When vegetarianism/veganism sounds good, but frightening

Vegetarianism and veganism seem to be seeing an uptick in support, at least from where I’m standing. And the reasons are numerous: from animal cruelty, to environmental concerns and health benefits, there’s many reasons to take up veganism or vegetarianism.

But, taking the plunge can be a bit hard. “So this is the last piece of cheese I’m ever going to eat…?” However, by becoming a weekday vegetarian or vegan still drops your animal product/meat consumption by about 70%, which has massive health, moral and environmental benefits, while still allowing you to eat your vices at the weekend. This video is a great watch if you’ve ever considered vegetarianism/veganism.

My office has moved several times in the past two weeks

With my family in town, I’ve been squeezing in my working hours wherever I can, so my office has seen some more exotic locations over the past couple of weeks.

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Speed demons

While my nephew Max was visiting me from the UK, we had a boys’ day and went to the Tampa Bay Grand Prix which was a lot of fun.

While my nephew was good, he wasn’t quite enough of a match for the champion of the day (me).

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Need a free Google Apps account?

Using this little trick, even though Google Apps no longer officially offers free Google Apps accounts, you can still get a free Google Apps account for a single user. So if you got yourself a personalised domain and you just want to use it with a single email address, then this is perfect.

Holy potato

What does it mean? I don’t know what this means!

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My long road to becoming a licensed Professional Engineer

I studied Civil Engineering at the University of Brighton having been born and bred in Brighton. As is standard in the UK I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in three years.

While I was at university I met and fell in love with an American who lived in Florida (her name is Martina by the way). Since I was a little more easy-going than her I made the trek to the US rather than the other way around so I now found myself, recently graduated, living in the States.

Work permit and green card issues aside I finally got a job working as a Civil Engineer with Black & Veatch. It wasn’t long before I started investigating what needed to be done to become a professional engineer in Florida. After all, in order to get anywhere in your career it’s somewhat expected/required (as is becoming Chartered in the UK).

As I have a foreign degree the Florida Board of Professional Engineers makes you get your education evaluated, which as I recall, cost about $250. It required getting my university and even my A-level exam boards to send transcripts of all my results directly to the evaluator (they cannot come through you). Several weeks later, I got a letter from them describing all the courses I had taken and how they compare to an ABET degree, which requires 32 credit hours in higher mathematics and basic sciences, 48 credit hours in engineering science and engineering design, and 16 hours in humanities and social sciences.

The burden of communication

The burden of communication is on the communicator

For me, communication is an art and I completely agree that if you want to be understood, it is your duty to clearly and effectively communicate your intent to your audience. As an introvert, this isn’t as easy for me, but a solid grasp on spelling, grammar and your lexicon certainly makes it much easier.

Vegan pizza on our “baby moon”

Somehow, Martina managed to convince me that there is such a thing as a “baby moon”: one last getaway during the latter stages of pregnancy, before you embark upon life as a parent.

We didn’t go far, but taking a couple of days away to spend with each other and be out of our normal routine was just what we needed.

Last night, we had a delicious dinner at Seasons 52, and this evening, we decided on some of our favourite vegan pizza, from Gourmet Pizza Company.

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Our baby registry

In a few months, Martina and I are expecting our first baby, a little girl. So we put together a baby registry for people who want to help us get all the stuff we need.

I seriously had no idea just how much stuff you need, and I’m a practical person! So, if you feel so compelled, feel free to buy us something from our registry.

Muse!

Martina treated me for my birthday and bought me tickets for Muse. She was originally supposed to come, but since she was pregnant, we decided it wasn’t the best idea for her to come.

It was the best concert of my life. Absolutely fantastic. The band themselves are incredible live, and then the sound, effects, energy, lighting and lasers just made for an unforgettable experience.