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Long way

So, I haven't had time to post in a few months. Why? The fun of moving across the country and a career change! As of June I am now a resident of Santa Clara, California, and an employee of Hewlett Packard! Specifically, I work for Pronq - an HP-spawned "startup" where I'm a front-end engineer. In other words, I still take designs and turn them into living & breathing website pages or html prototypes.

I drove across the country to get my car here, and I took a ton of pictures on the way. I'll post these eventually.

Coda 2, Git, and Drupal

Coda 2 (Previously, just Coda) has been my "daily driver" suite for web development for around 4 years now. It's an absolutely wonderful editor by Panic, and well worth the price tag in my opinion. It has an editor, (s)ftp client, git client, terminal, mysql database manager, and a whole lot more all in one package. 

My workflow when developing a Drupal-based website is usually something like this:

Kennedy Space Center

  • Birds!

    That's the last of the space pictures, I took a few quick shots of birds outside my hotel a few days later on the same trip.

  • Facility Panorama (Click the full-size image for a better view)

    A panorma with a view of several facilities. The location this was shot from was formerly a public viewing area for space launches, but has been deemed too dangerous since then.

  • Seaside Bunker

    Looking out into the Atlantic, one of the main launch platforms would have been behind me. According to our guide this little bunker was used to house sensitive equipment for detecting electricity in the air, as lightning is a grave threat to launches.

  • Off topic - Stone Ball

    Instead of a boring fountain, the center had a map of the cosmos carved into a 2 ton granite sphere, suspended and slowly rotating on a water base. With enough force you could spin it a different direction!

  • Command Module
Last November, I had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, while visiting relatives living in the area.

RIT KGCOE Website

This was actually a project I completed about a year ago, but we decided to revisit it to update the site and add responsive features - try the site on a smartphone, it's excellent!

The layout was designed in house and I did 100% of the development work as usual. The old layout dated back to 2002, so it was obvious this site needed a refresh! It's amazing how much different the web looks, now. 

Innovative Learning Institute

The Innovative Learning Institute at RIT ias a very new department, under the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies branch. The layout is very similar to the CMS website, and was also designed by Dumbwaiter Design.

As of Jan 1 2014, we're still waiting on final approval to make the new site live!

Oktoberfest 2013

  • Locking horns
  • Base camp

    A better view of the festivities below. The line across the picture is the arm-size cable hauling our gondola to the summit.

  • Summit

    A short distance from the gondola drop-off, the peak of Little Whiteface.

  • Ticket

    My "Cannon" and my ticket.

  • Yodeling

    We met our yodeling friends from earlier, they were demonstrating how sound from their alphorns could be bounced off other mountains and heard echoing. Very neat demo!

Every October, the ski resort at Whiteface Mountain has a small Oktoberfest. Traditional German music, food, beer, and demonstrations are featured, and many local vendors come to show off their homemade crafts.

This is the first time I've gone in many years, and the first time I went being older than 21! It's a ton of fun and is definitely worth checking out if you're in the area during the skiing offseason.

RIT Center for Multidisciplinary Studies Website

The CMS Website was created for RIT's Center for Multidisciplenary Studies, and was graphically designed by Dumbwaiter Design and developed by myself. It's based on Drupal to allow the CMS staff to easily create and post content to the website.

Exploring Benson Mines

  • Entrance

    Entrance to the facility - and my car!

  • No Entrance

    Back door to the machine shop.

  • Transformer Gauge

    The guts of the transformer were missing, probably stolen by copper thieves.

  • Burned Steps

    Even older looking stairs - the mine has history back to the 1800s, but this is probably not that old. The building on top of it appears to have burned, leaving behind electric wires and boxes.

  • Workshop

    Inside another building, some sort of workshop.

Benson Mines is a long-abandoned iron mine near Watertown, NY. The mine was shut down in 1978 and the buildings and have been completely abandoned ever since. Abandoned man-made structures are my favorite to take pictures of, so I couldn't resist exploring!

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