Archive for April, 2009

For the last couple of days, Ryan, my oldest son, hasn’t been calling me Daddy. He’s just referring to me as “Dad”. I’m not exactly sure where he picked that up. Probably day care. (always blame everything on day care. Somehow, it’s always their fault) I knew this day would come, I just didn’t expect it so soon. He’s not even 3 yet!

I must admit, it’s quite “strange” to hear him say it. Caught me COMPLETELY off guard the first time he did it. Almost laughed.

Sigh….. they grow up SOOO quick.

:-(

….but sometimes I have to wonder.

I really do live in a pretty tightly packed residential area. Lot sizes around a 1/4 acre or so. But once in a while, I really do have to wonder. We’ve lived in the house for close to 9 years now. In that time, we’ve encountered:

1) 3 separate instances where my dogs (2 cocker spaniels) have cornered skunks in the back yard. Yea, not fun. You think the dogs would learn, but NOOOOoo….. “Black and white cats in my yard. Must Attack!!!!”

2) A pack of wolves (yes a pack of wolves) killed a dog up the street. An emergency alert went out so we had to keep the dogs inside for while.

3) One night, one of my dogs brought a possum into the house. (they have a dog door so they can come and go. Brought him right in through the door) Luckily it was just a possum that just played dead on the living room floor until I got a shovel to move it outside.

4) Yesterday, when we left to head out to see “grandma” in the morning, a racoon apparently snuck into the garage and got trapped there when we closed the door to leave. Got into the dog food, trash, and probably the supply of ant/mouse traps. When we came home and opened the door, trash was all over the floor and the coon was dead in the middle of a pile of dog food. Not sure if he ate himself to death or did get into the mouse/ant traps or what.

Kind of scary actually. We opened the garage door when Julie took Ryan out to the car to get him buckled in and get his dvd playing. She left the car door open and stepped back into the house to get Nathan. The coon could have jumped right in.

I just noticed that I’m at the very top of the Apache Hudson instance leader board: http://hudson.zones.apache.org/hudson/cigame/. I’m not really sure what that implies. Maybe I spend too much time fixing builds. Maybe I write good code. Maybe I commit too often. Don’t really know

Of course, by the time you read this, I’ll probably have committed something that breaks everything and I could be in last place. At least for now, I’m at the top!

:-)

The deadline for students to submit proposals for Google Summer of Code is fast approaching. Students really should be getting their proposals submitted. If you are still looking for ideas, definitely look at the list at Apache. There are a lot of good ideas there, but coming up with your own ideas is also a great differentiator.

When looking at Apache ideas, one thing to keep in mind is that when “scoring” your proposal, whether the student has interacted with the dev community during the proposal writing is considered as part of the score. Apache is all about the community so making sure the student is engaging with the community is important.

Of course, I definitely recommend students look at the ideas for CXF, ServiceMix, and Camel. High quality projects with very good communities behind them.