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Nearing test time.

September 20th, 2011 No comments

I am nearing the end of the ICND2 book for the second time around which means it will be time shortly to take the ICND2 final CCNA test.

Things to do yet:

Finish Chapter 16 and 17 of the official exam cert guide.

Review notes (all 100+ pages).

Run through practice questions again.


I’m thinking early October?


Btw, I am a new dad again, thanks to my wife for delivering such a beautiful baby boy on August 30th.

I mean seriously, how cute is he? hat and all.

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Bucket List

September 7th, 2011 No comments

I know I’m young, but I think everyone should have a bucket list.

Here is what I have so far:

Go Skydiving x2
Visit Hawaii
Take My Kids to Disney World
Visit Legoland
Have a sandwich named after me in a local deli
Bike in the RAGBRAI

Visit New York City
Visit Las Vegas
Go Whitewater Rafting Again
Go Alpine Sliding Again
Visit Germany During Oktoberfest -Kids +old friends


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Car hunting and the 2005 Ford Explorer XLT

August 18th, 2009 3 comments

Maria and I had been a one-car-family for over a year now, but that all changed this past weekend. Late 2007 my former whip, a 1992 Acura Intergra became increasingly unstable and eventually died.  Having stuggled with only one car to make it to work, conflicting appointments and events we decided it was time to upgrade the Straatsma family line of cars. Before we began the long search we sat down and made a list of requirements and a secondary wish list of ‘dream features’. Here is the final list:


  • Some form of traction control for winter driving
  • Significantly More storage space than the Camry
  • Medium to Large size with a high safety rating
  • Comfortable seating for at least 5
  • General Hotness

Wish List:

  • All-Wheel or 4-Wheel Drive
  • Crossover or SUV
  • Decent Fuel Efficiency (20+ City and 24+ highway MPG )

We initially started looking at the Buick Rendezvous but decided that they were a little overpriced and the selection was not that good. That’s when we stumbled across the Ford Explorer at a local dealer. We initially looked at a black 2002 and Silver Birch 2005. Amazingly the 2002 had less millage than that 2005. However, not only was the 2005 Explorer in better shape it also had AdvanceTrac traction control and a better gas millage all while costing less than the 2002.

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A night with the Source SDK

February 26th, 2009 6 comments

I have this crazy desire to know at least the basics about everything tech related and tonight was time to tackle game development. Having read up a little bit about the Source SDK (software developers kit) I figured it would be something I could jump into fairly quickly. The interface reminds me of and odd mix between 3ds Max (formerly 3D Studio Max) and Adobe Photoshop. Using the excellent Valve Developer Community Wiki I came up with a simple alleyway map featured below:


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