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This poem was written completely by Jamie, it’s an original work 100% by him.

Life is a broken computer.
Now boy let me tell you this,
I’m not working right.
Viruses are hitting me everywhere, and I can’t even charge.
My chords are ripped and my screen is cracked.
My speakers are destroyed and my vision is blurry.
Many of my sites are messed up.

Even through this, I have been goin’ on.
When I shut down I don’t stay shut down.
I always come back on.
Even though my internet is slow, I still get to where I need to go.
Viruses never kept me from getting to places.

They never will and they should never keep you either boy!
Now boy don’t you shut down.
I’m still goin’, boy
I’m still goin’,
Even though I’m not working right.

Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’.  What a great album that was.  My wife and I were big Nirvana fans in high school.  Now I feel old. 

What’s this blog about?  It’s about nothing!  No story, forget a story.  Who says you’ve got to have a story?

Ok, maybe it really should be about something (ask Atreyu). But what? I haven’t quite figured that out yet.  I set this site up a few weeks ago but haven’t yet posted because, really, I’ve been trying to decide exactly what I want this blog to be about.  Should I stick to technical posts?  If not, how much of myself do I share?  Should I create two blogs – one for ‘business’ and one ‘personal’ ?  Who will read this thing anyway? To be honest, I still haven’t completely resolved these questions.  So I’ve decided to just write something.  We’ll see what happens.

I guess I’ll start by introducing myself.  My name is James Swafford.  I’m a self-employed software developer, specializing in Java based technologies.  More importantly, I’m a husband, father, and a Christian.  I live in eastern North Carolina, in the small town of Farmville.  (Yes, it’s a real town, not just a Facebook game!)  My wife Amy and I have been married for nearly 17 years now.   God has truly blessed me and my family!

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m writing this blog because I’ve been told I have to.  Really!  Virtually everyone says it’s a requirement for anyone that’s self employed to have a website with a blog.  Since I’ve been self employed for a few months now, it’s high time to get with the program.  Really though, this is something I’ve thought about doing for some time, but writing about myself isn’t something I’m terribly comfortable with.  And while purely technical blogs are informative, they aren’t terribly interesting, are they?  So I guess it’s settled – there will be at least some personal postings on this site. (Not that I’m the least bit interesting.)

Well, I feel like I’m rambling already so I’ll close this initial post here. I’m hoping to post something every week at least, but no guarantees.  So, until next time..


Hello world is obligatory for any self respecting software developer.