Base Projects

One of the biggest hurdles I face when starting a new project is the setup work of the project. It's the work that isn't related to the task you are trying to accomplish. When you start a new project, you have to create the project, worry about the directory structure…

Getting started with Compass Spriting

One of the things that I struggle with on a new project or optimizing an older project is getting Compass spriting setup. I never remember the right syntax to use, or the proper functions to get everything setup and functioning. I typically try to go to the Compass Docs, but…

The lure of the shiny new blog

Like any software technologist that blogs, I toy with the idea of migrating to the latest and greatest software as it comes out. I sometimes toy with the idea longer than the lure of the "shiny" new software lasts. For instance when we switched to using Octopress for my companies…

gem install: Unable to download data

I've had some problems recently with trying to install gems with a brew installed version of ruby 2.0.0. I'm not sure that this limited to Brew installs of Ruby though. I keep getting an error message stating Unable to download data from https://rubygems.org. After a little…

Ordered an Arduino Starter Kit

One of my coworkers is putting together a Node Bots Day here in Austin on July 27th. She's really passionate about it, and I want to see her succeed doing it. It's a lot of hard work to get something like this off the ground and arrange sponsors, etc. Weekly…

My new Nike Fuelband

I've been working to get in to better shape for the past few months. Some of you may have noticed, but other who don't know me may not. I've been, what I like to think, is fairly successful so far. Since March 2012 (got the info from my doctor), I…