Wow, I Didn’t Know You Sang!

I'm a pretty private person. People who know me might be aware of this, but I don't think they have a clue just how private I am. You could say I'm "guarded," and you could even mistake me for being "anti-social" at times. But I don't really care what you call it—I just prefer to live most of my life without explaining everything I do to everybody I know. I think I've recently been able to determine that there are two main reasons for why I'm so private. First, I think part of why I'm so private Read More

My Policy On Blog Comments

One of the most interesting aspects I've found about blogging (and the Internet in general) is the fact that people will comment on a particular blog post or article they read. I find it interesting because it's only with the power of the Internet that you can actually have an interactive conversation like this. In years past if you read an article in print and either agreed or disagreed with it, all you could do was mail a "letter to the editor" and I hope it would get published in a future issue. With Read More

When I Met Astronaut Charlie Duke

Today, I went to a luncheon and got to hear from General Charlie Duke, a former NASA Astronaut. He spent 71 hours on the surface of the moon with Apollo 16, and was the backup lunar pilot for Apollo 13.Funny enough, he's also the one who infamously caught the German measles back in the days of Apollo 13 and exposed fellow pilot Ken Mattingly to it, which caused him to be replaced by Jack Swigert. (If you've seen the movie Apollo 13, you know what this is all about).Pretty cool guy, and amazing story. Read More

The Easiest Way To Make A Million Dollars

Of all the financial advice I've ever gotten in my life, one particular quote about money stands out more than any other. It wasn't advice from a financial planner, or banker, or stock broker, either. It came from a plumber I know. The roughest, red-neckest plumber I've met. We were talking about money one day and he said: "You know, Ron, it ain't hard to become a millionaire. Just make something that's worth a dollar, and sell a million of 'em." I think about this comment every day, because he's Read More

Random Thoughts / A New Approach

I've used this blog over the past couple years to write down random thoughts from time to time, as well as much more involved, bigger pieces. I usually spend several hours doing research, taking screenshots, writing, rewriting, rewriting again, and then finally publishing a post. Of course, the problem with that is, you wait for perfection and have to find a period of time where you can dedicate a couple hours to undertake something like that. Which means it almost never happens, since my life is Read More

When I Met Brian Dennehy

Earlier this week, the actor Brian Dennehy came to Colorado Springs (UCCS, more specifically, where I'm a student on a very part-time basis). I signed up for the opportunity, since I was interested, and the event was free. (For those who don't recognize his name immediately, he voiced the father rat in Pixar's Ratatouille; played the obnoxious sheriff in Rambo: First Blood; and played the father in Tommy Boy, among many other roles). He had come in the day before to do a masterclass with the theater Read More

Read My Posts at the Colorado Springs Independent

I have some happy news to share—if you haven't seen many blog posts here recently, there's a reason. I'm now a featured blogger at the Colorado Springs Independent. I'm still posting the same kinds of things as before: info about websites, technology, the Internet, and more. So I'll probably not post here as often since that's taking the time I would normally use to write here. Come check out what I've written on the CS Indy blog here: The Web Guy. Thanks! Read More

Surfing at Ocean Beach in San Diego

I got to check off one of the things on my bucket list this week: trying surfing. I've gotta admit, I grew up relatively close to the ocean and we went to the beach all the time but I never tried surfing before. It's much, much harder than I ever expected. It's given me a whole new level of respect for "surf bums" and other guys who do it all day. I don't know how they can—I spent less than an hour giving it a try, and it took every ounce of energy I could muster. I was constantly winded from the Read More

Steve Wozniak in Colorado Springs

Earlier this week, I went to go see Steve Wozniak speak right here in Colorado Springs. He came to an event put on by the Business Journal called "Celebrate Technology" at a great new venue, The Pinery At the Hill.For those who may not know, Steve Wozniak is/was the co-founder of what I think is the greatest consumer tech company in the world: Apple, Inc. He started Apple in a garage with Steve Jobs way back in 1976. "Woz," as he's known to Apple Fanboys, was not only the technical brains behind Read More

Should I Join a Toastmasters Club?

I'm a big fan of conquering my weaknesses and fears. I like to identify what they are, finding out why I'm afraid of them, and then do whatever it takes to overcome them.There's one fear I'm working on these days is the fear that's often cited in surveys as the biggest fear of all for most people: the fear of public speaking. A few years ago, I did a quick online search to find a Toastmasters club near me, and I'm happy to report that I found a great little club in downtown Colorado Springs (where Read More