"Every man dies. Not every man really lives." - William Wallace

toad's wild ride

the present

This page tries to provide some information about what I am presently doing. This includes information about my job and my current "free-time" activities. For more information on my current activites you can hop on over to read my blog.

my free time

In my free time, I enjoy reading, exercising, tinkering with technology, gaming, spending time with friends, and "vegging-out."

I love to read novels where espionage or the military are involved. Authors like Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Brad Thor, and WEB Griffin have been my favorite up to this point. I also enjoy science-based fiction novels by people like Michael Crichton. And in an effort to expand my mind, I also read non-fiction books on subjects like technology, business, history, pyschology, and the economy. I have some blog posts about the books I have read and a huge list of books here and in my Amazon Wishlist that I want to read.

I enjoy having an active lifestyle that includes basketball, soccer, biking, and golf. I also enjoy exercising (cardio, yoga, and weight training) but do it for the health benefits for the most part. In the last couple of years I have started running and have yet to find it fun despite its obvious health benefits. In April of 2009 I ran my first half-marathon and plan to run a full-marathon at some point.

my work

I am currently a Software Developer working with The IDEA Center. In this position I spend most of my time developing new software, maintaining existing software, and system administration.

One of my first projects was to get a continuous integration server installed and working. We chose Hudson and I installed it in a XenServer VM running CentOS Linux with an Apache Tomcat web server. The install was the easy part; the hard part was getting the existing projects to build in Hudson using their Ant build scripts.

One of the biggest projects I worked on during my first year was redesigning and implementing a report generation server. This required me to investigate and evaluate several technologies (DocBook, LaTeX, Eclipse BIRT, etc.) to find what would be efficient and flexible enough for our needs. The previous implementation used Java 2D to generate a picture and then exported to a PostScript file that could be printed.