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 »

Video Games the Movie Part 2: The Art of Games

There was a question I posed to my kiddos after we watched the most recent segment of the movie: Are video games art? To which they all quickly responded, “YES!”(image courtesy: nerdlocker) What an odd thing to answer so quickly, so confidently. I mean how could they »

Video Games the Movie Part 1: Leaking Passion

So we were all huddled around the TV and cracked open Plex and started the first 30 minute (0-28:26) segment of the movie. I promise not to douse you with spoilers but the first bit was on the history of video games – not history as in last year »