Best Things This Year (2015)

Speaking at Data Point Live in San Francisco
Speaking at Data Point Live in San Francisco

If 2013 was the year I shook up my life, and 2014 was the year I learned how to succeed in it, 2015 was about challenging myself not to accept the easiest trajectory. 2015 was a busy year and it threw interesting things my way. Sometimes that was difficult, even hopeless, but I will never forget you 2015.

1. Public speaking – I did so much public speaking in 2014 that I felt like I needed a break from it this year, but that certainly didn’t happen. I spoke at 6 events this year
Data Point Live, New York
Data Jawn, Philadelphia
Data Point Live, San Francisco
Games using the HTML5 canvas, Philly Javascript Devs
Thinking in Data, Data Science Philly
Directives as Components, Angular-Philly

It would be shocking to me if I did more than one or two events in 2016, but that’s what I said last year, too.

2. bengarvey’s brain – I created a twitter bot using twitter_ebooks to guess what I’m really thinking about. He tweets about every 9 hours and if you favorite his tweets, he might start bugging you. Some choice tweets:

3. Rocket Booster – I worked on a fun Jetpack Joyride clone with the kids called Rocketbooster. It’s not 100% complete, but it’s fun. It takes forever to load all the game assets, so be patient.

Rocket booster
You can play as Sasha or Owen. Collect stars to power your jetpack and get further.

I probably spent more time making the music for Rocketbooster than programming it. All the songs are available here on soundcloud.

4. Work
I’m coming up on 3 years at RJMetrics and just got promoted to Engineering Manager. I wrote cool stuff including our new Data Warehouse Manager, a huge improvement to dashboard sharing, and some crazy tricks to get data out of Amazon Redshift. I also spent an extended tour of duty leading our support team to crush the support queue.

The blue line is our net support queue
The blue line is our net support queue

5. Work Part 2
I won the RJMetrics chili cook off thanks to the now “award winning” Ben’s Awesome Chipotle Chili.

6. Odyssey of the Mind
I’m coaching Sasha’s Odyssey of the Mind team this year! We just started practicing and it’s been wild.

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7. Trello
I’ve been using Trello for years, but now I’m using it for everything including a shared grocery list.

8. The Bentindo Entertainment System
I gave Jake a raspberry pi powered game system for Christmas this year I white-labeled as the Bentindo. This was the image on the back of the box.

Back of the Bentindo box
Back of the Bentindo box

9. Books I Read
REAMDE by Neal Stephensen
Principles of Product Development Flow by Donald Reinertsen
The Call of Cthulu by HP Lovecraft
Ender’s Game by Orsen Scott Card
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
What If? by Randall Munroe
The Innovators by Walter Iassacson
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Axe Cop Vol.1 by Malachi Nicole
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

10. Moves / TV
Interstellar
Master of None
Cosmos
Black Mirror

11. Wine
The Formula Shiraz by Small Gully Wines

The Formula
Incredible

12. Music
Still listening to The Blow’s Paper Television weekly. Ok daily.
My favorite album released this year is Ratatat’s Magnifique

Other albums I enjoyed (not necessarily new)
Bleached’s Ride Your Heart
Bass Drum of Death’s GB City
Lana Del Ray’s Ultraviolence (but wow is it uncomfortable)
Bully’s Feels Like

Playlist of songs I’m super into right now

Especially this one

Previous years
2014
2013
2012
2011

New Computer on the Way

I ordered my new computer parts last night. Here are the specs!

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775
Processor Model BX80557E6300 – Retail

PNY VCG7900SXPB GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card – Retail

MSI 945P Neo3-F LGA 775 Intel 945P ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail

WINTEC AMPO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AMD2667-2G2K-R – Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM

SAMSUNG 18X DVD?R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D/BEBE – OEM

Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 Power Supply – Retail

SAMSUNG 941BW Black 19″ 4 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor – Retail

I ordered my new computer parts last night. Here are the specs!

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775
Processor Model BX80557E6300 – Retail

PNY VCG7900SXPB GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card – Retail

MSI 945P Neo3-F LGA 775 Intel 945P ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail

WINTEC AMPO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AMD2667-2G2K-R – Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM

SAMSUNG 18X DVD?R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D/BEBE – OEM

Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 Power Supply – Retail

SAMSUNG 941BW Black 19″ 4 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor – Retail