The Pillars of Nine Giveth and Taketh Away

SCOUTS has just concluded one of their most emotionally charged sessions in recent years. The two big doozies among their ruling were regarding the Voting Rights Act and gay marriage. The latter broke down into two distinct rulings: regarding DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and California’s Proposition 8 law making a previously passed law of […]


I love JavaScript frameworks. Coming from a time when you had to code uniquely for IE (document.all) and Netscape (document.layers) most (including me) just did it for IE. Also, many of us were just learning about JS via the highly recommended Peachpit books, so we copied but didn’t understand. This was the late 1990s when […]

So long, Ahmadinejad! No Tears Shed.

Considering Iran’s elections are hardly democratic by nature, the best possible outcome of all the presidential candidates was to have the most moderate one be elected. Thankfully, that’s exactly happened. Considering the massive fallout from 2009’s election and seemingly alleged (more like, “pretty sure it happened”) vote-rigging, we should be pleased that this time around […]

Why So Syria?

Just in case you aren’t getting the reference above, this page will shed light on it for you. So, Syria, the c-c-c-combo breaker of the Arab Spring of 2011. Lybia almost took that title, but thankfully it only lasted a few months. This stalemate between al-Assad’s regime and the “rebels”, as the country’s government likes to […]

I Am A Survivor

(Originally published June 9, 2013) No, not the Christina Aguilera song lyrics, but from the infestation horde of zombies. The genre of survival horror generally, and zombie apocalypse specifically, is very hot these days. Everything from video games to movies to t.v. series have their foot in it. For the most part, it’s a very […]

SAML Not So Simple

(Originally published June 7, 2013) Like most of my adult programming life, all of the major languages or platforms I’ve learned have been due to amust have it yesterday deadline by other managers. Or an emergency project that no one expected (like the Spanish Inquistion). Never a best scenario plan but ultimately what happens a lot […]

One Bad-Ass Mudder

(Originally published June 4, 2013) I love obstacle courses. Ninja Warrior (known asSasuke in Japan) is the most obvious pop culture reference that comes to mind, and I would love to tackle that event. But, there are perfectly acceptable substitutes for getting my adrenaline masochistic rocks off. I do all the main ones, like Warrior Dash, Run […]

When Fandoms Collide

(Originally published June 3, 2013) I’m a “retired” cosplayer (what that really means who knows) in most respects, but on occasion I will attend a convention for a day to let out a little fandom steam. Wizard World Philly being one of two that I usually hit up each year now, they have done a […]