Discontinuities in Life

Strange things occur when things are suddenly switched on or off. It happens in signal processing all the time. The sudden application or removal of a signal sends shockwaves of infinite frequency through the system. Similarly, abrupt behavioral transitions during winter months can generate reverberations in our lives. More »


Back in college, I could fit my entire life in my car. I kind of liked those days; where moving became a physical game of Tetris. This Simpsons clip captures it pretty well (Sorry, no embed).

But now it takes a 14 foot Uhaul plus multiple trips of packing my car to the brim, just to get it all in my new place. Then there’s the whole unpacking deal and trying to put everything where it’s supposed to go…

Ah, well. It’ll get done eventually…


February Recap

I guess I haven’t been a very good blogger; it’s been about 3 weeks since my last post. Oh well, life happens. Anyhow, this is a brief recap of the month of February.

Concerning resolutions… The whole “exercise twice a week” thing hasn’t really held up. This past week, I’ve started to hit the trails again on a more regular basis, but throughout January and most of February, I was pretty sedentary. Hopefully I’ll keep going out there.

My book for February was The Alchemist, a very fun adventure novel.

As for my “awkward thing”, I did a presentation near the end of the month that I’m going to count as awkward. I’m not one to do presentations, though I’d much rather present a power-point than write a report or memo. It was awkward, I got grilled a little in front of an audience of about 30 people, but I feel like I came out of it better.

In other news, Ellie isn’t feeling very well. She’s at the vet right now, getting an echocardiogram, and I’ll be picking her up soon. I didn’t even get to go to work this morning — the appointment was at 10, but the technician had an emergency, so I had to come back in at 11:30 to drop Ellie off and I’ll be picking her up sometime soon after writing this post. I guess I’ll just have to make it up this weekend. I’d go into gritty details about what’s bothering her, but I really don’t feel like thinking about it.

So for those interested, there’s an update of my life. I’m just hoping Ellie feels better.


Silent, they float through the night;
Marching forward, side by side, one leading the other.
Eyes fixed forward, never blinking.

Sparks bounce along the ground,
Spraying a dull light, quickly fading.
Once bright, the sliver smolders.

A bright red light — the procession comes to a standstill.
Slowly, now, they creep forward. Never touching, never speaking.
Eyes still fixed forward, never blinking.

Like restless cattle, they slowly shuffle.
Yet never do they turn their heads.
Quietly they sit, eyes fixed forward, never blinking.

Maryland vs. Illinois – Snow

Around this time last year, ice coated Maryland and D.C. shutting down everything and prompting President Obama to make the following statement:

“I’m saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things.”

After two winters here in Maryland and growing up in Illinois, I have to wholeheartedly agree with the President. In Illinois, as soon as the first flake of snow hits the ground, the snow plows are out in full force; fire and ice mingle as the plows leave trails of sparks, salt flies in all directions. Yet here, a full half a foot of snow accumulated on busy roads and there was not a plow to be seen. Moreover, highway ramps seemed to be neglected as seen from the well worn tracks carved into the snow — yet the ramps are probably more dangerous than the actual highway considering the curvature. For some reason I thought that the Presidents words would have been heeded more closely, but nothing seems to have changed. I have this nagging suspicion that if the plows were out sooner many of the hundred of accidents would have been avoided.


Last year, my New Years resolution was to tell Linda that I love her (and mean it) every single day. There were a few days that I missed, but for the most part, it was my most successful resolution ever. Now it moves from being a resolution into being a part of life.

Here are my resolutions for this year:

  • Exercise three times a week
  • Read one book a month
  • Do something uncomfortable once a month

Exercising and reading are both pretty cliché. I’m not the biggest reader; in fact, I borrowed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies from the library, renewed it three times (the maximum number of renews), and only got halfway through it. It’s overdue now…

Doing something uncomfortable is going to be the stretch one for me. Being the introvert that I am, putting myself in uncomfortable situations will be a growing experience.

We’ll see how this holds up. I’m hoping that by throwing these resolutions into the blogosphere, I’ll be more inclined to keep them. Who knows, maybe I’ll blog about them too.