Home Projects for 2015

Last year with the help of my father-in-law, we started our home garden. We made a number of mistakes. Such as:

  • Putting garden beds next to the foundation. The watering caused a lot of erosion that, if continued, may result in costly foundation problems.
  • Planting randomly. We planted things we commonly used like Thai chili peppers, Serrano peppers, Habanero peppers, Thai basil, mint, lemon grass, Thai egg-plant, bell peppers as we created the garden beds without planning.

As a result, we are doing some planning while I build out two 12×4 foot raised garden beds about 6 feet away from the foundation. I am using 2×12 pre-treated wood to build the beds and planing on getting about 3.5 cubic yards of garden soil from a local nursery to start the beds.

Other projects this year include:

  • Composting bins – we have enough kitchen and garden waste to cut our cost of commercial compost and other garden products.
  • Rain water collection system – we spent a lot on water last year and I am confident we can cut it by collecting and using rain water as our primary garden water source.
  • Building out Grandma’s pantry – we wasted some of our garden produce this year and want to make the best of this year’s bounty by storing it. Additionally, we always run to the store at the last-minute to prepare our holiday meals and want to get ahead of it this year.

There are plenty of other home projects we want to complete and we may do more this year. But we have to start somewhere, and these three projects are a good spot to start.

More details on each as we roll them out.

2012 Arthritis Walk Austin

My family just registered a family and friends team, Team Robles, for the 2012 Arthritis Walk Austin event. This event has a special place in our heart as we have friends and family who live with arthritis including our son who was diagnosed four years ago with polyarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. At this time, we are looking for friends and family who would like to support us by either joining our team and/or making a donation that will go to the Arthritis Foundation via the Let’s Move Together project.

Thanks in advance for all your support!

Couple of eBooks From Los Techies

Los Techies is a blog maintained by a number of contributors who share and discuss various technical ideas. I happen to have met a few of the folks who contribute there and they seem like pretty okay people.

At any rate, I was perusing some blog posts there this morning when I came across a couple of e-books they have. One talks about the SOLID principles and the other discusses refactoring. Both are important skills to be familiar with as a programmer. I personally like to read various sources on both of these topics when I get a chance since I like to continuously improve those skill sets. I encourage you to do the same.

Joining Headspring

In December, I accepted an employment offer from Headspring and began a new chapter in my career. Honestly, I was not planning on blogging about this change. I even took down the “about me” page on this blog because it was out of date and I didn’t feel like updating it. However, this experience has been and continues to be amazing. Let me tell you why.

As I started my employment, I learned about their core values and was intrigued by the operational transparency. I was skeptical. My life experiences had taught me that core values were ideals which were just printed on paper and available on internal and external company websites. I had also heard the buzz of transparent management but never saw it practiced. Over the past three months, my skepticism has been erased.

Today, I believe in what I do. I am proud of how I do it. There is a different vibe here that I haven’t experienced before. I am surrounded by folks who are driven by a common belief of finding a better way to do business, a better way to build software, and a better way to run a company.

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You Are Who You Follow

CrowdMesh just released their first site using their core technology to help you find and follow people on Twitter who are just like you. The beta site is called You are who you Follow. My results were rather interesting. But it was fun to check out who they matched me up with. Give it a try and see your results.