I really haven’t been updating this blog as much as I should. I promise I’ll work on it. I was working with some files on a server at work this week and ran into this rather odd time estimate. I didn’t really want to wait for almost 1500 days so I let it run overnight. It reminded me of how long it’s been since I have updated this blog. It’s time to start posting here again. I have several subjects in mind so keep an eye out for some rather diverse posts soon (hopefully)!
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Yesterday afternoon we had a rather unexpected visitor. A large tornado touched down about two miles from home and moved quickly past. It hit Southeast Raleigh and then moved on to the northeast. The tornado was so close that I could hear it out on the front porch. That was not a sound I ever care to hear again. We were very fortunate that we received no damage from the passing storm. Many of our neighbors a few miles away were not so fortunate.
In honor of the WordPress 5k that will be taking place this weekend I gathered several of the Conference Staff together for our own event. We met up at the end of the day yesterday and completed our own informal 5k race. Some ran and some walked (including me) but we all finished and had a great time. Thanks WordPress for challenging the people who use your software to get out and exercise with you!
The company that produces WordPress (Automattic) is hosting a Worldwide 5k. With 80 employees living in 62 cities it is very difficult to put together a group event. To get all of their employees moving on the same day they decided to challenge everyone to run, walk, swim or bike 3.1 miles on the same day. They even challenged the people that use their software to do the same!
Since we have all been wearing pedometers (and exercising this year) this would be an excellent time for fellowship. You can pick up around 4,500 steps or so as well as enjoy some time outside with your peers. The Information Technology Office would like to invite everyone to meet up with us at the Conference Office at 4:45 PM on Wednesday April 6th, 2011. We will leave from the front of the building at 5 PM and walk twice around the block (map of the route below). Twice around this loop is approximately 3.5 miles. You should budget about an hour to complete the track if you are walking. It’s a little further than a 5k but what’s a few tenths of a mile amongst friends?
Some things to note:
- We will be taking a group photograph before we leave.
- You do not have to walk with us during the event but you do have to move at least 3.1 miles on that day.
- Even if you are exercising elsewhere please consider showing up for the group photo.
- You can perform any type of exercise as long as you complete the 5k. You can run on a treadmill, bike indoors or outdoors, swim laps, run or jog or walk as long as you hit the mileage requirement. If you decide to exercise elsewhere be sure to let me know so I can keep track of how many people are participating.
- ALL are welcome! I’m sure there will be enough adults to help watch any children that want to participate.
- You do not have to walk with the group around the track. If you choose to run or bike the track we will happily wave as you lap us. Photographic evidence of your exercise and/or a description of your individual exercise would make the blog very happy.
- Rain out day will be Friday April 8th.
- We need a volunteer time keeper to hand out times as people finish the course. I am currently accepting applications for this position. Please send references and salary requirements to me directly.
If you plan to attend please fill out this registration form:
You can find out more here: http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/automattic%E2%80%99s-worldwide-wp-5k/.
And I thought I had a tough job…
We have spent the last two days working to set up the technology infrastructure for our 2010 Annual Conference. After this initial work is complete I spend the rest of the week sitting in the back waiting for something to break. I also help manage the live video stream and any miscellaneous work that needs to be done on our coverage page. It’s enough to keep me busy while still being able to pay attention to most of what goes on out in the big meeting.
We run a pretty wide range of hardware in the News Room. You can see anything from Linux netbooks to Mac and Windows laptops. We also support an e-mail station of several Ubuntu 10.04 workstations. Throw in about 15-20 employees, several wireless networks, 2,000 attendees and one large facility and you have a complex project!
This year the set-up time took about as long as I expected it would. The nice thing we have this year that we have not had in previous years is an extra day to prepare. Now that I have most of the major work finished tomorrow should be a fairly light day. I’m hoping to catch up on some e-mail and continue coordinating vendors for the building move in two weeks. We’ll see how it goes though. As of right now all systems are green!
Today people from all over our conference met to dedicate our new facility. It was good to see some old friends and faces that I don’t usually get to see. I will probably see all of these people again next week at our annual conference but it was good for now to catch up.
We gathered today to dedicate the entire building as well as the Sam Dixon Meeting Room and Chapel. Our main meeting room serves a dual purpose and it was named after one of our clergy members who perished in the Haiti earthquake. Unfortunately I missed most of the actual ceremony itself. We had a power blink in the building during the service that disturbed our alarm system. I spent a good bit of time straightening that out. Everything new is bound to have a few kinks, right? After spending a great deal of the last six months working on this building today it finally felt like it was finished. It’s good to get to this point. No time to rest on our accomplishments though, annual conference is next week and the building move is in two weeks!
This is an amazing shot of a moonbow over the old water tower in Downtown Raleigh.
H/T: Goodnight, Raleigh