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NNew Development Workflows

09/01/20192 Min Read — In Programming, Software

Editing text in Vim is becoming a bit of a thing of the past these days. Non-modal editors, the likes of VSCode bring a wonderful development workflow, amazing tooling , and even fairly 'good' Vim…

SStepping Back To Refocus

06/08/20192 Min Read — In Work, Health

At the end of last year, some of us found ourselves in a small meeting room, presenting for the December TriadJS meetup . Usually the last meetup of the year's attendance is dwarfed due to the…

SSelenium Made Simple In Docker Environments

10/26/20182 Min Read — In Software

It's been some time since there has been any technical sharing around here. Most of the time, Stack Overflow, although it's a bit of a troll fire these days, is a much better space to share…

TThe Shape Of Your Code

09/25/20182 Min Read — In Betterment

Before continuing any farther, first stop. Open up a file containing code that was written in the last week. Next, do the same thing with a piece of code that was written 2 years ago. How do these…

BBrainstorming New Posts In The Open

09/13/20183 Min Read — In Writing

After months of promising more writing, and frankly there being none... Your favorite RSS reader isn't fooling you! This is indeed a somewhat late, mostly very quick, and likely full of holes…

TThe Case For A Programmer's Shop Manual

05/29/20181 Min Read — In Programming

For developers, we’re often building complex systems and we try to build and hold all that complexity in our mind at once. Any interruption will cause those fragile thoughts to tumble like a house…

FFeedback Is The Only Way Forward

03/13/20181 Min Read — In Career

One of the hardest things to give (seemingly) isn't a well placed gift. It's not love or anything elsewise intangible and squishy. it's simple, honest, and mostly well thoughout feedback. Feedback…

22017 In Review

01/01/20184 Min Read — In Review

A Recap... Well all, this thing is most certainly in the bag. 2017... The year that brought us Trump. The year Space X figured out how to save a rocket. The year a total solar eclipse occured and…

TTwitter Is A...

09/25/20171 Min Read — In Link

Never have I heard anyone explain Twitter as well as Tim Bray in the following post : I left out Twitter because it's not actually a company, it's a dysfunctional non profit that accidentally…

TThe Easiest Way To Be A Better Developer

09/19/20172 Min Read — In Betterment

Your Dirty Little Secret There is a secret, rather unwritten rule in programmer culture. Something that no one talks about and what most of us avoid like the plague. It's something that's easily…

EElm And The Power Of The Dot

08/22/20171 Min Read — In JavaScript

This is one of those special years... It's one where yours trully is not attempting to learn a new programming language. Sure Andy Hunt would fault me for this but, there are times where paying…

EEyes On The Code Review Prize

07/18/20171 Min Read — In Programming

Compact, niche teams doing really interesting things can make or break a product. Well... Not really. That's more click baity than anything. Small teams can do amazing, quick work of features or…

OOn Open Workspaces

05/13/20171 Min Read — In Remote

It seems like we can't even go a week without the news talking about the cancer that is open offices . Not entirely sure about this but, why isn't anyone advocating for working outside the office…

BBeing Remote And Successful

05/11/20171 Min Read — In Remote

This week heralds in another ass when it comes to building remote work cultures . Or really any sense of consistency at the workplace. Everyone says it: remote culture isn't as easy as portrayed in…

AA Mail Workflow

02/25/20171 Min Read — In Productivity

Perhaps a more apropros title here would be: How I tossed all email clients in the trash and went back to Mac Mail Not because there is anything wrong with Spark or Airmail . Because there just…

SSomething's In The Water

02/18/20171 Min Read — In Career

This year has started with somewhat of a ! (programmer joke). Almost like clockework, there was plenty of talk back in December of more writing... And here we are almost half way through the…

AAnd That Is A 2016 Wrap

12/31/20164 Min Read — In Review

2016, wowzers! There are few words and even fewer word combos that could be used to describe this year. A shitload of crazy that went down this year. Due to all this, this post began its' life as a…

SSomething Something Absense

07/12/20161 Min Read — In Goal

It's been forever and sometime during the beginning of the year there was some promise of consistency. Well folks, life certainly hit the proverbial shit fan . Early on this year, my abode was…

EEverything On Twitter Is Free

06/11/20161 Min Read — In Social

Yesterday I started doing some research on a new blog series... Of sorts. Who knows if it will end tomorrow or manifesting into anything. However, like the beginning of all good research, I decided…

SSolidus Conf, A Recap

05/15/20161 Min Read — In Ruby

Solidus Conf 2016 just came to a close. Solidus, an ecom framework that was recently forked from Spree, has had a temultous first few years of life. This was technically the second Solidus…

NNPM is Not Broken

03/27/20161 Min Read — In JavaScript

Honestly... honestly, I can't believe that I am writing even a linked piece about NPM, and the 'greater JavaScript community.' It's not due to some disregard for the language, because that's…

AA Tall Tale

02/25/20161 Min Read — In Remote, Link

I wrote a Post! Although not on this blrg. Nope, instead Tumblr wooed me over to the dark side and without know where I was or how I had gotten there, a post had spawned from nowhere. The topic…

DDynaTech Double O Nine

01/27/20161 Min Read — In News

Poodcasts! That's right. A quick run down of what we are meandering about can be found at the Soundcloud page . Also a chance to subscribe to the feed and likely a plethora of other awesome bits…

RRemote in Twenty Sixteen

01/24/20161 Min Read — In Remote

Excerpt from: 'Remote Work. Right Now.' It seems that the slow transition to larger remote workforces in the technology space has finally begun. The many benefits of working remotely combined with…

TTwenty Fifteen Retrospective

01/09/20162 Min Read — In Review

This year, this year of 2015(is that right?)... Fuck it. There was going to be a retrospective just like last year and poof! Nothing. What happend is the web became inundated with these type of…

DDerailing Tech Interviews For The Better

10/11/20152 Min Read — In Interviews

One of the most feared activities on this planet is the tech interview. Not so much the first, get to know you interview but, the third interview. The one where the interviewer asks a question about…

HHubot Sightings With Monit

08/26/20151 Min Read — In Ruby

Slack and bots go together like peanut butter and chinese food. They are quite, literally over running the joint . So with an already loud and notification filled app like Slack, what's one more…

EExploring Mini Code Detoxes

07/12/20151 Min Read — In Health

Everyone feels a little burnt out at whatever job they do. That job can be as simple and seemingly serene as dog watching or perhaps it is a fast paced, none stop rocket ride on Wallstreet. Jobs exist…

OOn Building

05/29/20151 Min Read — In Software

Heading1 Just a hypothetical situation: you, yes you, I know talkinng to the reader isn't a blrg thing but, hey think about youself. Heading2 You live in a small area of the country, mauybe a city of…

WWebpack Hot Reload And Rails

05/03/20151 Min Read — In Ruby, JavaScript

Webpack seems to be getting plenty of lip service these days. Doubly so in the React community which means most of Facebook. Since Rails leans so heavily on the asset pipeline, how can we merge ES…

IInfinity Keyboard

04/05/20151 Min Read — In Keyboards

As an avid keyboardist, keyboarder... whatever. I jumped on the very first Inifinity Keyboard offered by Massdrop back in November of 2014. Having built it, played with it and attempted to program…

PProblem Solving In Golang

03/20/20151 Min Read — In Programming

Nope, not actually problem solving because that is in fact boring, something that no one is really interested in and somewhat of a non starter. Doubley so when things haven't been updated much around…

JJavascript For A Week

01/24/20151 Min Read — In JavaScript

JS For A Week For the better part of 5 years I have been writing, hacking and generally focused on the Ruby programming language. This hasn’t stopped me from exploring other languages; however…

22014 Year In

Invalid date7 Min Read — In Review

This seems to be the normal kind of thing these days. Write a year in review, reflect, generate some add dollars, and keep the Internet fixated on your blog long enough to seem somewhat relevant…

NNerd Me A Podcast

11/07/20141 Min Read — In Audio

Yep, that's right! After a ginormous hiatus from podcasting (no one remembers My Untitled Folder regardless of its epic name), I have returned. Take a listen and learn a little bit about the person…

SSlack ZNC and IRC Meet For A Shootoff

11/02/20143 Min Read — In Software

Feel free to raise your hand every time you log into the web interface for Slack (you know, the messaging app everyone is flinging money at , seriously does anyone remember Glitch ?) and are…

PProse.io Tweaks

10/12/20141 Min Read — In Writing

Prose.io is one of the best ways to interact with markdown-style form blog content. It has allowing me to write on the web, commit to GitHub and have cloudbacon run its tests ( yes it is a blog but…

CCompilation Starts With A 'C'

10/07/20143 Min Read — In Software

Yeah, this might be a rather simple statement, mainly because the word Compilation really truly starts with the letter: 'c'. However, the idea also extends to the C language. Anytime a C program is…

GGoodbye Bloated Fellow

08/03/20141 Min Read — In Ruby

Monkey patching has been a common thing in all Ruby libraries over the years. One of the largest of them being Rspec. We all know, and love Rspec, unless of course you are a member of the Rails Core…

PPhotography

06/29/20141 Min Read — In Photography

At one time or another, there was an attempt in my life to be a bit of a photographer. A cool, Canon DSLR sat in my hands from when college finished into the latter years of my 20's. For some reason…

RReturns And Deploying Bower/Rails Things

06/08/20141 Min Read — In Ruby

Recently things have been fairly spartan around here. This isn’t your fault as an avid reader but, more of time spent upping my skills at what can now only be dubbed ‘computer writing’ . Also…

AAppSignal And Cloud66 Deploys

04/14/20141 Min Read — In Software

Peter Berkenbosch wrote an interesting piece on how to notify AppSignal that your code has had a successful deploy from Cloud66 . This is a somewhat understated need by the folks at AppSignal…

TThe Long Troll

02/22/20141 Min Read — In Humor

One off Interent trolling isn't anything new, nor is it something that could be construed as hard. Someone jumps into a conversation, drops a bombshell and walks away. They never have to feel the…

KKeys To Being Awesome

01/06/20141 Min Read — In Betterment

Rarely has there been anything worth a reblrrg around here in quite a while. However, this morning I stumbled across this brilliant article outlining several avenues on "how to be great". If you…

RReading Isn't A Laughing

01/05/20141 Min Read — In Humor

I have often felt bad about the fact that this blrrg highlights the shortcommings of many of its' own readers . Manily that most of them are illiterate. To clarify and clear the air, I believe…

PPencils, Like Panthers

01/02/20142 Min Read — In Writing

Pencils are the panthers of the creative world (that's right, I said it). They silently lay there until something brilliant passes by. They are often overlooked for their ink staining brethren and…

DDreaming In The

12/29/20131 Min Read — In Goal

When you work in ecommerce, especially for a company that focuses on producing great ecommerce experiences, you dream of working with certain clients. Perhaps they offer items that you are…

SStaging Your Personal SS

11/20/20131 Min Read — In Software

So much has happened since August and now. It is so actually incomprehensible that I will leave my readership, what's left of it to only wonder. Perhaps the absence has actually ran all the readers…

WWriting Better Specs

08/06/20131 Min Read — In Ruby

Having had the pleasure to get back into Ruby and subsequently the "Rails Stack", I am now writing a lot more tests. For many people this tends to be a bad thing but, I find it one of the best ways to…

KKnowing Where You Suck

07/14/20131 Min Read — In Interviews

Having just gotten off the "Skype-phone" with a fairly laid-back interviewer, I realized I get jittery in interviews. By jittery, I don't mean I start to sweat profusely and mumble like a beaten…

OOf Startups and Glue

07/11/20132 Min Read — In Startup

If there was just one third party app that I was allowed to install on any computer, it would be, without a doubt: this . It isn't particularly sexy, nor cheap, not even easy to use but, what it does…

TThe Single Most Useful Thing

06/14/20131 Min Read — In People

For anyone who takes the time to follow this blog (and you should) and/or my Twitter feed , you know that I have been "up-in-arms" over this: 'The single most useful thing in bash' Regardless of how…

TTriad Startups Launched

05/21/20131 Min Read — In Startup

For a couple of months… err maybe longer, I have been working, slowly on the launch of Triad Startups . Sir, well I am not entirely sure if he is officially knighted, David Horne and myself have…

MMicrosoft + Education + Phishing =

05/02/20131 Min Read — In Software

Just stumbled over this amazeballs piece of phishing . Although if you want to actually read the article, use this version . It is actually sad how out of touch CS academia is. Please raise your…

CConvention VS Configuration

04/20/20131 Min Read — In Ruby

Convention VS Configuration is a big deal in the Rails Community. So large in fact, some might say it dictates the entirety of the framework . This is a classic example of what the term "Convention…

NNew Notes

03/25/20131 Min Read — In Writing

Ok, so I thought I wrote something about my current paper/digital notes workflow but, damned if I can find it. So let this be it! Anywho, I have been bitten by the FieldNotes bug. These have…

RRails Custom Code

03/07/20131 Min Read — In Ruby

It happens to be Thursday which, unbeknownst to me, is highly speculative . In addition, I received some feedback on "something" this week that made me chuckle. Being a fairly normal developer, the…

GGold

02/27/20131 Min Read — In Link

Pure fucking gold

FFeelings Concerning PHP

02/26/20131 Min Read — In Programming

I can’t even say what’s wrong with PHP, because— okay. Imagine you have uh, a toolbox. A set of tools. Looks okay, standard stuff in there. You pull out a screwdriver, and you see it’s one of those…

EExcel Will Eat Your Heart

02/10/20131 Min Read — In People

In 2012, this should be a surprise to everyone. The sad part? It isn't. Moreover, if you want to appear as as an absolute nutter, call Excel a ... Here is a quote for your book: Excel is to…

MMake it Sexy Productive

02/02/20133 Min Read — In Writing

Before you blow your precious time on this post, feel free to listen to this podcast AND then come back and finish reading. Done? Ok, great. My takeaway was that my "productive" life is filled with…

SShow Yourself Off

01/22/20131 Min Read — In Programming

Getting crazy ideas usually leads people down the road to a lot of fun, yet potentially wasted amounts of time. This is how creativity is formed. And this writer is no different. I happened to be…

TThe Old Guard

01/04/20132 Min Read — In Software

Do you happen to listen to these things called smodcasts ? If you don't, than there is a good chance you missed this episode of the Web Ahead . Andy Clark had a solid rant concerning the Old VS…

TTmux Powerline Pimping

12/28/20121 Min Read — In Mac

Alright folks if you don't use Tmux you are pretty much doing it 100% wrong and you won't get much out of this post. Also, I understand... or " hear " that Screen is wicked awesome-tastic ; however…

IIn The Pipe

12/21/20122 Min Read — In List

That's right bitches! We are done here . 2012 is all but a bunch of history, something that we will remember in the rear view mirror . On a side note, I would hope that some of those plays are due…

BBoredom To Getting Something Done

12/16/20121 Min Read — In Productivity

Posts have been a little sparse lately due to me moving to a new job and needing to learn how to 'do' PHP again. However, there has been a few instances where I have found myself completely bored…

MMDN At Your Finger

11/21/20121 Min Read — In JavaScript

Disclaimer: this tip centers around the use of Alfred but, doesn't require the premium "Power Pack". MDN is...or should be a go-to for anyone doing any level of front-end development. It is an…

PPower To The Cube

11/02/20121 Min Read — In Play

I had the chance to sit down and talk with a fairly awesome individual this morning. This, if you don't know is somewhat of a rarety. However, one of the best parts of the conversation revolved around…

VVimwiki is Everywhere

10/31/20121 Min Read — In Vim

Confused about Vim, wiki's, or Google? You are welcome . Although vimwiki is a wiki implementation within Vim, it passes off a lot of cool things that bleed into markdown based writing. However, it…

PPow Lessons

10/26/20121 Min Read — In Ruby

Many fine Rails Devs lean on Pow to locally "host" their apps in dev mode. Up until a few days ago, I really didn't use Pow very much. However, in a fit of boredom, I decided to see what it could…

MMinnesota Declares Itself Dumb

10/19/20121 Min Read — In Education

Slate , yesterday, posted this wonderful little tidbit concerning Michele Bachmann's 4th favorite state : Minessota. On the upside, Minnesota already has a stellar education program. A wooping 7…

UUbuntu Shitting On Things

10/19/20121 Min Read — In Software

Yesterday I tweeted this image and was thinking along these lines . Windows and the Microsoft brand have come along way in the past couple of years. Shit, they even have a responsive home page…

FFivemat

10/12/20121 Min Read — In Vim

You heard it here folks. I also feel the same as Tim on the " too much " or " too little " testing output.

NNVM without Xcode

10/07/20121 Min Read — In Software

Since you are a kick-ass developer, you own a Macbook Air (most of us do) yet, you are constantly pressed for moah hard drive space. With Xcode being a bit " portly ", "there has got to be a better…

HHand Writing Code

10/07/20121 Min Read — In Software

This should come to no surprise to anyone: I love searching for jobs. When you have been fired as many times as I have from yobs, you learn to enjoy the process that is involved in nailing one down…

MMy Stance on Images

09/23/20121 Min Read — In Writing

They are super hard when concerned, if even for a fraction of a second, on responsiveness Writing that is bereft of them tends to be cleaner to read I am a bit of a fanboi

SSmaht Koaning

09/22/20121 Min Read — In Betterment

To think that this blog went through a steep declined after August is a damn crying shame. Also, I could have been lost but, that is neither here nor there. Also, and perhaps a complete surprise…

TThe Hardest Thing

09/03/20121 Min Read — In Career

If you agree with this post we have a problem. Srsly, like dialing Houston at this-very-moment problem . If saying goodbye to employment with a company that you don't own is the scariest thing…

TThe End

08/31/20121 Min Read — In Writing

For everyone who had an unproductive, bad, uninteresting, boring, or otherwise shitty Friday please click on this link and spend 13 minutes basking in what can only be described as: Pure Fucking…

SSomething Random

08/30/20121 Min Read — In List

This post will be a quick and dirty rundown of what is banging around in my head today. This Post A couple good friends and myself have been working to start up a coworking location where we live…

AA Journal

08/29/20122 Min Read — In Writing

If you aren't quite as addicted to Hacker news as most of us are, this is a reaction to this post . In the past few days, the idea/ topic (HMM...Visual Basic 4, sure brings back memories ) of a…

DDo One Thing Every Day

08/28/20121 Min Read — In Productivity

Pants , if for some reason you don't know what goes in them. Life is surprisingly easy , which happens to be contrary to most of the jowels out there . What is hard is doing shit consistently…

II Could Care Less About

08/27/20121 Min Read — In News

If you don't know what splat means than you are in the wrong place. If you do! Well huzzah (possibly NSFW), keep reading. It happens to be a Monday , and Mondays happen to proceed the epically…

MMentorship

08/26/20121 Min Read — In Career

When it comes to self improvement, or improvement overall , one of the hardest things to do is admit that you might not know something . Most of the time we couldn't even list, in any order, the…

TThe Cheapest Of All

08/25/20121 Min Read — In People

I happened across this article this week and was rather unastonished to hear that we are the cheapest generation ever. Since many of my readers can't actually read here is a quick one-over…

BBelieve in Your Product

08/24/20121 Min Read — In Career

Starting a blog post with a story or a list is automatic link love from the Googs ...I think. A Story I happen to work for a really wonderful company that makes a good amount of its profits from…

TThe Software Behind

08/23/20121 Min Read — In Software

There are a lot of good ones out there at the moment, so without further ado, here is your list ###Incumbents The two that come to mind in this category are Things and OmniFocus . Both have iPhone…

TThinking in Markup

08/22/20121 Min Read — In Software

Yep, so wait. What is Markup ? Well if you happen to follow the links on this blog (and you really are safer if you don't), Wikipedia catagorizes...or lists it into 3 distinct groups: Presentational…

BBreakable Toys

08/21/20121 Min Read — In Software

Not many people know this but, I am a huge fan of this movie and this book . Since this happens to be less of a blog about movies and more on self help and software engineering, lets tackle the…

FFuck The 80/20 Rule

08/20/20121 Min Read — In Productivity

Do you know what all this 80/20 shit is about? If not feel free to go here and be enlightened . Don't get me wrong, the rule works real well when used in the vertical that is business. 80% of…

CCummings And Goingz

08/19/20121 Min Read — In Tech

Genuis ! This post will be a rundown of all of the recent tech-shit that has been dominating the news for the past month. Most of the items that will be listed (I know, most people despise them…

CCucumber 101

08/18/20121 Min Read — In Ruby

I know it is pretty fucking cliched; however, it is hard to go through a Ruby day without some surious testing. That's right, if you don't know what "TATFT" means than you haven't been doing…

DDon't Raise Your

08/17/20121 Min Read — In People

I have been spending the better part of the morning listenin' to Ska. If this directly affects the quality of this post, no one cares . ###The Setup The break out sessions begins at your local hack…

115 Days In

08/16/20121 Min Read — In Writing

Yes-sir-ree-bob (I think that is how it is spelled) is the coveted, and prehaps much unanticipated mid-way-30-day challenge update. Avoiding much hoopla , let's get somewhat started. To say that…

iiCloud VS Dropbox

08/15/20121 Min Read — In Mac

I am well aware that there was a promise made to deliver on a half-way point post about this whole 30 day challenge. However, this isn't it. So quit your bitchin . There have been a few posts lately…

NNote Cards For

08/14/20121 Min Read — In Productivity

Uh, I know, another post on some kind of sudo (see what I did there) productivity ideal. Don't fret too much, you have 15 or so more days left of it. Moreover, you can very well bet your…

GGroping

08/13/20121 Min Read — In People

There comes a time in everyone's lives , hopefully when they are young, that they realize something is wrong . We all go through it no matter who you are. Young , old , wealthy or dirt poor…

LLeader Is My Power Animal

08/12/20121 Min Read — In Vim

TWO posts in one day!!! Anyway, not really. No need to get your hopes up so high you shit yourself. Nah, this is just a quick blurb about some cool things you can do with the leader key . Run some…

CChaos Development

08/12/20121 Min Read — In Writing

When you start a project of any kind do you start by typing something into a terminal or do you begin on a piece of paper ? Many developers probably start by typing some stuff out but rarely…

BBeing Healthy And A Programmer

08/11/20121 Min Read — In Health

OH yes sir(and/or/maybe mam), it is completely doable. Since the dawn of the programmer , we have been portrayed as fairly portly dweebs who exist in a chronic sitting position . While this has…

CCurrent Workflows

08/10/20122 Min Read — In Productivity

OK, rule number one (don't use " of thumb "), avoid trying to jump people away from the meat-and-potatoes of a blog post before they even start reading. AKA the link in the summary field, did you…

DDelivering Happiness

08/09/20121 Min Read — In Software

Yeah, why the fuck not ? How have we gotten to the point where we simply accept shitty software (although I hear number 10 is way good )? Do you get all giddy when you sit down in the morning and…

DDistrust The Magic

08/08/20121 Min Read — In Programming

If you spend enough time working with computers there is a good chance you might stumble onto some magic . This doesn't mean that you might randomly see unicorns while tracking down your next porn…

LLeave MacVim To The Noobz

08/07/20121 Min Read — In Vim

If it wasn't painfully obvious from my tweeting , I spent the better half of the first weekend of August, at a Ruby conference . The one topic that I was fairly positive would creep up , yet…

33 Things

08/06/20121 Min Read — In List

Due to the abnormal size of my cranial hair follicals , it has been deemed illegal to wear items on my head in the great state of North Carolina . Lots of folks also have a problem with "where…

330 Minute Tarcks

08/05/20121 Min Read — In Ruby

If you happen to be an uneducated peep who doesn't quite grok the idea of the "tarck" ...well, then I can't help you. However, for the remainder of this post tarck won't be used in terms of bikez…

HHow To Think Like A Vimer

08/04/20121 Min Read — In Vim

SO this post isn't going to help all of you Textmate, Textmate2, SublimeText, emacs, or nano nerds out there. Nope, it is just for the good ole folks who have their shit together and use the wonder…

CCocks At A Conference

08/03/20121 Min Read — In People

I admit it, I am kind of bad at this whole conference scene thing. I love meeting people but most of the time they force themselves into talking points instead of bringing things up naturaly. Of…

330 Day Blogging Challenge

Invalid date1 Min Read — In Writing

THROWDOWN! What the fuck am I thinking with all of this? Anyway some of the readers might have seen a influx of posts in their feed with this blog over the past couple of days. What is happening is…

OOne Of The Best Ruby Primers

08/01/20121 Min Read — In Ruby

Wait you, the reader, weren't aware I loved the little elegant and quirky language that is Ruby ? Well anyway, I am currently reading a book about design paterns in Ruby. It is sort-of old…

SSlobbering MakeUp on a Pig

07/31/20121 Min Read — In Mediocre

Story : My wife and I were cooking dinner one night (actually I had returned from the gym and was generally being a nuisance) and a friend asked to use the frying pan to cook his steak after we had…

CColours Matter

07/05/20121 Min Read — In Software

So what did everyone do yesterday (4th of July) instead of blow shit up and drink too much beer? Unfortunatly an hour of work turned into three wrestling with Tmux , specifically the way information…

VVim Can Suck

07/03/20122 Min Read — In Vim

OS X is generally a wonderful operating system. Sure there are plenty of neckbeards out there that would love to punch me in the balls for the comment. On the opposite side of life, most designers…

GGive Em The Finger

06/15/20121 Min Read — In Humor

A few weeks ago something so terrible, so...unbelievably...terrible happened to my beloved Ifone: It fell . Specifically, it fell out of my ridiculous brace and onto pavement. Upon inspection, I…

SSomething In The Air Stinks

06/08/20121 Min Read — In Friday

And we have reached another proverbial Friday, although mark my words, I am not counting. I think. First of all, there needs to be a good amount of explanation concerning the fascination with these…

WWWJD

06/02/20121 Min Read — In People

Below is a conversation with what I can only guess is a young man over a current classified item I have up for sale on the Craigslists. His original response to the posting: Hello! let's do like…

AAmercia vs Cantada

06/01/20121 Min Read — In Politics

Well that is a damn good question actually. If you happen to have been under a rock all week, Mr. Romney released an iPhone app where you could take a picture of your cat , truck or wife and…

SSoftware Development and Knowledge

05/08/20121 Min Read — In Software

Software is not a product, it's a medium for storing knowledge. Therefore, software development is not a product producing activity, it is a knowledge acquiring activity. Knowledge is just the other…

CConstructive Critisism Goes a Long Way

04/12/20121 Min Read — In People

Yay, I found this blog again...ok well actually, I have been on a writing hiatus and have recently come only to yell at the Philladelphians. Yes, you guessed it, those "crasser than myself" general…

BBe Merry, Track Your Time

02/08/20123 Min Read — In Betterment

Although somewhat of an anal sport, time tracking and time tracking software is often times taken for granted by most folks. Even freelancers, the people who live and die by their output, all judged…

IInherit The World

02/05/20121 Min Read — In Education

At times of change, the learners are the ones who inherit the world, while the knowers will be beautifully prepared for a world which no longer exists. Allistair Smith

RRolling SOPA Blackouts

01/18/20121 Min Read — In Politics

As you, the informed Internet user may know, today, the 18th of January, is officially: "Blackout from SOPA day". Sites like Reddit , Wikipedia , and Boing Boing will take the day off, and…

SSummary of Potential Readers

01/17/20121 Min Read — In People

I recently wrote a fascinating post on the probability of people's reading skills. With any social inibility comes a good entrepreneur looking to capitalize. Enter some some 16 year old and a…

FFlinch For Your Life

01/05/20121 Min Read — In People

How many times during the day do you think that you flinch? Well, lets change that around a bit. How man times a day do you put yourself into a situation where you might flinch? We, as the inhabitants…

GGet Rid Of Command T

12/28/20112 Min Read — In Vim

Hardcore text editors always seem to make a concerted effort to actually ease the opening of different files. Perhaps the most elegant solution was implemented by Textmate by hitting Command-T. A…

AAngry NYC Ruby Devs

12/28/20111 Min Read — In Ruby

The interesting blog: Betabeat highlighted a wonderful cockup by Art.sy 's main programming squeeze, Daniel Doubrovkine . In short, he began a thread on the NYC-rb mailing list and like any…

PPeople Can't Read

12/19/20111 Min Read — In People

If you happened to stumble across Cloudbacon this morning, you have witnessed a slight change to the sidebar. Before, it simply read "CB" (CloudBacon for the peeps who had yet to figure it out) and a…

MMake Never A Date To Stop Learning

11/28/20111 Min Read — In Education

The programmer who refuses to keep exploring will surely stagnate, forget his joy, lose the will to program (and become a manager) It appears to be specifically pointing its finger at the programming…

OOn Steve Jobs Bio

11/14/20111 Min Read — In People

This week on Hypercritical (a web show hosted by Jon Siracusa and aired on the 5by5 podcasting network ), Jon talks at length about the "shodd-i-ness" behind Steve's new biography . The real…

GGit Powered Blog Drafts

11/10/20111 Min Read — In Writing

Ok, I don't personally care how you build/host/hump your blog, although in general, it is probably, wait...for it wrong . Now that we got that out of the way, here is a nifty idea to think about: Use…

TThoughts On Reason

11/07/20111 Min Read — In People

Most people with any type of BS or BA degree from a mid sized liberal arts college, adore banging their own logic drum in some form or another. Often considered logic's dipolar brother: emotions are…

SSysAdmins On The Rise?

10/16/20111 Min Read — In Career

A great article about the iminent decline of the sysadmin. It is exactly why I believe all current sysadmins should drop their certifiably mad rush towards certifications and learn a programming…

OOn Demanding Free Awesome-Software

10/04/20112 Min Read — In Software

If...perhaps you had been sitting under a chair hiding from your coffin-death-sled this week (Oct 3), the peeps behind the wonderful app Growl released their new itteration on the Mac App Store…

UUnreasonable People Win

09/09/20111 Min Read — In People

"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people." Thanks go out to George…

AAn American in 2011

09/06/20111 Min Read — In Politics

Please refrain from thinking of this post as some kind of jab or 'attack' on America. This is quite simply a collection of attitudes, ideas, and values that many of my fellow Americans hold too close…

OOmega Lion Time Saver

09/04/20111 Min Read — In Apple

There doesn't seem to be too many time-saving commands you can initiate with the mouse these days; however, this one trick goes way beyond priceless.

QQuicksilver Still Can't Make The Cut

08/23/20113 Min Read — In Apple

It's true, I have never really been much of a fan of the ancient productivity guru known as "Quicksilver". It was adopted by all my Mac loving brethren and even, after several ad-hoc presentations, I…

SSeagate Hybrid Drive Solution

08/07/20111 Min Read — In Tech

In this past post I mentioned using a "hybrid hard drive" for secondary storage. In this case, the hybrid part means that there is a very small, 4 gigs to be exact, amount of space set aside for…

MMac App Store and Bootable Images

08/03/20111 Min Read — In Apple

Anyone worth their Mac loving salt knows how hardware agnostic the OS is. Need to send your main computer in for repair because of a faulty batch of harddrives but, want to avoid being out a machine…

LLaptop Super Juice

08/02/20112 Min Read — In Apple

Like the rest of the intelligent world, I run all of my development life on a Mac laptop. The Unix underneath is exactly what the doctor ordered. However, my February 2009 17inch Macbook Pro is…

TThree Finger Swipe In Lion

07/22/20111 Min Read — In Apple

If you haven't heard, there was quite a major update to some random OS this week. With every update, and one done through digital means, there is bound to be a few "hickups" here-and-there. One of…

OOfficial Anti-Powerpoint Party

07/19/20111 Min Read — In Politics

We all know and hate looking at our calendars and seeing a huge block of time dedicated to a meeting where you KNOW there will be a Powerpoint presentation involved. The meeting starts and voila! You…

SSyntax Highlighters in Nanoc

07/07/20111 Min Read — In Ruby

Code highlighting with say, Wordpress is an absolute breeze. All that is required is finding the plugin that suits your fancy. This isn't quite as easy when using a solution like nanoc or any…

OOn Being Opinionated

06/18/20111 Min Read — In People

Winning eh (look at the tags at the bottom)? Remember the saying? The one that everyone who who has ever dubbed themselves "nice" use when they feel uncomfortable in conversations? Yeah it goes…

EEpic Twitter Conversation

06/09/20111 Min Read — In Social

Twitter is always a good time(fact = NonDisputableItem.new). If you have ever thought, just for a moment, that all you will hear is about people's bowel movements, you have emotional issues. Take this…

MMacBook Air and Five Apps

05/28/20112 Min Read — In Apple

Patrick Rhone has a wonderful podcast and website known as Minimal Mac . When he interviews guests he asks, what he likes to call the "MacBook Air question." The gist of the question breaks down to…

MMalware Inside my Apple

05/19/20111 Min Read — In Apple

Feel free to take a gander at this Cnet article before continuing... Yes, it appears that Apple desktops, not iPads and iPhones have become so ubiquitous that they are now the target of porn…

CCheap People = Craptacular

05/18/20111 Min Read — In People

Being a proponent of expensive, yet long lasting items is often tough in a world where everything is built to be disposable. Rarely ever do you get to be apart of a conversation that focuses around…

IIt Skillz Test

05/17/20111 Min Read — In Tech

The "information technology" field (it's encapsulated in quotes due to the insane amount of "broadness" that the phrase IT embodies) is a constantly changing, challenging, and often times exhausting…

GGoogle Shakes It Up With Chromebooks

05/15/20113 Min Read — In Social

It's true, I have been known to put a lot of faith into the humungoid churning Internet-driver that is "Google." Gmail is by far the best email app out there, Google Docs, amazing and even little…

TThursday Borefest

05/12/20111 Min Read — In Social

USA Today ...today brought forth a story of well, borific preportions. The wonderful and apparently always sane PR team at Facebook thought that it would be smart to pitch anti-Google stories to…

FFavorite Why The Lucky Stiff Quote

05/10/20111 Min Read — In Ruby

"when you don't create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. your tastes only narrow & exclude people. so create." --Why The Lucky Stiff

WWhy Environment Matters

05/09/20111 Min Read — In Apple

I have a friend, and bless his heart, he loves to hold over my head, my once intolerant mood towards OS X. It's true, Tiger (again in my mind) was horrible, PPC's were incredibly expensive, and most…

RRuby Job of The Week

05/04/20111 Min Read — In Work

Ruby, Rails, and "micro-builders" like Sinatra are seeing a boon these days in the engineering world. Just a few days ago (er last night I guess) we had a going away party for a prominent Rails dev in…

SSomething New and An App

04/26/20111 Min Read — In Writing

Ok, so to be fair there hasn't been all that much going on around here lately. There was some obscure update about moving things away from a database type system on to flat files yet, no further…

AA Triumphant Return to Cloudbacon

04/18/20111 Min Read — In Writing

And we are BACK!. That's right, I haven't really been gone, vacationing, or really anything else more glamorous than sitting around on my duff. However, what is really changed...again...is the blog…

CColor Me Castrated

04/05/20112 Min Read — In Software

You probably have never heard of it but, Color is a new photo sharing app for the iPhone. Although it might be fairly unknown, this app has already garnished a healthy 41 million dollars in venture…

GGriddled Cheese

04/04/20111 Min Read — In Programming

A clean and simple way to help align your layouts? 100% worth checking out because it kicks ass. Griddle.it

PProductivity High

03/30/20111 Min Read — In Audio

Merlin Mann is an absolute fucking force to be reckoned with. Not only is he, in my mind, one of the single most smart-assery people in the field of productivity, he is a genius with his humor . He…

MMakeshift Desk In Any Chair

03/26/20111 Min Read — In Work

The boys (I am guessing from the tone of their podcasting voice ) behind the Minimal Mac blog shared a sexy little tool for converting a simple chair into a desk. In a shared living environment, a…

SSSH Like a Linux Pro You Dawg

03/26/20111 Min Read — In Mac

Neck beards rejoice! No longer must you feel trapped to use $cat commands to awkwardly get your SSH key from your Mac to your Linux server...with its' ridiculous up-time. Since this network admin…

WWrite Something Awesome

03/25/20111 Min Read — In Writing

Having always been a bit of a shitty writer, one often times looks for ways to better their situation. However, not me. I remember distinctively taking an agency (marketing, social to be specific) job…

LLive With Kick Ass People

03/22/20111 Min Read — In People

Surrounding yourself with cool people should be an integral part of your work and personal life. Your's truly happens to be married and still lives with people. Community kicks ass and these guys in…

22011 MacBooks Can't Take It

03/21/20111 Min Read — In Mac

Yes, I know it is a Sunday night and there are much "cooler" things going on like @Marco's #dickbar post. Or perhaps the shit going down between AT$T and T-Mobile ? So why focus on something as…

FFixing MYSQL in Homebrew

03/20/20113 Min Read — In Programming

EDIT : Sometimes this doesn't happen. It seems to be a random occurrence on a random smattering of systems. If you are even thinking about a career or just having some fun with software development, I…

PProfessionalism At Its

03/18/20111 Min Read — In Career

... worst best. Well nursing a food comma from lunch this afternoon, I stumbled onto this post about "professionalism" from the editor / owner of The Next Web . The epidemic issue underlying the…

DDuck Stepping Around Privacy in My Underwear

03/15/20112 Min Read — In Social

In this single case, please feel free to think of me walking around this issue while only wearing a hot pink thong...and there goes my two readers. Any-who, the idea of privacy is a HUGE issue…

WWhy Is Twitter Scared Again? Oh Right

03/15/20111 Min Read — In Social

Late last week, Ryan Sarver (head of API and platform at Twitter) came out and announced that they would like it a lot if developers would focus more on stats and less on clients . Many people don…

TTable Tennis Creativity

03/14/20111 Min Read — In Career

Creativity is fairly hard to come by when you are surrounded by brown, faux-wood walls and everyone simply slaves away in their respected rooms. Company culture is a key factor when it comes to…

OOn Starting New

03/10/20111 Min Read — In Writing

Many people have asked me, well...not really asked inasmuch as wondered why I would simply jump publishing platforms and start 100% new. Well to you good sir and doubtfully, mam, this guy has really…

MMemories...Social Ones I Guess

03/08/20111 Min Read — In Social

Social media managers are by far the lamest, most influential, sweatiest, noobs in the work force. Don't get me wrong, I was one and this very post is an interesting bit of reminiscing on my part…

SShit Is Moving

03/08/20111 Min Read — In Writing

Yeah everyone, this isn't Posterous . Although I am deeply in love with that amazing little blogging platform, I will no longer be using it for my main blog. That means Cloudbacon is on the move to…

SSXSW 2011 Intro

03/08/20111 Min Read — In Social

SXSW is right around the corner and anyone who has ever been before knows that they spend an inordinate amount of time getting ready. Probably a considerable amount of time more, than let's say…