I have a lot of awesome memories from 2014, but I thought I’d try and keep it short and sweet as best I can, so here are some highlights from my 2014 year in photos.

I started off the year visiting a friend in Nashville Tennessee, where we shot guns, flew around in a helicopter, and did some fixed-wing flying.

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I did a lot of travelling in 2014, particularly in the beginning of the year, with a few trips to Dallas to rack new servers for ServerCrate and NetherBox. The first trip to Dallas of 2014 was in February, for a large customer deployment in a new rack in the datacenter.

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One of the memorable moments of the trip, moving a bunch of gear from one building to another in the back of an Uber SUV:
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The first deployment I’ve done end to end by myself, just over half a rack of E3-1270v2 servers:

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Here’s a picture in late February when I toured the Westin building (a datacenter in Seattle), a pic from the roof of the building:

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Of course throughout February and March I was going through flight training. Here’s a shot of the space needle during a fly-by:

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I also installed a new monitor rig for my desk, and picked up a new laptop:

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April comes around. time for another Dallas trip. For this trip I went in to install some new hardware, and move some gear around:

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2014-04-04 03.19.51It was then that the guys with me in Dallas decided that we should head out for an impromptu trip to Colorado, for some ATV riding:

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2014-04-06 12.16.51Then we got one of the ATVs stuck, and was saved by another guy on the trail:

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After an awesome time in Colorado, I went over to Nashville again for some more shooting, helicoptering, and Dave & Busters’.

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After a fairly crazy start to April, time for another Dallas trip:

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When flying back into Seattle, I flew right over my helicopter flight school:

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Around comes June, and we decided to take my dad out for a segway tour around Seattle:

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I went on a hike up to Rattlesnake lake with a few friends just before heading out to my month-long trip to England:

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I’ve got a lot of pictures from England, so just posting my highlights, in the future I’ll try and blog about longer trips so I post more pics.

I had an awesome first-meal back in the UK, on the outskirts of London with my aunt:

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Then we walked around Wimbledon:

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A few more pics of fun times around London:

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Then I met up with some friends:

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We flew over London in a heli (my first time doing so), and went to Amberly Castle for lunch:

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Then we drove around in a pink hummer limo:

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Some other miscellaneous pictures from the UK trip, again, don’t have time to talk about everything in this trip:

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In August, we decided to go on another trip to Colorado for some ATV riding in the mountains. There wasn’t any snow this time:

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During September/November, I really ramped up my flight training. I did my first solo flight, and first night/cross country flights:

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The last major trip I went on was my trip to Hawaii with my family in December:

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We did some scuba diving while we were there:

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Anyway, there’s a few pictures that show what I did in 2014. Thanks to everyone that helped make 2014 such an awesome year for me.

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What I’ve been doing recently

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014


Haven’t blogged in a while, so I thought I’d share a little update.

I just completed my stage 1 check, and first solo towards my rotary PPL, which I’m excited about. I’m hoping to wrap up my private pilot license before the year is over.

ServerCrate Servers

Was just in Dallas for ServerCrate, and spent a few hours racking some new equipment, which was fun. Regarding other work stuff, lots of new websites and projects in the pipeline, you’ll have to follow me on Twitter for more info about that. :)


Essssscape

Thursday, February 21st, 2013


Minecraft Creeper Keyboard


Wow, 2013

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013


Minecraft Fireworks News Years 20132012, what a year. So much happened, it’s going to be hard to top it with 2013, but I’m going to try.

A lot of things changed last year, I became a lot more financially independent, I started high school (10th grade, the system is weird here), I helped make a ton of web projects happen, I learned a lot of new skills, and I said goodbye to a few old projects.

Last year saw the birth of many websites, some small, some large. CraftStats, a project started by Alex, Thomas, and myself started in September was probably one of my biggest new projects of 2012. Ratemymeme, CrazyAboutPens, RobertHost, MinecraftTut, Minecraft Status, and DirtBlock all saw their beginnings last year.

Although I started a lot of new websites, I also learned a lot more about web development, and project management. At the start of 2012, I had basic experience and knowledge in these fields, now I’m running dozens of websites, and doing private work for a number of small companies and other websites. I buckled down and moved from the “RJFC” brand, to the “Robert Clarke” brand, to give a more professional representation of myself. Not to mention the large redesign that took place here, on my blog in November.

I love the new projects I started last year, but I also let go of one big project that I had been doing since 2008. OmniTechNews is to this date the longest project that I’ve worked on, which saw it’s start back in 2008. Last year I decided that I wasn’t putting as much attention and will power as was deserved into the project, and so I sold it.

I’m very excited for 2013, I love seeing the date 1/1/2013, it reminds me that I have the whole year to do new things, meet new people, and work on some cool new projects. It’s pretty great :)

 


iPhone 5 Review

Monday, September 24th, 2012


I don’t really have much to say about the new iPhone, because there’s not much “new” about it, but I don’t want to share some of my general thoughts about Apple’s new phone.

We’ll start with the design, because this is new. I’m really liking the new flush edges, I think it makes the phone more complete in a way. The aluminum on the back is great (apart from the fact that it scratches so easily). Although it’s a small thing, having the headphone jack on the bottom of the phone is great, having all the ports on one side of the device is for the win. LTE is simply awesome, especially on Verizon, I get up to 60Mbps in Redmond (both up and down).

4 inch is big, and the colors are more vivid. Easily one of my favorite things about the 5.

In regards to software, there are some nice little features in iOS 6, but nothing groundbreaking. I honestly can’t wait for a redesign, as everything is looking quite dated.

The iPhone 5 is a neat upgrade, I like the redesign, there are some nice additions to iOS 6, but nothing that makes the ground shake. I’m happy that I switched to Verizon (from AT&T), as the up and down speeds are amazing. Would I recommend it? Yes, but play around with it at an Apple store to decide if you want to give it a go.