For those of you who know we well, or knew me during the years of 2000-2005 probably know that I have lost of a lot of weight.    Since my heaviest in 2002/3 I have continuously been losing weight – which is a delta of 74 pounds from my current weight to my heaviest weight (on […]

read more

Hey everyone, If you have been reading my blog then you may remember me posting about this book chapter I worked on over the summer.  Earlier this year I posted a part of the chapter that didn’t the final cut  (distributed systems fault tolerance and monitoring). Well, the book finally came out!  You can read […]

personal Comments Off on Architecture of Open Source Applications Book is out! WOO!

read more

we must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us - Joseph Campbell quote

Normally I don’t do this many personal posts in a row, but this week I was inspired by Jesse’s post, so I thought I would join in writing my own letter to my former myself a decade or so in the past. —— Dear Katherine (since you don’t call yourself Kate yet), Hello from the […]

read more

ruby slippers for your journey to oz - grass is greener

I consider myself lucky. I have a loving family, a good job, and a nice home. Working in technology we are so fortunate because we get paid very well to solve interesting problems.  For most of us we enjoy a large part of our jobs, we use our minds (no hard physical labor – which […]

read more

I love new years resolutions. I am one of those people who is motivated and excited by accomplishments and achievements.  I make lists for everything; and everyday I savor the moments I complete an item on the list. And new years, like birthdays, are a chance to think about the future and plan for what […]

personal, self improvement Comments Off on Looking at the New Year Through Reflections in the Past

read more

Recently I have been getting some flack about the lack of “personal” updates on my blog – people keep saying I am too serious.  Silly people. But to appease them (or at least one of them who suggested I write about my weekends and people I meet) I am writing a post about all the […]

personal Comments Off on What I loved about Surge Con 2011

read more