Music: Early 2015 Edition

A friend asked me today what I’d been listening to lately. I love sharing music with other people, so rather than just sending him a list, I’m going to collect some stuff here. I’m not up to defining buckets for different genres, so I’ll try to break it up as best as possible, but most of what I listen to would be considered “electronic music”. It’s possible my definition doesn’t match yours, but hopefully you’ll find something enjoyable.

Hip Hop / R&B Influenced

EDM / Chillwave / Future “____”

Quick note here. Synkro is one of my all-time favorite artists. His music is incredible.

Chip / Other

This section will be the shortest, as this is something I’m just now starting to listen to a lot more of.

If you want more, you can follow me on Soundcloud, check out my feed on or find me on Spotify. I’m always open and willing to listen to new music so by all means, send your favorite stuff my way! Thanks for listening.

Cheers: Working from Home

I’ve been working remotely for almost two years. While I was at my last job, I spent a good amount of time working in the office, from home, and interacting with colleagues who lived and worked from other parts of the world.

Overall, I really enjoy remote work. It allows me to work from wherever I want to be, and I find that I can enjoy more productive work without the distractions of office life. Being on a small team is really helpful, as I don’t seem to miss out on many opportunities for communication, and barely ever feel out of the loop.

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Roll Your Own Screenshot Annotation App

In our CheezTech chatroom today, another developer was asking for advice on screenshot apps that could do annotation for OS X. I’m a big fan of Automator, so I took a quick sec to whip something together.

For my day-to-day screenshot usage, I use the built-in OS X command ⌘-Shift-4 (or 3) to get a draggable selection box. I also use a cloud storage app called Cloud, which has a built-in option to auto-upload screenshots and give you back a shortened link in the clipboard. I combine the OS X command, Cloud app and a quick hack to change the default location of screenshots to take photos, throw them in my Dropbox, and upload them to Cloud. Adding annotation into this is pretty easy! I’ll go into detail after the break.

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AEA Boston 2012: So Far So Good

For the past two days, I’ve been in Boston at An Event Apart, a web design conference. It’s been incredibly interesting and enlightening, especially since many of the talks have been focused on content, which is something we think about a lot at Cheezburger.

I especially enjoyed Karen McGranes’s talk on Monday about Adaptive Content. She talked about a striking example of NPR refining an API which they could use to push their atomicized (made that up) content to all sorts of endpoints / devices. She argued to start with the content. Content presentation should be informed from the content metadata itself, not from some sense of design or layout. This is a frustrating aspect of working with content at Cheezburger, especially since any time “content” is discussed in the industry, it’s generally referring to blog posts or articles, not singular images.

In all, the conference has been a great experience, and there’s still a day and a half left. If AEA is coming to your city, I’d recommend going if you’re a front end developer, designer, or somehow in the industry.

The First Year

Today, my lovely wife and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary. We’ve been together for almost 10 years, but this last year has been one of the best in memory. Happy Anniversary, Shannon! Here’s to the years to come!

WordCamp Developers Video

Howdy! The video of my talk from WordCamp: Developers was finally posted on! I haven’t watched it yet (and probably never will), but if you want to see me talk about how we use WordPress here at Cheezburger, or learn more about CheezCAP, this has all the juicy details. Also, my slides have lolcats in them. This was my second public speaking performance. In watching the video, I’m remembering how low the microphone was. I probably could have gotten away with not speaking directly into it, but oh well. Makes me look like a huge freak.

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Pork Carnitas

I made these over the weekend and figured I’d drop the recipe for my records and for anyone wanting to attempt it themselves. I will say that I usually don’t use measured quantities of things, especially when I’m testing stuff out. I use an enameled cast-iron dutch oven (with a lid) for this recipe, but you could also use a roasting pan.

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