OK, this is really my second blogging experience. I'm currently the 'blogger in residence' for the INFORMS Computing Society. Though I'm still trying to figure out what that means, I blogged the last INFORMS Annual Meeting .
So, why this blog? I do a lot of software development at Sandia National Laboratories, mostly focused on scientific computing and optimization. The more I work with open-source projects, the more I realize that I should archive some of my 'lessons learned'. Although I like to publish papers, a blog is a better way to informally share information!