• How We Got Our Rich Snippets Back

    September 5, 2014

    Several months ago the photos for our recipes disappeared from Google’s search result pages: Not great, since most people search visually, more so when they’re hungry. Now, I don’t like talking much about anything to do with SEO, since the landscape changes so often and I’m left feeling like Google’s little guinea pig.  However, I did want... Read More

  • Six Months

    September 4, 2014

    Every year since Ethan’s first cleft palate surgery, we meet with the cleft palate team at Children’s Hospital so they can evaluate his progress. They test his speech and his hearing, measure his face and jaw for abnormal growth, and poke around his mouth to see how his palate is forming and his teeth are... Read More

  • Farewell, Pennsylvania!

    September 3, 2014

    After much thought and prayer, our family has decided to move back to Upstate New York.

  • Review: Pad & Quill Contega Case

    January 22, 2014

    TL;DR — This is the best iPad case I've ever owned.

  • 2013 in Review

    January 15, 2014

    2013 was relatively uneventful. There weren't any big events. I had such little recollection of what happened in 2013 that I had to reference my Facebook timeline to write this.

  • 1,000 Words

    January 13, 2014

    Focus is the thing, and it's tough.

  • The Currency of Exploitation

    January 9, 2014

    How the NSA's approach to security is less about protecting us and more about keeping us "exploitable".

  • How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Blog

    December 30, 2013

    I've been blogging on and off for almost fifteen years now, and one of the recurring problems I've struggled with is the stifling thought that what I'm writing had to be meaningful and cohesive.

  • Lossy Instagram Sharing

    September 26, 2013

    UPDATE (11-14-13): This has been fixed with the new update. After updating to iOS7 and the newest version of VSCO Cam, I started noticing that the quality of photos I was sharing to Instagram had dropped significantly. My typical workflow is usually direct from VSCO Cam to Instagram, so I noticed it rather quickly. I... Read More

  • Flamethrower

    September 16, 2013

    Since my work at Simply Recipes has been moving more into the video space, I’ve been attempting to teach myself After Effects. To that end, here’s a video of my son, tossing a fireball:

  • Linux Disk Space Paradox

    July 31, 2013

    Our server crashed the other day because the disk was full. I quickly discovered a rogue bandwidth log file not getting cleaned up was to blame, so I deleted it. Strangely, running df after deleting the file showed that 100% of the disk was still in use even though I had gotten rid of the... Read More

  • Social Media Hiatus

    July 31, 2013

    I took a week off social media. This is what I learned.

  • The Big Room

    July 25, 2013

    A Parable for Social Media Addicts

  • Those Elusive Rich Snippets!

    July 5, 2013

    Last year, I wrote about some trouble we were having with Google’s rich snippets for recipes. In a nutshell, when Google saw the .hentry class on our recipe page, it ignored the .hrecipe class that Google uses to determine if a page is a recipe or not. Subsequently, all of our lovely recipe photos stopped... Read More

  • Capturing Pixel Density with Google Analytics

    June 19, 2013

    Google Analytics lets you see how many of your users are on mobile devices, but the information you can pull on those devices is woefully limited. One such oversight is pixel density ratio.