I've been writing on-and-off about technology for almost a decade. It's something I've long enjoyed, although (regrettably) I've been unable to find as much time as I would like for it in recent years. You can read some of my articles on Thoughts and Stuff, 301, and Shining Paradigm. You can also check out some of the places that my work has been featured here.
I have a habit of coupling my hobbies with weird tech solutions. That's an odd phrase, but I suspect that fellow nerds would understand what I'm talking about. For example:
- Thoughts and Stuff is a website that I wanted to exist so that I could write about technology, but it also gave me a chance to self-host a website and play around with the LAMP stack, while also mastering how to write in Markdown.
- Last year, to address the problem of my college house's overflowing dishes, I bought a Raspberry Pi and wrote a quick Python scheduler that texted a reminder the person whose turn it was to do the dishes. Once that person was done, he could press a button on the Pi's display to text the next person his reminder. (You can read more about that here.)
- I play a lot of 8-ball Pool with my friends over iMessage. It's a fun game, but there's no easy way to keep track of scores natively, so I wrote a Workflow to do that (and then some) on iOS. (It's heavily documented here.)
- Finally, I've been on a bit of a Home Automation kick for a couple of years. This is something I touched on a while ago, but it's really gone to another level recently. Smart Door Locks, 50+ Wi-Fi Color Lights, Integrated Air Conditioners and Thermostats, and more. All controlled by Siri (or Alexa), and the Home app on iOS. The entire Smart Home concept is something I'm very much bullish on.
All this is to say that I'm very much a nerd's nerd, and welcome the opportunity to try out cool new projects in this vein — and that my definition of 'cool' is a little varied!