Currently I’m sitting in my Fifth-Wheel at my in-laws while my baby boy sleeps. This year has been a year of ups and downs. Win’s and losses.
First, I got hired full time at my employer. While I prefer the world of contract work, stability is nice for the sake of the family. Additionally the project and who signs my paycheck is a nice feather in my cap. As usual, see the disclaimer, I’m not naming names. And if you know who I work for and mention it in the comments I’ll delete it and ban you.
Later my house sold and on the same day as the house closed I welcomed my son, Harry Eugene, into this world.
The downs though have been seeing so many friends running into my most hated of enemies, cancer. I’ve been there and done that and am still living in the wake, you always are, of losing a loved one to that shit-heel of a disease.
So mostly I’m thankful for my health and being able to hug my wife and hold my son. Here’s hoping I get to do it for many years to follow.
Say hello to Harry Eugene Barnett, named after his paternal grandfather.
We welcomed him into the world at the end of August. He weighed in at 8.5 lbs and 21.25 inches. Mother and son are both doing well.
So I’ve been meaning to actually drop this on the blog for a while but busy has barely begun to describe my life.
Why so busy?
Well we went into overdrive getting the house fully ready for sale. It’s on the market, we have an offer and we’re waiting for the other party to sell their current house. If I don’t look at a caulk gun for another 4 months it will still be too soon. Same thing with paint, dry wall, and mud.
We ended up in overdrive to sell the house because well…
Barnett 2.0 arriving August 2015.
That’s right, Barnett V2.0 is due August 24th. We needed to get as much done in advance because well this month is going to be spent finding more stuff we don’t want/need to clear out, moving stuff to storage, and rearranging the house.
Couple this with job related item and other things I just haven’t had much time for anything and well the outlook into the future doesn’t look good for my spare time either.
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So if you’re friends/follow me on Facebook you will have probably noticed that I, who am normally active and full of commentary have been dead silent. Not only that if you try to hit up my Facebook page it is gone. Every comment I ever wrote, everything. Facebook has scrubbed me entirely from its system.
What was my transgression I hear you ask. You would think I was excessively nasty or offensive or did something that pissed someone off and the answer to that is a simple no. That isn’t to say I don’t say things that are offensive to some or that I don’t poke the bear, it’s just that I don’t do it in a manner that I walk into someone else’s house to do it.
No the burr up Facebook’s ass is they seem to think my name is not my real name. Let me repeat that, they thinks my name isn’t a real name. Evidently the idea that someone is named Barron with two r’s is just too damn hard to fathom. Now it should be noted I only used my last initial because well they wouldn’t let me suppress the damn thing otherwise. Frankly I’m not a fan of stalkers, supporting stalkers, or making it easier for stalkers, yet here Facebook is doing exactly that. Sure you could do some digging and find my Facebook page, not the one tied to the blog, but the fact of the matter is I’d rather keep the people who are missing the order of fries and the drink in their happy meal away from my personal page. I use the FB mainly to keep in touch with friends and family, if I feel like a debate it’s here or twitter. News flash Facebook, you claim this is to make sure people can find me. Everyone who knows me can find me, quite easily I might add. So please STFU.
So now that my account is disabled though, with no real note of when they will re-enable it if at all, I am wondering. Why do we need Facebook? Why do we need a centralized cloud which can censor everything? I’ve chatted with friends about a possible alternative method to remove the central gate-keeper. The main reason we haven’t is because well who cares? Facebook works right? Why is it worth my time? Well all the sudden you’ve taken the guy with the idea and the means and given him a motive.
So in the mean-time, maybe I should just blog more. Because eventually, we’re not going to need you Mark Zuckerberg and when that day comes you’ll merely be like Tom from MySpace.
So yesterday was the longest night to party. Why would I party? Well the days are finally getting longer today, and I had yet again survived another year and stayed on this side of the dirt.
Setting out on the dinner cruise
The Christmas Ship
The collection of boats.
Some more of the boats
We found a robot army.
Wonder if they work for oil…
They just never end.
So many robots
More robot protesters
It was a good day… Finished it by paying a visit to my mom and introducing her to Guardians of the Galaxy.
The past year was a good one. Hopefully the next year is even better.
So I saw a post from Oleg today and I saw the post before I saw his email. Considering I saw the image before anything else I had to do a double take for a second.
Joe has some comments on it. I largely agree. Rights are rights, they are natural. However in the grand scheme we all did lose something because of 594. It makes education, competition, hunting, and recreational shooting all perilously difficult. It isn’t a joke or off the wall either, these fears are being confirmed. It has chilled the rights to the point where we have lost parts of them for fear of exercising them.
So why do I find this fitting… Well my expression nails the statement above oh so well. Most significantly is that rifle in my hands. That is my baby. If you don’t understand, go read it will make sense. It ties me to how I entered the frey.
Thanks for the pic Oleg!
That’s how many time’s I’ve hit the submit button. This post is #2000 that I’ve published. I saw this morning when I went to check on the blog it was sitting at #1999. We’ll there’s a post scheduled for later this morning but I like nice even round numbers.
So here’s a couple Ear Worms to start off your morning:
Make sure you actually let this play at least to 1:30, the rest is an intro. Real song starts @1:48.
(I know not everyone likes heavy metal.)
Beware it might get dusty…
Life has been interesting as of late. I started a new gig in June and this one is all sorts of interesting. Not as much from an engineering stand point but just generally a fun project and I’m getting to teach a lot of people a lot of different things.
But it looks like I’m going to have to find time to get active over the next few months. I’ve been helping by volunteering my time but it ends up things are not as happy as many would like you to think. This weekend I’m going to write-up what I’ve been able to find thus far, but currently if you’re a gun owner in Washington State, you should be crapping your pants.
Looks like I will be blogging much more again, and I’ll be pinging a buddy of mine to get him writing again as well.