Present on topics you know nothing about

I spoke at HTML5 App Developers in New York on April 16th. John Paul approached me two months ago and asked if I would present. Until then, I hadn't considered speaking at a meet-up because I didn't have anything to share. When John Paul asked me, I said yes because…

Discovery from Napster to iTunes

I was born in a generation of the dying video rental stores. Blockbuster's business peaked in 2004. Then it declined. The rise of RedBox, Netflix, and the On-Demand alternatives crushed the rental business. In middle school, I spent afternoons roaming the aisles of my local video stores. I could stop…

Clear goals direct good development

Yesterday I discovered David Jackson's blog A Founder's Notebook on Fred Wilson's blog. I skipped through a few posts and found Setting clear goals = empowerment. Jackson currates a wide array of content across other blogs and writes brief thoughts on the issue. I'm going to pull from his book. From…

Scraping web forums for image urls

Goals Im applying my graffiti interests toward my programming ability. Today I put together a brief python script to scrape a reputable graffiti writers forum. The scraper was designed to build a database of user names and images uploaded. My goal is two fold: learn about computer vision through analyzing…

NYC OpenData on graffiti

Data from https://data.cityofnewyork.us/City-Government/DSNY-Grafitti-Information/gpwd-npar NYC OpenData New York is one of the United States leading proponent for open data and government transparency. The city has stood by the Open Data movement from the beginning, initially gaining public acclaim during President Obama’s first term. The…

WhoWroteForSESRP.com reflection

Algebra for designing layouts I have been reading about machine learning and linear algebraic analysis. In college, I failed two calculus courses. In high school, I repeatedly failed higher-level algebra courses. In an academic setting, pumping away at math worksheets was never a convincing use of my time. I much…