James is a silly.
He does silly things.
He likes other silly things.

This is where some of them show-up.

Hooray.

 

Catching the Apple on Flickr.Another 2011 Ren Faire pic. This one is Broon catching & juggling an apple while also juggling a bowling ball and a flaming torch.
Click through to my flickr to see the next few pics of Broon eating that apple while still juggling.

Catching the Apple on Flickr.

Another 2011 Ren Faire pic. This one is Broon catching & juggling an apple while also juggling a bowling ball and a flaming torch.

Click through to my flickr to see the next few pics of Broon eating that apple while still juggling.

“Portrait of the Fringe Artist as a Bitter Man" by Sam Mullins - Queen and Crone.
And how did I miss this? From Queen and Crone comes another audiodrama featuring yours truly.

Portrait of the Fringe Artist as a Bitter Man" by Sam Mullins - Queen and Crone.

And how did I miss this? From Queen and Crone comes another audiodrama featuring yours truly.

Helping a Fairy
Hey guys, My programming course is all done. You know what that means? More time to actually post!!
I chucked another batch of photos up on the old Flickr. Here’s a cute one from 2011’s Northern California Ren Faire, where the ladies of Serenata talk to a little girl in a fairy costume who had something she needed to ask.

Helping a Fairy

Hey guys, My programming course is all done. You know what that means? More time to actually post!!

I chucked another batch of photos up on the old Flickr. Here’s a cute one from 2011’s Northern California Ren Faire, where the ladies of Serenata talk to a little girl in a fairy costume who had something she needed to ask.

You know how much I love it when I find my CC-Licensed work put to good use. Here, we have an article by the Consumerist: FDA Suggests Tightening Access To Painkillers Like Vicodin. The photo they chose? My Prescription after wisdom teeth removal from 2010:

1 Hydrocodone for the pain 1 Amoxicillin to fight infection 1 pudding cup to settle the stomach

You know how much I love it when I find my CC-Licensed work put to good use. Here, we have an article by the Consumerist: FDA Suggests Tightening Access To Painkillers Like Vicodin. The photo they chose? My Prescription after wisdom teeth removal from 2010:

1 Hydrocodone for the pain
1 Amoxicillin to fight infection
1 pudding cup to settle the stomach

Sydney Bacon, 103 Years Old: Meeting Fredelle Maynard

As I mentioned last post: Queen and Crone has been exploring the life of a very wonderful man with many stories to tell. Here’s a link to the first in the series.

Dad
I let the queue on here dry up a while ago due to too many awesome things happening at once. (Whoops. Sorry about that.) I thought I’d get things kick-started with one of the most-awesomest things in my life: My Dad.
A guy who guided me, raised me, and sent me into this world with a drive to do what’s best for those you love. To be selfless over being selfish. To just be a good person.
One year ago, this guy had a stroke. It was by far the scariest moment of my life. 
We have a big family, but most of my siblings have families, jobs, or other truly important responsibilities that they just couldn’t ignore long enough to give my dad the care he needed. I, on the other hand, was a recently laid-off bachelor. Yes, my volunteer work at St. Mary’s was important (to myself and the community)… but this was my Father. This was Family. This came first before anything.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend I personally swooped-in and saved his life. Most of the work was done by my wonderful sister Lisa, and our other siblings helped when and where they could. But I dropped everything I could to help my dad, and help my family help my dad. Because I could.
And this is why I made the heavy decision to shut down TomatoBlue-the-app-development-house and bring back TomatoBlue-the-humble-tumblr-blog. 
Did it hurt my career? You bet. A dude who’s been unemployed for over a year isn’t exactly the most impressive man on paper. But it worked. After many months of physical therapy, my dad was finally, officially, able to take care of himself as of July 2013. The crisis is over. Everything I left was worth it. And I’d make the same decision again in a heartbeat. 
So where does that leave me now?
Well, I’m still interviewing. There are plenty of people in the bay looking for Release Engineers, or QA, or green-but-driven software devs. My recruiters and I just haven’t been able to find a good fit. In the mean time, I’ve got a great idea for a new project. Bad news is there’s no way I can build it without a web component, and I haven’t built a web app since college. Good news? Now I get to learn Ruby!
(I’m serious. Learning stuffs is the best stuffs.)
Hobby wise, I’ve found more time for audio recording. You’d hear the fruits of my labor on Queen and Crone, but Sage has spent the last run of episodes exploring the life of a particularly wonderful 103 year old man with plenty of stories to tell. I’ll let you know when items get posted, though.
Life wise, I’ve got myself a wonderful new supportive group of friends. I’m in such a better place today than I was one year ago. It’s heartwarming just to think about.
Okie dokes. I’m off now to toss some photos into my flickr, then stuff the queue here up some more. Let’s aim for a little less dead-air in the future, okay? After that: time to study up for my next coding project. :D
Wish me luck, internet!

Dad

I let the queue on here dry up a while ago due to too many awesome things happening at once. (Whoops. Sorry about that.) I thought I’d get things kick-started with one of the most-awesomest things in my life: My Dad.

A guy who guided me, raised me, and sent me into this world with a drive to do what’s best for those you love. To be selfless over being selfish. To just be a good person.

One year ago, this guy had a stroke. It was by far the scariest moment of my life. 

We have a big family, but most of my siblings have families, jobs, or other truly important responsibilities that they just couldn’t ignore long enough to give my dad the care he needed. I, on the other hand, was a recently laid-off bachelor. Yes, my volunteer work at St. Mary’s was important (to myself and the community)… but this was my Father. This was Family. This came first before anything.

I’m not going to sit here and pretend I personally swooped-in and saved his life. Most of the work was done by my wonderful sister Lisa, and our other siblings helped when and where they could. But I dropped everything I could to help my dad, and help my family help my dad. Because I could.

And this is why I made the heavy decision to shut down TomatoBlue-the-app-development-house and bring back TomatoBlue-the-humble-tumblr-blog. 

Did it hurt my career? You bet. A dude who’s been unemployed for over a year isn’t exactly the most impressive man on paper. But it worked. After many months of physical therapy, my dad was finally, officially, able to take care of himself as of July 2013. The crisis is over. Everything I left was worth it. And I’d make the same decision again in a heartbeat. 

So where does that leave me now?

Well, I’m still interviewing. There are plenty of people in the bay looking for Release Engineers, or QA, or green-but-driven software devs. My recruiters and I just haven’t been able to find a good fit. In the mean time, I’ve got a great idea for a new project. Bad news is there’s no way I can build it without a web component, and I haven’t built a web app since college. Good news? Now I get to learn Ruby!

(I’m serious. Learning stuffs is the best stuffs.)

Hobby wise, I’ve found more time for audio recording. You’d hear the fruits of my labor on Queen and Crone, but Sage has spent the last run of episodes exploring the life of a particularly wonderful 103 year old man with plenty of stories to tell. I’ll let you know when items get posted, though.

Life wise, I’ve got myself a wonderful new supportive group of friends. I’m in such a better place today than I was one year ago. It’s heartwarming just to think about.

Okie dokes. I’m off now to toss some photos into my flickr, then stuff the queue here up some more. Let’s aim for a little less dead-air in the future, okay? After that: time to study up for my next coding project. :D

Wish me luck, internet!