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Solon Spartans Win 2008 2A Football Championship

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On Saturday afternoon the Solon Spartans became back to back 2A football champions. They won with a dominating 60-14 score. Congrats again.

Later Saturday night the Hawkeyes beat the Gophers 55-0, even better it was on the Gophers home turf in the Metrodome.

Saturday was a good day for football teams from Johnson County.


Written by Chris Sutton

November 23, 2008 at 3:49 pm

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Interview Question

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I was asked today in an interview what I thought a company was responsible to do for their employees. Or, “what does a company owe its employees.”

What would you say?

Written by Chris Sutton

August 21, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Posted in Life, Technology

Web Development

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I put in my notice at work 2 weeks ago and am actively searching for some cutting edge .Net web development work.

The last 2 1/2 years have been great with my current employer. I’ve learned a lot in the technology training space and have met many good people along the way, but it’s time to get back into full blown development.

Here is what I’m looking for:

Cutting edge web development (not necessarily bleeding edge)

Some flexibility in the work schedule.

A company that is as concerned with maintainability as they are with speed of development. Hopefully they are at least unit testing, using an automated build process with good source control.

A team environment would be preferable to a one man show.

Getting to mentor and periodically teach a class would be a big plus.

I would like to be working out of Iowa City, but that is optional if there is some work flexibility.

If you work at a place like this and are looking for a web developer, please contact me through my About page.

Written by Chris Sutton

July 1, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Iowa Crop Damage

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The Daily Iowan is reporting that crop damages from the floods and related weather is going to cost the Iowa economy around $4 billion. That’s a lot of money by most anyone’s standards. What a tough year for farmers.

I sincerely hope that the Iowa economy is able to sustain this hit and still thrive.

Written by Chris Sutton

June 30, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Posted in Iowa, Life

Nominated for a Ph.d

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Les Poole contacted me the other day through email letting me know that I’ve been nominated for my Ph.d. I’ve been considering grad school for quite awhile, but now being nominated for the credential I likely won’t need to do nearly as much work. :)

Here is the email if you want to get in on the action:

Bacheelor, MasteerMBA, and Doctoraate diplomas available in the field of your choice that’s right, you can even become a Doctor and receive all the benefits that comes with it!

Our Diplomas/Certificates are recognised in most countries

No required examination, tests, classes, books, or interviews.

** No one is turned down
** Confidentiality assured


For US: 1-501-647-xxxx
Outside US: +1-501-647-xxxx

"Just leave your NAME & PHONE NO. (with CountryCode)" in the voicemail

our staff will get back to you in next few days

…Of course I know this is spam, but if people keep sending emails like this there must be a market for them. I wonder who actually falls for this kind of nonsense?

Written by Chris Sutton

June 30, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Posted in Life

TechEd 08

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My flight leaves for Orlando at 5am this Saturday for the TechEd 2008 developers week. I’m working as a Technical Learning Guide (TLG) in the Hands on Labs area.

The highlight of the week will be getting to present an “Advanced MVC” Instructor Led Lab (ILL) on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. If you attend you’ll get to do things like build a custom view engine, swap out the controller factory and use some more powerful routes.  Should be a good time.

I’ll also be at Party with Palermo on Monday Night and the Influencer/MVP Party Wednesday night (no, I’m not an MVP).

Between working 32 hours as a TLG, a couple of parties and and attending some sessions; I think I’ll have a full week.

Written by Chris Sutton

May 30, 2008 at 12:33 pm

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WorldWide Telescope

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There is a project from Microsoft Research called the WorldWide Telescope that looks really interesting. It lets people create and view really high-end presentations(please don’t compare to Powerpoint here) about astronomy. It’s actually more of a visual experience than a presentation.

I just downloaded it and watched a presentation and it really caught my son’s eye. I think we will try to watch some more tonight.

Written by Chris Sutton

May 13, 2008 at 5:21 am

Posted in Life, Technology

Thanks Mom

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In The Kite Runner story there is a part where you meet Soraya’s father. Back in Afghanistan he was a well known general and now in California he peddles goods at a flea market. It struck me that anyone walking into the flea market would have had no clue what he had been in a previous life – that he had been very important and and had fought in battles.

This is what it would be like if you walked into a grocery store in northern Minnesota and and ran across my mom.  You wouldn’t know that she spent almost 1/2 her life overseas.  You wouldn’t know that she is tri-lingual (English is native and she can speak two other languages at near native levels). Two of the languages were picked up as an adult which is considerably harder than learning them as a kid.  One of the languages is spoken only by a few thousand people.  She is one of 5-10 non-native speakers in the world that can speak it well. Pretty cool eh?

She is an LPN, and if she actually made a resume to reflect all of the diseases she has successfully treated I think doctors at the CDC would be jealous. Seriously, she has treated so much malaria she should have an honorary title from the Gates Foundation. Two of the cases were mine. If you can avoid malaria, please do; the head-aches, body-aches and high fevers aren’t any fun. :)

She’s treated cases of meningitis (not a good disease to have to battle), tuberculosis and pneumonia. She helped fight a big outbreak of whooping cough and saved a lot of lives. You know the vaccine you get called the DPT? Well pertussis is the “P” in that acronymn and is another name for whooping cough – so named because of the rough cough that develops.

She’s set bones without real splints or any real equipment, stitched up significant wounds (one I remember seeing was a deep axe cut in a guy’s foot). She and my dad stitched (more like patched) up a guy’s neck who had nearly blown his head off with a shotgun. He had taken nature’s version of LSD and thought he was in hell (those were his words) so he figured he would end it. Luckily he missed but left quite a mess for my parents to clean up. They has to remove all of the buck shot and stitch together a very ragged wound probably 12-16 inches long.  If you met him today (he is alive and well) you would never know what happened because of the great patch up job.  Neck skin is very tough by the way, so it is no small feat to stitch fragments of really strong skin.

She got ready to fight cholera when there was an outbreak in a neighboring country. It could have been bad, but it left our area alone. Mom even taught us how to make the oral rehydration solution in case we needed it. A yellow fever scare passed us by as well luckily.

She significantly reduced the newborn infant death rate, bringing it down to almost zero.

She knew the Merck Manual as well as anybody and I remember the copies of Where There is No Doctor or Onde Não Há Médico. Us kids used to periodically peruse the illustrations – you’d have to get a copy of it and flip though it to understand :)

She taught kids how to read in the national language and their own native language.  I could go on, but this is getting long for a blog post.

Mom is compassionate and kind and tough all at once. Mom, we love you and respect you. Happy mother’s day.

Written by Chris Sutton

May 11, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Posted in Life, Thoughts

Cold Warm Hot GPS

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Nice, xkcd has done it again.

Written by Chris Sutton

April 7, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Posted in Life, Technology

Google page rank

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So I’m currently ranked #6 in Google if you search by my name.  I have plenty of friends who own their own .com domain names using their real names; luckily their names are rather unique on the web.

I happen to share my name with a well known English soccer/football player. He’s about 2 inches taller than me, is quite wealthy and happens to play soccer like I do in my dreams on rare occasions. All this to say I have some serious competition.

My goal is to unseat him from his #1 position in Googleland (you do need to know that he retired in July of 2007 which should help). This may be like Coldplay saying they want to unseat U2, but we’ll see where things are come December.

Btw, on Live.com I’m on the 3rd page. Yahoo has me very low on the first page.

Written by Chris Sutton

January 4, 2008 at 12:27 am

Posted in Life, Thoughts

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