• Interstellar vs. '39

    Back in 2009, the landscapes of Pandora in James Cameron’s Avatar looked an awful lot like the paintings of Yes album artist Roger Dean. Dean tried to sue but his case was dismissed, legally ruling the similarity a coincidence. Here in 2014, there’s another similarity between film and classic rock:...


  • Simple PHP Database Utilities

    Database operations are required in just about any project of mine. So, I wrote up a simple PHP class that performs all your basic CRUD operations using PDO and MySQL prepared statements. Using it reduces my setup time, provices basic application security, and makes development a breeze. The constructor of...


  • Career Advice for Aspiring Software Engineers

    I went to college, and then I got a job. If only it was that simple! RIT does a great job preparing its students for the job search, but some things are left to be learned through experience. After obtaining two co-ops and a full time job, I’ve learned a...


  • Dual 'data-toggle' Attribute Workaround with Twitter Bootstrap Components

    Many of Twitter Bootstrap’s JavaScript components rely on HTML data attributes for configuration or triggering. For example, the Modal component requires you set data-toggle="modal" on the element, usually a button, that will trigger the modal being displayed. This is all well and good until you want to have one HTML...


  • BarCamp Boston 9

    This past weekend was BarCamp Boston 9, two days of presentations, people, and pizza. I attended a number of interesting and informative talks including “How Not to Rails” by @grantovich, “Intro to the Boston Tech Scene” by @JayNeely, and a round of Lightning Talks led by @GrantCohoe. Listening to talks...