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Got to Get Away… December 2020 Vacation Time!

2020 has been a huge dumpster fire of a year for many of us, I am sure I don’t need to tell you. We take our vacation once a year usually and it is usually in December. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve had to re-evaluate and change our plans for our annual vacation.
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Fedora 33 has Landed on my Desktop :)

Hopefully, this will be the last distro-hop for me (NOT!). I liked Pop!_OS a lot but had a dream for a long time to not be using an Ubuntu-based distro and instead go with a more open free distro. Fedora out of the box is all about using free/libre applications. Risking being a victim of the well-known saying that “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”, there I went anyway.

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Switching E-Mails, Hosting My Own

I’ve ping-ponged (that’s a word right?) all over the place throughout the decades I’ve been online. Earthlink, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, GMail, iCloud, Outlook, Live, and others I can’t even remember. Now that I am older I believe I am done with doing what the “normies” do. I care more about privacy now than I ever have. My past habits show how much I’ve changed.

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Life, Work and Books

I haven’t been posting much to my blog lately as you can see. Life gets in the way much of the time but I haven’t had much of a desire to write. I have been working a lot at a company called Hexagroup located in the Montrose section of Houston, Texas. I’ve also been traveling a lot to Waller, Texas to perform design, CSS, and web work for a client of theirs who will soon be launching a new website/services that have to do with the open-source software world.
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Here I go Again!

From time to time I change my website and from time to time I switch from static to a CMS of sorts. Well, this time I am going with WordPress again, yet I am not going to be designing my own site. You see, I am extremely busy at work and what I do for a living full-time is web design. So naturally, when I am home the last thing I want to be actually doing is what I have been doing all day.
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A Change Will Do You Good

Sheryl Crow said it best in one of her songs… “A Change will do you good”. I’ve finally come around to being motivated enough to actually do something about getting in shape and dropping some of this extra weight I’ve been carrying around for the past fifteen years. So, I’ve gone and joined a gym that I pass by every day on the way home from work off of I-10 around Channel View. 24 Hour Fitness isn’t just a local fitness center; they have locations throughout the country. Their personal trainers are nice and know what they are talking about, which is always a plus if you ask me.
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I’m Getting Married Tomorrow

One of the last people I ever thought would ever get married would be me. However, when you meet the right woman it’s only natural. I met Kathleen over ten years ago. Possibly 11 or 12. We’ve been living together for about to 9 years now. Although the plan was to get married a few years ago, something always came up that made us postpone it. Well, the time is finally here.
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Moving To Crosby, Texas

I am in the process of moving to Crosby, Texas. It’s a small town near Houston. The population of about 1,700 people as of the 2000 Census. We bought a brand new house, never lived in. It’s a really quiet place. The plan is to work in Houston which is about a 40-minute drive. I should be back online with access to email on or around June 5th.

Feeling Very Optimistic

I received a phone call today from a company in Houston, Texas while I was working from home. Basically they are looking for someone with my experience and expertise in web standards, user-interface design, and accessibility for an online product that they will be launching nationally in the coming months. I believe the phone call went very well, I feel like we hit it off. We share many of the same design philosophies.

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SXSW Interactive 2007

I’ve never been to SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas and I was hoping to go this year but two other designers from work were chosen instead of me this year. There are no hard feelings, both of them are friends of mine, but I would have loved to go. There is just so much stuff that goes on over the span of the conference that I would benefit from knowledge-wise and of-course it’s a lot of fun as well. I think one of the great things is meeting new people and other designers. Social networking is on the rise and the more people you know in the world the better off you are in your career because you have more people you can learn from and there is a lot of exchanging of ideas at this conference.

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