Jake and the Giant Leap

image courtesy: NASA Black canvas. So dark that he had trouble seeing the outlines of his shoes, they were black as well. The scene almost perfected by the dark logo'ed shirt Jake decided to wear on his first day. Perhaps it was a bit too ominous; the darkness and all. »

Jake and the Giant Pit of Despair

When Jake realized that he had been staring at his screen as if it were one of those autostereogram images (where a 3D scene is encoded in a series of dot patterns) for the past 20 minutes he jolted upright. Even his physical demeanor was communicating that he had the »

Jake and the Giant Tech Debt

He looked at his cursor in vim, his code editor of choice, as if it was going to write the code for him. Jake was an average guy, inspired developer, lover of coffee and JavaScript. Pragmatism seemed to be part of his DNA. Today he felt like he was throwing »

Haven: A safer home for everyone

There have been a series of break-ins and thefts in our neighborhood recently. There is no set of signs or events that seem to point to the source of the increase. My wife said it best while she was talking to a friend. The conversation went something like... Wife: Our »

The reading torrent

I have a confession to make. Ever since I was really young I never really enjoyed reading. Early on I tried to read Homer's Iliad, Beowulf, many of Shakespear's works and the like. My parents were just like that, classic education and all that. I didn't understand them; allegory and »

Nintendo just made some of the best hardware APIs on the planet

Ok so that title might be an exaggeration but the more I use the Nintendo Switch the more I realize that this device is capable of many many configurations. It seems like an incredible API for hardware. This is of course intentional. Just looking at the design of the core »

Clear a room with IFTTT + NEST

In a previous post I was writing on how integrations can make incredible things happen when the devices we use are open and use great integration points. The post described how I use Nest and Rachio to help protect my neighbors if my house were to ever catch on fire. »

Rachio + nest protect = Love thy neighbor

The National fire protection association estimates the average number of house fires in the U.S. from 1977-2013 to be roughly 1/2 million! While the numbers are dropping they are still pretty high. courtesy of NFPA Things used in this project Nest Protect smoke & carbon monoxide alarm, Wired »

Surface Book with a side of Toast

I recently made a purchase. It was one I did not take lightly, that was intended to set me free from many devices and is by far one of the best developer/creative machines that I have ever used - more on that in a later post. Given that this »