Pi Day in Palmer, Alaska, 2011

Back on Pi Day in 2011, I was living in Palmer, Alaska, and had no plans on returning to the “Lower 48,” no plans to write the Scala Cookbook, etc. (And then some personal stuff happened in my family, and I thought it would be best to move to Colorado for a while.) I took this photo of a local baseball field and the mountains in Palmer while I was walking around that day.

(If you’re interested in what I was thinking then, this is a photo of the building that I thought would become my office in downtown Palmer.)

This was going to be my office in Palmer, Alaska

In 2011 I was living in Palmer, Alaska, and I just started to look into renting this building to be a home for my software-consulting business when some personal issues came up and I had to move back to the Lower-48.

Honestly, there probably wasn’t enough work in the Palmer/Wasilla area — also known as the Mat-Su Valley — but I loved the area so much I wanted to give it a try.

If you’re interested, you can read more about my life in Alaska at OneMansAlaska.com.

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2011 Iditarod video - Lance Mackey at the starting gate

2011 Iditarod News: Some times you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. At the Iditarod "restart"event in Willow, Alaska today, I happened to be standing at the starting gate when four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey stepped on the dog sled and headed for Nome, Alaska. Here's a link to the video on my One Man's Alaska website: 

Geek Valentine's Day gifts alvin February 2, 2011 - 6:55pm

Geek Valentine's Day Gifts: I just received an email from Think Geek regarding their geek Valentine's Day gifts for 2011, and I have to say, some of them are really excellent. I've picked out just a handful of them (plus one from a French chocolate supplier), and I'll share them in order from my least-favorite to most-favorite. Click on any picture to see the full page at the Think Geek website.

Geek Valentine's Day gift: LED Flashing Heart

While I won't be giving this first product away as a Valentine's Day geek gift idea, it looks pretty clever:

Valentines Day geek gifts ideas - LED heart

Did Drupal account for all new PHP jobs in the last year?

I wish I had more statistics to look at this, but at a preliminary glance, it looks like Drupal has accounted for all new PHP job openings in the last twelve months. I just published a little CakePHP, Drupal, and LAMP PHP jobs survey, and while the good news is that the PHP job market appears to have grown well in the last twelve months, the case can be made -- based on these statistics -- that Drupal accounted for almost all of the new PHP job openings.