Rachael's first recital

Two Weeks in to Homeschool

Here we are two weeks into homeschooling and I and the kids are still happy and excited. Yay! Things must be going well when the children have pretend school during play time. So far I have to say the choosing a curriculum that has lessons planned out for me was a good idea. During these two weeks I have had days I felt like wonder woman who can go all day and accomplish everything and I have had days I didn't feel like doing anything but snooze on the couch. During the sleepy days we still did school and because I didn't have to figure out what to do I just followed the plan.

Our Homeschooling is now OFFICIAL.

It is official, I have notified our school district that we will be homeschooling our 6 yr. old daughter. I bounded around with excitement and told anyone who would listen after I turned in our letter of intent.

Another milestone we have now passed is purchasing curriculum. I have met and read blogs of amazing homeschool parents who create there own curriculum or at least make there own lesson plans but alas that is not what I am able to do.

Digital microscope rig

At work the video card in one of my workstations died. It smelled. Bad. So what did I do? I asked if I could have it and took it home to practice soldering. I got out my camera equipment and rigged a basic digital microscope. The end result was very usable except that the image was up side down, making it tricky to solder by.

Who we are in Christ perspective Challenge

All of the verses below are about who a Believer in Christ is according to God's perspective in stead of the world.

The Challenge: Read one verse a day and meditate on it through out the day. After finishing the list how your perspective has changed and the fruit of walking out who your are in Him.

  1. I am complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10)
  2. I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
  3. I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2)
  4. I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14).

Banana Dogs

What do you do when you have hotdog buns with no hotdogs and bananas that need eaten? You make a banana dog. Simply take a hotdog bun put some peanut butter in it and then place the banana in it like a hotdog. Then you feed it to the happy hungry children before they become unhappy hungry children. I didn't want to cook tonight but something had to be made so I came up with this. I thought I was being wonderfully original and creative. Turns out it is not a new idea. I googled it before writing this post and found my gem of creativity, had been done before.

Teach Varnish to write letters

We've had people typing response letters for quite a while, but it's slow and costly, and the only difference in the letters is the greeting by name. We also can't change it to an impersonal response like "Dear Customer".

So how can we make this more efficient? Let's make lots of copies of the letter without the name, leaving a hole in it's place. Then when we get a request we'll use a special process

Even wash my dishes

" I can do all things through Messiah who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13. Wow, the power in that verse, but do I really believe it means "all thing"? In my mind I think "ohh that is only talking about things like handling temptation, surviving persecution, or the boldness to speak up for God". On the contrary all means all. I know the verse before is talking about Paul being content whether living in abundance or suffering. I still find I can apply this Philippians verse to all things, even everyday life, because we allow the mundane everyday things of our life to affect our hearts and dictate if we shine for God or not.

God cares about the everyday things. Look at Proverbs 31 or Titus 2 if you question taking care of those around us and our home is important. When we do all our everyday things with out arguing or complaining we can shine like the stars of the universe and holding out the word of life to others (Philippians 2:14-16).

So today I pray. "Praise you, Jesus, that you care about even the little responsibilities in my life and you will give me the strength and power to get them done. I can do all things, even wash my dishes and pick up my home through You, my Messiah, who strengthens me".

What's happening?

This year has been a busy year. Last year as well as this year were difficult, but these past few months have seen healing and restoration. This coming year is going to be a good year. So what's been happening?

Throughout everything our children keep growing. It seems that always happens no matter what you try. Earlier in the year I explored some of the science and art of surveying and started writing a resection calculator. The experimental results were promising even though the angle measurements were primitive.

Drupal scalability, Part 3

We were finally able to upgrade the database server disks last September before the frenzy of PCI compliance consumed everyone's spare cycles. The old configuration was a three disk RAID 5 array, new configuration is a six disk RAID 10 array using 15k RPM disks. I finally got to write a TPS report:

OLD: 90-100 TPS
NEW: 400-415 TPS sustained, ~800 TPS peak

So we're at about 400 writes per second, up from 90. To make fair comparisons I stuck with the same simple tests with ApacheBench.