Archive for April, 2011

Changes Again

Well the truck driving phase of life has come to an end. I have secured a six month contract doing Coldfusion development in Richardson, TX. That is a Dallas suburb. I’ll start in May 2nd. I have mixed feelings about the change. I’ll miss the traveling around and occasionally being able to see family at the spur of the moment. On the other hand a steady and consistent income stream will be nice too.

Have to go up there this week to find a place to live. Any recommendations on areas to stay away from, too dangerous or too expensive are appreciated.

Firefly part II

So shortly after writing the last post I watched the rest of the series and the movie Serenity. The show had potential, the movie explored some interesting things, although Mal’s dialog/delivery just got worse. They more or less guaranteed they couldn’t bring the show back even if the movie had been a major hit by killing one, maybe two, critical characters. I think they could have gotten past the death of the Shepard but killing Wash pretty much killed the show.

Firefly

So I watched the first episode of this failed but cult hit TV series. Given that a lot of people I know love it I am withholding total judgement. For those of you unfamiliar with it imagine Gunsmoke meets Starwars. OK it is nine years old at this point but come on some of the dialog is really bad. If you don’t know how to say y’all don’t say it. Frankly I don’t know if it is the presentation of the 1890’s dialog next to contemporary dialog that is bad or just the presentation period. I’ll give it a few more episodes but so far I am less than impressed. If the technology of your planet only supports horses for transportation it doesn’t mean you have to dress like the old west. The problem that Lucas ran in to in Starwars I (or maybe II) was that he had aliens in specific outfits that matched the earth stereotypes of the accents they had. Had Jarjar Binks spoken like one of the asian looking characters and vice-versa there would have been less to bitch about. I see this show headed in the same direction.

Trying Something New

First a couple of side notes. The link to track where we might be is gone because of a lack of support for some jailbroken iPhone functionality. The developer just got “too busy.”

My daughter-in-law (DIL) Amanda has a new blog at Submariner Wife Life. It is also listed in the side bar.

At this moment I am in Smithville and Liz is in west Texas (not to be confused with West, Texas which is north of here). She is headed to Las Vegas. We both got certified as mentors (trainers) and the idea is that one of us will go out with a student for six weeks, then we both go together for a month and then switch. Naturally they didn’t have a student for her this time but she has decided, or rationalized, that this is a good thing for her since she hasn’t driven alone in a long time and needs to relearn the process. Hopefully after she makes this delivery they can round up a student.

In the mean time, along with just chilling out a little, I am job hunting. Our lease on the truck comes up at the end of May and at the point we have to make some decisions about the future one of which would be to renew the lease through the end of 2013. If the slip seating we are talking about works that wouldn’t be too bad but Liz would really like to just get out of the truck. I have two major companies I am looking at contract positions with, one in Dallas and one in Newtown, PA, just west of Trenton, NJ. Naturally I am hoping the Dallas, well Richardson actually, one works out. It doesn’t pay quite as much but they are getting a ton of overtime and it is closer to home. After the contracts are up I’ll be current in my experience and hopefully can find something closer to home. Both companies look like they bring in contractors for a short time to try them out and then extend the contracts indefinitely so that is always a fall back too.

So contrary to rumors ColdFusion is far from dead, frankly I’m not sure why the rates aren’t a little better as it appears to be hard to find CF developers.

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