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Private Pilot Mason

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:36:37 +0000

I’m very excited to report that I passed my Private Pilot flight test this weekend! I’m not quite a licensed pilot yet—I still have to do a long cross country flight with an instructor, and then the same flight on my own. This mostly involves not getting lost, though, so it’s more about getting it […]

Going Solo

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 04:21:21 +0000

This is a post I’ve wanted to write for a long time. As a ten year veteran at ThoughtWorks, I’ve been able to take advantage of a three month sabbatical to really focus on the flying. Trying to learn a new thing is pretty tiring. I’ve spent my days both going flying and studying the […]

Landed It!

Sat, 10 Aug 2013 22:34:04 +0000

Today was my second day of circuits, and I went up with a camera to record my progress! If you click the picture above you’ll get a ouTube video of my first circuit of the day. I landed it really nicely, was very happy (and surprised!) about it. Whether it was a fluke or not, […]

flying circuits

Sat, 10 Aug 2013 01:22:18 +0000

Flying is still going great! I am now out of the simulator and have moved onto “upper air work” (slow flight, stalls, spins, steep turns) as well as forced landings in the practice area near Morley, Alberta. This bit has been really weather dependent, and frankly summer has sucked here in Calgary so it’s been […]

Serious Sabbaticating

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:48:29 +0000

This week I’ve been continuing with the flying here at Springbank airport as part of my ThoughtWorks sabbatical. I chose Springbank Air Training College after trying various outfits around here, and picked them because frankly I felt safest here. There’s a high level of professionalism amongst the instruction staff and quite a lot of young-looking […]

First Steps to Flying

Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:52:09 +0000

I’ve always wanted to learn to fly. When I was a kid I watched Sky Pirates, a movie where a bunch of kids battle against diamond smugglers using remote controlled planes. They had awesome stuff like remote controlled dart weapons and stuff, and I was hooked. My Dad got me a real model aeroplane — […]

Security Advisory: Multiple Rails Vulnerabilities

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 20:29:59 +0000

Over the holiday period, multiple serious vulnerabilities have been found within the Ruby on Rails framework. These security flaws are significant, with exploit code available in the wild, and affect nearly all applications running Rails. Patches and workarounds are available.

Data Visualization Showcase

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 21:31:52 +0000

As part of an internal event here at ThoughtWorks, I’ve been putting together various Big Data and Visualization related stuff. Some of it’s worth sharing outside ThoughtWorks, so I’ll post a few things here. First up is a Visualization Showcase. Look at all this cool stuff you can do with data! This image is a […]

Skype for Group Calls: Experience Report

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 17:23:17 +0000

We’ve been using Skype for regular calls between a group of ThoughtWorks technologists in North America, for about the past year. We’ve had good experiences so I thought I’d write a few notes about it. First off, the tech itself. A typical call includes both video, audio-only, and PSTN dial-in participants. Here’s what you need: […]

CollabNet Subversion Server for Windows

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 03:46:55 +0000

Since Pragmatic Guide to Subversion went to press, CollabNet has updated their Subversion server. If you want to follow the instructions in the book, use this link to download the previous Subversion server from CollabNet, rather than the link in the book. Make sure you select the “server and client” download for Subversion 1.6. Now […]