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…

On Deactivating My Facebook Account

Facebook recently held their annual “F8″ conference, aimed at unveiling some new features they’ve been working on. Most of the initial coverage has focused on their new “Timeline” feature. Truth be told, I think it’s beautifully designed; they outdid themselves on creating a great user experience for their intended goals. However, even with this addition, […]

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?

Using the myGengo Translation API with Python

Many engineers and services are hit particularly hard by the deprecation of the Translation API that Google has so generously offered up to this point, and desire a solid alternative. While there are other machine translation APIs out there, I wanted to take a moment to show more developers how integrating with the myGengo Translation API can get them the best of both worlds.

More Power to ExpressionEngine URLs

When playing “contract engineer”, you sometimes have to jump in and work with a less than ideal codebase. This was the case on a recent project I helped out on; the codebase is PHP-based (ExpressionEngine/CodeIgniter), and overall not my normal cup of tea. That said, we can make it work for us…