Getting started with Elixir

Phoenix is a web framework build on Elixir, which runs on the Erlang VM. Why check out another web framework & language?

IDK… the grass is always greener. There are new ideas in new frameworks. Maybe one will fit more with my personal development opinions.

CES 2018


CES was about robots this year. There were a lot of toy focused robot kits that were cool. I like the Jimu kit the most.

GoBuffalo Nested Resources

Buffalo is a web framework written in Go by Mark Bates. I’ve been working more with Go and started using Buffalo. Mark has done an awesome job with it! Thanks Mark!

Pretty quickly into my app I wanted nested resources. Support for them seems pretty much there. It takes some work, but all in all it was pretty easy to get going. Here are some notes about how I approached it.

Starting cloudsh search project


I’m starting a new side project to learn Golang and use AWS Lambda.

The basic idea is an API that will index a website and provide a searching interface using JavaScript.

The target users are those creating static / generated sites. Sites where having a database setup doesn’t make sense.

I’m gonna run the API and processing on AWS Lambda using the awesome Apex and Up projects. I really like the serverless idea and am looking forward to trying it out.

If it sounds interesting, join the mailing list at cloudsh

jQuery welcome mat

Welcome mat for getting email addresses or promoting other things to recent visitors to your site. Hides the form after the first view for 14 days.

Needs jQuery before the following code.

jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
  var setCookie = function(key, value, days) {
    var expires = new Date();
    expires.setTime(expires.getTime() + (days * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000));
    document.cookie = key + '=' + value + ';expires=' + expires.toUTCString() +';path=/';

  var getCookie = function(key) {
    var keyValue = document.cookie.match('(^|;) ?' + key + '=([^;]*)(;|$)');
    return keyValue ? keyValue[2] : null;

  var visitedBefore = getCookie('welcome-mat-1');
  var el = $(".welcome-mat");

  if (visitedBefore !== '1') {
    $("body").prepend( el );

    $("div.welcome-mat").hide().css("height", $(window).height()).slideDown(750);
    $("div.welcome-mat-content").css("margin-top", ($(window).height() - $(".welcome-mat-content").outerHeight()) / 2);

    $(window).bind("resize", function() {
      $("div.welcome-mat").css("height", $(window).height());
      $("div.welcome-mat-content").css("margin-top", ($(window).height() - $(".welcome-mat-content").outerHeight()) / 2);

    $('.close-welcome-mat').on('click', function(e){
      $("div.welcome-mat").slideUp(500, function() { 

    setCookie('welcome-mat-1', '1', 14);

Add the following style and HTML to the page. Doesn’t matter where, but I put it near the bottom of the page. It will vertically center the welcome-mat-content.

  .welcome-mat {
    height: 0px;
    z-index: 1100;
    display: none;
    position: relative;
    background: white;

<div class="welcome-mat container">
  <div class="row welcome-mat-content">
    Whatever content you want here

Who's Got Your Back

Explores the idea of creating a few deep relationships to help you get farther in your goals then you could by yourself. Basically, creating relationships where you can get and give honest feedback to overcome obstacles and roadblocks, some that you probably can’t see yourself.



The 4 mind sets: Candor < Vulnerability < Accountability < Generosity

9 steps

  1. Articulate your vision
  2. Find your lifeline relationships
  3. Practice the art of the long slow dinner
  4. Broaden your goal-setting strategy (learning and performance goals)
  5. Create your Personal Success Wheel
  6. Learn to fight
  7. Diagnose your weaknesses
  8. Commit to improvement
  9. Fake it till you make it then make it stick

Starting point for staring your own group: How to Conduct a Meeting (Kindle Locations 3793-3794).

Who’s Got Your Back Author: Keith Ferrazzi

The Undoing Project

This was an interesting read about where some of hte current thinking about decision-making came from. It’s more a story about the two people who worked together to create the these papers, Daniel Kahneman & Amos Tversky.

While the store was interesting, the biggest take away for me was another reminder that people do not make ration decisions. That they can be manipulated to make different choices about the same things based on how those things are presented.

I was suprised by how much push back there ideas received, even though it’s obvious that you personally make the mistakes they are talking about.

The Undoing Project Author: Michael Lewis

Brutalist Framework