XKCD – Speed and Danger

This past Friday (1 July 2016) Randall Munroe posted a fairly standard diagram showing the four quadrants of a scatter plot with a few points on it with the axes “Crashes are Safe” / “Crashes are Dangerous” and “Fast” / “Slow”. The points on the scatter plot quadrants are labeled as “Normal Sports”, “Nascar”, “Formula One”, and “Rocket Launches”. Typically one might think of Nascar and Formula One being far faster than “Normal Sports.” In this case though, all things being relatively they’re much slower than “Rocket Launches.”

If we think about it however, accidents that involve Formula One and Nascar typically are fiery and quite dangerous. Rocket Launches though… yeah, they’re dangerous if you think about it as the astronauts are effectively sitting on top of a missile – queue up your favorite Road Runner / Wiley E. Coyote cartoon here. . .
Nevertheless, the humour in this comic to me is more pertaining to the mouseover comic which states, “NASCAR removed the passenger seats because drivers hated how astronauts kept riding along with them and loudly announcing, “Ahh, what a nice and relaxing drive.””
To me this is hilarious… primarily because this reminds me of the comedian Brian Regan in his comedy bit titled “I Walked On The Moon.” In this bit, he details the “me monster” and how Astronauts that were a part of the Apollo program that landed and walked on the moon are able to simply state, “I walked on the moon.”

What if BB-8 ran Windows XP…

Alright, so seriously, we all know that BB-8 runs some hard core calculations based on the mapping projection that he does within Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but what if he happened to make use of the Windows XP sounds? What if that were a thing? Would we be able to better understand him or be emotionally receptive to the noises he would make? We all loved Windows XP… couldn’t we therefore love BB-8 even more then?

Happy Birthday, Jacob!

Life is something that is so incredible to celebrate. We wish to celebrate the recent birth of Jacob Matthew Walker! Such a blessing you are to your parents John Mark and Meg.

this beautiful inheritance

We are excited to share with you that at 2:12am on February 9, 2016, our son, Jacob Matthew, entered the world! He weighs 5 lbs 13 oz. We are treasuring our time with Jacob as a family and are thrilled to get to meet him. Please continue to pray for us and our time together. Praise God for this new life! We will keep you updated!

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Banana Slicer

So yes, I’m revisiting this topic that I know is one of the key ones on everyone’s minds these days… “How do we slice bananas with elegance?” Well, if you’re someone that’s always in a hurry, then you’re probably always risking cutting yourself with that sharp Wusthof Paring knife or perhaps finding yourself having unequally sized slices of bananas. Why do that to yourself when you can just use a banana slicer? Yes, a banana slicer… like the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer (not to be confused with U-571).
Honestly though, I think it’s kind of hilarious that someone has taken the time to build a prototype and put it into production – but similar ot the windshield wiper, where there’s a need, well someone will make a product and sell it to everyone.
Probably more eye opening though is that there are 5,405 customer reviews at the writing of this post with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. The Apple iPod Touch 6th generation has a mere 534 customer reviews!!!
Of course, if we peel back the cover on this one (pun intended), we’ll see that a lot of these reviews are actually hilarious and more fun to read than probably it is to use the Hutzler 571. Personally one of my favourite comments that was made was by “Hubert” back in December 2012 titled “NOT wifi capable???”

Maybe I’m doing it wrong, but I can’t get this thing hooked up to my wifi network. Am I supposed to slice my bananas over an ethernet cable? What is this, 2005?

Surely such an idea is ridiculous. . . using an Ethernet cable. . . barbarian ideas. Of course there were some technical savvy replies

Bluetooth. All bananas like bluetooth.

Great tip, but is that really true??? Of course basic networking would tell us that sometimes you have to change the IP address of the banana.

Make sure the IP address of your banana is not the same as the IP address of your router. If so, they will not work together. You will need to change the last 3 numbers on the banana.

I don’t even know how I would change the last three numbers. . . am I supposed to use a Cereal (sic) cable to do that? 🙂

Hopefully we’ll get this all sorted out once we have one of these handy dandy Hutzler 571 devices in our workshop. What are your thoguhts?

I forgot my Kindle…

Have you ever gotten to the office and thought to yourself, “Crud, I left my Kindle at home?” Yeah it happens to me every so often too. Primarily when I want to read a novel during lunch and I don’t feel like staring at the little screen on my mobile device. Fortunately with the reality of Mobile First, Cloud First being the mantra of most large companies these days Amazon brings us the “Read.Amazon.com” interface. It’s pretty snazzy in that you’re able to read your Kindle library (at least for the most part) right there from a web browser.
Sure you can’t snuggle up with your Kindle device and read like you might usually in the park or down in the cafe, but at least you’re able to still get in a few pages from your favorite novel.
For those of you using iBooks, I guess that’s a thing too but I’ll be honest, I haven’t ventured into it just yet as I like the ability to carry books on Amazon. . . alas, I suppose it’s similar to smart phones and having an ecosystem of apps.
Happy reading!

No parking here…

No seriously. There’s no parking here. Even if you wanted to you can’t and shouldn’t.

Snowzilla dumped ~30″ of snow on Fairfax, VA this past weekend. It led to a lot of fun times shoveling in blizzard conditions, hoping to keep up with the 2-3″ of snow per hour that were falling at one point. It also led to the consumption of freshly baked bread, sitting by the fire and enjoy just pleasant time of relaxing and reflecting.

What it led to most though was school closures across the region as well as two days that OPM closed the federal government in the DC area. School systems like Fairfax county sent a note urging parents and citizens alike to shovel sidewalks. The question we all had for them was “and put it where?”

Sure, plows have been able to press through and create a single lane allowing traffic to pass but the mounds of snow have nowhere to go. And for some, just the idea of unearthing their car is one that brings significant heartache and remorse that they left their car parked outside during the storm…

Mind you that we’re all in this together. The Empire of Snow can only defeat if you give in. Or if you get caught out on the high way while AT-AT’s are clearing the path to domination.

Stay safe friends. Spring is just around the corner.


I didn’t really want to go outside anyway. 

Yes, it’s snowing… Yes most folks are taking photos like they’ve never seen snow before… Yes it’s cold…

All that being said, I’ve found that shoveling snow while listening to a podcast can be quite soothing. If you’re looking for something, I recommend the following:

Oh and for you iOS folks, grab Overcast for the best podcast player out there…

All that aside, be safe, take your time, get to know your neighbors and don’t over exert yourself. 

Stay off the roads already…

If you’re living in the DC Metro region, you may have noticed that all you hear on the news this week is that snow is coming. No they’re not talking about a new season of Game of Thrones and the great Jon Snow. They’re referring to precipitation. 

Earlier this week there was a light dusting of snow. It got ugly as apparently there were over 700 collisions in the state, most in the northern Virginia area. While there are several contributing factors to include everyone being caught off guard by a light dusting on untreated roads which turned icy, in addition to DC region drivers generally not knowing how to drive in the snow unless they’re a migrant from places such as Utah, Pennsylvania, Maine or the great state of Ohio. 

Nevertheless, it took up to two hours for some individuals to go 20 miles. Ridiculous some might say. With the impending doom of the blizzard of 2016 on our doorstep, take a word of warning to stay off the roads… Empire storm troopers will be patrolling local roads in AT-AT carriers clearing roads of vehicles as depicted in the image above 😉

Seriously though, a lot of snow is expected. If you haven’t prepared yet, well there’s still some time but not much. Non perishable items are your best bet at this point along with batteries and a full tank of gas. My prediction is that main roads will be cleared in the next few days but you can expect to get to know your family pretty well these next few days – be safe, stay indoors. 


Earlier this week, there was a mention that on Wednesday evening there was a chance for flurries. Most of us heeded this information and said, “well that will be pleasant to have a dusting of snow prior to this forecasted blizzard.” Little did we know that this dusting would turn into a mini winter weather event that would cause 150+ accidents and cancel school in Fairfax County. Mind you that there’s a little less than an inch of snow on the ground. The caveat being that the snow is basically ice with a coating of snow.

Enjoy your day off folks and be vigilant about snow flakes… One can never determine their intent.

Maryland drivers…

…can be incredibly lucky sometimes. In this instance it was the case of a man narrowly escaping injury as a light pole fell and pierced his car on the beltway in a portion that resides in Maryland (source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/man-narrowly-escapes-injury-after-falling-lightpole-pierces-his-car-on-beltway/2016/01/19/bed7c244-bead-11e5-bcda-62a36b394160_story.html).

So yes, Maryland drivers sometimes seem to be incredibly lucky. From what the article depicts, he was sitting in beltway traffic due to an accident and a light pole fell and pierced his car, missing his head by a few inches. Apparently an ambulance bumped said pole while it swerved onto the embankment thanks to someone sideswiping said ambulance.

What do we learn from this episode?
For starters that the light poles apparently are made of flimsy metal that can’t withstand being bumped by an ambulance. Further that light poles apparently can pierce the materials of a vehicle quite easily. I’m more curious as to what happened to the lamp that sits on top of a light pole. This episode also reminds us to stay out of Maryland if at all possible during high occupancy on the beltway. And lastly, if you’re driving on the beltway, seriously give some space to emergency vehicles.

Be safe my friends.