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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

Posted in Iowa, Life

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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