Welcome to my Ghost Blog

What the hell is a Ghost blog? No it's not a blog about Call of Duty Ghosts. Ghost is a blog platform written on top of Node.js. Why a new blog platform? Well, back in the day, if you wanted something extremely simple, cutting edge and fast, you downloaded…

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My YouTube Video and the Perception of Race

On October 23rd 2010, during UFC 121, Brock Lesnar lost his UFC Heavyweight Title to Cain Valasquez. It was a fight that my friends and I had seriously anticipated for a long time because we all hated Brock Lesnar. Let's face it, the guy acted like a straight up douchebag…

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Happy February

I recently had knee surgery to clean up a torn meniscus. So far in Florida I'm averaging about one surgery per year. However, unlike getting my gallbladder removed, this was much less a big deal. And frankly, these types of injuries are to be expected when doing athletic activities like…

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Here's My 2013 Year in Review

I've been in Tampa now for a little over a year and a lot has happened. But before I get into any of that, I just want to say that I love Florida. Sure, it's fun (and easy) to make fun of this place for all the crazy news that…

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Facebook Messenger for iOS Updated with New design and "Free Texting"

It looks like Facebook wants to get people using Facebook Messenger because they've made it possible to (kind of) message phone numbers. "What's New: A completely new design, updated for iOS 7. Find more people to message: Now you can text your phone contacts even if you’re not Facebook…

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Learning Android, Here Are Some Helpful Resources

So I recently started learning Android Development for my company, WGGB (ABC40 / Fox 6). With a project to work on I've been able to dive head first into it, so I thought I'd share some of the resources that have helped me out thus far. Books: Beginning Android 4 Application…

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The technology behind Jiu Jitsu Log 2.0

It's been a four months since the last release of Jiu Jitsu Log. The new version (2.0) contains a social component that will allow people to share their individual log entries with the world. The world, in turn, can like, comment and download the log entry to their app…

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Custom URL Shorteners with Bit.ly

So, I'm a little late to the party on this, but using bitly.com, you can set up your own URL shortening service. All you have to do is register the domain and make a change to your DNS records. Mine is (sprl.in) http://sprl.in/TUQJHd Why would…

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Top-down interface orientations

Okay, so this had been driving me crazy. I have a UITabBar app that I wanted to be able to control the orientation for based on which controller I was accessing. I had found a piece of code that seemed really hopeful: [gist id=7165071] At first glance and first…

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I used to be a Wordpress theme designer

It's true. I used to design themes for Wordpress, in fact back in 2006, I created a theme called Benevolence, which went on to be used by hundreds of thousands of blogs and to this day is the 69th most popular theme in the Wordpress.com theme showcase is now…

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So What's New?

Okay a few things... First, I haven't been posting here much lately because the fam and I are preparing to move to Florida. I'm going to continue to work for ABC 40 remotely as a web and iOS developer, which I'm excited about because I love the work I've been…

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Jiu Jitsu Log

Now it's easier than ever to keep a running log of your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training. Take photos, videos or paste YouTube links into your log. Keep a journal of your training Take Videos and photos Instant thumbnail creation from YouTube links Export your pics & vids to the iPhone photo…

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WGGB iPad Application

You've seen other news apps for the iPad, but few will match the navigational ease of the WGGB ABC40 app. Stay on top of breaking news and weather, and watch ABC40 live, no matter where you are. You're in control with the ability to report breaking news, post traffic alerts…

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WGGB iPhone Application

The new and improved WGGB ABC40 app keeps you in touch with breaking news and breaking weather from Western Mass and Springfield. Watch live news broadcasts, receive push notifications, comment on stories, watch videos, check traffic, and much more. Send in breaking news tips, photos and videos, with the touch…

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Introducing Urban Push

Urban Push is a WordPress plugin that utilizes the Urban Airship API to send a push directly from the WordPress “new post” page. You MUST have an account with Urban Airship to use this plugin. You can send a single push to up to 4 Urban Airship applications. Installation Grab…

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