Robots! Robots! Robots! May 14, 2015 I’ve been getting into robots lately. For a long time I was searching for the perfect robot kit to use with my Arduino. Then I decided I’d rather use my Raspberry Pi to control my robots so I could use better programming languages like Clojure, Elixir, Scala, Ruby, etc. So I was looking around for the perfect Raspberry Pi robot kit. For Christmas, my parents gave me the OWI Robotic Arm Edge. ...
Sticky Footers with UITableView Feb 16, 2015 The Problem Last week, I had to implement sticky footers in a table view. Sticky footers are where the footer comes at the end of all the table contents, but if the contents are such that the scrollable content height of the table view is less than the height of the view, the footer will still appear at the bottom of the view. A non-sticky footer A sticky footer I searched for a solution to this, but all I found were solutions where the footer was always at the bottom of the view. ...
Back to Wordpress Feb 14, 2015 You’ve probably noticed that my blog has changed again. I’ve moved back to Wordpress from Octopress. I could never find a plugin for Octopress that did image captions right. I spent way too much time on it and just decided to use something that just worked. I looked at a lot of static blogging engines and they all had their issues. With Wordpress, I have to use the web based editor, but it works and their is a lot of plugins and support behind it. ...
App: The Human Story - My Prize Jan 18, 2015 A while back I wrote a blog post and entered it in a contest for App: The Human Story. I came in second, and for that I was awarded a custom app token from Matic. It finally came last week and here it is: My app token Now, I finally have a sign for my office.
App: The Human Story - My Story Jul 09, 2014 There is a Kickstarter project that was started recently for a film titled App: The Human Story. It “is the story of the cultural phenomenon that touches all our lives.” It is about the people who make apps. Many of them are people I follow on blogs, and listen to on podcasts, and look up to. I simply had to back the project, and I did. The producers of the film, on their blog, have asked that others involved in apps write about their own stories. ...
A New Start Jun 27, 2014 If you haven’t noticed, my weblog has a new design and new content. I have switched from WordPress to Octopress and have used a new theme. So far, I like it. It’s nice to be able to use Markdown instead of some slow web tool to write my posts. My old blog was mostly political commentary and I’ve decided to remove that. Some of my most popular posts were the posts about my sabbatical that I took in the summer of 2002. ...
The Sabbatical is Over Sep 08, 2002 Today is officially the last day of my sabbatical. Friday was my birthday and Monday is the day to begin anew. I had hoped that my sabbatical would bring spectacular changes to my world, but it did not. However I still think it was a good thing. It gave me a lot of time to reflect on what I want to do with my life and it helped me come to peace with how things are. ...
Texas Tour - Lubbock Again Aug 14, 2002 Wednesday, August 14th, 2002 Wednesday morning I got back in the Jeep and started my trip home. My plan was to stay the night in Lubbock, then Albuquerque for a day with my folks and then back home. I got to Lubbock in the afternoon, but Patricia and Robert weren’t there. Instead, I was greeted by their 16 year old daughter, Christine. On my previous visit, Christine had been in Vietnam, where she had been for the last 6 weeks. ...
Texas Tour - JFK Aug 13, 2002 Sunday, August 11th, 2002 Sunday morning, I decided to go downtown and check out the JFK museum. John F. Kennedy was assasinated in Dallas on November 3rd, 1963. I wasn’t alive then, but I can imagine and I believe that it was a day that affected America even more than September 11th. Here was a president that many people admired and looked up to. Shortly after he was assasinated the decade of the 60’s went into full swing and changed America forever. ...
Texas Tour - Arlington Aug 13, 2002 Wednesday, August 13th, 2002 I met my friend Marc at his house and we headed off to the game. This game is kind of a milestone in my quest to visit every major league ball park. It will be my 20th team. Just ten more to go (barring expansion or contraction). The Ballpark at Arlington The Ranger’s stadium has the rather ordinary name of The Ballpark At Arlington. Arlington is a town just outside of Dallas/Ft. ...