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.

Some Podcasts of Note

March 30, 2017

I've been on a podcast kick of late. In the entire span of this BLOG, I've only recommended one: In Our Time (BBC). That is still a strong recommendation, but I've...

I'm With The Band

February 28, 2017

I managed to cross off a bucket list item: to play guitar in a live band. My office has an annual company-wide off-site meeting, and the organizers remembered that...

My 2016 Books and Movies

January 30, 2017

In 2016, I finished reading 26 books. The list is on Goodreads. I didn't finish a book in December, which surprises me, and as I write this, I'm probably not going...

Take It Easy

December 31, 2016

In January of 2016, Glenn Frey passed away. He was the founder of The Eagles, the iconic band who brought us "Take it Easy", "Hotel California", and "Lyin' Eyes"....

Spoon and Fork

November 30, 2016

I grew up eating food with a spoon and fork. I'd wield the spoon in the right hand, and the fork in the left hand. A spoon is the exact right utensil for shoveling...

My Crown Fell Out!

October 31, 2016

I have at least five dental crowns in my mouth. Each crown replaced a tooth that was filled with dental filling back when I was an adolescent. When my dentist said...


September 30, 2016

One time while dropping off my daughter at elementary school, I stood and watched an impromptu game of kick ball that some of the kids had started. I was standing...


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...

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.

My Final Four

March 16, 2017

As of right now, I'm ahead in my office March Madness Pool. I know better than to think this will translate to me winning the whole thing. My Final Four: Villanova,...

Super Bowl LI: Crowning the Patriots

February 11, 2017

The New England Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. In a victory that will be remembered for ages to come, it crowns...

Super Bowl LI: Thoughts Before Sunday

February 3, 2017

Super Bowl LI is just a few days away as I write this. My favorite team is in it: the New England Patriots. I'm excited and nervous and anxious. I just read a column...

NFL Divisional Picks: Home Favorites

January 13, 2017

My favorite time of the year! The Divisional Round! My picks this year are very easy: home teams defend home turf. Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons. Seattle...

World Series Pick: Chicago Cubs

October 24, 2016

I'll be rooting for the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. They are playing the Cleveland Indians. Both clubs have had problems with the Fall Classic. The Indians...

Postseason Baseball

October 7, 2016

it's the magical time once again. The crispness of Fall is in the air (at least here in New England). The old town team has become dominant again, and even though...

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...

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.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (Starring Aerosmith)

September 30, 2016

Walt Disney World Dophin

September 30, 2016

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

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