Category Archives: Miscellanea

Everything that fails to fit, elsewhere

Site Rebuild

I learned last night that this site was hacked somehow. I don’t know if it was due to a vulnerability in WordPress or a WordPress plugin or, more likely, a vulnerability in the many, many other scripts and add-ons that I had accumulated here over the last 14 years of running this site. As a precaution, I nuked everything and rebuilt my WordPress installation from scratch, with only the bare essentials.

Many features of this site may be temporarily or permanently unavailable. For example, the PCB’99 directory feature and the K9 blacklist are gone and probably will not return. If there is something that you are looking for and cannot find, please let me know.

Fascinating New Brain Research

Researchers have observed never-before-detected brain activity in deep coma states.  This has obvious implications for end-of-life decisions, but also (as the article points out) for trauma patients who are placed into comas for medical reasons.  Very interesting stuff.

Last Day of Biglaw

Today was my last day as an associate at BakerHostetler. I have really enjoyed getting to know the wonderful people there over the last year and change.

Tomorrow, I will be starting in my new position as a staff attorney at the Texas First Court of Appeals, here in Houston. I am looking forward to the new and different challenges and opportunities there.

Make Yourself Happier

I love mind-hacking and ways to improve my life without doing anything radical, and this post from the Buffer blog is right in line with that: 10 simple things you can do today that will make you happier, backed by science  I can testify from personal experience that many of these work; I’ll have to try the others!

August Reboot

The last few months have been completely crazy — I worked well over 300 hours in July alone — and this blog has once again fallen by the wayside. It’s time to reboot it. I plan to roll out a new design fairly soon, and I am going to up the posting frequency significantly. Stay tuned!

You Need a . . . Discount! (on You Need A Budget)

I have blogged before about the awesome personal budgeting software You Need A Budget!, a/k/a YNAB.  It is now in version 4 and better than ever, with cloud syncing among all your devices (computer, smartphone, iPad or tablet, etc.).  We use it for all of our budgeting, and we absolutely love it.

Anyway, if you want a $6 discount on the new version, use this link: http://ynab.refr.cc/XTT5GR6

Disclaimer:  I will receive a small commission on any sales through the above link.

Last Day

As many of you already know, today was my last day as an associate at Baker Botts. I had many great opportunities there over the last three and one-half years and will miss my many wonderful friends, colleagues, and mentors.

On June 18, I will be joining the litigation section of Baker Hostetler, here in Houston. I am looking forward to the new challenges and new opportunities there.

Note to Self…

Always, always double-check that anyone who has worked on your car gave you back the key for your wheel locks. Apparently, the last folks to work on Sarah’s car did not give us the key for her wheel locks, which we discovered today when I tried to get a screw removed from one tire and get the tire patched. Better now than out on some highway, but still a pain.

The stupid part is that I’ve had this happen to me once before. Fortunately, in this case, I was able just to put some air in it, drive it to the nearest dealership, and buy a replacement key on the spot. The last time that happened was a much bigger pain.

Six Hundred

I just realized that my most recent post (GTD: Your 6 Most Important Things) was my six hundredth post on here.

This site has come a long way since I started working on it in vi and Netscape on a Unix workstation. It has been edited in — and arguably abused by — vi, Netscape Communicator, multiple versions of FrontPage, multiple versions of Dreamweaver, and countless other tools. I am pretty happy with the way it runs now (almost entirely driven by WordPress, with some portions hand-coded in Notepad++).

Mostly, I’m happy it’s still ticking along, despite a few long slowdowns, and still has some readers. Thank you for reading!