I’m 53, and a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, where I’ve worked since 1985. You can find a bit about me here. I’m married to Merry and we have two kids, both of whom flew the coop years ago. Chris lives in Seattle; Kate is married to a really nice guy called Mark and they…

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So we’re headed off to Carmel Valley in a couple of days, and this breaks loose. I called ahead: they felt nothing. I’d like to feel a “safe” earthquake sometime. I’ve been around during a mild one (just enough to set a bowl of water rippling), but I’ve never felt the earth move in a…

Read More Shakin' all over

I first put up a personal web a few years ago. I authored it in MS FrontPage, developed the navigation, populated it… and then nothing. Or not very much. Maintenance became a chore, the site was cramped (only 8MB), I could only update it from my home PC, which was useless (I spend a lot…

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This weekend has been dominated by emotionally draining film experiences. First, I saw Lord of the Rings: Return of the King twice, on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. The first time was with my dearest friends with whom I saw the first two LotR films – we call ourselves “The Fellowship of the Fellowship”. The…

Read More On exhausting experiences

For the last few years I used the services of NetIdentity to manage my web presence at geoff.arnold.net. However they didn’t support blogs (or anything requiring server-side stuff) and only gave you 8MB of web space – not even room enough to swing a cat. So I’ve started this site using MovableType, hosted by LogJamming.…

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