• Like a fish to water

    Kayla broke her leg today. Yesterday. Oh, I'm so sleep deprived I can't keep the days straight.

    Yesterday Eri and I celebrated our 18th anniversary. Very low-key, just being married and enjoying its benefits (especially children). We went to visit my sister, and brought Kayla's bike and protective gear so she could practice in Beki's gigantic yard and cul-de-sac.

    I spent some time making sure she hadn't forgotten everything. We did a few runs, then she came inside for water. I stayed inside to eat a cookie. Next thing I know, I'm taking her to the hospital.

    Continue reading "Kayla Breaks a Leg"

  • The "criterion" Template

    Judebert.com may be powered by the Serendipity blog engine, but it's really more like a website than a blog. There's a lot of information, some of which is not dynamic, like Contraction Timer or the EV conversion diary.

    To make the information more available, I decided to redesign. I visited Free CSS Templates to find a template with big, immediately visible tabs, clear text, and a well-defined separation for links and sidebar items.

    After some searching among many excellent alternatives, I picked criterion for my website. Although it was presented as a corporate template, it looked like it would fit my layout without too much modification. An easy fit was important because this would be my first template port.

    The Bulletproof template made porting a breeze. Here's how I did it.

    Continue reading "Bulletproof Theming with Serendipity"


  • Biking Together to the Cul-de-sac
    Headed Out

    Today we taught Kayla to ride without training wheels.

    We're probably a little late doing this. She wore the rubber off the training wheels already.

    Continue reading "Kayla's First Bike Ride"

  • That's right, the big 4-0. Well, in my case, the big 1-0. Forty years of experience, only 10 birthdays. Perhaps that's why I'm so much less concerned about it than some other men. No midlife crisis here. At this point, I can't resist the obligatory Simpsons quote. As Bart said: "Well, enjoy it while you can. Everything changes when you hit the big 1-0. Your legs start to go, candy doesn't taste as good anymore--"

    I used to say that I wasted my youth, and I was working hard to make up for it. My mother recently informed me that I had done no such thing -- and I learned early on not to argue with my mother.

    Therefore, you can no longer find any angst or moaning about my lost potential here. Well, you can find it, you just have to work hard.

    In honor of this revelation, Judebert's Wasted Youth is now Judebert's Progress Report! I may not have a squandered past to make up for, but that doesn't mean I'm ceasing my efforts. I'll continue programming Contraction Timer, Serendipity, Christmas Roundup, and other projects. I'll continue making tutorials. I'll still contribute to Open Source. And I'm definitely finishing my electric car! This site will be an archive and (appropriately enough) progress report of my attempts to improve the world!

    Continue reading "Judebert Turns 40"


  • Welcome, friends and wanderers I have yet to meet. This is my archive of past works and progress report for ongoing efforts. I'm out to improve the world, by any margin whatsoever.

    The Man Behind the Madness

    Mug Shot Name Judebert
    Known Aliases GreyFox, Random, slothman
    Real Name Yeah, like I'm telling you
    Family Status Blissfully wed, honeymoon over, three kids
    Employment Full-Time, Software Engineer
    E-Mail No spam, thanks. You can email me through my domain.

    Let's see; did I leave any personally identifying information out? Yes. Good.

    Stuff I Like (and therfore may write about)

    • Programming (including networking, Java, Unix, Windows, graphics, and simulation)
    • Science Fiction (I like the hard SF best)
    • Parenting (father of three girls)
    • Gaming (although I hate the 3D stuff... except Descent II!)
    • Computers (I just built another one)
    • Fractals (I've got this idea for a fractal animator and morpher I know I'll get time to work on someday)
    • 3D rendering, ray-tracing, and animation

    If you want information on anything I know, just use the convenient form! You can send me your opinions right from your browser.