So You Want to be a Programmer

In my quest to become a programmer (coming from the world of marketing and product management), I am sometimes asked by my fellow newbies what it takes to get to a point where you’re ready to take on a programming role. Not that I’m the expert, but I’ve given it some thought around what really […]

The Potential of Fitness Bands (as of early 2015)

A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to write a product review on the Staples TechHub on the Fitbit Flex and the Jawbone UP24, comparing the two side-by-side. They’re lovely products, and the sheer act of having a physically visible device on my wrist kept me thinking about my current activity levels and […]

Shoving Music Into a Cloud: My Life with Spotify

I constantly have some sort of music playing. In the background, in the foreground, in another room, it doesn’t matter, I want something playing at all times. Considering my Last.FM account passed 80,000 scrobbles recently, I’d say I have some pretty high demands of my music. In September of 2014, I decided to fully ditch […]

Destiny: A Lengthy Review

It has been exactly one week since the much-hyped Destiny was released into the world, and I wanted to really give it a fair shake before writing anything about it. At this point, I’m a level 17 Exo Warlock, currently on the starting point of Mars, have had my fair share of time in the […]

Google Spreadsheets: COUNT with Multiple Values in Cells

It’s been more than two years since I wrote a post on using Google Spreadsheets to use COUNT and FILTER in tandem to count values with multiple conditions. Circling back, it does very well at allowing you to count when you need to validate multiple conditions. However, it falls apart the minute that your data […]

Scraping Steam for Data using Python + BeautifulSoup

As promised in yesterday’s blog post about analyzing public Steam numbers, here are the juicy technical details behind scraping a website using Python, and a Python library called BeautifulSoup. The Method I chose to use Python because I’ve been using it for a little under two years to do number crunching, as well as building […]

An Analysis of Activity on Steam

I have wanted to flex my analysis muscles for quite some time and thought I’d get some practice on publicly available data: the Steam & Game Stats page. For the unaware: Steam is one of the largest gaming platforms available for PCs, and they have a wonderful stats page that lists the current number of […]

Octocat Attacks: Our entry for the GitHub Game Off

Near the end of October, a blog post from GitHub caught my eye, entitled: GitHub Game Off. In short, GitHub was running a competition for game developers to build their games, host their code on GitHub, and have it loosely based on a git concept (forking, branching, etc). We were free to build it however […]

FreshBooks + Stripe = Freelancer’s Best Friend

As an occasional freelancer, one of the more painful aspects in my day-to-day operations is the invoicing and payment collection. Now, I’ve used FreshBooks for a good long time for the freelancing side of the business, and it has always served me well – keeping track of billable hours and expenses – but I’ve always […]

Kindle Paperwhite vs Kobo Glo

Both Amazon and Kobo made some announcements today, revealing new versions of the Kindle and Kobo e-readers. Introducing the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kobo Glo. (Note: Affiliate links!) As an avid reader and user of my Kindle Keyboard, I wanted to take a look at these two side-by-side to make my purchasing decision easier and […]