Let’s Build Software Together

After a good run with a great team (who recently lost a big contract) I am looking for work. If you want to build software with a friendly, focused software engineer then I am your guy. Feel free to check out my resume and my LinkedIn profile.

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^ I am the guy on the right.

Level 42

I am 42 years old today. This middle-aged guy will be spending the day (1) blogging about himself in the third person while (2) rocking out to 80s era one hit wonders Level 42. Enjoy.

Happy Christmas

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Doin’ It Right

I was hospitalized six weeks ago when my heart went into atrial fibrillation. If you’ve never experienced an irregular, fast heart beat for a sustained period of time it sort of feels like you are dying. When my heart was normalized and I was released I took the following steps to improve my life:

  • Quit smoking cigarettes
  • Developed good eating habits
  • Working out at a gym daily
  • Started seeing a therapist
  • Vipassana meditation
  • Stretches and exercises at home

I’m happy to report that I’ve lost 33 pounds and I feel better than I’ve felt in a long time. I plan on adding yoga, hiking and massage into the mix in the coming weeks.

Me

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Lego Robot Rock

Domenico and his Engineering Club team-mates are building a Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robot. This particular build can move, detect color and open doors.

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Dirt-Simple Overlay

Does your system get all whim-wham when your users get all clicky? Have you inherited a system that gets all whim-wham when your users get all clicky? Hold those extra clicks at bay with this dirt-simple overlay (just add JQuery).

TinyCon

Domenico and I had a chance to participate in the first ever TinyCon at the always awesome Round Hill Arts Center in Round Hill, Virginia. The appropriately named convention may have been small in size but was jam-packed with fun activities, panels, vendors and folks in cool costumes. We handed out goodies from Huzzah Hobbies in Ashburn, Virginia and taught folks how to play Magic: The Gathering.

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Fall Update

Lego Engineering Club

Domenico is one of the over seventy-five children that participates in the Lego Engineering Club at his school. His team is tasked with building a robot to solve various problems and navigate a course. I am one of the volunteer parents…which gives me an excuse to play with the Lego Mindstorm EV-3 Kits.

Puerto Rico

Domenico and I spent four days in Puerto Rico last month. We split our time between the El Conquistador Resort and driving around the eastern part of the island in search of amazing local food and cuban wedding shirts.

Watermelon Park Fest

For the seventh year in a row Domenico and I attended Watermelon Park Fest. We enjoyed several days of spending time with friends, listening to music and making music.

Khans of Tarkir

Domenico and I attended a Khans of Tarkir prerelease event at Beyond Comics. We were both 1-2 headed into the last round. When pairings for the final round were announced we learned that we were to face off against each other! Domenico ended up winning and we both went home with a bunch of cards from the new set. This week I will be spending some time play testing my new Standard decks. Deck lists as always are at http://deckbox.org/users/vigliotti

Cooking Up A Storm

Now that the awful, humid weather has gone away (good riddance) I am back to cooking up a storm. Domenico is learning how to use a kitchen knife and is an eager sous chef.

Oats Are Groats

Lyrics:

“oats are groats and groats are oats…they’re the same
oats and groats they float your boats…down the drain
an ode to oats with notes of groats…don’t complain”