What Keeps Me…

I am sure many of you who read this know me and for those who don’t…I want to establish this baseline. I am an honest person. I don’t like mind games and I try and be as straightforward as I can when dealing with people. I like to establish a baseline of trust before I continue on with anyone, otherwise there  is room for the niggling thought in the back of my mind that something someone is saying is not meant the way it was intended or had some other meaning. I HATE THIS. It is unproductive and harbinger to end relationships.

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Belated: Happy New Year & Merry Christmas

Hey all, anyone, out there on the wires reading this I want to take the time to wish you a happy new year and a Merry Christmas (sub in a non denominational phrase if you like). Very hectic with many a christmas party to attend. That being said it was much less than last year which makes me glad to spend time with my family unit. Speaking of such, last time we were sharing photos, my daughter was not even able to walk and yet here I write this and she can climb all over the place and tell me no and run away whenever she likes! I feel as if I owe a post or two as I can’t let this get to a year between posts… that would make me a #sadpanda. And so to start the new year off right (2 weeks in), this post is scheduled for the 11th of January with a more compelling one coming within the week (I promise or you can delete this off your feed). Have something interesting that happened over your holidays? Let me know in the comments below. Until we next talk…Happy Hacking!

Please Sir, Can I Have A Job

All of us have been there. You are working at a company, hoping to build a career when things change and you find yourself no longer a fit for your employer and your find yourself back in the job market. Some of us have more forewarning than others but the blow is essentially the same. Job searching can be hard but it is how you view things that makes all the difference.

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Chamberlain & Dropcam – Working with Nest

As you have probably read somewhere, I am trying to automate my home and make it smarter. I have gone through and upgraded my thermostat with the Nest Learning Thermostat, I have replaced my smoke detectors with Nest Protect and more recently have decided to take it up a notch and get the Chamberlain Garage Door Opener and a Dropcam. These are both certified with the Works with Nest label which means they can automate some aspect of your home.

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Alices first (real) word….

Fatherhood is one of those things that I always thought I would enjoy and then it happens and it is more awesome than I could have imagined it. Being responsible for another human being that you helped make is one of the greatest joys I have known. It can also be stressful knowing that someone can be that dependant on you and you need to work your hardest for them everyday.

One of the many joys I have gotten to experience since I work from home is my daughters first words. Personally, I would have liked Dada (since I am the more fun one out of me and my wife) but I am just excited to see her grow up and learn new things every day. Check out below for my daughters first word.

Very exciting stuff and I thought I would share it with those reading. Let me know if you have kids and what their first words were in the comments below.

Home Automation – The Electricity Strikes Back

Full disclosure, this should have been posted back in 2014. Alas there is so much time to do things with a 7 month old around the house and a full time job. Some time ago I posted about setting up the Nest Learning Thermostat and the hoops jumped through to get it up and working. Well, I decided to take the plunge and instead of paying someone smarter than me in the field of electricity, wire my own Nest Protects.

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2014 – A Look Back

As I sit on my couch upstairs watching the clock tick I can’t help but look back and reflect on 2014. It was a big year for myself as well as for my family. It marked a year of beginnings and endings. Check out below for less vaguity and more clarity.

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Nest – The Beginnings of Home Automation in our House

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It has been a recent interest of mine to start working to make our home more automated and easier to maintain. Home automation has only really come into the limelight in the past few years and it seems that it is picking up pace. I decided if I was going to start somewhere it might as well be with Nest. For those unfamiliar with Nest they make a learning thermostat and a carbon monoxide and dioxide detector. I took the plunge and decided to check out the learning thermostat first and try and install it myself (no electrical work done in my life…EVER).

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A Mantra For My Daughter

You are Smart, You are Beautiful, You are Important and We Love You!

This mantra as seen above is something my wife started and got me on to saying to our daughter Alice at least once a day. Just to be clear the idea originated from the book “The Help by Kathryn Stockett”. Alice is only 5 and a half months as I write this but as I think about it more it makes complete sense to start as early as possible. Why? Why start telling someone that they are important or beautiful or smart? Shouldnt they know this already or should they even care? The sad fact is that most people dismiss this as a given in a childs life and therefore shouldn’t have to be said.

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; Just a breif look into the life of Greg R. Jacobs
; 1) cover some topics, explain the purpose of the site
; 2) ?????
; 3) Profit!!!
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var msg = Welcome everyone to the Wasteland.StackTrace(). The goal of this site is to debug the constantly running computer program known as my life. I am optomistic that there will be something in here for everyone who reads this as I have been fortunate enough in my 25 years (almost 26) of being alive to have experienced some extraordinary things, not all of them great and wonderful. There are a bunch of moving variables within my life program thus far. Some include being a father, a husband, being diagnosed with Ulcerative Pancolitis (UC), purchasing a new home or being a home owner and last but not least having a love for technology. To give you some background lets go over some of them.
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