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The Stranger Things Wall

I love it when a plan comes together! Yes, my project that I've been working on was this awesome nod to the wall from the Netflix series "Stranger Things". It started out as an idea for a website, but much like the Demogorgon, it manifested itself in the real world....
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Project: Bridging the Gap – Bringing It Online

In my last post, I discussed how to connect the Arduino to the internet and how to receive commands. But how am I going to send commands to the Arduino? There are dozens of methods I could use to make that happen - but my favorite platform to work on these days is the...
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Project: Controlling LEDs via Arduino + Ethernet

So, I have total control over my LEDs via the Arduino. But what would take this to the next level? Connect it to the Internet! Fortunately, this is relatively simple to do - however it requires that you get an Arduino that either has ethernet/wifi capability or you...
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Project: Controlling LEDs with the Arduino NeoPixel Library

Every Halloween, I usually find some crazy project to work on. This year, I decided to step up my game a little and try leveraging my programming knowledge to do something cool. So, I went to my trust workbench and started rummaging through my parts bin and found an...
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Rubber Duck Debugging

What is rubber duck debugging? Have you ever spent hours trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with your code, only to find out later on that you forgot to put a comma somewhere, or you spelled the function name wrong? I sure have. In fact, debugging is one of...
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Home Automation: Where I’m At

I love home automation – it’s the coolest way to make you feel like you are living in the future. My first dip into home automation was in the first house that I built. I wired the entire home with ethernet and had clumsy old devices that would control the lights,...
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Working with the Bloomsky API in PHP and Javascript

Have you heard of BloomSky? Up until a month ago, I hadn't heard of them either until my brother clued me in to their existence. The tl;dr is that BloomSky is a solar-powered weather station that connects to the web and updates weather data for your station. There is...
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Tis The Season

Every Christmas, I take a few moments out of my busy life and put together a stupid website to celebrate the holidays. I have always had fun building these one-off websites, and in fact, I think I enjoy building these more than any of the other sites I've done because...
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Thoughts on Code Schools

  Every week, it seems like I hear about a new code school opening somewhere in the country. As someone who has been a programmer for a long time, it's very exciting to see these types of programs popping up. NY and LA are the hot spots for rockstar development,...
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My Intro to Spredfast

As part of a development project we're working on at SPARK, we've partnered with Spredfast to help us grab user content from twitter, facebook and instagram so we can repurpose it for our clients web presence. After working with this platform for awhile, there are...
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