What an Awesome Pairing

Joy! The British Open is on TV this morning. Better yet, Tiger Woods and Greg Norman tee off in a few minutes. I’m going to leave the TV running and watch them work their way around the course as I work on Lab 6. Every year I say I’m going to attend next year’s British Open, and…

I’m Fried

My brain is totally fried. I finished Lab 5, and it’s ultra-cool if I do say so myself. Gonna knock off now and eat take-out Chinese while I watch last night’s Amazing Race. One the one hand, I’m hoping I can survive the death march to course completion. On the other, I’m having a lot of…

Problems with the Left Wing

President Bush was in town yesterday visiting nearby Oak Ridge National Lab. My wife and kids positioned themselves along the motorcade route and waved American flags as the president’s limousine sped by. Bush had to leave town on a backup plane due to problems with the flaps on Air Force One’s left wing. Interestingly enough, this…

Been a Long Day

I spent a long day working on Lab 4 today and making revisions to Labs 1, 2, and 3. The day started at 5:30 a.m. when my home office phone, which has an extension in the study next to the bedroom, began ringing. Turned out it was some #^$!#*&! moron spamming my fax machine. I turned auto-answer…

Forms Authentication in ASP.NET 2.0

Forms authentication is amazingly simple in ASP.NET 2.0. Not only does it manage user credentials and roles for you, it also provides controls for logging in, creating new users, e-mailing lost passwords, and more. It even maps requests to roles, something that required some non-trivial coding in ASP.NET 1.x. Here’s a tip to make life…

And You Think You Have Problems…

An old friend from my PC Magazine days sent me a link to this short but funny video. How would you have handled it had you been the guy in the video?

Last One, I Promise (Maybe)

And then there’s this video of two R/C planes colliding in mid-air, set to the tune of Pat Benetar’s “Invincible.”

Tomcat Alert

These R/C jet guys are serious. If you don’t believe it, check out this video of a scale-model F-14 Tomcat being put through its paces in France. Drool drool.

Provocative Reading

I’m reading a terrific book right now: The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel. It lays out a compelling and very scientific case that mankind–indeed, the universe as a whole–is the product of thoughtful design rather than happenstance. It brings in evidence from astronomy, physics, biochemistry, and other areas of science. It doesn’t try to…

Fly Time

I put the finishing touches on Lab 2 late yesterday afternoon and then decided to take a brain break. I went flying with a friend who had a brand electric new plane he wanted to try out. It flew beautifully, and I took an electric plane of my own: Great Planes’ twin-engine DC-3. I had…

Check Out This Video

As an R/C airplane enthusiast, I sometimes hang out in the discussion forums at www.rcuniverse.com. One of the things you’ll find there is crash videos. Check out this video of guys toasting their expensive gas-turbine R/C jets. Hurts just to watch…

What? Me Burned Out?

Whew! I’ve completed a draft of the slides and demos that go with my ASP.NET 2.0 course, and I just put the finishing touches on the first of nine labs and turned it over to my reviewers. I’m exhausted, but now’s no time to think about burn-out because there’s lots of work left to do–and…