Spring Cleaning 2016

If you browse the Projects or About pages on this domain, you’ll likely notice they’re a bit out of date. It’s on my to-do list for this year to update this a bit so it reflects a more modern era.

RedNoise, a Django-centric WhiteNoise addon

I’ve developed with Django for a number of years – out of all the frameworks I’ve ever used, it strikes the best balance between “let me get stuff done” and “don’t try to provide me too much, get out of my way when I say so”. I was ecstatic when WhiteNoise was released, as it solved a very annoying part of the development process with Django – static files. Over time I found myself wanting a few things that it lacked – django-rednoise, a module I released, provides them.

Recording Live Audio Streams on iOS

Some people might consider this strange, but I’m still a fan of radio. It’s not my 24/7 music source, but I find myself getting annoyed with algorithms trying to predict music that I’d like and ultimately failing. In addition to music, you’ve got news and sports radio – getting a large mix is fun. These […]

We are the New Blue Collar

Over the past year, there’s been an explosion of interest in terms of teaching children how to program in schools. This is a great movement; the world is becoming more digital by the day, and as we automate away jobs with technology we certainly need more people to help maintain that automation. While it’s not a 1:1 replacement for the jobs that get lost in the process, it’s an industry that’s not going anywhere…

Where is Ryan now? (tl;dr: Quit myGengo)

Six months is quite a bit of time to leave a personal writing depot without updates, but when your life turns somewhat upside down you end up neglecting things you never really expected to. In the past few months, I’ve been asked “what are you doing now?” more times than I can count. So it’s publicly noted (and so I stop getting emails…) I quit myGengo in February of 2012. They’re mostly good people, and if you think you’re a good fit you should go look at joining them or using their services. Now, as for what’s next…

Using Javascript to control the Nintendo Wii

The Nintendo Wii was released around the end of 2006. That’s a solid four years now; an amazing amount of time in the lifespan of a technological device these days. Often overlooked is the fact that the Wii has a web browser, which is in fact a build of Opera, offering support for canvas, CSS3, and more advanced aspects of HTML5. This should be incredible; why does nobody develop more for it?