Born in the Philippines in 1968. Moved to the United States with my family when I was three years old. Raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. Went to Catholic schools (St. Aedan's, St. Peter's Prep). Graduated college from Rensselaer in December 1990. Moved to Boston. Married Jenn in 1995.

I have two brothers, Ron and Renato. My Mom and Dad still live in New Jersey.

Jenn and I live in Arlington (a suburb of Boston). We have a daughter named Mia.

Yes, I write a blog. I've been writing Rick's Ramblings since 2001.

FreeCell

August 31, 2016

My Mom is a fan of FreeCell. Whenever she talks about playing games on the computer, it's invariably FreeCell. I have fond memories of Mom playing Klondike, also...


Review: A Rock Star's Autobiography

July 31, 2016

Over vacation, I finished Joe Perry's autobiography Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith. I remember seeing Joe Perry on a news clip a few years ago. This aging...


Me and My AC

June 30, 2016

Every year around this time I go through the effort of installing two air conditioners. They are identical units (Kenmore Model 580.76100), both purchased in the...


Lost Hiker

May 31, 2016

In today's digital age, it seems nearly impossible to get lost anymore. The recent story about Geraldine Largay reminds us, however, that you can still get fatally...


Fixing My Knee Pain

April 30, 2016

For the last two years, I've been living with hip and knee soreness. I shrugged it off at first. When I ice skate in the Winter, I usually fall once or twice as...


The New Social Media

March 31, 2016

Lately, I've been experimenting with Periscope and Snapchat. Both of these platforms are new social media, even though today's teenagers have probably been using...


My Three Best Movies about Journalism

February 29, 2016

Last week, I finally watched Spotlight, the movie about the Boston Globe journalists who wrote about the Catholic Church child sex abuse scandal and cover-up in...


My 2015 Books and Movies

January 31, 2016

I finished 34 books last year. I posted them on Goodreads. I read a bunch of books that were made into popular (and current) movies: The Martian (Andy Weir), The...


A California Christmas

December 28, 2015

On Christmas day this year, the temperature was nearly 70 degrees (Fahrenheit). It was an unusually warm day, capping off a series of warm weeks that Massachusetts...


I work in computers. At least that's how I put it when people ask me what I do. Below are some posts from my technical BLOG.

I'm the author of Learn Git in a Month of Lunches (Manning Publications).

Relearning JavaScript

February 3, 2016

For the past few weeks, I've been participating in Boston PHP's jQuery jAM. This virtual learning group is scheduled to run through the book Eloquent JavaScript,...


Learn Git in a Month of Lunches

May 28, 2014

I'm writing a book for Manning Publications called Learn Git in a Month of Lunches. It should be out early next year, but you can purchase a copy of the book via...


Praising "Code" by Charles Petzold

February 14, 2014

Last year (2013), I finished a most remarkable computer book titled Code. It's by Charles Petzold, who wrote the venerable Programming Windows 95, among many others....


Creating Top-Level Variables With CoffeeScript

June 23, 2013

I've been working on a small "Word Finder" game, mostly as exercise to learn CoffeeScript, a language that compiles down to JavaScript. CoffeeScript hides the tricky...


A View from a MOOC

November 22, 2012

I just recently finished taking an online course titled "Functional Programming Principles in Scala". The course was offered by Coursera, and it is an example of...


Indie Game: The Movie

June 24, 2012

Indie Game: The Movie (IGTM) is a documentary about independent game developers. When I saw the trailer in July 2011, I saw a shot of a real computer screen filled...


Making Wireless Work on a Dell D600 with Ubuntu

February 5, 2012

I recently inherited an old Dell Latitude D600 laptop, but the wireless wasn't working on it. After some investigation, I learned that it somehow didn't have a wireless...


Getting Twitter User IDs with PHP

November 26, 2011

When using the Twitter API's "Streaming API", you often have to pass in Twitter User IDs as arguments, rather than Twitter usernames (aka "screen name"). I wrote...


Getting PHP Debugging with XDebug Working (on Windows)

November 14, 2011

I've been learning about Drupal Module Development the past few weeks. I'm using the venerable "Definitive Guide to Drupal 7" and a few times in the module development...


Hiding HTML Using Data URIs and base64

May 29, 2011

I've been spending the past few evenings noodling with the HTML5 <canvas> element. I often bring up the HTML Canvas 2D Context Working Draft specification. The spec...


I'm a sports nut. I didn't used to be. But now I am. The links below will take you to posts from my sports blog.

Olympics: Mara's Race

August 8, 2016

I know that in some distant future, when I think about the 2016 Olympics in Rio, I'll remember Mara Abbott's ride in the Women's Cycling Road Race. This 87-mile...


LeBron's Block

June 22, 2016

Game 7 of this year's NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors was as epic a basketball game as I have seen in quite some time....


Round 2 Rooting Interests (NHL)

April 29, 2016

The NHL is now down to eight hockey teams competing in the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here is who I'm rooting for. Washington Capitals versus Pittsburgh...


My Super Bowl Pick: Panthers

February 5, 2016

Super Bowl 50 is nearly upon us! As I type this out, the Carolina Panthers are 5.5 point favorites over the Denver Broncos. Take the Panthers. I do not think the...


Conference Championship Picks

January 23, 2016

There are only two games this weekend: the AFC Championship and the NFC Championship. Here are my picks (against the Vegas spread). New England Patriots (-3) at...


Divisional Playoffs Picks

January 14, 2016

Someone once mentioned to me that the NFL Divisional Playoffs provide the best NFL football weekend. I'd agree. Every team and every game is a must-watch (though...


Wildcard Weekend Picks

January 8, 2016

The 2015-2016 NFL playoff season is upon us. Well, it's upon me, actually: I have been meaning to post my picks for this wildcard weekend. Shall we? (The favorite...


Rooting for the Mets

October 31, 2015

I posted this on Reddit, at the start of the 2015 NLCS between the NY Mets and the Chicago Cubs. I'll be rooting for the NY Mets. In 1986, I was a freshman in...


Between Football Seasons

September 19, 2015

Week 2 of the NFL has already started, and my sports mind is now feeling recovered from football's offseason. It helped that the New England Patriots played and...


NBA Finals Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers

June 4, 2015

I'll be rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James to win the NBA Championship, which starts tonight.  Maybe this is a function of being a very mild...


I have plenty of pictures at a bunch of places [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11], [12], but I primarily update Flickr and, more recently, Instagram.

Boston Heat

November 8, 2015


Cloud Formation

October 31, 2015


The Quabbin

September 11, 2015


Bicycle Rack in Madison

August 9, 2015


Piscataqua River Bridge

July 17, 2015


Arlex Oil Corp.

May 22, 2015


Snow: After Cleaning

February 19, 2015


Snow: Before Cleaning

February 19, 2015


Super Bowl XLIX

February 5, 2015


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