Papa Murphy's Coupon Bait and Switch Marketing

29 August 2013
If you want to know how to punish your customers and make them not want to do business with you, then Papa Murphy is ready to teach you the old school bait-and-switch marketing technique.

3 Day Startup San Antonio at Geekdom (Summer 2013)

14 August 2013
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to participate in the 3 Day Startup | San Antonio event at Geekdom as a mentor. The program embraces the lean startup methodology to engage customers along the product development lifecycle to properly align the company's offerings with the customer's needs.

Neo4j - or how I learned to stop worrying and love the graph

01 July 2013
At just that moment when I was convinced the social networking revolution was no more enlightening than reality television, I began to realize that there was one great and powerful idea that needed this exact environment to gestate: the graph database.

Introduction to Graph Databases using Neo4j

01 July 2013
At just that moment when I was convinced the social networking revolution was no more enlightening than reality television, I began to realize that there was one great and powerful idea that needed this exact environment to gestate: the graph database.

The day the music went blind

18 April 2013
The soundtrack of my youth was illustrated by Storm Thorgerson. He made music visual, and in his passing, music lost a leading member. A tribute to Storm.

Darth Vader Dreams of Electric Sheep

31 March 2013
Flip phones are "old-timey"? I'm not yet forty years old, and a once coveted piece of advanced cellular technology is now considered old-timey. My kid has never heard a busy signal, and I doubt he'd recognize a dial-tone. In my lifetime, the flip phone represented everything cool about electronics, and for many years elevated the social status of the owner. Until it was unseated by the smartphone, the flip-phone was king. Now, it is old-timey. The world has moved on.

Homemade Ginger Ale that is so easy (even a 7 year old can do it)

14 March 2013
For the past couple of years, I've enjoyed finding craft sodas, and my son has developed quite the palette for fine root beers. While ginger beer (or ginger ale as some call it) is not his favorite, his mom and I sure think it is nice. So we decided to make our own. In the end our first attempt at _Straughan's World Famous Ginger Beer_ was a success, and is now open-source.

HTML5 Snake source code walkthrough

05 March 2013
Last month I made my first game: html5-lightcycles. It is a Tron inspired lightcycle game, a humble recreation of the 1980s arcade classic. The whole truth behind the lightcycle game includes the tidbit that when I first started playing around with the creating that game, snake was my original intention.

My first game - HTML5 lightcycles

14 February 2013
For the past few months I have been playing with the HTML5 canvas element off and on. In recent years it has been the subject of much excitement in the web development community, and as matured rapidly in modern browsers. Now there are a wide variety of games and activities that utilize this relatively new element. For whatever reasons, I just assumed manipulating the canvas would be a pain in the ass, so I avoided it, until now.

NoNews Part II - The Source

07 February 2013
NoNews is a Google Chrome extension that was built to assist me (and you) avoid passively reading the news. I wrote a blog post about why I wrote it, and explored the inspiration behind the endeavor. In this post I'd like to walk-through the source code, explain how the extension is constructed, and talk about things that can be done to improve the extension.