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Message for Married Folk

A reply to a question my friend recently asked me: “As a single person of a certain age (not an offensive thing), how would you want to feel supported by married people in the congregation?”

The issue brought forth by this question is one an older single friend has wrestled with for years. Watching him go through that, and seeing myself possibly in his position in a few years—“certain... More

11-12-13 14:15:16

Still another historic moment.

Basic Photography I (Camera)

A Guide to Buying a DSLR Camera

The greatest hurdle for me in getting started with photography was in the very beginning, when I was overwhelmed by the choices of cameras and all the different numbers and terminology, such as ISO, F/#, or 55 mm focal length. I’ve learned a lot through experience and articles, so I’d like to share what I learned for those who are just starting out.

The most basic tool you... More

Basic Web Application in Clojure

Abstract: This tutorial covers the creation of a basic CRUD web application (read: blog) using Clojure. The technologies covered here include Compojure, Ring, Hiccup, JDBC, MySQL, Apache, and Tomcat. Development is done on Mac OS X 10.8.5, and deployment is done on a VPS with Ubuntu 12.04 installed.

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The path to a Ph.D. is known to be lonely, but the singularity of the author “list” on the title page fails to capture the contributions of countless supporters along the way, without whom I would certainly not be here.

It goes without saying that my advisor Olav Solgaard is the most influential person in the completion of this thesis. He has taught me to think more critically and to communicate more clearly... More

In the Shadow

I successfully passed my Ph. D. defense about three months ago, on June 3, 2013. Though a rather momentous occasion and a cause for celebration, I did not feel compelled to write a post about it, partly because there was just so many things going on, but also partly because I just wanted to be done. The Ph. D. wasn’t over at that point, and so having only an incomplete view of what the degree entailed, I did not... More

Trip to Japan 2013 – Day 6

This was my last day here. I slept well, but woke up about an hour before my 8:45 alarm. My throat was feeling a little better. On the day I arrived, Mrs. Bindewald showed me the bathtub where bluish water was kept heated. From what I read before coming, the Japanese custom was to shower and clean oneself before soaking in the bathtub. I had been meaning to try it when I got the chance, but this morning the tub was... More