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Have Some Animal Photos

Posted by on 30.08.2014 in Life, Photos
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Thought I’d share a few of my favorite animal photos that I’ve taken over the years. Believe it or not, all of the “safari” shots were taken at The Wilds in Ohio. The rest are from The Columbus Zoo, the Sonoran Desert Museum (everything was very much alive) in Tucson, Arizona, and our Florida vacation.

Gamescom 2014 Favorites

Posted by on 23.08.2014 in Gaming
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Early August the annual Gamescom gaming convention rocked Cologne, Germany. If you’re familiar with E3 in the US, then consider Gamescom the European equivalent. Many games were unveiled to the world for the first time, and other known games finally had real gameplay shown. I’d like to share what I was most interested in.

Holden, Months 4-8

Posted by on 15.08.2014 in Holden, Photos
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Originally I thought I’d do this every three months, but it turns out babies and owning a house are a lot of work. I promise Mom, you won’t have to wait so long for the next batch.

Amy and I have been having a lot of fun with Holdie lately. He’s always laughing, plays with everything in sight, and mastered crawling these last few weeks. Right now we’re experimenting with various solid purees, as expected he loves anything sweet and despises green veggies. He’s still in the early stages of working on his fine motor skills, but I’m not too worried considering his deep lineage of video games…

Click any mosaic photo in the post and it will open up a slideshow viewer.

Football!!!

Posted by on 09.08.2014 in Holden

Amy’s the true sports fan of the house. It’s not that I have anything against football or any other sport, but I’ve never been one to actively follow players or clear my schedule for a televised game. I’m not even certain I’ve watched a full basketball game since Jordan played. So, as you’d expect, this leads to me joking around about sports and yelling “FOOTBALL!!!” in the most deep and macho voice possible. Amy gave it a try this morning with Holdie and his reaction is priceless.

Enjoy The New Look

Posted by on 02.08.2014 in Blabber

Hey everyone! Today I updated the site to a more modern theme. I don’t know about you, but I was kind of sick of the 90’s look of the previous version. I have a few kinks to work out and colors to swap, but otherwise it’s the same website. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts including:

  • My standing desk experience
  • The Oculus Rift
  • Amazon FireTV Review
  • How we cut cable

My Favorites From E3 2014

Posted by on 13.06.2014 in Gaming
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Warning: I’m a PC gamer, you may be jealous and/or disagree with my choices.

Yesterday marked the end of the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
Here are my picks for the most awesome and interesting games that I want to play, in no particular order. If a developer didn’t show real gameplay, you won’t find it on this page.

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Leading up to the 2014 World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), I contemplated a future move to Android. My major gripe with anything iOS is that Apple does an amazing job curating the silky smooth iOS ecosystem but advanced usability leaves a lot to be desired. I’m a nerdy guy, and I’ve literally been using PCs since I was three years old (Amiga 500!). To be restricted from doing simple things like editing photos or sending addresses to Google Maps is offensive.

But I’ll tell you what, by the end of the iOS 8 conference all thoughts of Android were terminated.  Here’s a few reasons why I’m pumped.

Nick Beard, Brendan Ekstrom, Anthony Green

Once in a while someone will try to get to know me by asking “What type of music do you listen to?”. At that very moment there’s a lot running through my head. I imagine myself looking confused as I stumble to name something they will know. Historically my two favorite bands are Incubus (which all of you know) and Circa Survive, however the music I listen to throughout the course of a day can range from gangster rap to instrumental ambient music.

Arizona Show And Tell

Posted by on 05.04.2014 in Life, Photos
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My best bud Chris is coming to Raleigh next month and I was thinking about our 2012 Arizona vacation. We flew into Phoenix and checked out Scottsdale, relaxed for several days in Sedona, admired the Grand Canyon, and spent the second half of our vacation with Chris at his home in Tucson.

I occasionally flip through these photos to find inner peace and relive great memories. Arizona is truly an incredible place, and I wouldn’t mind living in Sedona either.

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In general WordPress security is quite lacking, and the consensus on the internet is that it should never be used without a security plugin. For years Better WP Security has reigned king and has had a near perfect track record… until it was commercialized and turned into iThemes Security two weeks ago. Since then many users, including myself, have been unable to log into the WordPress Admin panel because of a bug.

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If you’re like me then you often find yourself staring at a bright screen in a dimly lit room. This usually occurs right up until the point where you get ready for bed. Depending on the brightness of your screen, this can actually be quite painful to look at, and more importantly it may even affect your sleep. Here’s what the American Medical Association has to say about the subject:

3 Months With Holden

Posted by on 26.02.2014 in Holden, Photos
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On Monday baby Holden turned three months old, and thinking about it blows my mind a little. 100 days ago I was furiously covering burnt orange with bright yellow in nursery, building our first kitchen table, or maybe even complaining to someone at work about how I slept too much the night before.

Prior to Holden’s arrival my good friend Jason told me how his own infant son altered his life in the best way possible. When he was telling me this I understood his words, but understanding love and experiencing love for a child is a colossal difference. Every smile, every coo, and every hint of his forming personality makes all of those sleepless nights worth it.

And thank God, I finally have someone to play video games with.

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With a bit of trial and error, help from a friend, and a lot of luck I was able to get this website running. I’d like to briefly walk you through that journey by sharing what tutorials worked for me, other system tweaks required, and a few useful WordPress plugins. To be honest this post is a reminder for Future Ben in the event that the server crashes and I need to rebuilt the empire.* If you’re a first timer you may want to dive into the links listed, otherwise follow my ultra condensed list of Linux commands and get blogging.

Raleigh Snowpocalypse 2014

Posted by on 14.02.2014 in Photos
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Two years ago if you told me the word “Snowpocalypse” would be used in North Carolina, I would have seriously questioned your mental stability. Both Amy and I have been fortunate enough to stay off the roads during this year’s snow and ice storm, but I snapped a few photos around the house that I wanted to share.  A week from now, the Raleigh snow will be a distant dream.

Hello and Welcome

Posted by on 13.02.2014 in Blabber
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I’ve lost count of how many times I have constructed and abandoned bensanborn.com since obtaining the domain in 2004. It’s unfortunately become a sick joke between those that have known me for 10 years, so I’m here today to say that this time things are different.

So… how is this different Ben?

Good question.