

The children got me some neat stuff too. Marco picked out Star Wars Commanders Battle pack Unleashed:

Adan got me “The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” DVD:
The Mummy

And finally, Iliana got me Star Wars Neimoidian Shuttle diacast vehicle:

I’ve brought the Star Wars toys into the office to decorate my desk. I’ll have to post pictures later.
Now to enjoy the rest of my day.

Memorial Weekend

I had a great Memorial weekend. Thursday night my sister-in-law, Jacquie came to visit us from New York City for the weekend. I love having visitors at the house.

On Friday where I was stressing about the surprise party I had planned for Liz’ birthday. I had to dodge the ‘where are we going to eat tonight’ question and make runs to the grocery store to get ice for the coolers without her knowing. It was quite a challenge. The party was, in my opinion, a success. Folks had a good time and the kids spent almost the entire time outside playing. After the party, we went to see Adan’s coach pitch baseball game.

On Saturday, Adan did his First Holy Communion he did great, we are so proud of him. Afterwards, we all went to celebrate with breakfast. Unfortunately, Adan got one of his ocular migraines, so he didn’t enjoy it. But Liz made him his favorite, scrambled eggs, after he woke up from his nap.

Also on Saturday, we got a surprise visit from my parents who drove down from Maryland to see the kids. They brought my Aunt Rosa and my second cousin Hunter Lee, who I don’t think I’ve met in her eleven years of life. It was great seeing everyone. We played a little ‘baseball’ in the backyard, ok my yard isn’t big enough for a game πŸ™‚ we simply pitched and hit the ball with the kids. Though the adult’s inner child came out as we all gave hitting a try. The best part is keeping the adults from breaking the neighbors’ windows.

I made waffles while Liz made the sausage and bacon for breakfast. Chatted a bit with everyone before my parents hit the road back to Maryland. They wanted to avoid the Memorial Day traffic. Later that afternoon, we ordered pizza from Mellow Mushroom for dinner. MMMM! Then we braved the thunderstorms to get some ice cream fromΒ  Cold Stone Creamery.

After the exciting weekend, Monday was a lazy day. Liz took Jacquie to the airport around 11am. I put the kids down for their nap / quiet time and I played F.E.A.R. on the PS3. After nap, we had lunch and watched the “Land of the Lost” marathon on the SciFi channel. I was surprised that the kids would like the show considering it was from 1975 with cheesy 1975 graphics. But they loved it. Adan was singing the theme song this morning πŸ™‚

Monday evening I FINISHED F.E.A.R.! It was a fun game which I’ve been playing off and on since I got it in January. It is a very creepy game but still fun. I’m now looking forward to getting and playing F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. That summarizes my wonderful weekend.

Visit to Adan’s technology class

Today I went to talk to Adan’s 2nd grade technology class. It was great. I tried to start them early on what open source is and Linux πŸ™‚

I talked about what I do at Red Hat, a brief explanation of open source and collaboration (working together for the 2nd grade audience). They LOVED the videos:

I got to share how we have as much fun at work and they liked Adan’s picture of him visiting me at work.

Adan wearing Captain Spalding helmet
Adan wearing Captain Spalding helmet

I also talked about the OLPC which they LOVED! I used the Speak activity to show that it can be quite entertaining.

Speak activity
Speak activity

The technology teacher also teaches Spanish, so she was impressed with the ability for the Speak activity to speak Spanish. The children found the videos and OLPC very entertaining. I felt like they had a good time and hopefully they learned a little something in the process.

A special thanks goes out to Greg for loaning me the XO to show off.

Madagascar 2

Grandpop and I took the boys to the movies to see “Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa“. The movie was quite entertaining and I think they did a good job picking up where they left off. The boys were laughing hysterically. It helps a sequel when the original actors are also in it. All of the character voices returned: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, and Sascha Baron Cohen. If you have kids I recommend it.

Can I Borrow $25?

A friend of mine sent this to me via email, I usually don’t pay attention to these, but I really liked this one. I’m thankful that my dad was always home for dinner and why I try to get home to have dinner with my family every night.

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year
old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: ‘Daddy, may I ask you a question?’
DAD: ‘Yeah sure, what it is?’ replied the man.
SON: ‘Daddy, how much do you make an hour?’
DAD: ‘That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?’ the man
said angrily.
SON: ‘I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?’
DAD: ‘If you must know, I make $50 an hour.’
SON: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON: ‘Daddy, may I please borrow $25?’

The father was furious, ‘If the only reason you asked that is so you can
borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march
yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being
so selfish. I don’t work hard every day for such childish frivolities.’ The
little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s
questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After
about an hour or so, the man had calmed down , and started to think: Maybe
there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and he really
didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little
boy’s room and opened the door. ‘Are you asleep, son?’ He asked. ‘No daddy,
I’m awake,’ replied the boy. ‘I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on
you earlier’ said the man ‘It’s been a long day and I took out my
aggravation on you. Here’s the $25 you asked for.’

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you daddy!’ He yelled.
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The
man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The
little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.
‘Why do you want more money if you already have some?’ the father grumbled.

Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,’ the little boy replied. ‘Daddy,
I have $50 now. Can I buy an
hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have
dinner with you.’

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he
begged for his forgiveness. It’s just a short reminder to all of you working
so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without
having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to
our hearts. Do remember to share that $50 worth of your time with someone
you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily
replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind
will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

From my house to yours

‘The light of God surrounds us.
The love of God enfolds us.
The power of God protects us.
The presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are God is and all is well.’

From my home to yours – enjoy.

Busy weekend

It was a busy weekend, Liz went away for the weekend while I watched the 3 kids. They were actually very well behaved and gave me little to no trouble. I was expecting quite a bit πŸ˜€ We went to their Friday playgroup, afterwards had the kid’s favorite: McDonald’s for dinner. On Saturday, we went to Border’s to get the kid’s some books, I went with the intention to buy Doctor Who Season 2, but didn’t want to pay the $68 for it. I ended up getting a Doctor Who book instead, yeah I’m as surprised as you that I ended up with a book.

In the evenings I spent the time catching up on my sci-fi shows: finished watching Doctor Who Season 4, saw all of Season 1 (I started with Season 2), and I started watching Firefly (thanks robin). I also managed to get 2 patches submitted and accepted to redstone-xmlrpc, and I submitted the package to jpackage for review. Another library I use all the time is jdbcLogDriver written by a former colleague of mine, I got commit access to it this weekend as well. Today I started to shake the dust off zmugfs. I still haven’t been able to add write access to the file system, and the read mode is extremely slow at startup. I need a better algorithm for downloading the photos and caching them.