Downtown and a New Job

Posted by Alex Grantz on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 @ 3:16 pm EST

It’s been a long time since I’ve made an update! Two big things have happened since my last update. The first is that I moved out of my condo in the suburbs and got an apartment smack in the middle of downtown between the Reds and Bengals stadiums. I’m loving it so far!

The other big thing was accepting a new position as a QA Technical Lead at a new company. I get to work from home the majority of the time and travel to Denver and Monterey periodically. I’m loving the position so far and am looking forward to what we can accomplish together in the coming years!

New Position

Posted by Alex Grantz on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 @ 7:52 pm EST

I have decided to take a new position at Unlimited Systems as a Product Quality Analyst. I will bring my automated testing, technical writing, and QA expertise to an already well-established QA team to assist them in the next phase of product development. I wish everyone at my old company nothing but the best, but this position felt like the right fit for me at this time in my career. Thanks to everyone for their interest in my services over the last few months. It has been an interesting time, but I’m happy to have made this decision. The new adventure will begin on December 7.

Fun Events in Cincinnati – May 2015

Posted by Alex Grantz on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 @ 9:43 pm EST

Take a look below at some of the events happening in Cincinnati for the month of May. Let me know what else is going on and I’ll add it to the list! And yes, my list focuses mostly on beer, food, music, and running events. There’s definitely more going on, but these are some of the things I found at least semi-interesting and thought you might too.

Reds Schedule
All month, 13 games against the Braves, Giants, Rockies, and Nationals

Fountain Square Event Calendar
All month

Flying Pig Marathon Weekend
Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3

CSL 10 for $10 happy hour @ Tin Roof
Friday, May 8 @ 6:00-9:00pm

Cincinnati Beer Run
Saturday, May 9

OTR 5k / Summer Celebration / City Flea
Saturday, May 16 @ 10:00am-4:00pm

Maifest at Germania
Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17

CSL 10 for $10 happy hour @ Jefferson Social
Friday, May 22 @ 6:00-9:00pm

Taste of Cincinnati
Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25

Cincinnati Hunger Walk
Monday, May 25

Saturnday @ Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday, May 30 @ 9:00-11:00pm

Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional
Sunday, May 31

Alaska pictures are now posted

Posted by Alex Grantz on Saturday, July 12th, 2014 @ 11:11 am EST

It’s been a week now since I’ve returned from my 2-week trip to Alaska. It was more stunning than I can describe, and I’m afraid I’ve been spoiled from this trip. Will I ever enjoy the scenery in the lower 48 states as much as I used to? Probably, but nothing will quite measure up to what I saw in Alaska. I’ve posted a couple hundred pictures that I took on the trip. They were all taken with an iPhone 5s, and I was surprised at how well they turned out. Go to the Alaska media page to check out all of my photos.

My brother has been taking professional photos of national parks for years including parks in Alaska. So if you’d like to see a much better crop of pictures, please visit his site at

Off to Alaska this weekend

Posted by Alex Grantz on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 @ 8:10 pm EST

This Saturday I will depart Ohio and fly up to beautiful Alaska for a two-week trip to see some of the best the United States national park system has to offer! My brother and I will be hitting the following parks:

I’ll be sure to post pictures of my own, but for the best quality check out my brother’s website: National Parked. There are some great ones there already for Glacier Bay and Denali, and there will be many new ones there after we’re back.

Softball tourney champs and a personal swim record still stands

Posted by Alex Grantz on Friday, August 16th, 2013 @ 5:26 pm EST

The softball team I play for on Tuesdays, Warning Track Power, had a great week of softball from July 30-August 4. We went undefeated with a record of 7-0 to win the Silver “C” division of the 13th Annual Yuengling-Wayne Rust Memorial-Mid-Summer Classic. Normally, I wouldn’t think anyone else would be very interested in such a thing, but the good folks over at decided to write up a nice article on the tournament and I was actually mentioned a few times. It’s not quite the same as having your name in the local paper, but it’s about as good as it gets for a recreational softball player! Check out the article over at by clicking here.

I also found out recently that I still hold a swimming record for the Butler County Swim League! I set a time of 24.69 for the 25m backstroke back when I was 6 years old in 1992. The record has held for the past 21 years! Proof is at this link. Come on Butler County! You need to produce a young phenom to beat my record!

NASA’s Opportunity rover sets space driving record

Posted by Alex Grantz on Sunday, May 19th, 2013 @ 9:46 am EST

NASA’s incredible Opportunity rover has set another milestone. It has now traveled the farthest distance of any American vehicle on an extra terrestrial surface. It has covered a distance of 22.22 miles on the surface of Mars, which eclipses the record set by the Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt over 40 years ago. Opportunity was supposed to last only 90 days and has now been operating successfully on Mars for over 9 years! It will be interesting to see how far Curiosity can make it. Let’s hope it is as successful as the plucky Opportunity rover!


Pursuing a new opportunity

Posted by Alex Grantz on Sunday, May 12th, 2013 @ 3:14 pm EST

I have decided to take a break from consulting, and have accepted a position as a QA Analyst at a new company. I’ll be starting the day after Memorial Day at a small company where I’ll be the second member of a newly formed QA organization. I’m sad to be leaving the people I’ve grown to know and love at both Sogeti and Luxottica, but this was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I’m very much looking forward to starting a new challenge at my new employer, and hope to have many good years ahead of me. I wish my current colleagues the best of luck, and hopefully I’ll run into you all sometime again in the future!

Because of this, I will be changing the site a bit. I may be removing the long-form resume and cutting down on some of the home page content. However, I will continue to update the blog, and I might be creating a new site soon. Stay tuned.

Neil deGrasse Tyson answers a question

Posted by Alex Grantz on Sunday, April 14th, 2013 @ 5:59 pm EST

I had the incredible opportunity to see astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson give a lecture at Miami University last Monday. The talk was very interesting, and he stuck around for almost 2 1/2 hours! The last hour or so was a question and answer session from those that didn’t leave to go watch the NCAA basketball championship game. I recorded a video of the very last question of the night and have put it up on YouTube.

The question was essentially, “When will we be able to travel to another galaxy?” To see Dr. Tyson’s answer, see the video below.

ISTQB Certification Acquired

Posted by Alex Grantz on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 @ 11:27 am EST

This morning I took the ISTQB Foundation certification test and passed with a 95% score. It’s a good certification to go for if you’re wanting to start a career in software testing since it’s internationally recognized and has additional expert levels after the foundation level. It’s pretty easy and painless to study for. The test is only 40 multiple choice questions, which was incredibly simplified compared to the CSTE test I took in 2011. That test required almost 4 hours with 2 parts multiple choice and 2 part essay!

It’s been awhile since an update, and I apologize for that! A lot has happened since the last post – a presidential election, the holidays, meteors exploding in Russia… I’ll try to get back on it and post more often.

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