Javascript InfoVis Toolkit

I know it’s Saturday and I’m not at work, but I just found the most awesome javascript library ever… People have been asking me to pull off data visualization features that I just didn’t know how to implement.  Well, someone’s developed the tools I need and it looks amazing.    A lot of the data I have is tree-like but I didn’t have anything to visually display it like a tree.  I can’t wait to put this into my work.

http://thejit.org/demos/

It’s been a while!

I can’t believe it’s been almost four months since the last post. Things just got so busy with wedding planning and work over the past few months that just forgot about this blog.

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So the wedding has come and gone. Definitely a little stressful the week of the big day but Kristine really pulled through with all putting it all together. She made the wedding topper herself, she glued the programs by hand, our awesome place card idea was cut by hand, the bow in her hair was made by her, she did most of the invites, and I don’t think I’ve even started to cover everything she did. I did a bunch of the techie things like printing the invites, setting up the place card thing on photoshop, our picture table cards, designing and ordering the koozies, scanning pics and putting together the slideshows, and blah there was just so much to do that I don’t want to think about it haha.

The day before the wedding was just chaos. It snowed all over the state of Texas and it was looking like tons of flights were getting cancelled and people were going to cancel their plans to drive in. It was really depressing. By like 11 the sun was coming out and it looked much better and we just needed it to melt.

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The weather on our wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect. It was such an awesome feeling to have our friends and family come in from all over the country. Special thanks to our parents, siblings, bridesmaids, groomsmen, godparents and every one else who helped make our day so amazing.

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It was ridiculously difficult to spend enough time with everyone during the wedding reception. Nonetheless, we want everyone to know that we truly appreciated you being there. The mariachis, open bar, photobooth, good food, good music, and Justin freaking Bieber made it the best wedding ever. It’s really hard to put it into words, That’s why we had to have a truly awesome photographer, Stefano Choi, and probably one of the best wedding videographers in the business, Joe Simon. I’m on the iPad so it’s hard to put the links but our pics and video are absolutely breathtaking. We were so glad we picked them. Worth every freaking penny.

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A lot of time, effort, and money went into the wedding and we are so glad it is all over. Married life has been a lot of fun and it’s still a little hard to believe that we’re married. Now on to the next steps in life. A house, kids, haha.. Geez. Life is awesome.

Android! Finally!

My two year contract with tmobile finally ended yesterday and I got the mytouch 4g yesterday at costco for 99 bucks after rebate.  I’ve been really happy with this phone because it totally beats out the edge connection I was getting with my blackberry. I’m blogging right now from the wordpress app while using swype and it’s been amazingly accurate. i still suck at typing without a tactile keyboard but I’ll get better I’m sure. If anyone has any good tips, let me know.

Django – What’s the Big Whoop?

I’ve had a little bit of push from my group at work to start learning Python and the Django framework. I’ve been doing PHP for probably over 7 years now and it definitely got the job done for me. Over the past 2 years, I picked up Codeigniter and then the Kohana framework for PHP and it really taught me the point of the MVC (Model-View-Controller) architecture. But ever since I started working at AMD, there’s been a few co-workers who’d been raving about Django for a while and I’d never gotten around to really learning it until now when I’m actually being encouraged to do this next project in Django. It’s like 2:40 in the morning and I’ve been going through it and honestly, I’m not seeing any crazy awesome advantage to using this framework over what I used to be doing with Kohana. I don’t see yet how this is gonna be speeding up my application development at all. Okay, so I’ll give it one advantage: setting up the Models in a file and getting the database to create itself and being able to maintain the database and query it through the ORM is kinda cool. The ORM isn’t really gonna be Django’s selling point for me though because I’m probably gonna end up writing SQL queries myself because they just get too complicated to get an ORM to understand sometimes. One downside is the fact I have to maintain this URL routing file to point HTTP requests to a particular view’s function. It definitely allows for flexibility, but I wish there were some default URL routing that I could follow and only use this URL routing when I want to override the default URL routing. Anyway, I’m just gonna keep on trucking with this Python/Django stuff because I’ve heard good things about Python at least and that’s gonna keep me motivated to keep learning.

Thoughts of a Coffee n00b

As of recently, I’ve been drinking iced coffees almost daily and it’s really altered the way my head and body feels.  This espresso machine came with our apartment ever since we moved in over a year ago and never really used it because I was using these Senseo pods instead of freshly ground beans and the taste of the coffee was just alright.  But now that I’ve opened up this huge bag of free coffee beans I got from Costco through a work promotion, I’ve been addicted.  The difference with using freshly ground beans is huge.

I’d never used an espresso machine until we moved into this place, but thanks to YouTube, there’s tons of video tutorials on how to properly make espresso, maintain the espresso machine, and also what good espresso shots should look like.  Also, just watching the Starbucks barista here at work (yes, we have our own Starbucks) gave me a clue of how this whole coffee thing works.

So about how all this coffee has affected me.  I’ve had less sleep than I probably was getting a year ago.  I used to be able to wake up on my own with no alarm clock around 8:30 and get myself to work by like 9:30.  But lately, because I’ve had some early meetings where my work status needs to presented, I’ve been waking up around 6:00 doing some work from home, getting to work at like 7:30.  The coffee helps in keeping me up.  But as the work day goes on, I just have this eternal minor head buzz.  And when I get home, I’m way more tired than I ever used to be.  Is the answer to this more coffee?  Probably not a good idea.  But it tastes soooo goooood.  Sooner or later, I’ll need to try to just limit my intake of this stuff to the weekends or something.

Birthday week = Fatness

Hmm.  So this week has been pretty gluttonous.  It’s kinda gross after looking at this list of what we’ve eaten.

Tuesday: Red Lobster Endless Shrimp
Wednesday: Free Gourmet Burger at Red Robin – A1 Peppercorn Burger
Thursday: Rudy’s w/ peeps
Friday: Jack Allen’s for Lunch – Chicken enchiladas (meh). My parents and Kristine’s parents cook a ton of Filipino food at our place.
Saturday: 10 mile morning ride, Fredricksburg Brewery – Another Burger.  Golden chick for dinner
Sunday: leftovers for lunch, SALT LICK family style for dinner.

I think I’m done eating meat for a while.  Actually we have to eat these leftovers and then I can fast from meat for a while.  And I need to get some exercise again.

Twitter Raffles – How Not To Annoy Your Friends

There’s been an abundance of businesses or people conducting raffles where you basically have to subscribe to them on Twitter and then retweet a particular message to help them advertise.  Well, generally that’s kind of annoying if you’re just a normal friend on the receiving end.  So the way I’ve gotten around that is scheduling the tweets to go out at a time at like 3am when no one’s awake.  I don’t know about you, but when I wake up in the morning, I just scroll through tweets and don’t really care about those that came through the night.  I dunno, maybe that’s just me.

The way that I schedule tweets is through Tweetdeck.  There’s a nice little scheduling button on there which will send your tweets out at a specific time.  I find this really nice if I don’t want to bombard my friends with message after message of my brain farts.

Anyway, if you find my 3am raffle tweets annoying, let me know.  I’m just trying to win a free DSLR camera or a trip to Mexico.

Austin City Limits 2010 Day 1

Day 1 is in the books and I have to say it was pretty decent.  Even though I think I’d already seen like 3 of the acts previously, it still turned out great.  Notable acts included:

Miike Snow – they’re really awesome live
Pat Green – I could watch him a million times and listen to his songs a million times and never get tired
Vampire Weekend – I really need to get their second album
The Strokes – “oh, they sing that song?!”  – I still think the lead singer is the worst vocalist in the world

So let me talk about prohibited items at ACL.  We had about a 25 minute trek from our car to the gate.  The lady who’s inspecting our bags tells me that I can’t bring my flag pole in because it’s over 8 feet.  GARBAGE.  EVERY FLAG POLE IN THE PARK IS WAY OVER 8 FEET.  We were on our way to return the damn thing and Rico calls just to tell me to try another gate.  So we did.  And I also turned the flag pole over inside my chair bag so that they couldn’t see that the pole could extend.  Alas, we got in.

Another prohibited item are cameras with removable lenses.  Everyone had a freaking DSLR.  I have a nice little pocket in my camelbak which they won’t even think to inspect where I can hide it tomorrow.  Awesome.

Lastly, I spent a good $50 bucks on the flag pole (which was partly why I was pissed after the first woman turned me away).  But it was money well spent.  You could see this flag from FAR away.  It also drew a lot of attention.  We seriously had like 6 or 7 people ask what flag this was.  We need signage saying that it’s the Filipino flag so that you can effectively tell your friend to meet under the Filipino and Texas Longhorn flag.  We also had random Filipinos come by and get all excited to see us to tell us that they were Filipino and it was just awkward after that.  Maybe we’ll just invite them to have a beer with us in our circle.

K, that’s all.  Maybe you will get lucky and get an update tomorrow.

Oklahoma, Get Your Own Freaking Handsign

Stupid SoonersThere’s nothing I hate more than the University of Oklahoma Sooners.  Gah, just look at them!  Doesn’t it make you punch them in the face?!  I’m really surprised I haven’t ended up in an altercation with these people every time we head up to Dallas, lol.  And seriously, Sooners cant show more school pride than turning our sign upside down?  Good lord.  I’m looking for a Longhorn win tomorrow in the Red River Rivalry because these people just don’t deserve it.  They’re soul-less bastards who don’t have any dignity.  Pathetic.  Just pathetic.