Here's to New Beginnings...

Today I started a new chapter in my life. Today was my first day as a Senior Software Engineer for Mediafly in Chicago, IL! I don’t believe I’m at liberty to discuss details of the underlying architecture out of my respect to my colleagues, but in short I will be working on a C# content distribution system that allows users to receive audio & video content anywhere (there are mobile applications for almost every major phone platform, among others). Read On →

Top 10 Albums of 2009

So, in the theme of the holidays (and, coincidentally, jockin’ Kyle’s style), here’s my top 10 albums of 2009. These are in no particular order, and represent only the albums I’ve actually picked up and listened to. While I like to think I listen to a lot of albums, I know I’ve not listened to all of them. And here we go… Crack the Skye - Mastodon Wow. This album blew me away. Read On →

R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell 1966 - 2004

One of the greatest shredders to ever pick up an axe, Dimebag Darrell of Pantera and DamagePlan fame, was shot and killed onstage in Columbus, Ohio 5 years ago today in a heinous act, along with others that tried to stop the killer, and the killer himself. Today, appreciate the people around you. Appreciate life. Appreciate music. I’ll be blasting Pantera all day in memory of one of the greatest metal guitarist of our time. Read On →

New House!

As of October 26th, 2009, I am a new homeowner! It’s been a pretty rough couple of weeks getting things set up. The home I purchased is in Elgin, IL, a suburb of Chicago about 20 minutes from my office. Myself and my girlfriend, Karen, are currently living there. We got the whole house painted (there were some VERY BRIGHT yellows all over that place…) and mostly furnished, and now the few maintainance issues I have to address are on the task list. Read On →

Griffin PowerJolt Dual Universal

I just received this in the mail this morning! The Griffin PowerJolt Dual Universal gives you not one, but TWO USB ports in your car’s 12 volt accessory socket! I find myself taking hour long car trips a lot, which equates to two hours of total drive time. Since I use an iPod for all of my musical goodness in my car, if I start the trip with a low charge it might not make it. Read On →