Thursday, December 30, 2010

Holiday Bowl: A game, a family rivalry and the posts

Dear Mark

The Holiday Bowl was tonight. You may not have known that the UW was playing Nebraska, but it still occurred. One person who knew (well all of Nebraska knew, but that was a given) was our cousin Katie. She started the trash talking a little early on Facebook. Since you are technology challenged, despite being an Engineer, I wanted to share the posts and trash talking with you.

Katie Posted first
"The day has finally come, Jeff Moran. Nebraska vs. Washington: The Battle of 2 Cousins Part Deux! Will Nebraska dominate once again, or will Jake Locker actually complete some passes in this game? Go Big Red!!!!
  • Jeff responded/commented: "Jack and I are ready to root on the dawgs!"
  • Lavi got in on it by commenting: "Bow Down to Washington!!! Love you Cuz!"
Katie then posted:
"Although Cousin Jeff is a UW alum, I know that deep down he will be cheering for Nebraska tonight. :)"
Here is the picture she posted. It is awesome in all of its horror

For those reading that may not know, that is me standing next to my cousin Chris. We are in Nebraska and I'm wearing the Big Red shirt. I have no idea where she got this photo. Hats off to her. There were 3 comments on this, one being my horror of it and blaming it on the Nebraska heat. Awesome picture.

But I was not to be out done. I quickly pulled on one of my best presents this year from my friend Bridie and posted it fro Katie.

Jeff posted this picture

A series of friends liked this photo. Mostly all being from the NW.

Jeff then posted:
"Is talking trash with his Cornhusker Cousin Katie. The UW - UN sequel starts soon.
  • Katie Moran commented: "I hope the Huskies enjoy a magic show because our quarterback, T Magic , is going to blow their minds."
  • Jeff Moran commented: "check the score :)" (we were up 7-0 at this point)
  • Katie Moran commented: "I'm going to be sick. The way we are playing is making me nauseous."
Katie Posted
"Does Shaun Watson know any other play besides going up the middle. I think they're on to us."

Katie Posted
"Dad must be nervous about the game. He just got out the Scotch. Let's turn it around, Huskers!"
  • I liked this post a lot. :)
After Lockler ran the ball in for a score right after halftime I posted "DAWGS!!!"

UW was winning 17-7 at this point. Later the UW scored a safety making it 19-7. Katie seemed to go dark until a later post

Katie posted:
"I love Nebraska, but this game breaks my heart a little bit. Ready for the 2011 season and a new offense, please!
  • Jeff commented: "Be better if your guys could catch a ball.
    Here's an idea though... do you think you could get me tickets to the game in Lincoln in Sept? We should do teh 3rd part of this trilogy together!"
The game ended 19-7. This ties us 1-1 for the series this year. We have one more game next year. It will be two different teams, but we'll see how the trash talking goes then.

Big thanks to our cousin Katie who made watching this game a ton of fun. Love you Cous!


2010 resolution report card part 2

Dear Mark

A second resolution I had in 2010 was to read more. Lavi has been reading a lot and set a good example for me. I wanted to in turn set an example for Jack. Early in the year I made sure my library membership was up to date. I loaded the app for Seattle Library on my iphone. I was able to find books and have them held for me at the library 2 blocks from work for easy pick up.

Having the iphone app was nice. I am able to search and find books, notified when books are being held for me, and check on my due dates.

Early in the year I took your advice and read a lot of graphic novels like Dark Tower and a ton of Green Lanterns. This was neat because I could read stories that I was not going to collect. Later on I started reserving more sci-fi books from lists of best books. One book that was a great read was "Hyperion." If you like sci-fi you should pick it up. Another good one was "Eyre Affair" and "City & the City." The later one won this year's sci-fi Pulitzer.

I've also been using the Kindle software on my iphone. I know that seems weird, but I admit that I really enjoy it. There are only certain books I would read that way. I drool over the Kindle that I gave Lavi for her birthday. She uses it a ton and I think she's read more than me this year. I finally got my own Kindle so the world is okay.

Using the kindle I read the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series and I've read every book of the Dresden Files. Dresden Files by Jim Butcher is the book series I've really enjoyed this year. It's like Magnum P.I. meets Buffy. He's a wizard and a P.I. It's good reading. I recommend them.

The last thing that I finished was a book called "Anathem" by Neal Stephenson. Using the word finished is such an understatement. It took me all year to read this book. In the end I liked it, a lot actually. At the beginning it was another 1,200 page book from Stevenson that took a long time to set up. I had the hard back and reading that in bed was about as close to exercise that I got some weeks. I mean that is a heavy book. I made up my mind to finish it, and in doing so I actually broke down and purchased it on my Kindle in order to comfortably finish it.

With my Kindle I've read a few free books this year. There are many that are free for download. I'm almost done with the Count of Monte Cristo, love that story. I finished Christmas Carol this Christmas season as well.

What have you been reading?


2010 resolution report card part 1

Dear Mark

This year I had a few resolutions at the beginning of the year. Maybe it's because I have an MBA or work in technology but I like to measure and report on progress so that I can most effectively reset and plan for the coming year. It's probably more that I needed a good topic to write about, but either way here is a little report on how I did with one resolution this year.

One resolution was to get back on the bike. I did okay with that one. I did get back on the bike a lot with Jack. We rode to daycare quite often and had a great time. Although I didn't pack in the miles like a training neo-pro, nor justify a reason to shave my legs, I did get lots of strength training. Pulling Jack is work. While fun fun fun, he's a heavy kid.

I started out by pulling him in a Burley Solo Trailer. The trailers track awesome behind the bike and they are comfy for him. Yet, I wanted to talk more with him as we rode and get him up a bit higher so he could see more. I have a beautiful mountain bike, a Kona Hei Hei, that I use to race and ride. I have not been dirty for many years. I probably need to see a MTB Priest to confess my sin, but I regress. The bike is awesome and it is geared for speed. I did the unthinkable and converted it to a bike I could haul Jack with by adding an Xtracycle kit to the bike. It was a necessary for the riding we do, but I still feel guilty throwing my leg over the saddle. That said, it is an awesome ride and Jack loves it. Here are two pictures of the bike. Jack gives it a thumbs up!

The bike

Jack on bike thumbs up

Coming into the New Year I hope to continue riding with Jack. I also want to get out for more rides on my own. Here's hoping I can justify another bike purchase. I think 2011 will see another cycling resolution (as opposed to a revolution).


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Acrobat X and work

Dear Mark,

I've been working pretty hard this year at Adobe Systems. Being a manager and working at a tech company means that I can't often discuss work. There is one time though that I can scream about what I do to the hills, and there are quite a few in the northwest, and that is when my team releases a product. This year I've been working on the release of Adobe Acrobat X and Reader X. These are pretty big efforts when you consider how many platforms (operating systems and versions) and languages we support. The release is all over the web site.

I'm a Quality Engineering Manager. My team tests the feature called Portfolios, which is a really big feature and has a lot of massive potential. I'm lucky that my team is awesome. I couldn't have made it through this year without them. It's one of the reasons I really like working at Adobe, because my co-workers are really good.

So that's what I've been working on this year. In the usual fashion as soon as we finish there are new projects and things to work on, so never a dull moment.

One thing about work that I can talk about as well, and you know a bit about this, and that is that I work in Seattle and the majority of my team is in San Jose, CA. Another group of close co-workers are in India. I've been lucky enough to work with the same group in India for several releases. This is challenging for sure, but something I've worked with for many years.

Adobe Seattle has its own culture and it is pretty cool. We have a a good facility. Recently we've stepped up the events at work in Seattle. One thing that I do, not surprisingly, is administer the cycling efforts. That means running the cycling email list, organizing events (like Bike To Work Day which Adobe sponsors in Seattle), stocking the work shop in our secure bike cage (Yes, we have a functioning work shop, neat huh) and other such things.

Just last week we had a holiday party. We had an ugly sweater contest and a best Santa photo contest. I'm happy to report that I won first place for my Santa photo submission. Although you won't recall this one first hand, you no doubt remember the photo.

I mean it was a sure win, right! What was kind of cool was that another co-worker had a photo and it was also a Frederick & Nelson's Santa photo. We swear that it was the same Santa, even though the photos were probably about 8 years apart. Plus, it was the first time that I really saw how much Jack looks like me when I was his age. I swear I've seen this same face from him.

We can't wait to see you both next week. We are really looking forward to seeing you!