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HHQ2 at Crystal City

11.13.20183 Min Read — In Opinion

According to the WSJ , (HQ2)/2 is moving to Crystal City! For those of you not taking the GREs today, that means half of HQ2 is coming to the DMV and the other half is going to Long Island in Long…

GGoodbye Decipher!

10.24.20181 Min Read — In Opinion

All good things come to an end, and with Grey Matter Dashboard at 2.0, I've decided that it's now a appropriate time for me to pass the baton and move on from Decipher. It was an honor to be a part of…

OOperation Code DC - October 2018

10.23.20182 Min Read — In Operation Code

On Wednesday, October 17th, Operation Code DC gathered for our second meetup since the relaunch of our chapter. We were hosted by GE Aviation in downtown Washington, DC. The GE Aviation staff went…

OOperation Code DC - August 2018

08.29.20183 Min Read — In Operation Code

On August 28th, 2018, about 28 military, veterans, military spouses, and civilian allies gathered at Capitol Post to relaunch Operation Code's DC chapter. I think that's a pretty great turnout for a…

SSummary of ENIAC by Scott McCartney

07.29.20186 Min Read — In History

This past weekend, I finally made it through ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer by Scott McCartney . After originally purchasing this book from Audible in 2012, I…

HHow I got here: Chapter 1

04.09.20183 Min Read — In Career

As I've gotten older and gained perspective on my life, I've concluded that many aspects of my personality and career have been broadly shaped by the era, location, and community of my childhood. In…

BBiggest Blessings of 2017

01.01.20185 Min Read — In Career

After a decade of career compromises, I'm finally following my passions Ideally, when someone graduates from college, they should understand their interests and aspirations and map that to a career…

BBeginner Guide to WebVR on Daydream

12.24.20166 Min Read — In Coding

Earlier today, I was pleased to discover that FedEx had shipped me an important package. No, this wasn't Christmas a week early (...or was it???). It was the brand-new Pixel phone and Daydream VR set…

SSilencing the Siren Song

12.15.20162 Min Read — In Career

Come this way, honored Odysseus... and stay your ship, so that you can listen here to our singing; for no one else has ever sailed past this place in his black ship until he has listened to the honey…

RRegular Expressions Reference

11.07.20167 Min Read — In Coding

Why this reference? After the first week of my junior phase at Fullstack Academy , it's clear to me that Regular Expressions is a concept that I need to master quickly. In the past, I've usually…

RRules to be Outsource-Proof

10.18.20163 Min Read — In Career

Yesterday, some of my colleagues in Operation Code 's Slack channel were expressing some concerns about outsourcing and the impact that this might have on their careers. Given all of the election…

BBattle of the Somme Centennial

06.30.20162 Min Read — In History

One hundred years ago today, General Haig, commander of the British Expeditionary Force, a man known for strong Christian beliefs and eccentric spiritualism (supposedly he had spoken with Napoleon…

TTPP - Presidential by Nature

06.13.20151 Min Read — In Fun

T.P.P., how can I explain it I'll take it frame by frame it To have y'all all jumping, shouting, saying it T is for Trans, P is for Pacific, scratch your temple The last P, well that's not that simple…

PPrincess House Mysteries: Chapter 4

05.23.20152 Min Read — In History

First things first, there have been some setbacks with my Princess House Research. Nothing tragic, but a bit frustrating for me personally. Let me set the stage for you so that you can empathize…

PPrincess House Mysteries: Chapter 3

04.26.20152 Min Read — In History

In my last post, I discussed some of my initial thoughts about where my house was actually located between when it was built circa 1850 and when it was moved to the "Uptown" neighborhood of Alexandria…

PPrincess House Mysteries: Chapter 2

04.12.20153 Min Read — In History

In Chapter 1 of the Princess House Mysteries , I discovered that my new home at 1204 Princess Street wasn't built in 1920 like I had originally thought, but that it was built around 1850 and moved to…

PPrincess House Mysteries: Chapter 1

04.01.20154 Min Read — In History

Shortly before Christmas of 2014, my wife and I purchased a lovely townhouse in Alexandria City's Parker Gray Historic District. More specifically, we purchased a house on Princess Street, which my…

WWhat I learned from Wes Anderson‘s Rushmore

08.31.20143 Min Read — In Fun

It's hard to believe that I've gone sixteen years without seeing it, but thanks to HBO Go and this wonderful blog post , I just wrapped up watching Wes Anderson's first commercial success: Rushmore…

IIBM Surburban Commandos versus Tech MeetUps: FIGHT!

08.28.20143 Min Read — In Opinion

One of the largest impacts of the demographic shift from Baby Boomers to Gen Xers to Millennials has been the shift in preferences from the single-family homes, privacy, and quality of life offered by…

WWhat would Jesus code?

07.13.20131 Min Read — In Career

Thanks to organizations such as Code for America , the techie community is increasingly starting to think about ways to leverage their engineering skills in volunteer public service projects. I…

SSólyom Fekete Family History Project

07.08.20133 Min Read — In History

Many of you know that I've had already had a handful of careers during my 27.5 years of life. Besides working in technology and serving in the Army, there was a brief period when I was a History PhD…

TTransition from Blogger to WordPress

07.05.20133 Min Read — In Personal

My personal blog has been relatively stale over the past few years. Partially that has had to do with being so busy working at IBM and completing my graduate studies at the Illinois Institute of…

SSaints Francis, Jude, and Watson

07.15.20112 Min Read — In Career

Praise to God for his many blessings! I have so much to be thankful for. Firstly, I was able to survive my 15 credit hour semester at IIT with a pretty respectable GPA and a published paper. My…

SStatus Report–25% to degree completion

03.08.20112 Min Read — In Career

It’s difficult to believe, but I am now working through Midterms week of my first of two semesters for my Masters of IT Management program. Glancing back at my blog, I see that my last post on…

BBack to School? Again?

12.13.20102 Min Read — In Career

As many of you know, I have been pretty hesitant to go back to school. It’s been nearly two years since I’ve had a traditional paycheck. This is not to imply that Georgetown University was not a lot…

GGovernment IT and Cloud Computing

12.12.20101 Min Read — In Career

The Chief Information Officer of the Federal Government recently released a new plant to shift the majority of government IT into the “cloud” in the near future. This means a decrease in local IT…

JJava and Robert Santos

12.10.20102 Min Read — In Career

In order to give myself a constructive project to work on, I’ve recently been teaching myself Java. According to the TIOBE index , this programming language is currently the most popular language…

RRite of Acceptance and Career Search Continued

12.06.20102 Min Read — In Career

This morning was my Rite of Acceptance into the Roman Catholic church. For those unfamiliar with the process, Wikipedia provides a reasonable explanation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults…

CCareer Guide Madness

10.25.20101 Min Read — In Career

I am currently working through three career books. So You Majored in What? is more-or-less a guide for humanities majors trying to figure out how to make their interests and coursework (seem…

CCareer Search Ongoing

10.25.20101 Min Read — In Career

I thought that it would be a useful exercise to publish my thoughts as I work towards getting to know myself a bit better. I am a recently-married West Point graduate that was medically retired from…