Tasty Stacks

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This past weekend I gave my first talk, Tasty Stacks, at !!Con hosted at Hacker School in New York. Tasty Stacks is about lexical gustatory synesthesia, and how it affects me as a developer. It’s about how the current ecosystem of development tools and processes tastes to me.


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Recently, I noticed that Chrome stopped heeding the contents of my user stylesheet. Predictably, this drove me crazy, so I wrote a Chrome extension to reintroduce that capability.

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I built Twitter. For the past few months I’ve loosely talked about my intent to publish micro-content (a tweet) to my site and send a copy out to Twitter, as opposed to using Twitter directly. This publishing model goes by the acronym POSSE: Post to your Own Site and Syndicate Elsewhere.…
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Our Ragged History

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In 1992, for my father’s 30th anniversary in the United States, he designed and printed trading cards of our family’s history. They start in pre-war Eastern Europe and span the the Holocaust, life in Romania, growing up in the ’70s in Brooklyn, and his reign as king of advertising on Madison…

Science Hack Day

Didn’t know what time it was and the lights were low I leaned back on my radio Some cat was layin’ down some rock ’n’ roll ’lotta soul, he said Then the loud sound did seem to fade Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase That weren’t no D.J. that was hazy cosmic jive David Bowie,…

Here Comes Another Summer

Let me preface this as usual by reminding everyone that I am really not comfortable writing or talking about the web. Last year I shared a side project I had been working on, Sound of Summer, which I built on top of some metadata I’d been storing for songs in iTunes. It was very fulfilling! I…

Introducing Ovrture

See what I did there? I’d like to announce Ovrture, a music utility I built with Andy McMillan. Ovrture aims to introduce you to music you might like by taking recommendations from your Last.fm profile and playing one popular song per artist. If you are an Rdio subscriber of any level, you…

The F Word

Recently, I deactivated my Facebook account. I wanted to brag about it, but without Facebook it seemed there was no appropriate place to do so. I didn’t expect to feel so sad about that. I also made the decision to remove all my Facebook friends before deactivating my account so that if I…
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Sound of Summer: Technical Review

Recently I announced Sound of Summer, a catalog of past summers with respect to music. This was my first Rails app and takes advantage of both the Rdio and Echo Nest APIs. I got more comfortable with git, AJAX, and JSON but I still feel like a fraud around the words array, object, and constructor.…

Sound of Summer

Today is June 20th, the summer solstice, the first day of summer here in the northern hemisphere. The first day of summer is typically significant for me, so I’d like to introduce Sound of Summer, a personal project I’ve been working on since Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial first…