What I did on my summer vacation…

So, we had a bit of a media black out this summer. It started around the end of May when I descended into my basement and stuck my face in a bunch of books. I was studying for the CISSP certification for about two months. My nights and weekends were dedicated to the obscurity that is the depth and breadth of that study material.

Well, after burning June and July on test prep I flew down to Los Angeles and sat for the exam. It is considered the standard for computer security professionals and is taken on scantron paper with a #2 pencil. (This may give you some idea how much they trust computers.) 3 hours and 46 minutes into the the allotted 6 hours I walked out. I wasn’t entirely sure what the result would be. Two weeks after that I found out I passed. Whew… finally. I’ve been looking at that test for a long time.

Summer and I then attempted to reclaim the rest of the season in a short period of time by squeezing Camping, Hiking, Jack Johnson at the Gorge, and a week vacation into the last couple weeks of August. It wasn’t so much a vacation as a let’s-get-a-bunch-of-stuff-done-on-the-house week but it was incredibly productive! Oh, and we built something really fun…


A FULL SIZED HOME ARCADE!!!! It isn’t finished. We still need to add the trackball, cup holders, and the *very important* kegerator with taps for Player 1 and Player 2. It isn’t as pretty as some models you can buy for lots of $$$ but whatever, I learned a lot in the process.

I’ve got some other projects in development so stay tuned for updates.

Let’s move on


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  • Congratulations on passing the exam, man! Really proud of you.

    Also, damn well done in celebrating in style with the new full-size arcade. A victory well remembered.

  • Emmy

    WOOHOO!! CONGRATS on passing the exam and a man of many talents cool game 😉

  • Crystal

    Congrats on passing!! I would never of thought you wouldn’t. 🙂

    That’s a rad arcade game, you built it? I can’t wait to get over and check it out.

  • alex

    Love it! Why are the words ‘move on’ linked to moveon.org on this page? I truly hope you are not serious about that socialist propaganda website. lol! Anyway, cant wait to creat something, anything.

  • Alex,

    Please define “socialist propaganda”. You’re painting with a pretty broad brush. While no single organization encompasses my political beliefs I don’t mind supporting the ones that do good work.

    I’m always up for a healthy debate of ideas.