Removing Distractions and Automating Production

It is amazing how much you can accomplish in 15-25 minutes. I have used writeordie.com to help me focus on slamming out 300-500 words at a time. It provides a distraction free page that will flash red when you stop writing for a few seconds and eventually will play horribly obnoxious sounds after 30 seconds or so. The only other interface elements it has is a countdown timer and word count. This allows me to focus on one goal: finish writing 300 words. Once I pick a topic and start the timer, it’s easy to just sort of open my brain and let the words flow out. Continue reading

Choosing a JavaScript Framework

I’ve been trying to convert IPOFest (a pet project started by Kyle and I) from all PHP to JavaScript that interfaces with a PHP API. At work we use Backbone.js and since I had never used it before, I practiced on IPOFest. First I started with Backbone and Knockout.js, with Knockback.js as a bridge. I didn’t go too far down that path, but it did feel a bit awkward and the Knockback documentation didn’t help very much. At work we use Handlebars for templates, so I started changing over to that. Continue reading

My Interview with the Los Angeles Lakers

I could have been sitting courtside, rubbing shoulders with Jack Nicholson and listening to bad Kobe Bryant jokes… okay more like editing bad photos of Kobe while sitting at a desk in El Segundo, miles away from every home Laker game. Still, ever since I realized that Lakers.com existed, I’ve considered it the white whale of webmaster jobs. I had no idea how much they paid, how much work was involved, or even where their offices were. I just knew that my passion for web development would be in perfect synergy with my passion for the Lakers, in a perfect union.

Well, recently, I had my chance at that job. Continue reading

JavaScript, failure, a baby, and other upcoming blog topics.

A lot has been going on in my life lately. Just in this past year, my wife and I celebrated our 1st anniversary: we traveled to the Bahamas on a Disney Cruise for 7 days straight. We visited San Diego, CA just before my parents started their move to Orlando, Florida. I left SiteGoals after almost 4 years for a position as a UI Engineer at Incisent Technologies. We moved, I sold my GTI and I am now walking to work. The biggest news of all: Karen is pregnant and we are expecting our first child in late February! Continue reading