Cashier Jobs Are Checking Out

This week, Amazon published a video showing their new shopping technology. They are implementing it in brick-and-mortar convenience stores called Amazon Go starting next year. For the consumer, it appears to be a very simple and transparent process. It eliminates two very tedious parts...

Best Of Both Worlds

There is a common image being passed around and it has been irking me for awhile. While I agree that the image on the left is generally preferable to the one of the right, it assumes that one cannot love both nature and technology. Gullys And Programming My backyard in St.Thomas backed...

Bruce The Cat

I have always loved cats. I come from a family of cat people. I've drawn cartoons about cats, I've written stories about cats, I've been obsessed with cats.  My friend and ex-roommate Jeremy taught me an important lesson about cats. The best ones are giant, orange and...

Cricket Breeding - Week Two

The cricket colony hasn't done exceptionally well. There are two things that I was concerned about that I believe were the causes:  I used a normal high wattage incandescent bulb instead of a heat lamp; they are in the basement I didn't have a constant source of...

Publishing Draft Nodes in Drupal 7

This article explains how to set the creation date of a draft article published in Drupal 7 to the current date, rather than the date the draft was originally created. Existing Solutions Naturally, what I was trying to solve wasn't an entirely new problem. My need to update the date of...

Cricket Breeding - Week One

This article is the first of a series chronicling my latest attempt to breed crickets. I have only done this by accident in past, by inadvertently creating the conditions that make them want to reproduce. The purpose is to more easily provide an ongoing food source for our crested gecko....

Taco Interactive Daydream

Earlier On There were couple of programming environments I used during the 80s. Atari BASIC, Commodore 128 BASIC, Commodore 64 BASIC were common. There were also the weird assemblers that I first typed out of Ahoy! magazine, and then used to validate other programs that were just long...

ElusiveDot

If you own a cat, you probably own a laser pointer. Endless entertainment can be found by watching your cat chase around a speck of light. Now you can experience laser pointer excitement every time you charge your Android phone. Android Daydreams Daydreams are basically screensavers that...

Overlay on Full Page Background

There are good reasons to build a simple one-page website. While there are great content management systems and frameworks available, creating a simple business card style website is often necessary. These websites can be particularly helpful as placeholders while you align your...

Screensaver Revival

Screensaver Projects In the 1990s, my father obtained an Apple Mac 8100/80 for his screenprinting business. Compared to the Windows Pcs of the time, the thing was an absolute beast. Photoshop and Illustrator will still unknown to Windows users, knowing only of PaintshopPro and...

Automation with Scribus and Python

Desktop publishing applications are able to create print-quality documents. The problem with them is that they often involve fiddling around, or “massaging” as its often referred to as. Combining programming logic with a layout or layout elements can produce a complex document...

QR Codes Save Cats

Well, it finally happened. I've been building websites for nearly twenty years now. I thought I really got past that period when it would make even the slightest bit of sense. I made a webpage for my cat. Or rather, a webpage for each of my two cats: Bruce and Cathy. I'm not...