Friday, July 24, 2020

First Rant

Well now that I'm off LiveJournal, I can now proceed to complain about what a PITA that was.

Ten years ago there were tools written by a number of people to export LiveJournal content and import it to other platforms (WordPress, Blogger, etc).  Those tools relied on a relatively good API that LiveJournal provided, which has long since been removed.  Now the only functionality they offer is the ability to export posts one-month-at-a-time.

I spent a few hours one night trying out various tools from GitHub, Google Code, etc, and none of them worked.  So on a different night I broke down and started looking at the XML that LiveJournal made available, and hacked together a Perl script to download it all (750 posts in total).

Now I'm a software developer by trade, but the fact of the matter is I don't do much scripting nowadays.  I'm largely neck deep in video codecs, multi-threaded programming, and other low-level really technical complicated things.  A Perl script to scrape a website, download all the images, replace all image references in the XML, and generate an XML blob that can be imported into Blogger is the sort of task I would normally hand to a junior programmer as well as being something that I generally suck at.

So it took two evenings.

That said, it's done, and it didn't turn out half bad.  I suspect there are still a couple of broken images that reference the old blog, but I'll nail that down at some point.  If you wrote one of the 638 comments that were left on the old blog between 2005 and 2013, sorry friend, they ain't getting ported over.

Monday, August 11, 2014

First Kiss

Part of CC's bedtime ritual is I read her some stories, and then we go to bed. Typically this involves some combination of her cuddling with her bunny rabbit and/or Cookie Monster, and she falls asleep in my arms (after which I transplant her to her crib).

Tonight was a bit different... Sitting in the dark with her in my arms, she had her Yellow Bunny and Cookie Monster pretend to kiss each other. She gave a kiss to each of them, then held them up for me to kiss, and then she arched her head back, puckered her lips, and kissed me.

Daddy's heart melts.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The role of parents

I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about what sort of parent I am going to be. Some of this is a result of a conversation I had with Victoria last week as we compared/contrasted the parenting style of our respective mothers. What qualities of our parents do we want to emulate in how we raise our own child -- and what situations are best served as an example of what not to do?

And the lessons don't stop coming on your 18th birthday. My father passed away when I was 23. At the time and for some years on I had not really appreciated the notion that there were still things he could teach me (after all, 23 year-olds know everything, right?). However after having CC I often found myself asking, "How did my father handle situation X when he was in my shoes?" In many cases I can just think back to an event where such happened to me and recall how he handled it. But there have been more than a few cases where I was too young to remember, or the answers are more about his thought process rather than his visible actions. I can't help but regret the inability to ask him.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stuff and things and Stuff

Wow, time flies.

We moved to the Upper East Side last month. Still trying to get everything unpacked although making progress. Nice area, literally a block from Gracie Mansion. With the baby it's really nice having an apartment that actually has doors. I can now watch TV again without the closed captions!

Been working from the home office for the last couple of weeks since my business partner fell ill and I had to take over one of his projects. There just isn't enough space in my cubicle for the equipment required to juggle three projects at once.

Overall things have been very busy but good.

C.C. turned seven months a couple of weeks ago. She eats solid food now, is almost crawling, and has a much more evident personality. She now also sleeps through most of the night (until about 5am), which is a godsend after several months of colic followed by several more months of waking up every couple of hours.

More CC pictures on the Facebook album:

I've got a huge collection of photos in my camera, but I need to take some time and organize them all. All of the photos above are just from my phone. In the last few weeks we went apple picking in New Jersey, took CC to a community pumpkin picking in the nearby park, and last weekend spent Saturday at the Pumpkin Fest in Central Park. Tomorrow we're heading to New Jersey so CC can do her first trick-or-treating with Jayden and Lauren's kids.


Monday, July 22, 2013

A brief update on life and things

Baby C.C. turned four months last week. She's getting so big. It's really quite amazing to look at pictures from April versus pictures from this week. Note to self: I've got a bunch of photos on the camera Victoria bought me for my birthday -- need to get them downloaded and posted on Facebook.

Victoria received her New York license to practice today. I'm so proud of her. It's the end of a very long road that started nearly seven years ago. We started dating shortly before she went away to grad school in Philadelphia.

Business is good. Busy, but good. Any Linux driver gurus out there looking to do some consulting? Let me know.

Suzy got married in Allaire State Park on Friday, so we took a three day weekend down at "the shore". I'm looking at these photos of me in a white tee shirt holding CC by the pool. Scary how much they remind me of similar photos of my father. It has been thirteen years this week since he died - so a bit of introspection on my part for the last few days.

More later...

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Baby Cynthia Catherine

Figured it would be worth putting up some photos for my friends without Facebook to enjoy:
baby cynthia

All the other photos can be found here:

I've been effectively on paternity leave for the last month. Lots of sleepless nights, diaper changes. The baby has needed to eat every three hours (including waking her if she's asleep).

Going back to work full time on the 15th. Been doing enough to keep things moving, but it's been a challenge.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Life changes....

It's amazing how quickly things can change. It feels like yesterday we were living in Royal Oak, MI. But that was now almost eighteen months ago.

For those of you who might not be aware, I left the corporate world behind back in November. Have my own business now (with a partner) doing Linux kernel driver consulting and OSX software (both userland and kernel drivers). All video related. It's nice to be your own boss, as well as doing a job where you actually love the work.

More about the business and what we're doing can be found at

The baby will be here any minute now. We've been patiently waiting, having a few false alarms, etc. We bought all the supplies we needed. We built a room for the baby. Moved the bed downstairs from the loft and set up the bassinet. Taken the requisite classes in infant CPR and childbirth. Now we just need the baby to actually be born. :-)

Still trying to figure out the whole work/life balance thing. A new business and a new baby in the same year is a pretty daunting challenge. People keep telling me "your life will change overnight". I don't doubt them.