A Blog by Scott Isaacs

Month: June 2008

Last Days All Around

Today was my last day as an employee at my current (umm, previous) job.  After 18 months full-time, plus a couple months of part-time consulting and advising, I’ve decided it’s time to move on.  I still believe the product has enormous potential, and I may be walking away from early retirement, but it’s time to move on.

Starting Monday, I will be a Technical Architect at Fullhouse Interactive in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.  I’m excited for a number of reasons.  I’ll be working downtown again, and, while the drive is long, I’ll be close to friends that I rarely get to see.  Even with the extra drive time, I will be able to spend more time with my family because of my average number of hours will decrease.  On top of that, I will also be working from home on a regular basis, which is a first for me.  I’ll get to learn some new things, and hopefully teach some things as well.  I’m also getting to get back into consumer facing web development, which I miss.

I’m really excited for this new job.  If you’re near downtown Milwaukee, let me know and we’ll setup a geek lunch sometime.

As I’m sure you have already read all over the web, today was also the last that Bill Gates will be working for Microsoft.  While I’m sure he will probably never read this, I wish him all the best in his retirement.  Now if only I could figure out how to retire as a billionaire so that I could spend all my time running my charitable foundation…

Recent Trips

Over the last six weeks or so I have made three trips to California.  I grew up in northern CA and most of my family still lives there wondering why I ever left to live in frozen "Wesconson".

The first of these trips was a whirlwind.  I flew in on a Thursday night and drove out on Friday afternoon with my new truck.  My parents were getting rid of their truck and I needed a new vehicle so it worked out nicely.  I had a nice quiet drive across the US from CA to WI, making Twitter updates along the way from my phone. 

Daddy and his PrincessThe second trip, Kelly and I took Charlie (our daughter) to meet Pops and Nana (my parents) at Disneyland in southern CA.  It was her first trip to Disney and she was so excited.

Charlie with Pops and NanaShe got to meet Minnie, Mickey, Tigger, Pooh, and many more.  I think Minnie was her favorite.  She also got a fancy Snow White dress from Pops and Nana to wear to the parade on Main Street.

We got to spend about 6 days with my parents and it was the first time they had seen Charlie since last December.  It was one of the most relaxing weeks I’ve had in a few years and I’m so glad we got to do it.

View of Half Dome from our camp site About a week and a half after we got back home, I made my third trip out to CA for a reunion trip, meeting up with some old school buddies at Yosemite National Park.  Eight of us met, and some of us hadn’t seen each other in almost 15 years.

Vernal Falls from the Mist Trail I would try to describe it, but I guess the trip wouldn’t really make sense to anyone that wasn’t there.  Lots of memories.  Lots of stories.  Lots of catching up.  Lots of laughing.

We golfed (I just drove the cart because I suck at golf), took a ride on lazy river rafts, hiked and hung out around the campfire.  I took a lot of pics and they are on Flickr.  (These are actually my first pics ever on Flickr, even though I’ve had an account for several years now.)  All in all, it was a blast and we are planning another trip for next year.

So there you have it — a short version of the ~13,000 miles I’ve logged in the last few weeks.  Each trip was a blast, but, for now, I’m glad to be home with Kelly and Charlie.  If the Disney trip could have lasted another 6 weeks, I would have been OK with that, but the two trips by myself were rough.

Community Coding Contest

This is pretty exciting.  Chris Pietschmann, an MVP, a friend of mine, a committee member of the WI .NET Users Group, developer of Virtual Earth controls, and an independent consultant I have worked with in the recent past, has three MSDN Premium Subscriptions to give away, and he is having a coding contest to determine the winners.  He is building a website for this contest at www.communitycodingcontest.org, but the site is not up yet.  In the meantime you can get some basic info from this post on his site.  The contest will run from July 1 through September 30, so that’s three whole months to get something built.

The most amazing part is the prizes.  From his blog post:

1st Place – 1 MSDN Premium Subscription with Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite

2nd Place – 1 MSDN Premium Subscription with Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite

3rd Place – 1 MSDN Premium Subscription with Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite

4th Place – Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 Professional

I am also looking for sponsors to donate additional prizes to give away.

I don’t know about you, but I think I’d be happy with 3rd place.  If you work for a company that would like to sponsor this contest, please contact Chris through his blog, or e-mail me and I will put you in touch with him.  If you’re a developer, get those gears turning.

I do have a question for Chris, though.  Chris, why not sneak one of these subscriptions to me and have a contest to give away the other two???

Updated Due Date: January 27, 2009

We went to the doctor the other day and found out from the ultrasound that our correct due date is January 27, 2009.  As of tomorrow (June 24) we will be 9 weeks along.

We’re very excited.  Unfortunately, Kelly gets very sick when she is pregnant and is on some nausea medicine that they apparently give to chemotherapy patients.

Isaacs #4, ETA January 2009

I’m very excited!  Kelly and I found out the other day that we will be having our second child soon.  We haven’t seen the doctor yet, but we’re estimating a January-ish due date for now.  Once we get the "official" word from the doctor I’ll update with that date.

You may have gathered from a previous post that we had a miscarriage late last year.  So this news is especially exciting to us.

Woo hoo!

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