Just out of curiosity, I took a look at what Wikipedia has to say about the number forty-three. It’s pretty boring (unless you’re into prime number, in which case you’re pretty boring).
I’m continually amazed at how long ‘old’ internet posts and articles stick around. While doing some digging into into a Java AJAX library for work, I ran across an article I had written for Java Developer’s Journal in 2003 titled “Mobile Webservices with kSOAP.”
Granted, this is a archived soft-copy of the print magazine article I’d written, so one might expect it to have a bit of longevity. That said, it’s interesting to look back 14 years at the state-of-the-art Internet and mobile technologies and compare them to where we are today.
As for me, I now have a teenage daughter and my most recent print article isn’t about Java or web services, but Canadian Destroyers–“The ‘Rolls Royce Destroyers’: Canada’s First Made-to-Order Warships” is now available for download at Canadian Naval Review. No need to hurry though–you might still be able to get it sometime in the next 14 years.
So after some delay my volunteer card for the Navy League of Canada arrived in the post this past Friday. I now have official proof that I can be called CI Campbell by the cadets. (although to be honest we knew that I was approved a month or more ago, it just took some time for the card to arrive). For those unaware (although considering the number of views of this site my audience includes me, myself and maybe even I) CI is really the acronym C.I. which stands for Civilian Instructor.
Overall, while the delay was annoying I’m thrilled at how seriously the Navy League takes volunteer screening. Moving forward I’m expected to wear this ID every time I’m working with the unit which is again a very smart thing to do as it makes clear to the cadets who is approved to work with them directly. This way they know CI Campbell is authorized to work with their unit–even if they’re unfamiliar with who CI Campbell actually is.
Funny thing is my application for a CIC Officer role at the unit went out on Monday–four days before I received my volunteer card, so essentially my shot at being an officer happened before I had everything required to be an volunteer (but again, we all knew I had the volunteer approval before I was offered the CIC opportunity, the card was just late in arriving).
Friday night, at the band practice at the Corps one of the senior cadets called me CI Campbell for the first time–it took me a moment to realize he was speaking to me! (I still turn my head when Rhane and I are at the Corps on a training night and someone calls out “Campbell” to her–I always think they’re calling out to me)
Now, the next step will be to get through the application process for the CIC Officer role and be accepted and sworn in as NCdt. Campbell. Hopefully my photo for the military ID will be better than the photo on the volunteer card.
…Fun? (well no, time flies regardless)
It’s been a busy couple of weeks–and not for any of the reasons I would have expected had you–my one-person audience–asked me two months ago. Rhane was off to Winnipeg this weekend for a Seamanship competition with Sea Cadets, and it was a near-run thing getting her on the plane. She was slated to be in Winnipeg for the 17th and we only got her travel orders on the 15th (not to mention the last-minute change of venue from Victoria to Winnipeg).
Once that was dealt with I had to focus on the multiple-balls-in-the-air with things at work, and most happily the opportunity to apply for a CIC officer role with Rhane’s unit (RCSCC 335 Calgary). This requires transcripts, references and a list of other paperwork.
Meanwhile, on Saturday and Sunday of this past weekend I was at her Corps doing construction work on the upstairs classrooms, so had little opportunity to relax–not that I mind; I like being busy.
My only fear is that the book writing isn’t getting enough time allocated to it–hopefully over Easter I can rectify things and get a good chunk completed. I only have to the end of April to finish the first draft if I want to stay on-track for my launch date.
Lots of Cadet stuff–and an opportunity to join the Royal Canadian Navy. Who said being this busy wasn’t fun?
Well I can’t say the new year of 2016 started on the right foot what with the passing of David Bowie and Alan Rickman (plus all sorts of other interesting people like the pro wrestler The Wolfman).
Good news is we’ll see the 100th anniversary of the battle of Jutland the end of May.
Don't make me hunt you down. Seriously though, short of wholesale copying of my content (or ripping off any book titles etc.) let me know if you want/need an excerpt so I don't feel the need to track you to your lair and urinate on my words to mark my territory.