Archive for the ‘My Day Job’ Category

Howto: Goodreads & Your Library

This feature has been around for a bit but I only took notice of it recently. Considering I work at Goodreads and am looking at the site constantly, I take that as a sign that it may be a little buried. If you’re a frequent user of your local library, then it may be helpful […]

The Bane of All Developers: Bad Error Messages

One thing that really irks me when developing is bad error messages. Bad as in unhelpful. Bad as in vague. Bad as in “WTF, I fixed the problem, but I still don’t know what that error message meant.” That message was caused by me passing in a hash instead of an array of hashes. Luckily, […]

King’s Highway (Palm Springs)

King’s Highway, the restaurant in the same building as the Ace Hotel lobby/check-in area, is what I pictured a diner in the 70s to look like, maybe a bit hipper. Likewise, the food is a hipper version of 70s diner food. Upon sitting down, an interestingly dressed older woman with fantastic glasses plopped down a […]

The Well-Grounded Rubyist (or how I learned Ruby in 2 weeks)

The Well-Grounded Rubyist by David Black My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was suggested to me by someone as a helpful book for someone new to the language but not new to programming in general. I found this more helpful than the Pickaxe book because it’s concise with examples while being detailed in the […]

A Productive Week

Yesterday, I completed my first week of employment at’s tough starting a new job, learning a new programming language, and just getting used to new conventions, but it went alright.  I even got a few tickets done thanks to a lot of tips from my co-workers. I mostly worked on google maps integration on […]

From Fan to Clan

Just a short note for now because I got up at 6:30am and had a hard but fun day at work.  Now I’m pooped.  Today’s my first official week at work.  Oh yeah, I work at now. For those not in the know, think of facebook + yelp for people who like books. You […]

Best Week EVER!

I scored a new job and I had breakfast with J. Gold today. I have to say, I’m floating on clouds now.  J. Gold was how I imagined he’d be, which was nice. I was afraid that I was going to be all internet-awkward, but I think we had a pleasant meal together. It also […]