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November 28th, 2021

If you've ever wanted to keep track of what you've been listening to, the Winamp Community Update Project makes it really easy to do. Here's what I did to start... (read more)

October 3rd, 2021

Lining up at Caldwell Woods CX 2021 I'm very happy that I'm able to bring my post from a year ago full circle. The 2021 CX season has arrived in Chicagoland,... (read more)

November 5th, 2020

This entry into the Song Obsession series is a long time in the making. I've been minorly obsessing over Laddio Bolocko for a few years now and "How About This... (read more)

October 25th, 2020

The ticket stub is a great souvenir. (read more)

October 18th, 2020

Like many things this year, the Chicago Cross Cup was cancelled. Under normal circumstances, Fall Sundays would be something to prepare for and look forward to... (read more)

November 28th, 2018

Snippets of scenes from the land down under... (read more)

December 13th, 2017

Let's ponder this one for a while... Is this a sad song? Bittersweet? A song about the good things, both remembered and forgotten? I think it's a song about middle... (read more)

June 4th, 2015

Describing this track as "chill" doesn't really do it justice. If anything, it warms me as it relaxes me, like a glass of red wine. While the rest of 2010's All... (read more)

April 10th, 2014

Well then. Things have gotten entirely out of hand; at some point I became a busy person with a busy life. And I don't know how to feel about that. I'd blame it all... (read more)

February 26th, 2014

I know it's been far too long since the last post, so I thought I'd pop in with a quick update. (read more)

June 13th, 2013

I've posted setTextLimit, a jQuery Plugin which makes it easy to display and enforce character limits on textareas and other text input fields. (read more)

June 7th, 2013

Is any more description really necessary? (read more)

March 29th, 2013

With today's 50-plus degree weather, the people of Chicago are getting their first glimpse of an otherwise elusive Spring. I'd like to formally welcome Spring to... (read more)

March 17th, 2013

Fox's Rye Pale Ale... mmMMMmm sweet, sweet head retention I introduced my rye pale ale to some friends at a small home-brew swap this St. Patrick's Day weekend and... (read more)

January 28th, 2013

Mad Hops My rye pale ale is merrily bubbling away in its secondary fermentation and I'm very excited for this batch. I've attempted to mimic my two favorite... (read more)

November 6th, 2012

This ain't no walk in the park After we dropped our cable television subscription I was no longer able to watch Malcolm in the Middle or Home Improvement reruns... (read more)

July 20th, 2012

When I completed my service as a Peace Corps volunteer, I also decided to retire the website I maintained during that time, putting the posts I'd made during those... (read more)

July 15th, 2012

Over the hill through the parking lot into an icy Lake Michigan (read more)

July 11th, 2012

I'm currently in the process of moving hosting from a shared web host to my own virtual private server. For the moment, I'm operating both (one here, at... (read more)

May 30th, 2012

About a month ago a reporter from Chicago's RedEye newspaper sat in during one of our dodgeball matches at Blaine Elementary School. He interviewed a number of us... (read more)

May 4th, 2012

Well, I've mostly recovered from last Sunday's Ravenswood Run 5k and I'm proud to report that I've set a new personal record of 21 minutes and 27 seconds (6:55 per... (read more)

April 27th, 2012

April is winding down and, in Chicago, that usually means we're getting the first hints of warmer weather. Who would have thought March would turn out to be the... (read more)

April 16th, 2012

Well, I'm back from the Blue Chip Brew Fest and I figured I'd give a little recap of the event. We had a great time at the tasting which was well organized and well... (read more)

April 11th, 2012

We are the champions! Yes, people still play dodgeball. (read more)

April 9th, 2012

I've been somewhat obsessed with recently. I remember checking the site out a couple of years ago but I don't recall it being so big and diverse. I can plug... (read more)

April 4th, 2012

About three weeks ago, Chicago was in the midst of an unseasonably warm weather pattern. It was truly some of the best weather I'd experienced since I began living... (read more)

April 3rd, 2012

Check this out. Blue Chip Casino is holding a brew (drinking) fest, and I'm totally going. The list of breweries (pdf warning) is impressive. Looks like all the... (read more)

March 29th, 2012

Running season is officially open with last weekend's Shamrock Shuffle 8K. I ran an OK race, but didn't quite hit the goal time of 38 minutes I had set for myself.... (read more)

November 18th, 2010

The new beer is delicious! 4th time's a charm I guess. I opened up the first one last weekend after two weeks conditioning in the bottle. Ideally the batch should... (read more)

March 3rd, 2010

No, I haven't forgotten about this thing. I made this site so easy to add to, and of course I don't.... (read more)

August 27th, 2009

As we waited for our turns to play ping-pong at lunch yesterday, I asked a colleague from accounting if there was anything worse than moving. He said, "Prison."... (read more)

August 18th, 2009

Looking over the limited number of blog entries found on this site, I can't help but notice most of them talk about new site designs. I suppose I'm more interested... (read more)

November 14th, 2008

I've been experimenting with PHP and have implemented a number of functional changes to the site, though by all appearances, not much will have changed. I'm working... (read more)

November 8th, 2008

Well, I'm officially launching my new site design today. I doubt many people will notice though, as I never really updated the previous page. I figured the "Life in... (read more)

August 5th, 2008

I'm still working on the site design. I keep coming up with new ideas, none of which strike me as perfect. I'd like to thank Corey for her constructive criticism.... (read more)

July 15th, 2008

So I've redesigned my website once again. I felt it was necessary as my old page was subtitled "Life in the Dominican Republic" and that life has already... (read more)

January 21st, 2008

2008 has arrived and far too much time has passed since my last entry. What have I been doing? Well, I made a trip to San Antonio and spent some quality time with... (read more)

December 4th, 2007

So winter has arrived, and while I'm not expecting snow, the weather has cooled noticeably and I've bid my farewell to sweaty days and nights. On the other hand, the... (read more)

October 18th, 2007

Well the last month has flown by like the rest of them. I suppose I can't expect time to slow down at this point. The youth conference I mentioned in the last entry... (read more)

October 17th, 2007

Playa La Entrada, near Rio San Juan So, as some of you might have guessed, I am indeed a Peace Corps Volunteer. A few of you might even know I'm an IT/ED... (read more)

September 16th, 2007

...And what a summer break it was... After a two month hiatus from web maintenance and serious responsibility in general, I'm back with a vengeance (vuelvo con una... (read more)

July 10th, 2007

I don't know why I've been putting off the website for the past month but for some reason, this thing has felt more like a responsibility than a hobby as of late.... (read more)

June 1st, 2007

One of the perks of being a Peace Corps volunteer in a lush, green, island paradise is my constant proximity to some of the worlds most beautiful beaches. While I'm... (read more)

May 27th, 2007

So as some of you might have noticed in the last entry, I was a little stressed out the last few weeks. The kitties were one thing, and I was simultaneously dealing... (read more)

May 10th, 2007

Yet more tragedy in Veragua. Pokey, my cat, was attacked by dogs two nights ago, and hasn't appeared since. She's feared to be dead (by me alone, it seems) and that... (read more)

May 9th, 2007

The United States Peace Corps is, by its own description, the "toughest job you'll ever love". And while, by my standards, the Peace Corps life is not a real job (in... (read more)

May 7th, 2007

Last Saturday, May 5th 2007, I celebrated the official one year mark here in Veragua. I didn't end up doing a whole heck of a lot besides working in my front yard a... (read more)

April 23rd, 2007

Sooooo, what's going on out there in the great wide world? I've been around the world (or at least the country) and back in the last month and haven't had much time... (read more)

March 20th, 2007

This coming Saturday I'm heading out to Santiago to participate in what Peace Corps likes to call a medical mission. A group of doctors and nurses is coming to... (read more)

March 17th, 2007

Once again I've taken to neglecting the page here but in all honesty there's not been much to report on in the last month. Things in Veragua have been going... (read more)

February 16th, 2007

if (todays_date==date_of_birth){age++;} (read more)

February 7th, 2007

8:30am: Wake up, rinse out percolator and make coffee 8:45am: Finish coffee, walk across street to get fresh milk from neighbor 9:00am: Eat cereal with said... (read more)

January 25th, 2007

I've had a pretty productive week which is funny for me to say because nothing has really been done. I picked up my class again this Monday and we've been messing... (read more)

January 9th, 2007

We never really think about what can happen in a month and, at least in my experience, a month away from home rarely means coming home to a vastly altered landscape.... (read more)

December 2nd, 2006

I wanted to post an entry after returning from the Thanksgiving festivities last week but a bout with the flu has kept me confined to my home and far from productive... (read more)

November 1st, 2006

The trash situation in my neighborhood and in neighborhoods across the country is a difficult one that should demand more serious national attention but... (read more)

October 21st, 2006

Ok, if I said the last month flew by, then October dissapeared scary fast. In a country without Halloween, the passage of time will have to suffice in scaring me out... (read more)

September 22nd, 2006

...And oh does it go by quickly. I'm paying my rent in two days and I realize a month has passed without a single entry here. Without making excuses (because who is... (read more)

August 25th, 2006

Last night was the second night I slept in my own house, and how sweet a sleep it was. Well, it wasn't that sweet, but it wasn't bad either. The new mattress... (read more)

August 15th, 2006

Hey everyone. Well, the dream has finally been realized. is up and running, thanks mostly to the time, patience, and dinero of my loving mother, Meredith... (read more)

July 16th, 2006

The sheer amount of nostalgia culture-shock conjurs forth has surprised me. Even awful memories bring a smile to my face. And I wouldn't call myself the nostalgiac... (read more)

July 15th, 2006

The page has changed a bit. This is for two reasons: I'm always looking to make a better site, and I've been giving classes on Cascading Style Sheets and they've... (read more)

June 2nd, 2006

It's a quiet Friday here. The kids at the high school are taking final exams and the younger kids are hardly showing up anymore. But you can't blame them. Today is... (read more)

June 1st, 2006

I'm going to take this opportunity to quickly introduce myself and the main focus of this blog. My name is David, I'm 23, and I'm currently living in Veragua, Gaspar... (read more)

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