My First Powerlifting Competition

I attended my first Powerlifting competition last weekend called the 2015 Starting Strength Fall Classic. I played baseball and soccer as a kid, but didn’t participate any sports past elementary school. Therefore this was quite a special event for me for a variety of reasons.

My original motivation was knowing I was probably seriously outmatched, I persevered to train hard for over a year and attempt to “win” anyway. After hearing my older daughter bow out of a swim race because she was convinced she’d lose so didn’t even want to try only galvanized it for me. As a father, it was my responsibility to show you do NOT give up, nor fear failure, regardless of the odds. You work hard and try. That’s it, no negotiation.


I thought I’d write how it went, what my training was like leading up to it the past 18 months, and fitness plans for the future.

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Fun With Mongo


The last tech I got to have fun with on my vacation was MongoDB. It’s a NoSQL database, meaning, it doesn’t use the common SQL. It stands for “Not Only SQL”, but they market it to people like me so I call it “No SQL thank god”. Instead, it stores JSON objects which it calls documents. They’re stored as BSON: binary JSON.

Given my recent delusions of grandeur once I got login in Node + deployment of Node working, the world was my oyster, so I dove headlong into Mongo. Once I learned how to navigate to the real documentation, I felt right at home.

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Fun With Node, Restify, and JSON Web Token

I describe why Node matters to me, then go over some code. Feel free to skip to the code.


The 2nd tech I got to play with on my vacation was Node, the middleware Restify, and wiring up JSON Web Tokens for authentication.

Today, I wanted to cover what I learned building a sample application. Specifically why Restify over Express, static vs API hosting, some of the basics I didn’t know about REST API’s, CORS, Promises with Bluebird, routes, and my changed attitudes towards API development.
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Fun With Polymer 1.1


I’ve spent the past 2 weeks of my vacation playing with JavaScript, Polymer, Node, Express, Restify, and Mongo. Today, I wanted to cover the fun I had with Polymer, Google’s web UI component framework, contrast it with other frameworks, and give my general impressions. From this you’ll have a firm understanding of what Polymer is for, how to use it, and what things to watch for.

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