self-indulgence

  1. My First Chess Program

    When I was a kid, back in the 70's and 80's, I thought chess programs were the most sophisticated computer programs in the world. That was back when the average personal-computer chess program wasn't very good, and dedicated chess computers cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, so it seemed to …

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  2. 50

    So, suddenly, I'm 50 years old. Almost a quarter of my life behind me.

    50 really doesn't seem that bad. 40 felt much more like an oh-man-I'm-old-and-have-wasted-my-life event. I'm much happier now than I was then. This has been a great decade for me. I met a wonderful woman, and …

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  3. 48

    I'm writing this yearly update later than I usually do. A few things have been unsettled, and I didn't want to write until I had some idea how they would turn out. We had been planning to buy the house we were living in, but that deal fell through in …

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  4. 47

    Another annual State of the Kris message:

    The biggest change for my family this year was moving from our little mountain cabin in Dahlonega to a house in Cumming. This puts us closer to the schools where Pebble teaches and where Bailey learns. Instead of spending two hours commuting per …

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  5. Work, Stress, and Goofing Off

    Well, we have our software "finished", and it's a full week ahead of the deadline. I expect smooth sailing for the next week or so, which will finally give me some time to get back into a normal work schedule and to focus on some longer-term goals instead of the …

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  6. Hobbies

    For most of my adult life, I didn't really have any "hobbies". I spent most of my free time watching TV, reading books, hanging out with friends, or improving my programming skills. I didn't consider any of these activities to be hobbies, and always wondered if I was missing out …

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  7. Pay Me What I'm Worth

    Recently receiving a nice raise got me thinking about the relationship between work and financial compensation.

    Some people claim that high salaries encourage hard work. Maybe it does for some people, but it doesn't work that way for me. My work ethic has little to do with how much I …

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  8. Confessional

    I committed several developer sins today. (Actually, I only committed a couple today; the others were committed in the past but came to light today.)

    First, I assumed that the bug was in the other guy's code. I was sure there could be nothing wrong in my simple straightforward object-oriented …

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  9. Assertiveness

    The most significant personal change I've gone through in the past few years is an increase in my assertiveness. I am a very different person from who I used to be, due to this change.

    I am a stutterer. That, coupled with natural introversion, caused me to grow up avoiding …

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  10. Self-Reflection

    I spend a lot of time in front of reflective surfaces (computer monitors and my TV), and so I occasionally catch a glimpse of myself when I don't mean to look at myself. Before I realize who I am looking at, my first impression is often that the guy looks …

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