Interesting Email Chain
An interesting email chain from work (with the names changed to protect the innocent), into which I just HAD to slip an esoteric movie reference...
You Can Never Have Too Many Daves
This is what happens when: 1) you have multiple Dave's on your software development team, 2) you're punchy because you just successfully finished a major software release, and 3) you have a couple of spare pairs of 3D movie theater glasses running around.

Daves, with attitude...

This is me with fellow software developer, Dave Roberts, at General Dynamics.

Heck, this could be the start of a whole new style in web developer gear. What do you think?
It's Good to Have Choices
When you do government contracting work, every once in a while you can run into problems with contract extensions, re-competes, protests, etc. It's always good to have a fallback plan, which is why I really appreciated getting an email containing the image shown below. It's good to know that there are opportunities out there for me, no matter what happens.

Trucker Job
The Most Interesting Man in the World...
I don't know who gets the original credit for this one, but Jessie Link is the person who brought it to my attention.

Multi-Shots: The Web's Newest Craze
My friend, Don Anderson, is a talented graphic artist and photographer. He recently started a side business called Clonimation doing custom photo shoots to produce what's generally referred to as a "multi-shot." An example multi-shot featuring my 135-pound Lab-Rottweiler, Bentley, is shown below:

A Multi-Shot of Bentley Keener
Kabob Kwest 2009
A number of the folks on the Ruby and Flash technical teams at Grab Networks have a passion for kabobs. Out of this passion was born the idea of a quest to find the best kabob restaurant in our kingdom, er, area. After all, King Arthur and his knights had their quest for the Holy Grail. Why can't we have our own "kwest" for the ultimate kabob? Naturally, this inspired Don Anderson, our resident graphic artist, to come up with a suitable emblem for our great and noble cause.

Kabob Kwest 2009 - The Search for the Ultimate Kabob
If You Can't Find the Oracle
The Matrix is everywhere.So, my friend, Jake Vanus, was trying to get Oracle running on a Windows laptop. After several installation/configuration cycles, he had to drop the task for a while. When he came back to it, he couldn't remember whether Oracle was still installed or not, so he asked me where to find the Oracle startup scripts. To which I responded gravely, "If you can't find the Oracle, you will have to seek out the Merovingean."

It's always helpful to slip in a Matrix joke when a buddy is having technical issues.
Dilbert on Agile Programming
"Agile Programming" has become one those popular buzzwords. Fortunately, we have Dilbert cartoons to put things like this into their proper prespective.
XKCD Web Comics
XKCD Web ComicsOnce in a while, a friend sends me a link to a site that's so funny I just have to share it with others. XKCD is a web comic that comes with its own inimitable warning label: "Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)." My favorite is a comic that actually manages to include some SQL. Dilbert, watch out!.
Santa Clause Traditions
Santa Rumored to prefer Scottish Traditions....My wife, Sally, is Scottish. I mentioned to her in passing one day that, when I was a kid, my parents would leave milk and cookies out on the kitchen table so Santa could have a snack when he showed up. She looked at me with a horrified expression, then exclaimed, "Milk and cookies! That's terrible!" She shuddered. "Santa's a man, not a boy! In Scotland, we leave whiskey out for the poor fellow 'cause he needs something to warm him up on his journey."
Microsoft Screen Cleaner
Have you ever noticed how your screen somehow seems less clear after several years of use? Find out how to fix your screen and protect your vision using an innovative new product from Microsoft.
Improvised Public Comedy External Link
Improv Everywhere, a group that stages comic events for the unsuspecting public.The Improv Everywhere group is known for staging comical events for the unsuspecting public. Some of the events are hilarious, including one of my favorites, in which some 60 volunteers dressed like Best Buy employees showed up at a Best Buy location in New York. Check out their site if you're looking for a good laugh.
Dog in AOL T-Shirt
Yes, that IS a dog ... and he's wearing the famous "You've Got Mail" T-shirt from AOL.
Web 2.0 Hype Generator
Inspired by Wired Magazine, the Web 2.0 Hype Generator helps aspiring entrepreneurs figure out how to advertise their new Web 2.0 ventures. Check it out today!
Extreme Short Stories
The November 2006 issue of Wired Magazine includes an interesting feature on extremely short stories. Specifically, they asked a bunch of writers to come up with striking "stories" in only 6 words. Well, this sounded like a fun exercise, so I decided to try my hand at it.