Monday, December 06, 2004

Glotzbach 1.0 release now available!

12/06/2004, Monday, SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- Krista and Matthew Glotzbach are pleased to announce the official release of the "Glotzbach 1.0" project. The official product name will be Alexandra Eve Glotzbach. Alexandra weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces and is 19 inches long. There are currently no known bugs or feature requests, and in early reviews, the product seems to be performing perfectly to specifications.

We are beside ourselves with joy, amazement, and wonder at the arrival of our beautiful daughter. We are so lucky to have her, and so lucky to have such wonderful family and friends. Check out all the photos in our photo section.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Adios Austin

Yesterday, I closed on my house in Austin, officially marking an end to a wonderful chapter in my life. I moved to Austin in July of 1997, to work for Trilogy. Fresh from Ithaca, I can safely recommend that one NEVER move to Austin, TX in the summer. But summer heat aside, Austin is an oasis in the Texas desert.

For 7+ years I lived in Austin and enjoyed all that it had to offer. Some of my favorites include water skiing on Town Lake, bike rides to Salt Lick, dinner at Curra's, and morning runs around the lake. Austin offers so many wonderful outdoor activities, great live music, and fabulous restaurants.

In August of 2000, right at the height of the boom, I plunged head first into the world of home ownership. 2409 McCall was where I hung my hat, in the heart of Tarrytown. My little 3 bedroom 2 bath was perfect, except for the lack of a deck in the backyard, which I immediately added.

Now, after 4 years of home ownership, some fun improvement projects including painting and lawn work, and many memorable gatherings of friends, I've relinquished the keys to new owners. I can only hope they enjoy it as much as I have, and have many great years calling it "home".

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Every vote counts

Today I had the opportunity to exercise my right as a citizen and vote in the national, state, and local elections as a California resident. Another of the many conveniences of living in an urban area, is that my local polling location was conveniently location on the next block over from our aparment in the local fire station. My voting experience was a very pleasant one. I had my morning cup of coffee and stood in line for about 30 minutes waiting for my opportunity to cast a ballot. While in line, another fellow American and I traded news headlines and discussed the process. It was good to meet some of my "neighbors" in the area.

Once inside the firehouse, I was greeted by amazingly friendly and helpful poll workers who were doing a great job at keeping the flow of people moving. They were also extremely skilled at keeping the mood calm and light-hearted. When it was my time, I walked up to the small portable 'vote-a-matic' stand and started filling in my ballot. The ballot in San Francisco was four pages including the presidential race, US Senate, state races, state propositions, and local city propositions. Five minutes later, I had successfully completed all the right arrows with the black 'magnetic pen' and it was time to take my ballot to the largest portable scan-tron ever made. Another few seconds, and my ballot was cast!

Overall, I thought the voting experience was an extremely positive one. It was good to see so many people interested in the electoral process, and everyone seemed good humored about the whole thing. It should be interesting to see how the day/night unfolds.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

The NEW site design

Welcome to the newly designed website. I've tried to take freshen up the layout, borrowing some of the formatting from the blogger templates. You'll also notice that I've changed the photo publishing mechanism from manually posting to blogging, so that should be a little faster too. I hope you enjoy the changes, and as always, please feel free to give me feedback. Thanks!

Monday, October 18, 2004

Open Letter to President Bush

I had the opportunity to read a very impressive and touching letter written to President Bush. The letter was authored by Doug Fairbairn, Krista's uncle. It is well thought out and articulated, and raises some extremely compelling issues. I would encourage everyone to read it.

Friday, October 15, 2004

My first Premier

I had the pleasure of seeing former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev today at Google. Mr. Gorbachev was invited as a guest speaker on the Google campus in Mt. View. There was a large crowd filling the auditorium.

Mr. Gorbachev spoke about his new Green Cross environmental initiaitive, as well as responding to questions asked by Google CEO Eric Schmidt about the world stage, politics, and his leadership and background. It was an amazing experience to be so close to someone who had done so much for shaping the world as we know it today. I found myself thinking how lucky I am to get to experience such things, and hoping that more influential leaders like him will follow, to restore this country and our world to a unified, peaceful existence.

Maybe I do have something to say!

Now that I'm working for Google, I suddenly feel compelled to use more of the consumer products that Google offers. And so, I enter into the world of blogging. This is my first attempt. When asked why I don't blog, my response is usually "I don't think I have anything good to say." Although most people agree with me, I am still compelled to try anyways. Stay tuned for more useless ramblings.