Building Lambda Binaries in the Cloud

I needed to build some binaries for a specific version of Linux. Because manually building in a VM is for chumps, I automated it in the cloud. It’s effectively two clicks (plus some confirmation steps). This post will touch upon a couple of difference services, then tie things together toward the end. But first a warning: … Continue reading Building Lambda Binaries in the Cloud

Building the AdjectiveNounBot on AWS

Long ago, during the wild times of the 2004 internet, I ran a site of web experiments called Adjective Noun. The site’s header had random (but curated) pairings of adjectives with nouns, each coupled with a clever stock photo. Some of my favorites were “Dumb Snowman” (sitting in front of a fire) and “Mysterious Clock” … Continue reading Building the AdjectiveNounBot on AWS

I found a different kind of egg on Easter

A few weeks ago, I was preparing to travel. I have two lists I perpetually maintain for trips. One is a packing list of everything I will need (clothing, toiletries, chargers), stuff I might need (swim trunks, sunscreen, Fire TV Stick), and a separate appendix for camping. Overall, it holds almost 200 items! The other list is full … Continue reading I found a different kind of egg on Easter

Keeping a Zelda Task Journal

It’s no secret that I like to use paper. Just take a look at my Hipster PDA section, and my constant reliance on Field Notes notebooks for quickly jotting down ideas to deal with later. (I’m really into their Lunacy notebooks right now.) It doesn’t have the nifty editing, sharing, and text reflow that digital … Continue reading Keeping a Zelda Task Journal

What’s in my [Protest] Bag?

I’ve always enjoyed articles that interview folks from different walks of life that cover “what’s in your bag?” and “everyday carry” topics. You get to see a little glimpse of that person’s life, their personality. On rare occasions, I’d find something clever to incorporate into my life. But I always avoided writing one for myself. … Continue reading What’s in my [Protest] Bag?

Generating a 2016 Word Cloud

Over the years, Netninja has shifted from a LiveJournal-era personal blog to a chronicle of DIY maker projects. I thought I’d generate a word cloud for a year-end 2016 post, but realized half-way through that it’d be even better if I were to show my work. But first, the word cloud! This year has been all about design, … Continue reading Generating a 2016 Word Cloud

Video Rekognizer

This year at Amazon’s re:Invent conference, Rekognition premiered as a new service. It is a “deep-learning AI” service that performs image recognition on pictures you show it. It provides labels of objects and concepts it finds in the image. It can also do facial recognition. Hitting the Rekognition API is only a few lines of … Continue reading Video Rekognizer

NES Sprite Display

Let me tell you a little bit about a project I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. The NES Sprite Display is an Arduino-based program to display assorted NES-era game sprites (primarily Super Mario and Zelda) on a large 32×32 LED matrix. It looks a little something like this: The inspiration for this project came … Continue reading NES Sprite Display

Charity is the new Patreon

This blog started 15 years ago with little fanfare, a lot of confusion, and entirely too much navel-gazing. It lived on LiveJournal because I wasn’t ready to commit to hosting my own blog, and that’s where all my friends were. Like most LiveJournals of the day, it was almost entirely too much oversharing of what … Continue reading Charity is the new Patreon

On the Headache of Digital Movie Redemption

I own a lot of movies on physical media. A lot. Something like 300+ at last count.I downsized A few years ago, compressing several tall bookshelves of movies to three shoebox-equvalent boxes by ditching the packaging and placing the discs in sleeves. I like the format because I can extract movies into DRM-free files using Handbrake … Continue reading On the Headache of Digital Movie Redemption