Tobor is born

Thursday, January 31st, 2002
This month, I volunteered to be one of the mentors for the Frazier Mountain High School Robotics Team in the U.S. First Competition.  I am helping to teach the students to build and program a robot that we they use to compete against robots from other high schools.   We had our kick-off at NASA/JPL just after New Year's with a live satellite feed, hosted by Dean Kamen.  
Image:Tobor is born
This may not be the type of competition you will see on television, where the intent is to damage the other robots.  Each team is challenged to score as many points as they are able, while doing several activities.  Amy and Wendy have been able to join me for many of the meetings.  We are now known officially, as Team 981. The kids decided to name the robot Tobor.  Figure it out.

I hate plumbing!

Thursday, January 31st, 2002
This month, I learned more about plumbing and septic systems than I ever wished to know.  Our system had been improperly designed and it failed on us, just about the time several of our pipes burst in the freezing weather. A few thousand dollars later, the pipes were replaced, and we were able to shower again.

Welcome to my weblog!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2002
Image:Welcome to my weblog!
I feel like I must have felt in that picture, only a few years ago.  I've got a new toy to play with and I get to share it with everyone: my shiny new weblog.  

I've actually been blogging in one form or other for many years, only it wasn't called that yet.  Now that the cyber-community is starting to blog, I plan to jump on the bandwagon too.

Unlike the stuff I've posted on my corporate site or forums, here, I plan to share little bit about me and my family, as well as my interests and activities.  No guarantees as to what new information you will find here on any given day, but I plan to update it with increasing regularly as time goes on.   You are welcome to have a look around.  You may view/add to the discussions on any of the posts.  If you want to send a permanent link to any post in this blog, simply click on the subject of the entry and then bookmark the URL.

This is an experiment with a new form of Weblogs -- using Lotus Notes & Domino to manage my content.  After deciding that I did not want to write my own blogging template, I evaluated several Domino-based Blog templates and settled on DominoBlog. I am very pleased with my selection. I am presently migrating posts from my previous blogs into this database.

Thanks for visiting!