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 »

Video Games the Movie Part 0

My three oldest boys and I have decided to go through a documentary together: Video Games: The Movie created by Jeremy Snead. It’s from a project I backed on kickstarter and I knew full well that when it was finally released that it would be something that I »

raspberry-beacons

The intent of this is to provide a quick, simple, fun and inexpensive alerting beacon that can be connected to any type of service and be used as a visual notification that "something" is happening. The more concrete use for this is when you have a need for »

ill-tempered-sea-bass

The intent of this project is to use the Pager Duty API to create a test alert and then follow up on the alert with a check to see if any team member has acknowledged the alert with in a given time frame so that teams can verify that the »

The roadblock

I recently saw what I thought was a pretty stinking amazing movie. Not that the acting was particularly great (though I do find something weirdly fun about Ben Stiller - might have been him in another epic movie that set the tone for me). Have a watch, I'll still be »