Travel Itch is Getting Stronger

As we get closer to our departure date, I get more and more excited. It’s been ten years since Sly and I headed off on our honeymoon to Europe for a six-week whirlwind tour: London, Paris, Venice, Rome, Athens, Budapest, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, London.

Couple of notable things happened on that trip: I learned that the wife I thought I had a really good grasp on turned out to be someone who was more flexible than I thought. Sly turned into a real trooper, allowing me to put her through some experiences that may have terrified her but she came out the other side a stronger person. Made me love her even more.

Also, a bit of a wake up call: July 7, 2005, or 7/7 as the Londoners call it, occurred only two days before we returned to London. Reminded me that the world is an inordinately unsafe place and that vigilance needs to be maintained through out a person’s travels.

Sometimes that just not enough.

I’ve been wading through an assortment of videos on YouTube the past couple days, checking out scams and sharing them with our travel partners. Best to be prepared before someone attempts to hand you a ring they “found” on the ground behind you.

I just need to get out of the country for a while and absorb some culture.

My favourite picture from our trip.
My favorite picture from our trip.

Chromecast + Plex: Streaming Awesomeness!

I purchased a Chromecast a few weeks ago and managed to get in on a sale of the Plex software for Android.

The Chromecast by itself is amazing! You can push content to the TV it’s connected to and get a nice HD stream going of whatever it is you can get from Netflix or YouTube or whatever. Now the nice thing with Plex is that you can actually stream your own content from your computer or even a friends computer if they share their library with you.

My bud Bill, who’s out in Toronto area, shared his library with me the other day because he had the Fargo TV series and I wanted to see the damned thing. Loaded up Plex on my tablet, found Bill’s library, started up the first episode and sent it to my Chromecast. Bloody. AMAZING.

Course when I found out that the SDK for Chromecast had been released I was planning on building something similar. No need now I guess? 😉

(Web) Development Sucks, and It’s Not Getting Any Better

(Web) Development Sucks, and It’s Not Getting Any Better.

I’m not a web developer; theoretically (of course) anyone with a programming background can pick up Javascript and EVENTUALLY get the hang of it and become proficient.

The author of the above link talks about the stagnation that is JavaScript because it really is stagnant. We’re introducing all kinds of new tools and the like but nothing really new; eventually, when you’re programming for the browser, you’re using JavaScript.

I’ve always been quite big on the more traditional languages for code. Data Typing has always been pretty important when I’m thinking about solutions to problems. OOP has the ability, nay the flexibility, to solve almost any problem out there. So why are we all still stuck on this one scripting language for the Browser? When will someone build a better mousetrap and allow the coder to move away from this damnable scripting language?


I’ve been using a linux VPS located in Chicago for a couple years now and finally got around to installing a LAMP instance for WordPress. And here we are.

I’m not sure how much I’ll use it but it can’t hurt to have access if I’d like to write something out in regards to a project I’m working on or a problem that I might need to crowd source for a solution.

Well that and posting pictures of KITTIES!!!!