23 June 2011 - 8:13pmBikes and such

On Monday, Joelle and I headed over to The Bikery in Baldwinsville to look at some new bikes in preparation for our trip to Maine next month.  We took a look at what they had at the store and decided to go with a pair of Cannondale Quick 5s (Joelle’s is the green, mine the gray).  The price seemed about as low as we would be able to get to without going to Wal-Mart, so we made the investment with plans to ride them frequently in the coming months and years.

We went for one short ride on Monday evening when we got home just to make sure everything seemed to be working right.  Tuesday and Wednesday night, I went for rides while Joelle went on her run.  I started on Tuesday with a 9.8 mile ride around Liverpool in just under 45 minutes. Take a look here (I wanted to embed interactive versions of the map right here in my post, but for some reason it seems Google has taken that functionality away).

Wednesday, I dialed it back a bit and went for a shorter, 4.8 mile ride so that I’d be done around the same time Joelle finished her run. I finished this one in just under 21 minutes. That one is here.

In July, Joelle and I are going camping with my parents and sister up in Maine, at Acadia National Park.  The park has 45 miles of carriage trails – nice wide paths through the woods – for us to ride on as well as 125 miles of hiking trails that I’m sure we’ll take advantage of.  Having nice bikes should make our time up there that much more enjoyable.

We’re also hoping to make a stop at Bath Iron Works while we’re up there. If it works out, it will be an opportunity for Joelle, Mom, Dad and Jessica to see a ship just like the ones I work on. The picture below isn’t of the ship we’d get to see (that ship is brand new and there aren’t any pictures on the internet yet) but it is one that I worked on last November in Hawaii!

I’m just waiting for an opportunity to ride in one of those helicopters. Each ship carries two and it isn’t uncommon for them to use one to pick up an engineer on his way out to troubleshoot a problem on the ship.

I’m not going to promise that I’m going to keep updating this blog, but I will at least try.  I don’t want to go another year and a half before posting again!

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21 July 2009 - 9:48pmWedding and Honeymoon

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Joelle and I got married last weekend!  Those that were there know that the ceremony and reception went really well and that everything turned out great.  The day went by so fast that we don’t even remember it all that well.

On Sunday morning after the wedding, we flew to Colorado for our honeymoon.  We spent the week hiking and rafting in Rocky Mountain National Park.  The weather was perfect and we had a lot of fun.  We took a lot of pictures and posted them all online at http://picasaweb.google.com/bennettj1087. When we get them, the wedding pictures will probably get posted there too.  Eventually, maybe we’ll get ourselves a decent camera and start taking more pictures and posting them there as well.

We opened our wedding gifts and cards this past Sunday with our parents, sisters, a cousin, an aunt and a friend.  We got a lot of good things and a lot of money and are very thankful to everyone for the nice stuff they got us.

At this point, I’d like to take a moment to mention one particular gift that holds a special place in my heart.  Ryan and Pat purchased for Joelle and I a Blendtec Total Blender. This is one of the coolest things that I would never have thought I’d ever get as a gift. We bought some ingredients when we were out shopping last night and made S’more milkshakes.  The blender is pretty awesome and works really well.  I’m looking forward to making more things with it.

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22 June 2009 - 6:41pmStuff

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I haven’t posted in an eternity, I know. It’s been over a month since I graduated from Clarkson and just about a month since I started my job in Liverpool, NY. Things are going well so far and I’m trying to learn as much as I can about my job each day. Joelle and I are getting married in just under 3 weeks! We’re really excited about it, though we still have a lot of little things to figure out.  If you got you’re invitation in the mail, please fill out the RSVP card and get it back to us ASAP.  We need them by the 27th of June so we can let our reception location know how much of each meal we need and such.

On another note, I went for a bike ride around the neighborhood today.  I thought I’d be able to last an hour, but I was wrong.  I rode for about a half hour before I was basically dead, which amounted to about 3.2 miles of riding, according to Google:


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I mapped out the following route after I got back (comes out to about 5.8 miles) and I’d like to be able to work up to it over the next week or so. We’ll see how that goes.


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10 May 2009 - 10:24pmBS in CS

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Today I officially received my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. The graduation ceremony, though a bit long, was very nice.  I especially enjoyed the bagpipe/drum marching band that led the processional into/out of the arena at the beginning and end of the ceremony. Remarks given by the various people in attendance were very well done and, though I thought it would be boring, I found the ceremony to be quite enjoyable.

Now that I’m finished with college it’s off to the real world, I suppose. Joelle and I are getting married in 2 months so we have several planning-related things to take care of in the next several weeks. In addition to that, I will be moving to Baldwinsville, NY at some point in the next week or two.  Joelle and I found a pretty nice apartment there that puts me about 15 minutes from my new job in Liverpool, NY.  I’ll be working for Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors as a Systems Engineer. I’m nervous and excited at the same time. I just hope I’m good at whatever it is they’ll be expecting me to do. Joelle will be moving in with me after we get married and hopefully she’ll be able to find a job also. There are definitely many more opportunities in the Syracuse area than there are here in Binghamton.

Also, I got a sweet present for graduation. My parents bought me a Garmin Nuvi 760. It’s a really nice widescreen GPS for the car and will come in really handy when Joelle and I are trying to find stuff in Syracuse and also while we’re in Colorado for our honeymoon.

With that, I’m done for now.

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26 February 2009 - 12:24amBears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

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Google it.

Today I finished migrating everything over to my new web host. All of my websites seem to be running fine and I’ve begun taking advantage of some of the features that DreamHost has to offer. If you find something wrong with the site anywhere, leave a comment and let me know so that I can take care of it.

This week, I worked on my first programming assignment for Computer Graphics. It took 300 lines of C to create a flat surface and a ball that rolls around when you press the arrow keys. Ridiculous. Once Ryan and I figured out how to do it properly it was a pretty neat assignment. I actually feel a sense of accomplishment now that I’ve finished it.

I guess that’s about it.

P.S. I’ve taken the limited time scrolling, blinking title feature offline. If you missed it, you missed out!

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26 September 2008 - 5:01pmSubversion and other things

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It’s been a long time.  I’ll try to give updates on as many things as I can think of in no particular order:

Wedding:

Nothing much new here.  Joelle and I continue to brainstorm about miscellaneous pieces of the wedding, but we haven’t made any concrete plans in quite some time.  Keep an eye out on our wedding blog for updates as they come.

Subversion:

Tonight I decided to tackle the task of installing and configuring Subversion with Apache and WebSVN.  I would have liked to do it using the Apache installation on my Windows computer, but alas, Windows sucks (I would never pay money for it).  As a second option, I turned to an Ubuntu virtual machine created using VirtualBox (which I can run all the time thanks to my recently upgraded 4GB of RAM).  Installation of Subversion is really easy, it’s the following configuration of Apache and WebSVN that was the tough part.  I used a combination of this guide, this guide and finally found this template for WebSVN that looks excellent.  I now have a working Subversion repository where I can store any projects I decide to work on (something anyone working on a development project should probably be doing).

Work:

Work’s been alright lately.  I’ve had some interesting tasks involving VB scripts to look at (one was an Excel macro that I wrote, one was updating a script that queries Active Directory).  I’ve also been working on some documentation here and there.

School:

I looked at classes for next semester today.  My tentative course load looks like this:

  • CS 444 – Operating Systems
  • CS 445 – Compiler Design
  • COMM 444 – Unix Web Administration
  • CS 464 – Game Development (?)
  • EC 350 – Microeconomics (?)

I’m not completely sure about the last two yet.  CS 464 may not actually be offered since it’s pending approval right now and I don’t really know if I want to take Microeconomics or not.  I’ll probably end up doing at least one, if not both, of them.

That’s about all I can come up with at this point.  Hopefully I’ll start posting more often again.

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8 July 2008 - 2:03pmUpdate

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Hello all. Updates follow, categorized for easy digestion:

Wedding Plans: Not much progress on this front lately. We did purchase some paper the other day to use for making “save the date” cards (a task we need to get started on). Other than that, there isn’t much to do at this point. We’re going to look at the guest list some more to see who’s missing and how many we have (we’re trying desperately to keep the numbers down so we don’t end up spending a fortune). We were in the paper the other day! Our engagement announcement appeared in Saturday’s edition of the Press & Sun Bulletin. Check out our wedding website for a link to the announcement online.

Google Calendar Feed Parser: As many of you know, I wrote my first WordPress plugin recently and I’m happy to report good news. My plugin has had 50 downloads so far with 9 being the most downloads in one day! I’ve also had some comments on the plugin’s post on this blog. Check out that post or its page on the WordPress Plugins site.

Future Plugin: My second plugin will come in the form of a directory application that can be integrated into a WordPress blog. This idea stems from a directory app I’ve been working on for my church. I recently set up a WordPress blog as the main site for the church and rather than have a separate login for the directory, I decided the directory would function better as a plugin to WordPress, thus allowing a user to access both the blog and the directory without logging in twice (creating a plugin is the only way I know of to accomplish this). Look for more information in the coming weeks.

New computer: I’m in the beginning stages of building a new computer for my parents/sister. Our Dell has held up over the years, but it’s just too old to handle Windows Vista (our new Dell laptop came with Vista and because we needed to be able to use the printer attached to the desktop computer from the new laptop, an upgrade to Vista was the logical solution). Now, no one uses that computer because it takes so long to do anything on. So after some researching online, I’ve come up with what I think will be the final specs and we’re going to purchase a few pieces at a time over the coming weeks.

New phone: I recently purchased a Samsung SCH-i760 off of eBay for a hefty price. This was a long-awaited upgrade from my Motorola v325i and I have to say I’m very pleased so far. I really like having a full keyboard and the touchscreen is excellent as well. Joelle likes it because it has Solitaire and Tetris (which I have to say are quite nice).

Work: Work is alright. I’ve had an opportunity to do more of the web development work that I was supposed to have been doing all along. When I get to work on that, I like my job a lot more. Somewhere around the beginning of August I’m being reassigned to a new department: the operations center. This department monitors web application availibility, network traffic, server availibility, etc. for the entire site and many of the remote sites. I’m looking forward to it.

I think that’s about it for right now, stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks.

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6 June 2008 - 9:03pmMy résumé

I finished the online version of my résumé today. To view the complete version (with contact information) you’ll have to answer a simple question about me. If you don’t know the answer and you think you should, email me and I’ll decide. Anyway, if you notice any glaring spelling errors please let me know via a comment or an email or something.

Other than that I’ve been working on my church’s website a little lately. As soon as I work out some server issues and get some content up, I’ll post a link here for you to check it out.

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6 June 2008 - 9:03pm3 years!

Yesterday was mine and Joelle’s 3 year anniversary. We started dating on June 5th of 2005, the first day of our senior class trip. Now, 3 years later, we’re planning our wedding and our future together. I love her with all of my heart and I can’t wait until we’re married so we can start our lives together!

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20 May 2008 - 10:49amWedding Website

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So yesterday I took some time to create a website for Joelle and I to use for our wedding plans. Right now all that’s been posted are the locations of the ceremony and reception but as we progress through the different planning stages we’re going to post all the relevant information. Take a look and be sure to let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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