John Watson (1950 – 2019)

I heard about John’s passing a few weeks back.  I knew he wasn’t well but it still came as a shock.  I met John when I started at Xilinx in 1995 or so, working on the XC6200.  We immediately hit it off.  When he left Xilinx to start QuickSilver, I followed him.  While QuickSilver wasn’t long for this world, I still mark it as one of the best experiences of my professional career.  John and I became friends and would get together at conferences and whenever we were in the same town at the same time. He was always on top of things and a person I could talk about technology with for hours.  He was a rare combination of skill, accomplishment and a good heart.  He will be missed.  A nice article by Clive Maxfield:

John Watson: April 2, 1950 to April 5, 2019

By Max Maxfield | 


I’ve been making ramen noodles from those cheap instant packages for years.   I remember when they were $0.10 each.  I have doctored them up over the years with veggies, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and onions, etc.  I finally started to just throw out the little flavor packet, which is mostly just salt.

Now I’m not even using instant ramen at all.  Any sort of noodle will work.  Today I used soba, a buckwheat noodle.  Takes 4 minutes instead of the usual 3 for instant ramen.

I used chopped garlic and chopped ginger from jars in the fridge, soy sauce an an egg (from my neighbors chickens).  Some fish sauce and a drop of sesame oil too.  Chili oil if you like it a little spicy.

After it is all cooked, I added some leftover brisket, chopped green onion and some arugula and lettuce.  Oh, and some of my home made sauerkraut.  Really any leftover meat or fresh veggies in the fridge will work.


Graduation Day

Drove to College Station for my daughter’s graduation.  Tried to avoid the bad weather but got caught in some on the way in.  Had to pull over at one point and even got a bit of hail.  No damage to Mr ThunderCat though.  A nice, but short, trip.