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.

My 2017 Books and Movies

January 31, 2018

In 2017, I finished 26 books (see my profile on Goodreads). I finished some terrific books, including Chaos Monkeys (Antonio García Martínez), The Underground Railroad...

Review: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

December 31, 2017

I opined to my wife that it would be impossible to pick a favorite fiction book, because there are so many genres and so many great works. She disagreed. "I have...

Root Canal: Part 2

November 30, 2017

The endodontist performed the root canal last month. The procedure took about an hour and a half. The hardest part was receiving the first Novocaine injection. But...

Root Canal: A Brief Post About Pain

October 28, 2017

Two weeks before my root canal, the pain underneath tooth number 29 ratcheted up. Big time. I woke up at 4AM, my lower jaw throbbing with a crushing pain. It felt...

Root Canal: Part 1

September 30, 2017

I have to have a root canal. My first one! For the past month or month and half I have experienced a sharp stinging sensation in one of my lower teeth whenever I...

Now Now Now

August 31, 2017

Derek Sivers is always getting asked "what are you doing now?" On October 21, 2015, he announced to his mailing list that he made a web page describing what he was...

I Couldn't Keep It To A Tweet

July 31, 2017

I'm planning to self-publish a small collection of my best BLOG posts. The title of this will be "I Couldn't Keep It To A Tweet". I've been writing in my BLOG since...

Panera's Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

June 30, 2017

Panera's Strawberry Poppyseed Salad is one of my favorite salads ever. If this salad was a baseball player, it would hit for the cycle on a regular basis. If this...

Review: Evicted

May 31, 2017

"Evicted" (Matthew Desmond) is one of those books that I will be thinking about for a long time. The book documents the numerous evictions that eight families endured...

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.

Picks for the 2018 Conference Championships

January 15, 2018

We're on the cusp of the Super Bowl, or as I saw it on some Reddit: the Superb Owl.The AFC game is first, and it is a contest between the New England Patriots and...

The Surprising Celtics

November 22, 2017

I thought that the Celtics made a significant upgrade trading for Kyrie Irving in the off-season, but I never thought that this team would become the owners of this...

World Series Rooting Interest

October 23, 2017

I am going to root for the LA Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, though I will be happy with the Houston Astros winning it also.Once the Red Sox were eliminated (by...

Kicking Off Baseball's 2017 Post-Season

October 2, 2017

The Red Sox have won the American League East Division, despite losing their last series to the Houston Astros. The Sox will have to regroup quickly because the...

NHL Conference Playoff Picks

May 13, 2017

The NHL Playoffs are now reduced to four teams.In the Western Conference Finals, the Anaheim Ducks will play against the Nashville Predators. The Ducks are the Number...

My Final Four

March 17, 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 4, 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 14, 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 has...

World Series Pick: Chicago Cubs

October 25, 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...

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.

Outside Vegas in My Truck

November 16, 2017

Burger Joint Outside Vegas

November 16, 2017

Alma Mater (Columbia)

November 1, 2017

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

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