Scott Hanselman

Our Tenth Anniversary

October 25, '10 Comments [87] Posted in Musings
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My wife and I got married three times. The first time was ten years ago today. Here's a picture of us on our first date. We were married three months later.

Mo and Scott First Date

Wedding One

Mo and Scott WeddingIn a small public park in Delaware my wife and I were married. We showed up at the park to meet the judge. He said "where are your witnesses?"

"Witnesses? Um..." I had totally forgotten we needed witnesses.

"You're going to need two folks to sign your certificate and give their details."

"Ok, hang on." I ran over to the jogging path at the park and stopped the first two people that ran by.

"Hi, I know this is weird, but we're getting married and we need two witnesses. Do you have a minute?"

We got married right there under a big tree with a judge and two joggers. Afterwards we went to Friendly's for dinner. It was glorious and wonderful.

Wedding Two

Officially married on paper, we moved into together and started planning our White Wedding. Everyone was there.

We worked together in the design of the wedding. I searched the web for "Scottish Interracial Cake Topper" and we had a custom one made for the cake. It had tiny classes and a goatee as well as tiny African cloth in a design that matched Mo's hair wrap and bouquet.

We did the whole thing on the cheap, but it looked like a million bucks. Used dress, MP3s for DJs and burned CDs for party favors. To this day we both pride ourselves on making the old look like new.

A tiny asterisk said "Mo and Scott were married last year in a private civil ceremony." To this day I still get my anniversary dates confused.

Wedding Three

We went to Zimbabwe to settle lobola. One day while there I was padding into the bathroom to take a bath and when I opened the door I noticed there was a goat in the tub. I closed the door and reopened it just to check. Yep, goat. Not knowing exactly what was going on, I decided to go back to bed. A few hours later I came out, went to the tub and, no goat.

After a bath I joined the family for breakfast. They made a big deal about giving me some special meat for breakfast. It was the bathtub goat. Unfortunately I said no thanks, and ten years later this faux pas haunts me. Pro tip: Eat what's offered to you. Of course, this was just the first of a thousand cultural goats, I mean, goofs, and I'm sure there will be a thousand more.

It's been ten years, two boys, three houses, three jobs, three college degrees, dozens of trips, two filled passports, one new citizenship, and seven (voluntary) viewings of Love Actually.

Ten Years Later

Happy Tenth Anniversary, Small Wife.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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This Developer's Life 1.0.6 - Abstraction

October 22, '10 Comments [10] Posted in Podcast
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In this episode of This Developer's Life, Rob and I discuss “what you need to know” as a software developer. How many layers of abstraction do you need to understand? How many geek trading cards should you have in your collection? To find out more, we talked to three prominent, living-history developers:

  • Ward Cunningham - creator of the Wiki and major figure in Agile/XP programming
  • Charles Petzold - author of many books about Windows and prominent speaker
  • Dan Bricklin - “Superman” according to Scott. Creator of the spreadsheet and all around amazing guy.

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Hanselminutes Podcast 237 - Deeper into the Netduino with Chris Walker from Secret Labs

October 22, '10 Comments [3] Posted in Micro Framework | Open Source | Podcast
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imageScott chats with Chris from Secret Labs about the Netduino Open Source hardware platform. How does Netduino and Netduino Plus relate to the .NET Micro Framework and which parts of Open Source? What can I build with it and it how? What kinds of capabilities does this little piece of hardware have, and can it give even smaller?

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Hanselminutes Podcast 236 - Misunderstanding REST with Mike Amundsen

October 22, '10 Comments [3] Posted in ASP.NET | Podcast | Web Services
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imageWeb Services with SOAP are a pretty well understood thing, but what's all this appeal about REST? Is REST just CRUD (Create Read Update Delete) for the Web? Is it a pattern, a style or dogma? Recognized REST expert Mike Amundsen sets Scott straight.

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Hanselminutes Podcast 235 - Making a hobby a job - Talking with Eric Herbrandson about his Silverlight-based MicroISV

October 18, '10 Comments [3] Posted in Podcast | Silverlight
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Scratch Audio Eric Herbrandson has been working on the site creating a Silverlight-based audio mixer at night and weekends. What's the best way to hold down a full time job while pursuing your passion? Was it hard for Eric to learn a new technology and apply it to his little ISV? And some tech chat about his product, AudioOrchard Scratch Audio, what was possible and what wasn't.

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