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by david carter-tod

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Adult Soccer League in Blacksburg, New River Valley

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:43:37 +0000

Registration is still open for a few more days at I’ve written about the league before.

Wayfinding in Food Lion is really bad

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 23:40:27 +0000

Wayfinding in Food Lion (my local grocery store) is really bad. It’s surprisingly bad. The most egregious fault is that the list of items you’ll find in an aisle is different depending on which direction you’re coming from! To know what’s in an aisle you have to stand at the end and look up to … Continue reading Wayfinding in Food Lion is really bad

BBWorld 2015

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 02:11:12 +0000

Just arrived at the hotel. DevCon starts tomorrow. I’m in a bit of a bad mood. The drive up was horrendous. Dense traffic the whole way from Blacksburg, with multiple slow-downs all the way, and stoppages at Staunton and of course on 95 from Fredericksburg on up. Near DC it just got worse, but really … Continue reading BBWorld 2015

Emails my daughters’ school might have sent…but didn’t

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:04:59 +0000

I have no clue what’s going on… I’ve always assumed that part of the reason I have no clue what is going on at my daughters’ schools is that we’re in separate households. It’s becoming clearer that no, it’s not that. Our local school system is just pretty awful at communicating with parents….I mean, really, really … Continue reading Emails my daughters’ school might have sent…but didn’t

Federal GSA Per Diem Calculator

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:18:01 +0000

In my spare time recently I’ve been working on a small programming project, which is now live at It’s an extension of work I began many years ago when I was at Wytheville Community College (WCC). History As I describe on the About page, the issue I had at WCC was a constant back … Continue reading Federal GSA Per Diem Calculator

Selling My Car: 1996 Honda Accord

Sun, 07 Sep 2014 15:50:05 +0000

I’m selling my car. It’s a silver (officially Heather Mist!) 1996 manual Honda Accord with 326,000 miles on it. It’s in pretty good shape. It was in an accident in the late 90s when someone pulled out in front of it, but otherwise it hasn’t had any accidents that I can recall. There are no … Continue reading Selling My Car: 1996 Honda Accord

Soccer in Blacksburg

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:40:16 +0000

If you search for soccer (football/calcio/futbal/fútbol/Fußball) in Blacksburg, you will probably quickly see that the high school has a great tradition of success for both girls and boys. If you look at Virginia Tech, the women’s team is excellent, the games are free, parking is good, and they are excellent to watch. The men’s soccer … Continue reading Soccer in Blacksburg

Flying with a red feather

Tue, 30 Jul 2013 01:02:58 +0000

So I just got back from Las Vegas last week, and no, I didn’t get the red feather there. It did not drift away from a showgirl’s boa. I flew from Roanoke to Chicago and from there to Vegas. As I got to my seat on the flight from Chicago I noticed that there was … Continue reading Flying with a red feather

Reverend Sam Franklin

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 02:02:19 +0000

This is the Reverend Sam Franklin. This guest book doesn’t have long left, and while the messages are heartfelt, there’s not a lot there. He went by “Uncle Tom” apparently. I met him once last year, just before he passed away. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while and have had the … Continue reading Reverend Sam Franklin

Batch Move Users to Organizations in Google Apps

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:19:20 +0000

Just a quick note. I write our own integration code for Google Apps in part because of our scale, and in part because I started integrating our systems before GADS (Google Apps Directory Sync) existed. The code mostly just works, so I don’t look at it very often, and I’m not a strong python coder. … Continue reading Batch Move Users to Organizations in Google Apps