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 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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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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4 April 2008 - 9:19amGooooin’ to the chapel and we’re goooonna get ma-a-arried

So as you all know, Joelle and I are engaged. That means wedding plans are abounding. It’s almost overwhelming the amount of things to consider when it comes to a wedding. That said, it’s also a lot of fun.  We’ve already been all over the Binghamton area looking at reception halls and have settled on The Silo Restaurant in Greene, NY. They have a very nice banquet room for the reception and lots of landscape outside that will provide a nice background for pictures and such.

Joelle’s already decided on a wedding dress that I think she’s going to be ordering this weekend. Also, she went out to the craft stores with her mom last weekend and put together a test centerpiece for the tables at the reception.

Now, you may think to yourself, “Self, they’re starting this planning business really early aren’t they?  I mean, their wedding isn’t for another year and a few months.” And you’d be correct, we are starting early. But we’re lucky we did because many of the reception halls we called were already booked for the date we picked (which means there are crazier people out there). The truth of it is, I’m glad we’re starting early. Planning a wedding traditionally has a great deal of stress associated with it and I want to minimize that as much as possible. Starting way early gives us plenty of time to make decisions on all the important things.

So pray for us. If you know anything about weddings you know there’s still a lot of things to take care of, from favors for the guests to honeymoon arrangements. I’ll keep you posted here on the plans and if you have any words of wisdom, leave them for me.

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18 March 2008 - 8:03pmHappily Engaged!

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Joelle and I are engaged!! We’re very excited about it and are really looking forward to our wedding on July 11th of next year.

How it went down:

I got home from school on Friday for my spring break. I had been planning for the last few weeks that I would use my week off from school to shop for a ring and plan how I was going to do everything. Joelle’s spring break wasn’t until a week after mine, so I had the week to shop around and such without her being home to find out.

That all changed when Miss Joelle decided she wanted to come home for the weekend a week before her break. I had planned to wait another week but I was so excited about it that I wanted to do it early. So I stayed up for hours on Friday night (the 14th) making this webpage for her. On Saturday morning (the day she was coming home), I went out to do some shopping and found this ring at Ruby and Sons Jewelry.

Later that day, after spending some time at her house, Joelle and I went back to my house and I seized my opportunity. I sat Joelle down at the computer and had her watch the slideshow. At the end, I knealt down beside her and asked her to marry me. Needless to say, she said yes and we spent the next several minutes just hugging each other and looking at how pretty her ring is on her hand.

Watch the slideshow, look at the ring and leave us comments if you want to. We’re excited and we’d love to hear from you if you’re excited too.

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