Joe’s New “Life Hack”: Getting Rid of One Thing Per Day

Anybody who knows me well enough knows that I am a bit of a packrat.  I have been trying to work on that.  I think I have settled on a good plan.  I am going to get rid of one thing per day.  “Get rid” could mean donating, selling, or simply tossing.  This plan does not mean that I am going to be visiting the Goodwill every day.  I can batch this.  I am going to try to stick to it, though. Continue reading


Coworking in Milwaukee

As you may know, I have recently joined the ranks of the remote knowledge worker.  When Quality Matters hired me, I made the decision to get an office outside of the house.  Since QM does not reimburse for office space, my budget was limited.  I decided that it made sense to aim for a solution within the $100-$150 per month price range.  After a brief session of searching Duck Duck Go for options, I identified six potential solutions. Continue reading


A responsive, AngularJS “movie picker”

So, I have been working on a little side-hustle and I figured that I would share the most recent chunk of it.  I needed a way of allowing a person to uniquely select a movie.  You don’t want to just give the user a free-form box because of the 52 different ways you could input some movie titles.  So, what do you do?  I created a search box, to query IMDB by title.  The API returns a single result, so I displayed it below the search box, as the user types.

I wouldn’t call this an “official” API, so I would be careful.

View in Plunker

Run in Plunker

View in jsFiddle

Run in jsFiddle


New Year, New Job

I have accepted a web application developer position at The Quality Matters Program.  Quality Matters is “a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses.”  Put simply, they provide a seal of approval for quality online courses.  Their business systems are written in ColdFusion, so I will be working within the mother language, again.

I will be starting with them in January.  I will be telecommuting from here in Milwaukee.  For the time being, I will be doing so from The Hudson, in the Third Ward.


Joe received a new toy for his birthday

So, I have been eying the K-TOR Pocket Socket 2 for a little while now.  It is a 10 watt, 120 volt crank generator.  This weekend, my brother gave me one for my birthday.  I was so excited about it that I decided to post a video about it.

It is definitely a neat little gadget.  I have charged a phone and a battery pack with it.  I am going to need to go through and see what else it can power.  Should I try to cool a soda with it?  Maybe I could run a fan?