Here are some pics of our new house (before I work my handyman magic to make it all nice)


What Else Can I Do With My 23andMe or AncestryDNA Data?

Several months ago I bought 23andMe’s Personal Genomics test kits for my wife and myself.  23andMe is a DNA analysis service providing information and tools for individuals to learn about and explore their DNA. Using an Illumina HumanOmniExpress-24 format chip, 23andMe detects single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).  23andMe then analyzes the SNP data and provides reports […]


Bulls and Bearshit

I caught this picture in my Facebook stream and it struck me with such offense the it sickened me. Here’s my response: Let’s bind up business, take down the bull. Let’s destroy my investments and retirement that I have worked hard to earn and save. Let’s take down the engine of our economy. Let’s make […]


Open Reply to a Recruiter

I received the following email from a recruiter today: Hi Joshua Townsend Hope you are doing great, I am currently in search of Network Engineer for an esteemed client and I wanted to contact you to see if you are comfortable and available. Please send me a word version of resume and the best way for […]



I have finally picked back up The Way of the Wild Heart and started reading it again.  It seems an appropriate week to start reading the book again, since it is just past Father’s Day and in light of an exchange with my sister on her blog regarding our own father and our relationship to […]


Fatter than ever

I am 3 pounds heavier now than when I started running three weeks ago. Muscle mass, anyone? 05272009 Widget powered by EveryTrail: GPS Geotagging I am slowly bumping up my distance, running for longer periods of time, and feeling pretty good about it all (although my knees have been screaming at me the past few […]



I have started running again.  Enough of being a fatty.  Today was the 2nd run, and it hurt.  But I’ll probably stick with it – I kinda want to see my boys grow up (despite what my cholesterol says).  Maybe I’ll even throw in some pushups and situps for good measure. I’m roughly following the […]


Oatmeal Cake and Emerald Sequins

My sister posted a note on a family breakfast favorite: ‘Oatmeal Cake’.  As she recalls, we first learned of Oatmeal Cake (a wonderful breakfast dish that my wife refuses to serve me because of the high fat content) at a retreat center up in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania.  Maybe the low-fat version that […]


Bailout I

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who are not.” – Thomas Jefferson


Book Study

My buddy Wade has invited me (and a bunch of other guys) to join in on an interactive book study centered around The Way of the Wild Heart: A Map for the Masculine Journey, by John Eldredge. Basically, we read the book simultaneously and post comments, thoughts, etc. on each chapter on our blogs.  I […]

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