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Brunswick Hackerspace Is A Thing

Coming soon to Brunswick, Maryland…Brunswick Hackerspace…a place for the community to learn, hack and have fun. Our initial focus will be Computer Science and getting technology into the hands of kids who would otherwise not have access. http://brunswickhackerspace.com

Let’s Build Software Together

8/14/15 Update: You missed your chance 😉 I am now working at Evans & Chambers. Be sure to check ’em out at http://www.evanschambers.com/

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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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.

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.

Fourth Grade

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Checking In

A Brief Update

Hi there! It’s been a few months since I’ve shared anything here. The single biggest piece of news on the personal front is that my son has returned from Australia and is now back home with me. To say that I am overjoyed would be an understatement. Since he’s been back we’ve played a ton of games, spent a week at the beach and spent time with friends and family.

Goals Are Good

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Here is a list of languages and technologies that I am either in the process of learning or plan to learn in the coming months. I’ve also included a second list of personal goals.

Learn

  • Apache Flex. Not the newest language on the block, but learning this language will allow me to support several existing systems at my place of work. Additionally, I have a soft spot in my heart for Flash that dates back to the Macromedia era.
  • iOS Languages (Objective-C, SpriteKit and Swift). Developing for a limited hardware set, for a large audience and with languages that have Model-View-Controller built in. That and I get to use Xcode.
  • Git. I’m still using Subversion, and it’s time to ‘git’ with the times.
  • Lego Mindstorms. My son is joining a robotics club at school, which means that I get to play with a Lego Mindstorms kit without shelling out the money!

Mindfulness

  • Hike. The weather will be cooling off soon and I plan on getting outside hiking some of the amazing trails that Western Maryland has to offer.
  • Exercise. I’m not getting any younger and I’m not getting any thinner. Honestly I could care less about being thin or young, but I would like to be healthier.
  • Mental Health. The tragic death of Robin Williams was a reminder that mental health matters. Many (including yours truly) view asking for help as a sign of weakness. I’ve come around to realize that this is not the case. Asking for help, getting help, doing whatever one can do in an effort to be well, peaceful and happy is a sign of strength.
  • Connect. My relationships to the people closest to me are sacred. I wake up every morning and vow that I will nurture these connections.
  • Play Games. I’ve set aside video games for the most part in favor of board and card games. At present my son and I are playing lots and lots of Magic: The Gathering. I am also a fan of RPGs, and have been playing Mice & Mystics with Bella, Domenico and Lisa and am at present trying to wrap my head around the crunchy mechanics of Champions.
  • No Smoking. I haven’t had a cigarette in 5+ months. I like to have this on my list as a reminder of this accomplishment.

Game Two

The Trollbloods failed to defeat their opponents in game two. I neglected to use “Scroll of Grindar’s Perseverance”, which would have bought me another round on the battlefield. Oops!

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A Father’s Day Meditation

I used to scoff at “Hallmark Holidays” like Father’s Day..but that was then and this is now. The years have transformed me into a sentimental middle-aged goofball who is becoming increasingly aware of both the how temporary this life is and how important it is to savor every moment. With Father’s Day upon us I want to take a moment to reflect on two people that help to guide me as I walk the path.

The first is my father, who has been gone for many years. His love, his ability to look within and improve his life and his artist’s heart are all qualities that I work to cultivate in my life.

The second is my son, whose mere presence gives me the gift of purpose. He is the funniest, smartest, most dynamic 9-year-old that I have ever known. His hunger to learn, his joyous presence and his hilarious and fun energy are all qualities I work to cultivate in my life. I won’t be celebrating Father’s Day with my son this year as he is in Australia with his mother.

I miss my father and my son dearly every day. With an open mind and a gentle heart I pause to reflect on these two amazing people. Memories come rushing into my mind. I take a moment to savor each memory. I allow these same thoughts to leave when it is time…making effort to avoid both pushing the thought away and clinging to it (’cause that’s how we Buddhists roll).

Happy Father’s Day to you all.  If you can, visit your father today. If you cannot, visit the memories. The same goes for the dads out there…snuggle your children if they are close, and if they are far away visit the memories, call ’em on Skype and tell them that you love them.

Hanging out with my father in my grandparent’s living room…80’s style…rocking the Indiana Jones shirt and playing a Nintendo Game + Watch.

Here he is playing a few songs. Listen with headphones to hear the bass properly.  I’m digging that top hat

Skype

Domenico and I during one of our many Skype chats.  Sometimes we play Magic: The Gathering…sometimes he wins 😉

Dinner and Magic Deck Review

Trollbloods Battlegroup

After 41 years of being a geek I finally painted some miniatures. I’m happy with how they turned out.

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Don’t Be That Guy

Hey fellow party goer…I see that you are having a good time at this party that we are both at…let me take you away from enjoying this party so you can watch something on my smartphone…I call it my “tiny television”…the video is five minutes long…the volume is inadequate for you to hear the audio.