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10km Run, Every Morning!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I’ve reached a major milestone in my athletic life. I’ve finally gotten my fitness level to where I can run 10km every single morning of the work week!

I usually start my day at 4:30am when I get up, out the door by 5:35am, and ride my bicycle to the gym. I usually get there about 5:55am or 6:00am. I’m usually changed and stretched out by 6:15am and hit the tredmil at that time. I run a steady 6.5 miles per hour or about a 9min 23 second mile. By 7:15am I’ve run 6.5 miles which works out to slightly over 10km!

People are telling me that is a lot, and it is for me considering where I’ve come at my athletic performance. After college I gained a lot of weight, and all those periods of unemployment and trying to save money staying home and working to build my online portfolio, etc… my weight was up to about 290-310 lbs. Now I’m down to about 190lbs!

I just know you want to ask, So how did I loose it? Well it all started to come off when I had the opportunity to choose where I wanted to live after relocating for my new job here in Huntsville Alabama. I did some research and found a place I would be able to get safely to work from my appartment to my office on bicycle. After I moved in I got a bicycle and started to use that for my daily commute. Also I walked to the Huntsville Airshow about 5 miles walk then 5 miles walk back. A nice guy gave me a ride most of the way back cause my feet had some pretty nasty blisters by that time. I could barely walk for several days after that! Then my body responded and after I recovered I found my walking ability was much stronger! Between walking and riding my bicycle the pounds started to come off. Not just my belly, but my arms, legs, fingers, cheeks, neck, shoulders, butt,

Americans in Orbit 50 Years

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

I’ve just accepted a position on the Advisory Board for the organization known as “Americans in Orbit 50 Years”. My title will be Senior Technologist.

I must say this is really exciting for me! This is moving in exactly the direction I’ve always dreamed my life would go! Only I never thought it would be possible!!!! Yet here I am living MY dream! The full energy and excitement of this appointment hasn’t completely hit me yet. I suppose that’s partly because I’m such a work-a-holic and so friggin busy these days that everything just seems to go in a blur.

In any event I need to mention some of the things that this organization brings to the table. First I will start with the names and affiliations of the other board members:

T.J. O’Mally, Former Launch Director for Friendship 7

Charles Arthur “Chuck” Biggs, Sr., Former VP, Manned Spaceflight Education Foundation Inc.

Larry R. Capps, CEO, U.S. Space and Rocket Center

William Coleman, Chief of Project Blue Book (UFO Investigations)

Al Reisz, CEO of Reisz Engineers

Konrad K. Dannenberg, Deupty Manager of the Saturn Rocket Program

Lorraine Ruiz, Operations Manager of NASA’s Ames Exploration Encounter Program

Bill Larson, Director of Media Relations

These are giant people in the world of space flight and I’m proud and honored to be counted among them in representing the Orbiter Space Flight Simulator and other technology and engineering developments.

I should also note that we hare having a special event at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration

HHO, to scam or not to scam

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

There are a lot of people claiming that HHO is a complete scam, and there are a lot of people who claim to give mathmatical evidence as to why it cannot work, and they usually go on about how you can’t get something for nothing, how nothing is free and no such thing as a free lunch. On and on they go!

On the other hand there are a lot of people who claim it has worked for them and that

Major New Site Updates

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Well if you haven’t noticed yet, there are a major series of updates I’ve made to the site in the last few weeks.

1. I’ve finally finished doing all the major design work for the Personal Web - sub domain here are the links:

Personal Web - Home:

Rather then listing all of the links I’ll let you browse it for yourself. Each page has custom graphics and buttons so that’s why it’s taken me a full month to get it all finished.

2. If you look carefully you’ll see I’ve added 3 categories of site links to the right blog-roll. This makes it easier to navigate back to any other section of my site from this page.

The other part of the reason that it took me so long to get this all done was because I reformatted my Hard Drive, and I did that because I wanted to install a trial version of Adobe Audition such that I could remaster some tape recordings

New Web Forums Finally Online

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Ok finally got my own forums online, I still plan to customize them and hopefully get some custom graphics and stuff in line with everything else I’m doing on this site.

Note: There is a

New Blog Graphics

Monday, March 10th, 2008

As you can see I’ve updated the Blog graphic with my own custom title.

Time to make the forums.



New Sub-Domain Online

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Finally the long awaited Sub-domain is online!

Basically at this point the page is only a template for other topics of interest on the same sub-domain. I haven’t done any work yet on any of these menu links yet so all the links except the one back here to the blog are dead. I will be working my way down the list adding them as I get them done. Enjoy and feel free to let me know what you think of the site!

New Site Graphics

Friday, February 8th, 2008

I just finished developing a new set of graphics buttons for my site. Of course I haven’t done any re-touching yet, or even tested them out. So I’m not sure how much more work it will take before I like the final result, but at least I’ve gotten the ball rolling for retooling my site. I still have some new title graphics to work on, and I haven’t even started to restructure the site itself, however, getting the buttons done is an important first step.

The last few days here in Thailand I’ve been down with a BAD cough and I haven’t been able to do much of anything. My girl friend finally went out and got some Robitussin. Ever since then I’ve been on the rebound, thus I’m doing much better now. Only about 1 more week here and I’ll be flying back to the US.

At this point I can feel I’m already starting to miss this place and I haven’t even left it. Mostly because I won’t be with my girl friend any more, but also because the weather here is absolutely AMAZING, and I just know the weather in Minnesota is going to be nothing but crud for another

Spicy Thai Food

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

I finally figured out why the food is so spicy here in Thailand. It’s because they serve the rice cold most times, so when you mix the side dishes with the rice and eat. So you can’t even tell that the rice is actually cold because your so busy reacting to the spicy food. :-D

On another note my girl friend and I took her laptop to the Acer Maintaince Center and had the DVD drive unit replaced. It’s reading Dual Layer DVD’s fine now so I’ve already scanned all the DVD’s and copied a large portion of MP3’s to her Hard Drive. I’ve also installed most of the applications I’ll need to work on the website, so I can start on that today, though you won’t see any changes for a bit, because I’m making all the changes off line, and I’ll upload the site changes later.



New Game Engine

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Well the game engine has been coming along nicely. I’ve been working with a guy named Charles and we’ve developed some really cool core engine components so far. Up to this point it’s been nothing but the core windows components and basic support for the DirectX SDK API.

I wanted to have full support for dynamically switching between full screen and windowed mode while in the game. So we got that feature running, also there was some other related features to being in full screen and clicking on some other window in the event that the user has multiple monitors but the game is only active on one monitor. Similarly the game engine must also handle an ALT+TAB out to another application or window, and from windowed mode the game should pause rendering when the game is minimized or placed in the background.

We got it to pause the game rendering but the game itself is still executing and eating up the CPU. When the game engine is not active of course it should not be eating CPU power because the user might have to do something important like writing a blog post, or responding to some important e-mail or making a quick edit on some web page. Since most video games require the full attention of the computer hardware games are developed with a very high priority setting for executing on the CPU. Just because the rendering is paused doesn’t mean the priority level has changed so we still need to implement a system that will drop the priority level thus not requiring large amounts of CPU time to do nothing when the user wants to work on something else for a bit, or step out for a quick lunch between levels or whatever.