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Jazz Sucks

I hate it, I just fucking hate it. But like most things, I’m always willing to give it another shot from time to time. June 2016 for me, will be Jazzy June. I plan to wholly emerse myself in jazz music. I’m going to listen to it, I’m even going […]

Grilling: Gas vs. Charcoal

I never thought that in the great state of Texas my preference to grilling with charcoal would be met with ridicule. But I guess it’s to be expected as the person handing out the shade was probably working for comission and was trying to push some more expensive grill. This […]

Why my site doesn’t have any navigation

Because I fucking said so, that’s why. loljk. It’s funny because this hasn’t really come up in the four or five months or so since I updated (reads: half-assed) a new layout for my site. I pined heavily over a new header. I paid somebody on Fiverr to make me […]

Honeymoon in Austin

Home is where the heart is and as of last Wednesday that is Austin, Texas. This isn’t our first time in the area, but after settling into our new digs, I can definitely say that we’re in love with the area. That being said, I’m fully aware that right now […]

Goodbye Forever

Today marks the end of my 35 year stint in Florida. Most of the time was spent in Tampa, which I consider to be a complete cesspool of vacationing degenerates. I could focus on that, but there’s no reason to. I want to leave remembering the good things. In Tampa, […]

Using S3 to host images on a budget

I love Amazon Web Services (AWS) but am always apprehensive about the pricing. To be fair, I probably over analyze my needs and I end up not pulling the trigger on using them. One thing I do rely on is Simple Storage Service (S3) for storing image uploads from my […]

Make open source contributions a priority

I get it, you got a metric shit ton of stuff going on at work and open source contributions aren’t necessarily one of them. Bet there’s a good chance you have at least one side project though. Also bet there’s a good chance that you don’t make open source contributions […]

Speed Comparison: GitHub vs. GitLab

There’s been quite a bit of movement in the code repository hosting space recently. Open letters have been written. Companies are attempting to capitalize on their competitor’s shortcomings. Those competitors have been improving their offerings. It’s a great time to be alive! That being said, this isn’t a post comparing […]

Fastest way to switch between apps

I am on an eternal quest to optimize the way I work with the computer. I do things like jacking my mouse/tracking speed all of the way up (thanks Noah). I am trying to use Zapier more because “you should never do something twice on a computer” (thanks Nat). I […]

How to calculate Easter Sunday in Javascript

Regardless of your religious beliefs, you are probably aware that Easter Sunday occurs on a sliding scale. This is because Easter is a moveable feast and the date is determined by a lunisolar calendar. Originally I was planning to talk about how to calculate the date of Easter in Javascript. […]

Switching from iTerm2 to Terminal

iTerm2 has been a mandatory install for me since switching back to OS X a few years ago. At that time it was superior to Terminal for my usage. Recently I asked myself, “what value does iTerm2 add can’t be accomplished with Terminal? Turns out, not enough to keep using […]

Review: Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

tl;dr - If you don’t have a pair, I feel bad for you. Get at ‘em! I’ve been devout fan of not only Sony headphones but also being wireless. For the last few years I have been using the Sony MDR10RBT Bluetooth Wireless Headphones. There was a lot to like […]

How to capitalize the first character of each word in a string in Javascript

The other day I had posted on capitalizing the first letter of a string in JavaScript. But what if you wanted to capitalize the first letter of every word? With PHP it’s just a simple call to ucwords and just as easy in Ruby and Python. To be able to […]

Migrating from Mandrill to SparkPost

If you’re reading this then you where probably slapped by MailChimp’s latest announcement to merge Mandrill into MailChimp. You may be outraged because you were on their free tier which is going away. Personally I don’t agree with your rage. In fact, I think you’re a freeloader. That being said, […]

Multiple buttons with Hubspot's Vex

I’ve been implementing HubSpot’s Vex library as a replacement for stock alert(), confirm() and prompt() dialogs on SceneKids recently. In one use case, I wanted to be able to have 3 buttons on the dialog with each button returning a value, instead of just boolean true for the OK buttons. […]

How to Capitalize the First Letter in a String in JavaScript

I’m still kind of spoiled by the built-in functions in PHP (as well as Ruby and Python for this particular task). Something like capitalizing the first letter of a string is a trivial task in most languages: <?php // Capitalize first letter with PHP ucfirst('some string that needs the first […]

$10 Showdown: Linode KVM vs. DigitalOcean

It’s been nearly 2 years since my original $10 Showdown post. In that time both Linode and DigitalOcean have launched new datacenters and made other improvements to their infrastructures. One of the most notable improvements is Linode’s migration from XEN to KVM. Let’s see how they stack up at the […]

Using an 11” MacBook Air for development

I do it, and I do it well. In fact, I’ve built an iOS game on it and used one exclusively without an external display while working at Sumo HQ in Austin, TX this past week. The 11” MacBook Air is a decent machine, even if you think the screen […]

Intentional infinite loops

It’s happened to all of us. A script just locks up and we’re unsure why. At closer inspection we find that we’re written a loop that has no terminating condition. It is an endless loop and in many cases consumes memory until it crashes. But what if you want to […]

Pocket is Purgatory for articles

Read it later? More like read it never. It all started out innocently enough. I started to use Pocket to stash articles so I wouldn’t be sidetracked while I was working. I would go back and catch up on the day’s articles that evening or the next morning. As time […]

How to sync local files to Spotify mobile

One of the main reasons that I gave Apple Music a try recently was because I wanted to have some of my personal music collection available on my mobile devices. Turns out there is a way to coax similar functionality out of Spotify! It’s not nearly as elegant but it’s […]

You’re using Spotify wrong

I was at least, perhaps you’re just better at this than me. Spotify has been my primary music consumption service since it launched in the United States in 2011. I have been a premium subscriber for nearly as long and have been following the company since they launched. Fingers crossed […]

Switching from Spotify to Apple Music and back again

Frustrated with recent playback issues with the Spotify desktop app, I engaged in a brief love affair with Apple Music. For me, Apple Music has a ton going for it. Out of the gate, the music selection seemed more robust than Spotify. I don’t consider myself much of an audiophile […]

Tracking peak users online with Redis

This probably isn’t the best way to track things, but it’s the best I came up with. Tracking the total number of users that log in per day or month is trivial as I have discussed in a previous post. To track the peak users online at a given time […]

How to ride a bike without training wheels

Training wheels are an abomination and should be forced into extinction. I say this as someone that struggled to learn how to ride a bike because my parent’s never took off my training wheels. Fortunately my neighborhood friends thought my inability to ride a bike was absurd and they helped […]