here goes nothin’

Yesterday afternoon my manager walked in and asked me if I’d like to become a software lead for an upcoming project. It’s a move up, of sorts, though probably without a pay increase.

For the past 6 years, I’ve been just a software engineer, which means that I just get assignments to do software changes, and I do them. It’s been a fine job, I’ve learned a lot. As software lead, I would basically be responsible for making sure all of the software changes get done for the project, making sure they are done correctly, solving any of the difficult technical problems, setting up the development environment, creating the releaseable software… wait, I guess that’s stuff I’ve been doing at least a bit of in my current position. I guess my last few years have served me well. 🙂

The one thing I am not looking forward to is moving from a Windows-based development environment to a VAX-based environment. Not that I’m scared of moving away from GUI to command-line – heck, I prefer command-line; but I hate having to learn a whole new tool set. Oh well, it’s the one development environment I haven’t worked with yet in 6 years, so it will broaden my knowledge. Or something like that.

It’s a little scary moving up to this position, but not too bad. I had originally been told that I was going to be the project engineer, which would entail a lot more document-writing and paperwork. That was much scarier. This will just be a good move up the chain. I think I’m starting to look forward to it…

here goes nothin’

Yesterday afternoon my manager walked in and asked me if I’d like to become a software lead for an upcoming project. It’s a move up, of sorts, though probably without a pay increase.

For the past 6 years, I’ve been just a software engineer, which means that I just get assignments to do software changes, and I do them. It’s been a fine job, I’ve learned a lot. As software lead, I would basically be responsible for making sure all of the software changes get done for the project, making sure they are done correctly, solving any of the difficult technical problems, setting up the development environment, creating the releaseable software… wait, I guess that’s stuff I’ve been doing at least a bit of in my current position. I guess my last few years have served me well. 🙂

The one thing I am not looking forward to is moving from a Windows-based development environment to a VAX-based environment. Not that I’m scared of moving away from GUI to command-line – heck, I prefer command-line; but I hate having to learn a whole new tool set. Oh well, it’s the one development environment I haven’t worked with yet in 6 years, so it will broaden my knowledge. Or something like that.

It’s a little scary moving up to this position, but not too bad. I had originally been told that I was going to be the project engineer, which would entail a lot more document-writing and paperwork. That was much scarier. This will just be a good move up the chain. I think I’m starting to look forward to it…

here goes nothin’

Yesterday afternoon my manager walked in and asked me if I’d like to become a software lead for an upcoming project. It’s a move up, of sorts, though probably without a pay increase.

For the past 6 years, I’ve been just a software engineer, which means that I just get assignments to do software changes, and I do them. It’s been a fine job, I’ve learned a lot. As software lead, I would basically be responsible for making sure all of the software changes get done for the project, making sure they are done correctly, solving any of the difficult technical problems, setting up the development environment, creating the releaseable software… wait, I guess that’s stuff I’ve been doing at least a bit of in my current position. I guess my last few years have served me well. 🙂

The one thing I am not looking forward to is moving from a Windows-based development environment to a VAX-based environment. Not that I’m scared of moving away from GUI to command-line – heck, I prefer command-line; but I hate having to learn a whole new tool set. Oh well, it’s the one development environment I haven’t worked with yet in 6 years, so it will broaden my knowledge. Or something like that.

It’s a little scary moving up to this position, but not too bad. I had originally been told that I was going to be the project engineer, which would entail a lot more document-writing and paperwork. That was much scarier. This will just be a good move up the chain. I think I’m starting to look forward to it…

she’s graduated!

This weekend was my sister Rebecca’s high school graduation. She’s the youngest of us 5 kids, and the only girl, which means she’s spoiled just a little. 🙂 She graduated in a class of 8 students from her christian school, and I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t quite proud of her. Anyway, here’s Rebecca the graduate.

Rebecca the graduate

Rebecca is normally quite a goofball and lots of fun; here she’s showing her more ornery side…

Rebecca with her tongue out

Andrew (our brother) is only 16 months older than Rebecca and they have always been best buddies. And they’re so cute! 🙂 (Andrew’s gonna bring the smackdown on me for that comment…)

Rebecca and Andrew

This next one is all of us Hubbs kids except for Aaron, who is in Panama working with YWAM there. Sure wish he could’ve made it back! We do miss him. (l-r is Ryan, Rebecca, me, and Andrew)

The Hubbs kids... only missing Aaron.

This last one is from the party on Sunday – we had over 100 people at our house for a big party. At one point, we had volleyball, football, and soccer games all going on at the same point. It was a blast. Actually, there’s no games being played in this picture, but Rebecca is having fun with her niece (my daughter) Laura. That’s Rebecca’s friend April trying to duck out of the picture there in the background.

Rebecca and Laura

The one person I didn’t manage to get a picture of was Andrew’s girlfriend Amber. I did get to meet her, and I should say some nice things about her since she’ll probably be reading this post eventually. This is the first time I’ve met her, but she seems really nice, and for a girl who’s all of about 5’1″, she plays a mean game of volleyball. I only spiked on her a couple times. 🙂

Well that’s enough photos for now… hope you enjoyed them. It was a wonderful weekend.

she’s graduated!

This weekend was my sister Rebecca’s high school graduation. She’s the youngest of us 5 kids, and the only girl, which means she’s spoiled just a little. 🙂 She graduated in a class of 8 students from her christian school, and I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t quite proud of her. Anyway, here’s Rebecca the graduate.

Rebecca the graduate

Rebecca is normally quite a goofball and lots of fun; here she’s showing her more ornery side…

Rebecca with her tongue out

Andrew (our brother) is only 16 months older than Rebecca and they have always been best buddies. And they’re so cute! 🙂 (Andrew’s gonna bring the smackdown on me for that comment…)

Rebecca and Andrew

This next one is all of us Hubbs kids except for Aaron, who is in Panama working with YWAM there. Sure wish he could’ve made it back! We do miss him. (l-r is Ryan, Rebecca, me, and Andrew)

The Hubbs kids... only missing Aaron.

This last one is from the party on Sunday – we had over 100 people at our house for a big party. At one point, we had volleyball, football, and soccer games all going on at the same point. It was a blast. Actually, there’s no games being played in this picture, but Rebecca is having fun with her niece (my daughter) Laura. That’s Rebecca’s friend April trying to duck out of the picture there in the background.

Rebecca and Laura

The one person I didn’t manage to get a picture of was Andrew’s girlfriend Amber. I did get to meet her, and I should say some nice things about her since she’ll probably be reading this post eventually. This is the first time I’ve met her, but she seems really nice, and for a girl who’s all of about 5’1″, she plays a mean game of volleyball. I only spiked on her a couple times. 🙂

Well that’s enough photos for now… hope you enjoyed them. It was a wonderful weekend.

she’s graduated!

This weekend was my sister Rebecca’s high school graduation. She’s the youngest of us 5 kids, and the only girl, which means she’s spoiled just a little. 🙂 She graduated in a class of 8 students from her christian school, and I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t quite proud of her. Anyway, here’s Rebecca the graduate.

Rebecca the graduate

Rebecca is normally quite a goofball and lots of fun; here she’s showing her more ornery side…

Rebecca with her tongue out

Andrew (our brother) is only 16 months older than Rebecca and they have always been best buddies. And they’re so cute! 🙂 (Andrew’s gonna bring the smackdown on me for that comment…)

Rebecca and Andrew

This next one is all of us Hubbs kids except for Aaron, who is in Panama working with YWAM there. Sure wish he could’ve made it back! We do miss him. (l-r is Ryan, Rebecca, me, and Andrew)

The Hubbs kids... only missing Aaron.

This last one is from the party on Sunday – we had over 100 people at our house for a big party. At one point, we had volleyball, football, and soccer games all going on at the same point. It was a blast. Actually, there’s no games being played in this picture, but Rebecca is having fun with her niece (my daughter) Laura. That’s Rebecca’s friend April trying to duck out of the picture there in the background.

Rebecca and Laura

The one person I didn’t manage to get a picture of was Andrew’s girlfriend Amber. I did get to meet her, and I should say some nice things about her since she’ll probably be reading this post eventually. This is the first time I’ve met her, but she seems really nice, and for a girl who’s all of about 5’1″, she plays a mean game of volleyball. I only spiked on her a couple times. 🙂

Well that’s enough photos for now… hope you enjoyed them. It was a wonderful weekend.

Music, family style… for real.

Well, the long-awaited Sunday finally got here and I got to play keyboards in the worship team at my family’s church with my brother Andrew leading. It was awesome. It was his first time leading a worship band but he did a very good job. The set list was something like this:

  • Blessed Be Your Name
  • Be Glorified In Me
  • Unfailing Love (a new Chris Tomlin song… very good, very singable)
  • Draw Me Close
  • Knowing You
  • I Will Praise Him Still

Somewhere in there Andrew and Ryan (another of my brothers) and I did a special number, the old Steve Camp song Love That Will Not Let Me Go. It was fantastic.

I really enjoyed getting to play keys and sing backup on the team; I’ve been leading my own team for so long, it was fun to play second-fiddle. It was also really neat to see my brother pursue a dream of his, to lead the team. I’m sure he’ll be doing it again… and maybe one of these days I’ll get him to come down here and play on my team. 🙂

the role of science

This little blurb caught my eye today while reading Opinion Journal’s Best of the Web… They’re talking about scientists’ studies on homosexuality, and how they impact our views of it…. and here’s the quote:

“[Science] deals in the realm of observable facts, not values. Science can inform moral judgments, but it can never resolve them.”

Bingo.