Paper Airplanes

When I was in high school my AP Physics teacher held a paper airplane competition with several different categories; furthest distance, longest airtime, most acrobatic, etc.  I was pretty proud of myself that I won the longest airtime competition not because my airplane went really high and flew all around the room with a good […]

Flipped DL Classrom

I’ve always understood and appreciated the concept of a flipped classroom; don’t waste class time having students get the concept from the instructor when there are so many online videos and resources out there to teach the topic.  It’s better to use class time for Q&A and projects that help the students really understand. But sometimes […]

Video Chat in 20 Lines of Code

Video Chat

Part of my job used to be teaching and supporting instructors who were teaching classes remotely using Video Chat.  Because of this experience I often wonder why people don’t use it more, why people continue to travel for business meetings. On the other hand, I understand the need for meeting and interacting with someone in […]

Command Line

Finding Files which Contain Specific Text

At my current job, we are constantly looking for specific text within a folder of files because the code we need is all over the place.  Since I’m not a big command line guy (I’ll use it if I need to, but it typically requires a lot of google searches) I have been asking our […]

Sailboat Types

One of my hobbies is sailing and sailboat racing, and all of my time talking about, working on and being out on the water, I have never been able to memorize the name of each boat configuration.  What is the difference between a ketch and a sloop and a Gaff rig.  Well I found this […]

Skills Not Taught in School

When I was in middle school there was a “home economics” block of classes which everyone was forced to take: sewing, metal shop, wood shop, drafting, and a few others.  Granted that was a long time ago but I’m hoping that the home economics track has changed with the times.  When reading this article “Top 10 […]

Scamming scammers

When I first saw this article I loved it, finally being able to get back at scammers.  You know, the ones who email people saying they have a great way to make money, but need some seed money to get started. Apparently if you forward a phishing email to me@rescam.org, Re:Scam will continue the conversation […]

Digital Signage

When I worked at CSUMB, myself and another employee took the RSS feed from an application I managed which was trying to be the campus-wide calendar and developed a Flash page which displayed all of the items from the RSS feed on a web page.  Once we had that we could display that page anywhere.  Much […]

WordPress Customization

Tonight I attended my first WordPress Meetup which was pretty cool.  I didn’t learn a lot but came away with a few interesting tidbits which I didn’t know before: Even if a wordpress site has a different permalink scheme, any post (or page) or category can be accessed using the ID.  p=id for pages and […]

Evaluating Jobs

Over the years I have been in a variety of positions in a variety of companies, sometimes very content, and other times ready for a change.  Over the years I have developed my own criteria for evaluating how good a job is and I have narrowed it down to 4 attributes: Location – How far/close […]