Cutter As A Simpson's Character

Well, I've had this on my desktop for two weeks now, so I thought it was time to share. Not entirely accurate. They didn't have any hawaiin (that's not spelled right) shirts on the avatar maker. And where's the props? I need a mic!

The 91st Indianapolis 500

Wow! Ok, I'm not a big race fan. Races have two real moments of big excitement, the start and the finish. Other than the occasional wreck it's a bunch of cars going around in circles. Well, that's how I thought.

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Where is Cutter?

Well, It's good to be back (so to speak). I had a nice bout of the stomach flu, and it was no fun. But now I'm back in the saddle and ready to go. I should post the next phase of my EXT UI DataGrid tutorial within the next few days, and I hope to get back to my Creating The View tutorial very shortly (next stop: Mach II).

This very minute, though, I'm sitting in the Nashville International Airport preparing to fly out for the weekend. My stepfather has been asking me, for half a decade now, to join him for the Indy 500. No reason to say no this year, so I'm waiting on a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina where I'll catch a connection to Dayton, Ohio. We're going to check out a few things in John's hometown before making the trip in Sunday for the race. I personally have never been a huge racing fan, but the Indy 500 is an event. It would be kind of like turning down a trip to the Kentucky Derby, the World Series, or the Super Bowl. So, I'm in for the new experience and little time with my step dad.

Which is interesting in regards to my DataGrid tutorial. IndyCar.com is highlighted on the home page of Jack Slocum's Ext JS UI library as a site that uses the javascript components extensively, sporting a cool AJAXified interface that provides real time racing data during Indy races.

So, I'll try to knock out the next installment of my DataGrid tutorial while I wait around in airports. See if I can get this train moving again. I'll also fill you in on the fun of the weekend as I go along.

Scorpio Tour: Nashville

Ben's visit is quickly approaching, and every stop on the tour (so far) he's announced another exciting new feature in our favorite platform. Aaron came out of his office today to announce that the giveaways are getting even bigger. Aside from raffling off a Scorpio license (to be given upon release), we'll also be giving away a copy of Flex Builder with Charting!

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The Current ColdFusion Job Market

I found myself, again, at a crossroads. Recently I decided to update my resume. I had accounts on Dice, Monster, CareerBuilder, and ComputerJobs from my last job search, so I decided it couldn't hurt to keep them up to date. I had been in my current position for sixteen months, learned a few things, accomplished various goals, and thought it would be a good idea.

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The State of Cutter

Well, it's been a busy year already. I've been working on the largest code rollout in the history of our company. 250+ templates in all. I'm thankful that we hired another senior developer in Andy Matthews, a great guy whom I already knew from our Nashville ColdFusion User Group. Although the initial project was in support of a new project relating to statistical usage reporting, encompassing user and session management, we have also begun a full scale rewrite of our session and application initialization. No small task with our system, and something that will be further enhanced in the coming year as we finalize our migration from ColdFusion MX 6.1 to 7.

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Developer Persona: Cutter

Per Tim's suggestion:

  • 37 Years Old
  • Lives in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Former Army
  • Drives a 2006 Chevy Cobalt
  • Rents an apartment, while working towards a house
  • Married to SuperWife, Teresa, with 5 year old Diva Girl daughter, Savannah
  • Likes to read Stephen King, Tony Hillerman, murder mystery thriller mayhem and things that go bump in the night. Gets to read fiction maybe twice a year.
  • Battlestar (with the wife), Smallville (with the daughter), Heroes (for me)
  • Loves to sing, misses fronting 'The Band'
  • Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Favorite Musician: Jimi Hendrix
  • Loves movies, but rarely goes to the theater
  • Listens (and sings) to everything from Nickelback to Nat King Cole, with strong leaning towards classic rock and the blues
  • Captain and Coke

Field Of Stones

Many years ago, probably while stationed at NSA, I sat down and wrote this poem while coming up with content for the 741st MI BN's newsletter, for their Memorial Day edition. Since then it has also appeared in the Ocean View, DE American Legion newsletter, the Ocean City, MD Veterans of Foriegn Wars newsletter, and an abbreviated version on Poetry.com. I thought the content was still fitting for this Veteran's Day, a gentle reminder to thank all of my brothers and sisters-in-arms who put their lives on the line in the name of freedom.

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The History of Cutter and Computers: Part 3

Bad Habits and Disillusionment

A continuation of The History of Cutter and Computers

So, there I was, back into computers again. And, in my mind, this World Wide Web thing was gonna take off. I quickly got tired of perusing online porn day-in and day-out, IRC was boring, and people were really starting to try to make money. This new online bookstore of the day, Amazon.com, was really taking off in sales, even though they still weren't turning a profit.

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The History of Cutter and Computers: Part 2

The Early Days

A continuation of The History of Cutter and Computers

In February of my senior year of High School I went down to the Military Enlistment Processing Station in Atlanta, GA to sign up for the U.S. Army's Delayed Entry Program. I told them I wanted to work with computers, so they sat me down to watch a little movie, off a 12 inch Laser Disc, about the wonders and joys of working as a Tactical Fire Direction Control Specialist in the Field Artillery. Eight months later, while going through Advanced Individual Training in Fort Sill, OK, I discovered that these highly advanced system [note the sarcasm here] were invented during the Korean War, sat on the back of a five-ton truck hauling a noisy generator, and gave it's user a battlefield life expectency of about thirty seconds. (This machinery has been replaced since my time.)

OK, so the Army, computers, and myself, didn't get off to the rockin' start I had been hoping for. But, that was OK. I was young (18 my first tour of duty) and stupid, and really only wanted to get drunk and laid in those days anyway.

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