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Ron Sparks

California
My name is Ron Sparks and I have cancer. Sounds like a 12-step program, huh? Being diagnosed with cancer has changed my life. It's been an incredible journey and it's not nearly over yet. Not even close. As a writer, I have a cathartic need to express myself when I am in trouble - so it's... Full Bio
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Aliens Can’t Sing the Blues – Published! by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I am published again! Aliens Can’t Sing the Blues , my collection of short stories, haibun, and flash fiction have been published on amazon.com as a Kindle Single. Only 87 ... Read on »
Selling your Soul to Buy Beer by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I went into my local grocery store / home goods store last week and purchased a 12-pack of beer. It’s a national chain that you would immediately recognize and could guess ... Read on »
You’re Lucky To Be Alive by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer You’re lucky to be alive. Sometimes you take it for granted, even with the constant reminder that greets you every morning in the mirror. A jagged 10-inch scar running fro ... Read on »
Leesburg Bikefest 2012 by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Leesburg Bikefest 2012 was a roaring success. The Binary Princess, our children, and I all had a great time today, as you will see from the photos below. The ride to ... Read on »
What a Binary Biker is Not by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I was riding through Ormond Beach, Florida yesterday when a fellow biker pulled up next to me and asked for directions to St. Augustine. Of course I assisted, but as he r ... Read on »
The Rules of Motorcycle Waving by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I wrote a post a while back about “ Biker Etiquette .”  In it, I cried foul on Florida riders for waving based on “cliques” or bike type.  Cruisers only wave to other crui ... Read on »
Why I Won’t Be Voting for Phil Diamond for Mayor of Orlando by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer See this man featured here?  That’s Phil Diamond.  He’s running for Mayor of Orlando. And he’s my next door neighbor.  Literally.  His house is right next to mine; les ... Read on »
Binary’s New Ride! by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yes – the Binary Biker finally has a new ride. Just in time for Daytona Bike Week 2012! My old ride, the 1992 Honda Nighthawk CB750 has served me well.  It has seen me ... Read on »
Rest in Peace, Grandpa by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Ronald C. Sparks was my grandfather. He passed away last Thursday.  Born in Portsmouth, Ohio on October 14, 1925, he was 86-years-old.  These are the words I wrote, and sp ... Read on »
The Language of CI by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Every office has a couple of phrases that get used, and overused, to sum up or simply express complex concepts.  These sayings become so seeped in meaning that by simply u ... Read on »
Daytona Biketoberfest 2011 by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The weekend is over and the results are in: Biketoberfest 2011 was a success.  4 our of 5 drunk bikers agree.  I rode to Daytona on Saturday with my lovely wife, Carey, an ... Read on »
How Advanced is Binarybiker.com? by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Google has a feature that allows you to show the reading level of a website as a filter in advanced search results.  There are three categories, Basic, Intermediate, and ... Read on »
Tipping is Optional by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I was at a restaurant with four co-workers the other day.  It’s one of Orlando medium-to-upscale steak houses, called Hillstone .  The company picked up the tab and I put ... Read on »
The Problem with Super-hero Developers by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Throughout my career I have worked with some extremely talented and intelligent developers.  I have also, unfortunately, worked with some boneheaded developers who were ba ... Read on »
My Accident 09/16/2011 Explained by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This blog post is for the insurance companies that may need a written statement from me.  I certify that to the best of my knowledge that this statement is factually corre ... Read on »
The Terrorists Have Won by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I didn’t watch any of the memorial services yesterday.   I didn’t tune into the radio and listen to the 9/11 commentary, ten years later.  When I was on the elliptical mac ... Read on »
American Politicians Take Lessons from Internet Trolls by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer American politics are a mess.  I have never been more disturbed and concerned about the future of our nation than I am right now.  Our politics have never been more partis ... Read on »
Password Validation Class Using RegEx in C-Sharp by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I have a client that recently asked me to add password validation on a web application.  Their existing application had no password validation and users could enter any pa ... Read on »
Fox News: Fair and Balanced? Hardly. by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Today is a bad day for stocks in the wake of the S&P credit downgrade of the U.S.A..  As you can imagine, it’s the highlight of every online news organization in the count ... Read on »
How Wii’s Animal Crossing Helped me Cope with Cancer by Ron Sparks Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I was home alone every day with a deadly disease ravaging my body and trying to take my life from me.  My children were in school, my disabled parents were unable to visit ... Read on »