The Sweet Spot
On software development, engineering leadership, machine learning and all things shiny.
2012
April
Backup, backup, backup

Well, the inevitable happened: I finally experienced a hard drive failure. It’s pretty incredible that in the twenty-odd years I’ve been around computers I’ve never had the horror of losing a drive.

HAML object references

Did you guys know that you can use the ‘[ ]’ brackets in HAML to automatically set the id and class on a tag, kind of like Rails’ tag helper?

March
RSpec order-agnostic array matching

What’s that? You want to write an expectation for an array but your method returns the Array in a nondeterministic ordering?

January
Ohm gotchas

Here’s a list of things that have been annoying, or at least a bit frustrating using Ohm, the Redis ORM, in a Rails app. Beware to those who assume Ohm is ActiveRecord in new clothes. It is, but it’s not:

2011
November
Now at Blurb

I should have mentioned this long ago, but I started work at Blurb in early August. It’s been a quick ramp-up and I’m loving it there, surrounded by smart engineers and great designers. I do Rails/JS work there, and I’m building a lot of chops around Agile/TDD methodologies.

October
mmtss, a collaborative loop station

mmtss is a loop station built for live performances.

August
Introducing Boink, a photobooth for the rest of us.

My friends were complaining that wedding photobooths were too expensive to rent. Could we make one for them?

July
Chat App - Frontend Prototype

June
BRUTE LABS UX project: StudentsConnect

I’m on a team with BRUTE LABS, a volunteer-led design agency working on StudentsConnect, a prototype project making chatroulette-style interactions connecting students from the global North and South. Here’s a UX flow we worked on:

Code For Oakland Barcamp

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March
UN Declaration of Human Rights (Visualization)

Slavery Today (Infographic)

February
Save our souls - a Twitter art installation

Here’s how the installation looked on the day of the art show.

Arduino and python-firmata

I just spent five hours trying to figure out why  none of the Firmata libraries for Python were working over my serial connection. I was wondering why the previous program remained on the board and none of the signals sent were hot.

Currently: frustrated

So I got the poster printed, and the LEDs currently show through the board pretty well. This is good:

Update

A quick update on the art project:

The making of SOS: Intro

January
Using 37signals shorthand for UX flows

http://37signals.com/svn/posts/1926-a-shorthand-for-designing-ui-flows

AppStoreConnect UX

2010
December
Aristo, the shiniest jQuery UI theme of them all.

Let’s face it: jQuery UI skins suck. They’re flat, they’re boring, they don’t pop.