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Her  14 January 2014

Deana and I went to see “Her” tonight and I can’t say enough good things about it. I whole heartedly agree with Craig Mazin:

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Libertarian Paradise  29 December 2013

Every year I look forward to the release of the Year’s Best SF anthologies by David G. Hartwell. I don’t read a ton of science fiction but between reading those and listening to Escape Pod I feel like I’m exposed to a lot of the best stuff.

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Identity Theft or How I learned to spell “bureau”  18 December 2013

Sometime back in May, someone in Ohio opened up a PayPal MasterCard in my name. I didn’t figure this out until August when I started getting calls from a debt collectors which, ironically, I ignored because they sounded like identity thieves. After getting several of these calls I eventually called PayPal directly and determined they were genuine debt collectors, and someone else had my SSN and birth date.

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Looking Back  23 October 2013

Almost a year after leaving New York, Deana and I finally finished our video about our time there.

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VSCOcam is neat  12 September 2013

I’ve been playing around with VSCOcam for the last week or so and, with a brand new blog, it seemed like a good time to post a review.

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Hello Jekyll  31 August 2013

It’s been over four years since I’ve made any major change to my website. The last time was when I’d upgraded from Drupal 5 to 6. I built a custom theme using the—then state of the art—960 Grid System and some CSS to give the typography some nice vertical rhythm. I’d considered trying to upgrade to Drupal 7 a few times but just couldn’t muster the energy. I’ve been doing less and less with Drupal over the last two years so switching to something that’s not reliant on a database was appealing.

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Problem's with Nate Silver's book The Signal and the Noise  11 August 2013

I was bothered by this passage about the Bluefire supercomputer in chapter 4:

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Working at Recurly is awesome  07 May 2013

To celebrate an internal product launch, we took a half-day off and drove up to Tiburon for a long lunch and then rode the ferry back to the city. An awesome day with great people.

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Deana's got a blog  10 April 2013

While I knew that Deana had started a blog about being a mom in Berkeley that she’s been working on for a while but—until she asked me to check that video was showing up on it today—I didn’t realize how much she’d been working on it. But now that I know she mentions me on there I added it to my feed reader so I can keep up-to-date.

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RMO does Double Bunny  25 January 2013

Last year when the Rude Mechanical Orchestra was recording our second album, Too Big To Fail, I shot some video. I finally got it all edited with the recording from the album. If you like it you can listen to or download the full album on the band’s website.

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Rafting on the Hackensack River  12 January 2013

Finished another video a couple weeks back and forgot to post it here. I’ve been trying to go through a lot of the footage I shot while I was in NYC and turn it into projects. I’ve got a few more in the queue that I hope to get out over the next month. I hope you like it.

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Got married, moved west  12 January 2013

Posting that last video made me realize I’ve been really bad about keeping up on this whole blog thing. I hadn’t said anything about getting married to Deana back in August, or packing up and leaving New York, the month we spent in Reno while I found a job and apartment here in Berkeley. Well, that all happened and at some point it’ll end up in a video.

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As a developer I belive  13 November 2012

I’ve been doing some work on my resume and my summary kept starting to sound like a manifesto. I decided it was better to just simplify the resume and turn this into a blog post.

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I made a video  11 November 2012

I finally finished this video about our honeymoon in California. I’m really happy with how it turned out, it’s definitely the best thing I’ve shot and edited to date.

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Better New Relic reporting on sites with Panels  24 October 2012

My last week at DoSomething I spent some time working on getting better metrics on which panel pages are slow. One half of that was to use New Relic’s PHP API to provide better transaction names that included the node type and panel name:

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Report a deployment to New Relic (in python)  18 September 2012

I wanted to be able to have a fabric script report a code deployment to New Relic and eventually after brushing up on my python worked this snippet out:

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Publishing pecl channels to GitHub  16 August 2012

This is the process I used to publish a pecl channel for phpredis to GitHub pages. You can read the full background on the issue.

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Drupal on Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8)  26 July 2012

The instructions still need some work. I’d did some updating but haven’t tried using it with a clean install yet. After reading this it sounds like there’s some bigger changes. I’ve also been trying to switch from macports to homebrew so that’ll also mean some changes to this.

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New time lapse video  08 June 2012

Dan and I shot this last summer but it took a while to get it finished up. The next one is going to be even better.

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Drupal on Lion (OS X 10.7)  15 February 2012

I was half way done adding some info how to setup pecl/pear to my guide to running Drupal 6 on OS X 10.6 before I realized I’d been running Lion for almost nine months. So it seemed like a good excuse to update it for Lion. These might be a little wonky since I did an upgrade rather than a clean install so if you notice anything please drop me a line.

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