Friday, March 21, 2008

Calling BizTalk Orchestrations In Other Applications

Today I needed to call a BizTalk orchestration in another “referenced” application.  When I tried to browse to where I thought it should be, it was not there.  There was another task doing something similar so I studied the differences and it turned out to be an orchestration property called Type Modifier needed to be Public which makes sense…but it was tricky to find!


Lee quote

I just read a quote by Robert E. Lee (for who my middle name was given) that I thought I’d share:


"Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret. "

-Robert E. Lee


Monday, March 17, 2008

Hiking Three Ridges

I had an awesome adventure hiking Three Ridges along the Appalachian Trail (AT) this weekend. Our group of three set off from the Tye River heading north up the AT in nearly ideal conditions – 60F and blue skies despite dire predictions only 24hrs prior. We were immediately greeted with a steep 1,000 of vertical over the first 1.7 miles and I was struck by how heavy 30lbs felt on my back. We zigged when we should have zagged and lost a few hundred feet to a detour at the Harper’s Creek shelter that cost us 30 minutes. After retracing our steps and catching our breath it was on to Chimney Rock (3,204’) and the peak of Three Ridges (3,970’) at about 3pm. We enjoyed the decent to Bee Mountain immensely and decided to camp there (3,034’) for the night. Good thing since it started to rain just as we were setting our tents. Unfortunately I made a user error and didn’t pull my solo tent tight enough so I had a persistent drip from 10pm on (it stopped raining around 6am) that turned into a nice puddle at my feet. Getting the breakfast fire going was a challenge, but I was glad to have packed in my own oak (tinder sized) that Brian was able to put to good use. We returned to Rt 56 via the Mau-Har trail which was mainly downhill, except for a very steep 1,200’ climb from the cascading Campbell Creek. Being my first backpacking trip, I didn’t know what I was in for. It was physically challenging and somewhat technical. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the experience (except for the leaking tent).

Monday, March 10, 2008

We have Stout

After two pints of the newest Snyder-brew, I am ecstatic!  While there are some mild differences between the famous Irish brew and my version, it sure is a close call.  I wish I had more empties lying around…I’d brew up a new batch this weekend.


Monday, March 3, 2008

Trials and trevails of microbrewing

Last night was not a real happy time in the life of this homebrewer. First the baby got a hold of a bottle and promptly clanked it against a 22oz breaking the larger (no damage to baby fortunately). Then my older son experienced a hose malfunction streaming my precious malted beverage around the laundry room and making quite a mess (ALWAYS turn off the shut-off valve) and generally the bottling process was a royal PITA with more than one minor mishap. After the last bottle was filled I gave this batch of stout the obligatory taste-test and was pleased with the initial impression. Provided that the bottles don't overcarbonate and explode (I didn't take the F.G. until after the primer was added and was shocked at how high it was), this should be a tasty brew.

We'll know more in a week or two!