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?
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
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
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
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
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
I share a few observations and personal experiences at XOXO, mostly revolving around stickers, buttons, and anxiety — and how I’ll take my new wisdom with me to help ease personal struggle at future conferences.
I’m going to a few conferences this summer, just for fun, not for work, representing myself. In social situations, I’ve always had “calling cards” or personal-life “business” cards with some basic internet contact info. Does anyone remember the Moo.com mini-cards that were popular back when LiveJournal was a big thing? I’ve been using some variation on … Continue reading A puzzling business card
The 90s are back. A few examples that came up yesterday in an office Slack channel: AOL and Yahoo are in the news. Pokemon is a new fad. People are wearing digital watches. New Blink 182 and new-ish The Prodigy. People are preordering Harry Potter. The Hi-C Ecto-Cooler is available in stores. And finally: Clinton is running for president. Posted … Continue reading Don’t look now, but the 90s are back
A few months back I picked up an Amazon Fire TV. I’ve had an Apple-centric household for many years and have been a strong supporter of the Apple ecosystem, but a couple of things changed that caused me to evaluate the Fire TV. First, iTunes is where all my media lived. This used to be great. Everything … Continue reading A Fire TV in an Apple Household