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Burney Falls July 2, 2011

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 6:17 pm

Just a quick post to the link of the photos from our Burney Falls Trip. Our family, my sisters family and some family friends all went… 3 adults and 5 kids… not too bad… ūüôā



Toronto Trip – 2011 June 5, 2011

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 9:19 pm

Here are the photos, more details later…

Toronto Photos on Picasa


Senior Network Engineer May 19, 2011

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 5:04 pm

So it is now official, after working hard and advancing my skills, I have now been officially promoted to Senior Network Engineer, which is the highest, non-management technical position at Apex! This is very exciting!


Idle May 13, 2011

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 6:21 am

So I know I’ve been idle lately, so I’m going to try to start posting some photos, links and random thoughts with less of an emphasis on “writing” and more on simply sharing… I will try to have profound ideas once in a while, but overall they are going to be short and simple…



Mathias the photographer April 22, 2011

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 7:29 pm
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Mathias has taken some pretty amazing photos for being only 4 years old… Take a look!




Back to College March 1, 2011

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 7:08 pm
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I am soo excited! Now that Jaimie has completed her degree, it is finally my turn and I get to wrap up my 4 year degree. After a lot of looking around and consideration, I have settled on Western¬†Governors University, which is an online, competency ¬†based, university which is regionally¬†accredited. What does that mean?¬†Well most trade and online schools are nationally accredited, which might sound more impressive, but the “true” accreditation that counts, the one most people are really talking about are the regional¬†accreditation. It shares the same¬†accreditation¬†that the local state universities have, and that is what counts.

What makes them different is that they are competency based, which means that you receive course credit when you can establish that you are competent in a subject. So if the subject takes you 5 weeks or 5 months to become competent, it doesn’t matter. Whenever you are ready, you can take the exam, which takes many different forms. What this enables is for you to accelerate the pace in which you take courses if you already have a lot of life¬†experience. ¬†This also helps people which need more time to grasp a subject, so they don’t have a deadline, per se, of the final or mid-term coming up and it is a pass/fail and if you don’t grasp it then you take the entire course all over again. Instead you have all the time in the world to master the subject. Of course, with any college program, you are expected to make¬†academic¬†progress to risk going on probation, but you would expect that of any legitimate institution.

So what degree am I pursuing? I am looking at completing my Bachelors of Science in Information Technology – Network Design¬†Emphasis. This program will take be around 24 months to complete, give or take, based on the course load I can handle while working 50 hour weeks, and spending quality family time ūüôā

If you’re interested, you can check them out at http://www.wgu.edu — of course, if you let me know I could send you a link which waives your¬†application fee, and I might get a little bonus as well. Just let me know!


Glue… I need glue…. you’re gonna need lots of glue! November 11, 2010

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 4:35 pm
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So Jaimie and I both received a call from Mathias’ school today because he fell of the monkey bars at school and split open his chin. Poor boy. We both rushed down there, and picked him up and brought him to our friendly, neighborhood clinic… Since the bleeding has subsided, the wait was pretty long, well for a clinic anyways.

After the doctor looked at it, they decided that using glue would be the best route to take. Needless to say Mathias was freaked out! It took 6 grown adults to hold him down, all the while it was crying for mercy from mama and daddy with huge¬†alligator¬†tears. It was a hard job, but someone had to do it. The scab looks terrible, but we know it will get a lot better in time… So we’ll just wait and see how it heals…