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October 11, 2015


October Movies

October is a great season for movies. Here is a list of great Halloween-themed films. They all have scenes that take place in or around the Halloween season, or at Halloween parties, or are generally good for watching at a Halloween party.

Who can forget the classic trick or treat scene in ET, or the Halloween party in Karate Kid, where Daniel is dressed as a shower curtain.


October 10, 2015


Web Design: Comparing Text Editors

If you're interested in learning to code for the web, there are some excellent editors available now. I'm going to talk about four of them: Notepad++, Sublime Text, Atom, and Brackets. The latter two I only recently discovered.

All you need to build a website is a simple text editor, such as the one bundled with your computer's operating system. Notepad on Windows, TextEdit on Mac, or gEdit for Linux will do just fine. If you're serious about coding you should consider trying a more advanced text editor that helps make coding more intuitive. A good text editor is worth it's code in gold. (But note, the four options I describe below are either free, or low cost).

Clockwise from top left: Notepad++, Sublime Text, Atom, Brackets.

Text Editors vs WYSIWYG Editors vs IDEs

Before I get into text editors I'd like to point out that in the world of web authoring there are primarily three kinds of tools often used: Text editors, WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors, and IDEs (Integrated Development Environments). IDEs manage the whole process of web site management from editing the code, to managing the files locally, to uploading to a web server.


October 1, 2015


Movies to get excited about - Fall 2015 and beyond!

There are a lot of exciting movies to look forward to!  In fact, tomorrow one of the movies I'm the most excited about comes out – The Martian.  I read, and loved, the book!  Everyone is surprised when I say how much I enjoyed how funny it was; I guess because the movie's trailer shows off how serious the story is, which it is, but it's the humor of the main character Mark Watney that is the soul of the book.  Watney is one of the most genuinely funny characters ever imagined in my opinion, and I get the feeling that a lot of author Andy Weir's personality was channeled into his creation. 

Here is a list, with some notes, for the rest of the films I'm excited to see this year:


September 28, 2015


Who will be the next console champion

About 9 years ago I wrote a blog post predicting why the Nintendo Wii would win the war of the 7th generation of video game consoles. And it kinda did, at least in terms of hardware by selling a tremendous amount of units, over 100 million (by comparison the Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 each sold around 84 million, which was not too shabby).

This was great but in itself is not really winning, because the real money comes from licensing the software that runs on the platform. Where the Wii excelled was in it's innovative controls, specifically thanks to the Wii remote and nun-chuck. The wii remote opened all sorts of exciting new interactive opportunities. Problem was, the only games you really needed to make the most of the Wii experience were the ones that came bundled with the product. Development from third party game creators never really materialized for the Wii due to the systems limitations. The Wii hardware was a success, but revenues for games licenses would never match that of Microsoft or Sony.

Now that we're a couple years into the 8th generation of consoles, the Wii's successor, the Wii U has only sold a tenth of the original Wii's numbers, which is sad because the Wii U is a fantastic machine. The Wii U's controller contains a second screen making the experience of using it more like the two screen experience of using Nintendo's very popular DS portable gaming device. However, Microsoft has already caught up to Nintendo, and Sony has more than doubled Nintendo in units sold.

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September 27, 2015


Here's a fun web update

One of the things I've been busy with is a new personal portfolio website - Dream With Pixels.  It's kind of a place to showcase a little of my work - mostly fun projects I have done with friends and web work I've done for Habitat. 

One cool example is this map I made of uptown Charlotte:

And another is this map I made of Purcell Park:



Wow, it's been a while!!

It's been a really long time since I've done any serious blogging here.  So much to talk about.  Too much to talk about.  I've just been a little busy, is all ... hoping to change that and keep this blog up to date. 

Anyway, I will say I am looking forward to lots of movies coming up!  First on the list: The Martian!  (The book was SO GOOD!)

And after that, we have the new James Bond, the list Hunger Games, Star Wars Episode 7, just to name a few.  It's going to be a great Fall for movies!

Also of interesting note:  Today I experimented with Virtual Reality (VR) for the first time ever trying out the free Google Cardboard app.  It's totally awesome!!!  Walked around Paris a little quickly getting lost, checked out some museums, and stood on Mars.  All without walking into a wall in my apartment. 

December 2, 2014


Daily Reflection: 12/2/2014

Daily reflection: hot coffee is delicious, iced coffee is delicious; Luke warm coffee is plain gross!


Just like my dad :)

This classic Peanuts comic makes me think of my dad, who used to work as a barber ...  

October 27, 2013


Poem of the day...

What lies beyond

this land was here long before
and will be here long after
we ever explored it's rolling hills and mountains
before we crossed its vast glowing deserts and dark tumultuous seas
time has passed, and we have laughed together
the majesty of of the world, a twinkling in our eyes

together our lives are connected
with everything and everyone
just as we owe our existence to the land
and our land to the earth
and our earth to the sun
and our sun to the galaxy
and our galaxy to the universe
and our universe to what lies beyond …


Wow, it been a while since I blogged ...

I have done some serious neglecting of this blog :( I will try to fix that from now on. It's been a busy period of change in my life, with job changes, school, etc. it's hard to believe it's already Fall, October no less ... one of my favorite months with Halloween, scary movies and shows, baseball, cooler weather, changing colors of leaves ...

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