Tim Wasson - web nerd guy.

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Optimizing Atomicast

I run a little internet podcast along with a buddy of mine, and found that as we collected more episodes, site load times slowed down. This was unacceptable.

Came in at just under 2.5 megs for 1 page load. This was clearly unacceptable, and the problem would only grow as time went on. 

So how'd that happen?

Many years ago I was an artist. In high school, I dreamed of nothing more than being an illustrator. My ultimate goal was comic books, but greeting cards, flyers, etc.... I didn't care. I just wanted to draw. 

I got realistic though. I'm not a good enough illustrator to truly make a career out of it, and if I tried I'd end up hating illustration. Instead I keep up with my doodling habits, and I enjoy them as a creative outlet. But I still pursued creative arts as a career and a passion. I moved instead into design. 

Pragmatic Optimism

So, our family is going through a bit of a rough time at the moment, and in my own little way the issues we're tackling are making me ask bigger questions about life in general. 

I've always been sort of a cynical guy. I used to really assume the worst, and ask a ton of questions. These days, it's the opposite. I always assume things will work out okay for me because... well... they always have in the past. No matter how naively optimistic I can, I can't pretend that this will always be the case. 

I have little to say.

But, in an effort to continue the new year's resolution of blogging, I'm going to try to blog even when there's nothing blogworthy to blog about. 

We've had some bad news and stressful times in my family lately. We've been incredibly fortunate that our family hasn't really had a lot of trauma or emergencies to deal with, but that means that when these things come up we're relatively unsure how to handle it. I guess we're handling things admirably, but that doesn't mean there's not a general cloud of stress and sadness throughout the family. 

The Home Office

Illinois was getting a bit too cold for me, so I jetted off to sunny California to visit my employer for the first time. It only took a few hours for me to go from "I don't know if I can do this job..." to "Yeah, I can totally do this job". In the few weeks since I was hired and given little direction or assistance on how to actually get work done, my brain went to weird places on what the job entailed and how there was no way I was competetant to actually do the work. 

New Year's Resolutions.

I do this about every year, and this year is no different. 

Lose Weight. No shit, everyone has this goal. This year isn't spectacularly different from any of the other years I've tried and failed to lose weight, but I figure the battle has to be keeping my waistline in check a little bit, right? 

Blog more. This blog is severely neglected, and blogging about my everyday goings-on is a good way to keep my memory as good as possible... which is still bad, by the way. But every little bit helps.

Switching from iPhone to Android

I've been an iPhone guy since the very first iPhone. I fell in love with the interface, the usability, the functionality. I was an iPhone lover before the App Store, before the SDK. I paid $600 for that phone, plus ETF fees from Verizon to switch over to AT&T, the only carrier at the time who had the iPhone. I've owned every version of the iPhone. But then something happened.